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Quick Chicken with Spinach and Tomatoes

April 30, 2021

Quick Chicken with Spinach and Tomatoes

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Tonight I made a quick chicken with spinach and tomatoes in an attempt to ease back into a healthy diet. This dish is so tasty that you don’t even realize that you are eating something that is low in calories and really good for you!

Golden brown chicken breast with spinach and tomatoes looks appetizing and delicious

We finally celebrated my son’s wedding this past weekend.  It was a long-awaited celebration that was postponed twice due to Covid 19.  We had such a beautiful family weekend filled with all kinds of delicious food and tons of Italian cookies, cannoli, and cream puffs!  There was no room for healthy eating! But this dish was the perfect way to get back on track.

Is chicken with spinach and tomatoes healthy?

Chicken with tomatoes and spinach is so flavorful that it makes you feel like you are indulging in something rich.  The truth is that this dish is only 306 calories per serving.  It is also low in fat and carbs.  There are only 14 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat and 18 grams of carbs in each serving.  Using low sodium chicken broth and lemon juice to make the sauce adds a lot of flavor while keeping the calories, fat and carbs to a minimum.  If you try this, I would love to hear how you like it!

Tasty and quick chicken with spinach and tomatoes in a skillet

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How to make Quick Chicken with Spinach and Tomatoes

  • Liberally salt and pepper the chicken on both sides.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with pan searing flour and shake off the excess. You can make this gluten free by omitting this step.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the butter and when it is completely melted add the chicken to the hot skillet. Work with a few pieces at a time so that the chicken is not over crowded in the pan.
  • Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes per side or just until the chicken is golden brown. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • You may need to add a little more olive oil to the skillet. Add the garlic and cook until it is just tender, about 1 minute.
  • Add in the tomatoes and stir, cooking for 1 minute. Stir in the chicken broth, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cook for two minutes on medium heat. The sauce will thicken slightly.
  • Add the chicken back into the skillet and top with the spinach. Cover the skillet and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes, until the spinach has wilted.
  • Serve the chicken topped with the tomatoes and spinach.
chicken with spinach and tomatoes in a plate with a fork and knife.
chicken with spinach and tomatoes

Variations

This recipe can be adapted easily if you don’t have chicken breasts on hand. Skinless boneless chicken thighs make a great alternative. You can also substitute pork chops or fish fillets. If you will be using pork chops or fish, adjust the cooking times so that you achieve 145 degrees, internal temperature when a meat thermometer is inserted in the thickest part.

What can you serve with this chicken dish?

A simple pasta or rice dish would pair very nicely with this chicken. Another great option is a salad or this recipe for Simple Italian Scalloped Potatoes is a delicious side.

FAQ

How to cut the chicken breast in half?

Place the chicken breast skin side up, on a cutting board, with the thickest end of the breast farthest from you. Lay your hand flat on the chicken breast. Starting at the thickest end of the chicken breast, hold a sharp knife midway up the chicken and carefully cut the breast in half horizontally. Let the knife do the work for you, gently guiding it through to the end of the breast.

What is the best way to reheat the chicken with spinach and tomatoes?

This recipe can easily be reheated in the microwave. Simply place the portion that you want to reheat in a microwave safe dish and cover it with a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for about 1 minute per serving. The time may vary depending on how quickly your microwave heats food.

You can also reheat the chicken in a 350 degree oven. Place the chicken in an oven safe dish and cover with a lid or foil. Reheat in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Check the chicken breast after 15 minutes.

Can you freeze chicken with spinach and tomatoes?

Yes! Once the chicken is cooled, it can be place in an airtight container and frozen. It will stay fresh in your freezer for 2-3 months.

Golden brown chicken breast with spinach and tomatoes looks appetizing and delicious

Quick Chicken with Spinach and Tomatoes

This tasty chicken breast is smothered in spinach and tomatoes. A squeeze of lemon juice brightens up the sauce. Dairy free and ready in 30 minutes.
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Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings
Calories 306 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Chicken breast halves skinless, boneless
  • ½ cup Pan searing flour or AP flour
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 2 cloves Garlic large, minced
  • 1 ½ cups Grape tomatoes halved
  • ¾ cup Chicken Broth low sodium
  • 6 oz. Baby spinach fresh, cleaned
  • ½ Lemon juiced
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken breast on a cutting board. Holding the chicken down gently with your flat hand, cut the breast in half horizontally. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts.
  • Liberally salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. Sprinkle the chicken with pan searing flour and shake off the excess.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the butter and when it is completely melted add the chicken to the hot skillet. Work with a few pieces at a time so that the chicken is not over crowded in the pan.
  • Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes per side or just until the chicken is golden brown. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • You may need to add a little more olive oil to the skillet. Add the garlic an cook until it is just tender, about 1 minute.
  • Add in the tomatoes and stir, cooking for 1 minute. Add in the chicken broth, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cook for two minutes on medium heat. The sauce with thicken slightly.
  • Add the chicken back into the skillet and top with the spinach. Cover the skillet and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes, until the spinach has wilted.
  • Serve the chicken topped with the tomatoes and spinach.

Nutrition

Serving: 4gCalories: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 28gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 647mgPotassium: 867mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 4584IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chicken breast, spinach, tomatoes, skillet chicken, easy chicken, dinner
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