Creamy Pesto Chicken Skillet
1/6th of recipe (about 1 cup): 279 calories, 15g total fat (5.5g sat. fat), 629mg sodium, 9.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 27.5g protein
Green Plan SmartPoints® value 7*
Blue Plan (Freestyle™) SmartPoints® value 5*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 5*
Cook: 20 minutes
1 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
1 oz. (about 1/4 cup) pine nuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
Chicken & Veggies
1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
3 cups roughly chopped cauliflower
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Combine pesto ingredients in a small blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup water, and blend until uniform.
Bring an extra-large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add chicken, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes, until cooked through. Set chicken aside.
Remove skillet from heat. Clean, if needed. Respray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add cauliflower, bell pepper, onion, and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook for 6 minutes, until veggies have mostly softened. Uncover, and cook and stir until water has evaporated and veggies are tender, about 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium low. Add cooked chicken, pesto, and mozzarella. Cook and stir until skillet contents are hot and well mixed and mozzarella has melted, about 2 minutes.
Serve topped with Parm.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS
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