Better Than The Freezer Aisle: Copycat Lean Cuisine Chicken Margherita

No need to sacrifice flavor and serving size when you are counting calories. Skip the freezer aisle meals, and whip up your own delicious Chicken Margherita with fresh basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella!
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Better Than The Freezer Aisle: Copycat Lean Cuisine Chicken Margherita

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Penne
  • 2 ⅔ cups cook and dice Chicken, Boneless Breasts
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chop Basil, Fresh
  • 1 cup halve Grape Tomatoes
  • ¾ cups Mozzarella Cheese, 2%, Shredded

Freezer Containers

Supplies

  • Labels
  • 1.Baking Pan, 9x13

Nutritional Information

  • 1 serving = 1.5 cups
  • 260 Calories
  • 7g Total Fat
  • 2g Sat Fat
  • 0g Trans Fat
  • 60mg Cholesterol
  • 115mg Sodium
  • 46g Total Carb
  • 2g Fiber
  • 2g Total Sugars (Includes 0g Added Sugars)
  • 27g Protein
  • 8 WW SmartPoints
  • Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Fat
  • 0 Fruit
  • 0 Milk
  • 0 Other Carb
  • 3 Starch
  • 0 Veg
  • 3 Lean Meat

Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until just al dente. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and basil.
  3. Transfer to a glass baking dish, top with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake, covered, 350F for 15 minutes until heated through.

Freeze For Later Cooking Directions

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until just al dente. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and basil.
  3. Transfer to a glass baking dish, top with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake, covered, 350F for 15 minutes until heated through.
  5. Let cool.
  6. Divide between indicated number of freezer bags, label and freeze.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Thaw: In fridge
  2. Reheat in microwave until warmed through.

12 Comments

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  1. I put this in the myfitnesspal app and its registering the carbs as much higher than 13g per serving. How were the nutrition facts calculated?

    1. Thanks for your feedback and concern! We use also My Fitness Pal to calculate nutrition info. It is not foolproof as there are tons of options and varieties.

  2. In the cooking directions to freeze for later, there’s a conflict between step numbers 3 and 4.

    Should we mix in the cheese and tomatoes with the rest of the ingredients? Or should we add the other ingredients to the baking dish and THEN TOP with the cheese and tomatoes?

    1. Hi Katherine — we have you bake it to heat everything through and have the cheese melt and all the flavors meld together. Hope this helps! ~OAMM

  3. This was great! I did only one extra thing: I cooked my chicken in 2tsp olive oil with about 1 Tbsp minced garlic. Then I cut down the olive oil in the recipe to 1 tsp. It was very savory, especially when there was a grape tomato in the bite – gave it a nice zing. I would also add that the portions are, what I would say, almost generous – they are a little larger than what you’d get in the Lean Cuisine box, in my opinion. Usually, they give small portions to keep the points low. Thanks for another great recipe!

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