Italian-Herbed Chicken and Mozzarella Melts

Italian-Herbed Chicken and Mozzarella Melts

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Chicken thighs are slowly cooked with Italian-style sauce and herbs, then served on crusty bread slices with olives and two savory cheeses.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds total)
  • 2 medium green sweet peppers, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 cup bottled spaghetti sauce
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • ¼ cup snipped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 slices whole grain Italian bread
  • Apple slices (optional)


  • Prep

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  1. Lightly coat a 3½- or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook about 2 minutes or until light brown on both sides, turning once.
  2. Place sweet peppers in prepared slow cooker. Top with chicken. Sprinkle with rosemary. Pour spaghetti sauce over chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6½ to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3¼ to 3½ hours.
  4. Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil; set aside. Using a slotted spoon transfer peppers and chicken to a medium bowl, reserving cooking juices. Using two forks pull chicken apart into coarse shreds. Add olives to chicken. In a small bowl combine mozzarella cheese, basil, and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Place bread on prepared baking sheet. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until toasted. Turn over bread slices. Top each slice with some of the chicken mixture; drizzle each with about 1 tablespoon of the cooking juices. Sprinkle each with cheese mixture. Broil 1 to 2 minutes more or until toasted and cheese is melted. If desired, serve with apple.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 open-face sandwich
  • Per serving: 296 calories; 10 g fat(3 g sat); 6 g fiber; 20 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 10 mcg folate; 118 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 363 IU vitamin A; 26 mg vitamin C; 145 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 584 mg sodium; 348 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (43% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

Reviews 1

August 29, 2018
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By: Callie
I added one medium onion and two cloves of garlic to the recipe .
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