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Creamy Chicken Spinach Skillet (Healthy)

This healthy creamy chicken spinach recipe is a quick and delicious meal idea the whole family will enjoy - it is made without any cream (not even the 'skinny' kind) and comes together in under 15 minutes.
Course Dinner, Main
Cuisine International
Keyword chicken, spinach
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 324kcal
Author Monika Dabrowski

Ingredients

  • 500 g chicken breast skinless, cut into small chunks
  • 200 g fresh spinach
  • 140 g fromage frais
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 20 g parmesan or similar, finely grated
  • Fine sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat up 3 tablespoons of the oil in the skillet, add the chicken and fry over a high heat for about 4 minutes, turning over once or twice. Using a slotted spoon lift the chicken out and place in a bowl (do not switch the heat off or remove the juices from the pan).
  • Fry half the garlic in the same skillet (no need to add oil as there'll be plenty of juices leftover from frying the meat) for about a minute, stirring often, then add the spinach and continue cooking stirring all the time until the spinach wilts. Add the fromage frais, stir and transfer the mixture into a blender.
  • Puree the spinach sauce, pour back into the skillet, add the parmesan and heat up again stirring until the cheese has melted. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  • Add in the chicken pieces and heat up to warm through.
  • In another small pan heat up the remaining oil and fry the remaining garlic stirring all the time until lightly browned (take care not to burn it). Drizzle over the chicken and serve with pasta or quinoa.

Notes

  • Remember that chicken cooks very quickly so 4 minutes should be enough.  You can always cook it a little longer once you've added it into the sauce (if your chicken pieces are quite large).
  • Reserve the juices from cooking the chicken and add into the sauce.
  • As the sauce contains some parmesan cheese, which is quite salty, I recommend adding the seasoning (if any) after you've added the parmesan.  You may only want to add pepper.
  • Best served immediately. Enjoy with pasta, mashed potatoes, rice or quinoa.
  • Freeze individual portions for up to 3 months.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 835mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4783IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 2mg