This weeknight dinner looks fancy but comes together in under an hour. Serve with sautéed spinach and whole-wheat couscous or brown rice for a healthy, filling meal.
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Makes: 4 servings
3 cloves minced garlic
1 small onion, chopped small
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup water
1 6 oz. can tomato paste, no salt added
½ tsp. group black pepper
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
½ cup ricotta cheese, low-fat or fat-free
4 (4-5 oz. each) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to ¼” thickness
¼ cup fat-free feta cheese
¼ cup parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion, then stir until translucent for 5-7 minutes.
- Add the water and tomato paste, along with 1 tsp. of Italian seasoning and ¼ tsp. of pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a small bowl, mix the remaining black pepper and Italian seasoning with the ricotta cheese.
- Leaving a ½” edge all around, spread on each chicken breast. Then, roll each chicken breast up and secure with wooden toothpicks.
- Spoon half of the tomato mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish. Place the chicken rolls in, seam-side down. Spoon the remaining sauce over the chicken rolls.
- Sprinkle feta and parmesan on top, then cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F and is no longer pink.
Nutrition information (serving size: 4 servings): 152 calories; 11g carbohydrate; 6g fat; 15g protein; 433mg sodium; 5g sugar