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Serving size 5
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1 ⅔ Tbsp 2 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided½ cup carrot or diced red bell pepper1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 8 ounces), cut into quarters1 large clove garlic, minced5 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth1 ½ tsp dried marjoram6 oz baby spinach, coarsely chopped15 oz cannellini beans or great northern beans, rinsed¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese⅓ cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves¾ cup freshly ground pepper to taste plain or herbed multigrain croutons for garnish (optional)


1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrot (or bell pepper) and chicken; cook, turning the chicken and stirring frequently, until the chicken begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in broth and marjoram; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.

2. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken pieces to a clean cutting board to cool. Add spinach and beans to the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 5 minutes to blend the flavors.

3. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, Parmesan and basil in a food processor (a mini processor works well). Process until a coarse paste forms, adding a little water and scraping down the sides as necessary.

4. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Stir the chicken and pesto into the pot. Season with pepper. Heat until hot. Garnish with croutons, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 5 Total

  • Calories 204 12%
  • Calories from fat 72 10%
  • Total Fat 8gm 29%
  • Sodium 691mg 24%
  • Total Carbohydrates 16gm
  • Fiber 6gm
  • Protein 18gm
  • Cholesterol 29mg 5%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Main Dish, Soup, Diabetic, Healthy, High Fiber, Kid-Friendly, Low Carb, Low Cholesterol, Low Fat, Cheese, Chicken, Vegetable, Bean & Legume, American, Easy, Quick, Fall, Spring, Winter

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