Creamy Pesto Chicken Skillet

Jun 20 2019
Cook up a serious family dinner in one big skillet! Or make it for yourself, and have delicious leftovers for days. This dish will win over veggie skeptics and pesto doubters alikeā€¦

Hungry Girl's Healthy Creamy Pesto Chicken Skillet Recipe

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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

Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 5*

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Pesto

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

Directions:

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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