Lasagna Stuffed Chicken

Lasagna Stuffed Chicken is everything you love about lasagna without the guilt! Filled with cheese & topped with marinara sauce. Weight Watchers friendly- 2 SmartPoints!

 

Lasagna Stuffed Chicken is stuffed chicken is filled with cheese, topped with fresh marinara sauce, and low-carb! Weight Watcher friendly recipe. www.bitesofflavor.com

 

Lasagna… Noodles, sauce, meat (sometimes), and tons of cheese.  Yes please!  I do not make lasagna that often mostly because I’d rather eat it at an Italian restaurant and have someone else make it.  Y’all know making lasagna is time consuming and a labor of love!  Also, lasagna can be rather high carb and full of fat.  A while back, I was thinking about lasagna and how could I make a low carb version.  I was watching Food Network (my Saturday morning ritual) and saw a recipe for stuffed chicken.  Then it dawned on me… what if I stuff the lasagna filling inside a chicken breast and cover it with marinara sauce and cheese?!  So I did it…. And it was glorious!  Lasagna Stuffed Chicken is the low carb cousin of traditional lasagna!  This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and it’s 2 SmartPoints per chicken breast.

 

As I’ve mentioned before, I love all things stuffed!  I don’t really know why I love stuffed foods so much, other than the fact that usually when I made a meal that is “stuffed” it involves cheese.  I’ve made and eaten dozens of stuffed chicken recipes.  But this chicken is no ordinary stuffed chicken breast… The stuffing is made with low fat ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasonings.  Literally the ingredients of lasagna!  I stuffed the chicken a bit different than you are probably used to seeing.

 

While watching the same Food Network show, I saw an interesting stuffing technique that I had to try.  They put a knife into the thick side of the chicken, twisted the knife around to make a pocket, and then piped in the stuffing ingredients into the chicken.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?  What a great idea!  So thank you once again Food Network for teaching me a new trick!

 

Lay the chicken breast flat on parchment paper and in the thickest part of the chicken, gently push a knife through the chicken about ¾ down.  I recommend using a serrated knife; my favorite FAVORITE knifes are from Cuisinart.  You do not want to cut the chicken in half, you are just putting a knife through the middle of the chicken breast to create a “pocket”.

   

 

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Carefully twist the knife and move it slowly to the right then to the left, creating a pocket.

 

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Gently pull the knife almost out of the chicken and where the initial incision is, cut just a little more to create a larger whole.

 

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Mix the stuffing ingredients and pour ingredients into a zip lock bag.  At the bottom corner of the bag, cut a tiny piece off.

 

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Hold the chicken breast in your left hand and the zip lock bag in the right hand, squeeze the stuffing ingredients into the chicken breast.

 

Lasagna

 

For this recipe I made my Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce (you can totally use pre-made sauce for this if you are strapped for time or have a jar in your pantry!).  Once the marinara sauce is heated, ladle a layer of the sauce onto the bottom of a casserole dish; this helps keep the chicken juicy and moist while baking.  Next lay the chicken breast onto the layer of sauce, pour the rest of the sauce, and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle the CHEESE!!

 

Lasagna Stuffed Chicken is everything you love about lasagna without the guilt! Weight Watcher friendly recipe. www.bitesofflavor.com

 

Serve with zucchini noodles and you have yourself low-carb STUFFED LASAGNA CHICKEN!!  So there it is, a new way to stuff chicken!

 

Lasagna Stuffed Chicken is stuffed chicken is filled with cheese, topped with fresh marinara sauce, and low-carb! Weight Watcher friendly recipe. www.bitesofflavor.com

 

I hope you enjoy these *stuffed* bites of flavor!

 

Serves 4

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Lasagna Stuffed Chicken

2 SMARTPOINTS per serving

20 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breast
  • ½ Cup Low Fat Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Cups Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce

Instructions

  1. Make Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce according to recipe instructions.
  2. Preheat 450 degrees.
  3. In a small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  4. Pat chicken breast dry and lay flat on parchment paper.
  5. To stuff the breast, create a pocket in the chicken breast.
  6. Place hand on top of the chicken and using a knife, make an incision at the top side of the chicken breast where the chicken is the fattest.
  7. Gently push knife down inside the chicken about ¾ through the chicken.
  8. Turn the knife a few times to create a pocket inside the chicken.
  9. In a zip lock bag, add cheese mixture and cut a small hole at the bottom corn of the bag.
  10. Pipe in the cheese mixture from the zip lock bag into the incision of the chicken until chicken is fully stuffed.
  11. Repeat this for each chicken breast.
  12. Spray casserole dish with non-fat cooking spray.
  13. Ladle a layer on marinara sauce in dish.
  14. Add stuffed chicken to casserole dish and pour marinara sauce over chicken breast.
  15. Bake for 15 minutes.
  16. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of chicken and bake for additional 5 minutes.

Notes

Nutrition is based on the NEW Weight Watchers Freestyle Program guidelines. Nutrition calculated using Weight Watchers calculator.

NUTRITION: Serves 4, 1 Chicken Breast Per Serving- (2 SmartPoints Per Serving) CALORIES: 64 FAT: 4.1 SATURATED FAT: 1.9 CARBS: 2 FIBER: 0 SUGARS: 1 PROTEIN: 6

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Lasagna Stuffed Chicken is everything you love about lasagna without the guilt! This stuffed chicken is filled with cheese, topped with fresh marinara sauce, and low-carb! Weight Watcher friendly recipe. www.bitesofflavor.com

23 Comments

  • Reply
    Gloryanna
    November 8, 2016 at 10:17 am GREAT idea! I love lasagna and this adds a good protein to it! I pinned this one too :)
    • Reply
      Kristine
      November 8, 2016 at 11:17 am Oh awesome! Thank you so much for commenting and for the pin!!
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    Samana
    November 8, 2016 at 10:30 am This looks amazing! I've always used sausage or beef with my lasagna. I've never considered using chicken.
    • Reply
      Kristine
      November 8, 2016 at 11:07 am Stuffed chicken is a great way to shake up traditional lasagna! Thanks so much for commenting Samana!
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    Miri
    November 8, 2016 at 10:54 am Woah. This is very intriguing! :)
    • Reply
      Kristine
      November 8, 2016 at 11:06 am Yes! It's delicious too. Thanks so much for commenting Miri!
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    Tammy
    November 8, 2016 at 11:14 am Wow...this recipe looks amazing!!! I never thought of stuffing the chicken like this and totally have to try it! Thank you for sharing!
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    Ayanna
    November 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm Yum!!! I love lasagna, but not the extra calories. My hubby loves chicken parmesan, but I do not make it often. This sounds like the best of both worlds. Pinning!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      November 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm YES :)! It's totally the best of both worlds! Thanks so much for commenting Ayanna!
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    kara
    November 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm Holy smokes this looks good! Pinning as we speak to try this later!!! :)
    • Reply
      Kristine
      November 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm Awesome!! Thank you so much for commenting and for the pin Kara!
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    Melissa
    November 8, 2016 at 8:43 pm This looks incredible!!! The pictures make it look so flavorful, I can just imagine how tasty they actually are! I am adding to my meal plan list for next week!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      November 9, 2016 at 9:44 am I'm so glad the pictures capture the appeal because it really is good! Thanks so much for commenting Melissa!
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    Karen - Sarcastic Parent
    November 8, 2016 at 10:28 pm This looks so yummy and such a clever way to change up the protein!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      November 9, 2016 at 9:41 am Yes, good way to change things up with lasagna! Thanks so much for commenting Karen!
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    Bridget @ Antics of a Nutty Hiker
    November 9, 2016 at 1:25 am OMG! This looks amazing. I'm pinning it for later! Bridget @ Antics of a Nutty Hiker recently posted...Pratt Cabin | McKittrick Canyon Trail at Guadalupe Mountain National ParkMy Profile
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      Kristine
      November 9, 2016 at 9:38 am Thanks so much for the pin and for commenting! I hope you try it soon!
  • Reply
    Jazz
    November 10, 2016 at 12:52 am I'm not the best at stuffing chicken breasts but this tutorial has inspired me to keep trying. Thanks for sharing!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      November 10, 2016 at 2:39 pm I'm not either Jazz! This method is so much easier. Thanks so much for commenting!
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    Nurse Kim
    March 1, 2017 at 11:00 pm Is the 1 TBS Italian seasoning a typo? I made this tonight and it was delish, but my ricotta mixture was way green with Italian seasoning compared to your picture. Maybe it's supposed to be 1 tsp?
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      Kristine
      March 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm Oh how odd! I use 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning for the ricotta mixture. I'm thinking the pictures of the recipe I post just happen to be part of the mixture that didn't have as much of the seasoning mixed in it. Was the seasoning over powering, or did it taste ok? Thanks for the great question Kim!
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    Shadyliz
    November 13, 2017 at 7:01 pm 15 minutes does not seem like enough time to get the chicken cooked. I am waiting on the chicken to reach the proper temperature. 25min and counting...
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      Kristine
      November 13, 2017 at 7:41 pm Thanks for the comment. The breast I use are typically thin and only take 15 minutes. For thicker chicken breast, it would take longer. I will update the recipe!

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