Italian Chicken Bake

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I found this recipe in a group I am in on Facebook. It looked delicous so I decided to give it a try. I made a few modifications so that I could add some shredded mozzarella cheese, but overall I kept the recipe the same. It turned out quite tasty!

The important part is to make sure your shredded chicken is already seasoned. Nothing is worse than plain old chicken without any seasonings. I used rotisserie chickens form the grocery store to save time. Then I removed the skin, the bones, and shredded the chicken breasts only. The meat is already seasoned and made for you so it makes this meal quick and easy! You all know how I love those kind of meals!


Put the shredded chicken at the bottom of a casserole dish that has been sprayed lightly with cooking spray.


Sprinkle dried basil and dried oregano over the chicken. Then combine the light laughing cow cheese with plain Greek yogurt in a small bowl. You may need to heat up the laughing cow cheese for about 10 to 15 seconds in the microwave so that it blends well with the yogurt. You could also use 6 tbsp of light cream cheese in place of the light laughing cow cheese, but I prefer the laughing cow cheese because of the variety of flavors they come in. Spread it over the chicken.


Spread a low carb pasta sauce over the yogurt mixture. I like to use Rao's marinara sauce. You could also use Italian diced tomatoes that is less than 5 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup. Great Value from Walmart is a great choice!


Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese on top.


Bake for about 30 minutes or until cheese has melted. A yummy quick meal that pairs nicely with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. You would need 1 cup per serving of Italian Chicken Bake to complete your Lean and Green meal! Enjoy!



Italian Chicken Bake

Ingredients:

12 ounces shredded chicken breasts, cooked (2 Leaner Leans)
1 tsp dried basil (1/2 Condiment)
1/2 tsp dried oregano (1/2 Condiment)
3/4 cup Rao's marinara sauce (3 Greens)
6 wedges of light laughing cow cheese - any flavor will do (3 Healthy Fats)
1/2 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt (1/3 Leaner Lean)
2/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (2/3 Lean)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (4 Condiments)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Lightly spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
Place shredded chicken at the bottom of prepared dish. 
Sprinkle basil and oregano over shredded chicken breasts. 
Use any additional garlic powder, salt, or pepper 
to season your chicken if it isn't seasoned already. 
I used store bought rotisserie chicken so it was already seasoned.
Combine light laughing cow cheese and yogurt in a small bowl. 
You may need to microwave the laughing cow cheese for about 10 to 15 seconds 
to soften it up a bit so that it blends easier with the yogurt.
Spread yogurt mixture over chicken.
Then spread marinara sauce over yogurt mixture.
Top with parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until 
the casserole begins to bubble and cheese is melted.
Divide into three equal portions.


3 Servings with 1 Lean, 1 Green, 1.8 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat per Serving




Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences using Medifast products. Medifast products and the Medifast program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.


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