Smothered Chicken with Spinach Recipe

Indulge in this hearty and wholesome dish that combines succulent chicken with flavorful spinach, all smothered in a rich sauce. Perfect for a cozy family dinner or entertaining guests.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional for added heat)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Start by seasoning the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 5-6 minutes per side. Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add diced onion and minced garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stir in dried thyme, dried oregano, paprika, and red pepper flakes (if using). Cook for another minute to toast the spices.
  5. Pour in chicken broth and heavy cream, stirring to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  6. Return the chicken breasts to the skillet, nestling them into the sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  7. Once the chicken is cooked, add fresh spinach leaves to the skillet. Stir gently until the spinach wilts and combines with the sauce.
  8. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the chicken and spinach mixture. Cover the skillet again and let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes, allowing the cheese to melt.
  9. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.
  10. Serve the smothered chicken with spinach hot, accompanied by your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, rice, or crusty bread. Enjoy!

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