Margherita Chicken

  • 5MINS
  • 45MINS
  • 265KCAL

Sometimes the simple things in life are the best! Delicious chicken breast cooked in a tomato and basil sauce, and topped with gooey mozzarella cheese.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories265
  • Carbs6.1g
  • Protein44g
  • Fat6.1g
  • Saturates3.1g
  • Sugars5.3g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Sometimes the simple things in life are the best! This Margherita Chicken is the perfect flavour combo of basil and tomato and is topped with delicious, melty mozzarella cheese.

We’ve taken all of the flavours of a classic Margherita pizza, but used a few clever swaps like reduced fat mozzarella cheese to keep the calories lower without compromising on flavour. Perfect for those days when you’re craving the pizza flavour but fancy something a little lighter!

Serve with a crisp mixed salad for a light dinner, or our Homemade Oven Chips or Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad for a more filling meal. If you’ve got a busy week coming up, then you can even prepare this dish in advance as it stores and freezes really well!

What diets is this Margherita Chicken suitable for?

This Margherita Chicken can be made suitable for gluten free diets by swapping the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives:

  • Chicken stock cube

It can also be made suitable for dairy free diets as long as you use a dairy free substitute in place of the following:

  • Reduced fat mozzarella

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Margherita Chicken recipe?

  • If you’re on WW Green, you’ll need to count 5 Points per portion of this Margherita Chicken recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Blue, you’ll need to count 3 Points per portion of this Margherita Chicken recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Purple, you’ll need to count 3 Points per portion of this Margherita Chicken recipe.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Margherita Chicken?

This recipe really couldn’t be simpler to make and doesn’t require any special ingredients!

How many calories are in this Margherita Chicken?

There are 265 calories per portion in this Margherita Chicken which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Margherita Chicken is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Step 2

Spray a saucepan with low calorie cooking spray, and sauté the onions over a medium to high heat for 5-6 minutes until golden brown.

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Step 3

Add the tomatoes, garlic powder and stock, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes.

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Step 4

While the Margherita sauce simmers, spray a non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place on a medium to high heat.

Step 5

Place the chicken breasts in a hot pan and seal for about 2 minutes each side, until golden, then arrange them in an ovenproof dish.

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Step 6

After 15 minutes simmering, stir the chopped basil into the sauce and season with black pepper. Spoon over the chicken breasts.

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Step 7

Tear the mozzarella into pieces and scatter over the top.

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Step 8

Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted and golden.

Step 9

Scatter a few basil leaves on top and serve with your choice of accompaniment.

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What could I serve with this Margherita Chicken?

This Margherita Chicken works really well when served with a crisp, mixed salad or any of the following accompaniments:

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How do you know when this Margherita Chicken is cooked?

The sauce needs to be cooked until thickened and piping hot, for around 20 minutes.

Your chicken breasts will need to be piping hot and cooked through which should take around 25 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep this Margherita Chicken in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Margherita Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Margherita Chicken?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat this Margherita Chicken?

From chilled: Reheat in the oven or microwave until piping hot throughout.

From frozen: Defrost thoroughly and then as above.

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Margherita Chicken

Sometimes the simple things in life are the best! Delicious chicken breast cooked in a tomato and basil sauce, and topped with gooey mozzarella cheese.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    45 MINS
  • KCals 265
  • Carbs 6.1G
  • WW Points:
  • 5 Green
  • 3 Blue
  • 3 Purple

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • handful of fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 1 chicken stock cube dissolved in 200ml boiling water
  • 140 g reduced fat mozzarella
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • freshly ground black pepper

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Spray a saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and sauté the onions over a medium to high heat for 5-6 minutes until golden brown.
  3. Add the tomatoes, garlic powder and stock, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. While the Margherita sauce simmers, spray a non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place on a medium to high heat.
  5. Place the chicken breasts in a hot pan and seal for about 2 minutes each side, until golden, then arrange them in an ovenproof dish.
  6. After 15 minutes simmering, stir the chopped basil into the sauce and season with black pepper. Spoon over the chicken breasts.
  7. Tear the mozzarella into pieces and scatter over the top.
  8. Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted and golden.
  9. Scatter a few basil leaves on top and serve with your choice of accompaniment.

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Ingrid HeitkampFriday 15th January 2021

This is SOOOO good! So easy to make and the fresh basil makes it smell amazing! The OH said the taste reminded him of having real Margherita pizzas in Italy 🙂 Great job PON!

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    HollyMonday 18th January 2021

    Hi Ingrid, so glad you enjoyed the Margherita Chicken!

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SharlotteWednesday 13th January 2021

I made this meal last night although I didn’t have any basil, it was really yummy! I had lots of veg on the side too! Easy, family meal to do mid week! Thanks PON!!!x

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    HollyWednesday 13th January 2021

    Hi Sharlotte, so glad you enjoyed the Margherita Chicken!

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LauraSunday 3rd January 2021

Would it be okay to use dried basil?

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    SharonMonday 4th January 2021

    Hi Laura,
    it would be fine to use dried basil, you could try using 1 – 2 tsp, adjusting to suit you own taste. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Myra HutchisonSaturday 2nd January 2021

Looking forward to trying recipes from new book they look yummy.👍🏼

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    HollySaturday 2nd January 2021

    Hi Myra, hope you are enjoying the new book!

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Carolyn GriffithsWednesday 30th December 2020

Love your book

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    LisaThursday 31st December 2020

    Thanks Carolyn! Hope you enjoy the recipes!

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