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Pesto-Chicken Manicotti

Clever steps and easy ingredients, like prepared pesto and pre-cut chicken tenders, help you make perfect stuffed pasta in less time.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 1 hr 15 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 7
 

Ingredients

1
jar (16 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce
1 1/2
cups water
1
teaspoon garlic powder
1
package (1 1/4 lb) uncooked chicken breast tenders (not breaded) (14 tenders)
1
teaspoon Italian seasoning
14
uncooked manicotti pasta shells (8 oz)
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
1
large tomato, chopped (1 cup)
1/3
cup basil pesto

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, mix pasta sauce, water and garlic powder. In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, spread about one-third (1 cup) of the pasta sauce mixture.
  • 2 In medium bowl, sprinkle chicken tenders with Italian seasoning. Stuff chicken into uncooked manicotti shells. Place shells on pasta sauce in baking dish. Pour remaining pasta sauce mixture evenly over shells, covering completely.
  • 3 Cover with foil. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until shells are tender. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered 2 to 4 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with tomato. Serve with pesto.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, mix pasta sauce, water and garlic powder. In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, spread about one-third (1 cup) of the pasta sauce mixture.
  • 2 In medium bowl, sprinkle chicken tenders with Italian seasoning. Stuff chicken into uncooked manicotti shells. Place shells on pasta sauce in baking dish. Pour remaining pasta sauce mixture evenly over shells, covering completely.
  • 3 Cover with foil. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until shells are tender. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered 2 to 4 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with tomato. Serve with pesto.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

For more garlic flavor, use a garlic-flavored Alfredo sauce.

Don’t have chicken tenders? Just cut 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts into long strips to make about 14 pieces.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
600
(
Calories from Fat
310),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
34g
34%
(Saturated Fat
18g,
18%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
120mg
120%;
Sodium
610mg
610%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
37g
37%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 4 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.