Creamy Chicken with Tomatoes and Spinach

I've been on a one-pot dinner kick lately and I'm LOVING every minute of it!  This Creamy Chicken with Tomatoes and Spinach recipe, both a Low Carb recipe & an Optavia Lean and Green 5&1 Recipe came out of my desire to get dinner done quickly (and of course, deliciously!)

Not only is this dish easy, and SUPER flavorful, but with just a few ingredients and tricks of the trade, it can be made in a matter of minutes.

The first trick is to use either thin cut chicken breasts, or like I've done in the image above, cut them in half. They cook much faster, more evenly and stay tender if you follow this step. Thick chicken breasts in this preparation will add 20 minutes to your cooking time and the end result tends to be tough meat.

The second trick is to use canned tomatoes, canned artichoke hearts (if using- see Chef's Notes below) and baby spinach. Once again, the work is done and cuts down on your overall cooking and prep time.

The last trick is the lid. By covering the dish, you need very little liquid to cook everything and that creates an intense flavor at the end. Don't let those juices escape!

The end result is a rich, creamy and mouthwatering meal that you and your entire family will love!

Put these ingredients on your shopping list this week! I promise you will NOT be disappointed!!

Happy Cooking-

Stacey 

 

Chef's Notes:  Technically, artichokes are not permitted on 5&1 as they are higher in carbohydrates.

HOWEVER, when you look at the math, 1/2 C of artichoke hearts in water has 3 net grams of carbs and 35 calories. Tomatoes, on the other hand have 6 net grams of carbs and 39 calories for the same 1/2 Cup. Artichokes are actually lower in carbs and calories than tomatoes!

I don't know WHY artichoke hearts have been shunned because, well, the math speaks for itself. But... you'll need to do what you feel is best.

You can leave them out for sure. If you are going to omit the artichoke hearts, simply double the amount of spinach in the recipe during cooking (14 oz instead of 7 oz) and you'll end up with the same 3 Green portions.

Also note, the cream cheese will melt into this recipe MUCH faster if at room temp. I cut off a 4T chunk & cut it into tiny cubes while it's still cold before I start cooking. It's ready to go by the time I'm ready to add it.


 

Creamy Chicken with Tomatoes and Spinach

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time:   20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1 /3/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced thin

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 teaspoon Stacey Hawkins Dash of Desperation Seasoning

  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes (no sugar added) drained

  • 2C artichoke hearts (packed in water NOT oil) drained and quartered

  • 7 ounces baby spinach

  • 1/2 C low sodium chicken broth or stock

  • 1 T Garlic and Spring Onion Seasoning

  • 4 T cream cheese at room temperature and cut into small chunks

Instructions

  1. Spray a large, nonstick frying pan with nonstick spray and heat over high heat.

  2. While heating, sprinkle chicken breasts with Dash of Desperation Seasoning.

  3. Place chicken in the pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side, searing.

  4. Reduce heat to medium high and add the tomatoes, artichokes, broth and Garlic & Spring Onion.

  5. Cover and let simmer for 6 minutes.

  6. Remove the lid, add the spinach and put the cover back on. Let simmer for an additional 3 minutes.

  7. Remove the lid, stir in the cream cheese and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by half.

  8. Serve hot.

    Serving Size is 6 ounces of chicken and 1/4 of the vegetable mixture with sauce and is 1 Lean, 3 Green, 3 Condiments and 1 Healthy Fat servings.

Nutrition Facts

Optavia Counts Per Serving

0 - Lean

1 - Leaner

0 - Leanest

3 - Green

3 - Condiments

1 - Healthy Fat

Weight Watchers Points
Per Serving

NA Weight Watchers Points

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Nutritional Data Information:

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