Italian-Herbed Chicken and Mozzarella Melts

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

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

  • 8 slices Apple slices

Directions

  1. Lightly coat a 3 1/2- 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 6 1/2 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 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 Facts (per serving)

296 Calories
10g Fat
20g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 296
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g 61%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Vitamin A 363IU 7%
Vitamin C 27mg 29%
Folate 10mcg 3%
Sodium 584mg 25%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 34mg 8%
Potassium 348mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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