Pinterest has been such a wealth of information for me - I find I don't love cookbooks that much because I don't like digging through a big book for the 10 recipes I might actually want to make. Pinterest makes it so easy - I see it - I pin it - and then when I'm making my grocery list - I know right where to go! I even have a board called "Recipes I Want to Try" - you should check it out!
I found this Skinny Creamy Italian Chicken before I joined Weight Watchers - but now I think it'll become a frequent recipe in the Johnson house! I really like that blogger - I mean - she's from Iowa - what's not to like?!
This recipe is pretty simple and when I saw "creamy" and "skinny" in the same title - I was sold - there's a secret ingredient for the creamy...you'll never guess it.
It starts with some purchased herb & garlic marinade and your favorite pesto...you pop it in a ziploc and marinate the chicken in it for 30 min - 8 hours.
Next up - saute onions, salt & pepper for a few minutes. Add the garlic for a couple of minutes...then add chicken broth. Finally you finish with tomato sauce and the secret CREAMY ingredient - fat free evaporated milk! Stir and add in your pasta - you're done!
This was utterly delicious! The chicken was so juicy and full of flavor - I loved it! The sauce had a touch of creaminess that I love along with the tomato sauce that is pretty standard.
I calculated up the Weight Watchers Points Plus and it came out to 12 pts per serving - which isn't too bad for a dinner. Not as "skinny" as I'd like - but I'm sure if I tweaked it - I could make it even less! Next time I would make it with quinoa pasta, lower calorie pesto, dump the olive oil and maybe add some veges to make it a little better. But all in all - a good dinner with a decent point value.
Skinny Creamy Italian Chicken
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats
4 small chicken breasts
1/2 bottle Lowry’s Garlic Herb Marinade
2 Tablespoons prepared pesto
8oz penne pasta
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 small onion, minced
salt & pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
8oz tomato sauce
1 cup evaporated skim milk
1 teaspoon flour
4 teaspoons prepared pesto