This one-pan Creamy Spinach Chicken is the recipe you pull out on that busy Fall week when life is crazy but you still desperately want a home cooked warm and cozy meal.
An easy chicken dinner that is flavorful, delicious and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare!
Here’s what you can expect: Lightly breaded seasoned chicken cutlet, crispy and flavorful, coated in a creamy garlic sauce packed with spinach.
Made with minimal, pantry-friendly ingredients…and you get your protein and vegetables all in one!
We love a good one-pan meal around here because what is better than only having to deal with one single pan when you are cooking and only cleaning one pan.
The cleaning part is probably what makes me do the happy dance whenever I make a one-pan meal.
Other delicious/must-make one-pan/one-skillet goodness that you need in your life: Skillet Chicken Parmesan, White Wine Tomato Skillet Chicken, Easy Frittata, Steak Fried Rice, One Pan Baked Lemon Chicken and Rice.
What goes into Creamy Spinach Chicken
My husband devoured this the 255 times I made this to get ready for this blog post.
Okay, maybe 255 is an exaggeration, but there was a whole of Creamy Spinach Chicken in our household for a few weeks. On repeat for lunch, dinner, lunch, and dinner over and over again.
For the sake of recipe testing and perfecting this recipe for you all!
Here’s a testimony to how good this dish is though: we LOVED it every single time.
While this dish taste amazing, you won’t believe how easy it is. It calls for simple, pantry-friendly ingredients that you may already have at hand:
- Chicken cutlets – a.k.a. thinly sliced chicken breast. If you are using regular chicken breast, slice it lengthwise so it is thinner and easier to cook.
- All purpose flour – used to bread the chicken
- Garlic – use fresh! Avoid substituting with garlic powder
- Half and half
- Salt and black pepper – important seasoning to ramp up the flavor profile in this dish
Besides the ingredients above, you will need a 12″ or 10″ skillet.
I like to use a non-stick skillet to make this creamy chicken goodness because it makes pan frying the breaded chicken a lot easier. If you are using a stainless steel skillet, make sure to grease it really very so that the chicken will not stick to it.
How to Make It
When it comes to making this Creamy Garlic Spinach Chicken, we want to season, bread and pan fry the chicken first so that chicken is well flavored and has a lightly crispy texture on the outside.
Once the chicken is done, they will be removed from the skillet, and then we will use the same skillet to make the sauce.
Once sauce thickens, add spinach.
It may look like there is a whole lot of spinach, but don’t worry, it will cook down quite a bit!
This is really a great way to pack in all the veggies for your non-veggie lovers.
Once spinach is folded into the sauce, bring the chicken cutlets back into the skillet and coat it with sauce.
And like I promised from the very beginning, only one pan/one skillet needed to cook this entire dish!
Tips and Tricks
- Use a large skillet (10 or 12-inch non stick skillet) for this so that chicken is not over-crowded in the pan.
- Use thinly sliced chicken, or chicken cutlets. Another option is to slice a regular chicken breast into half lengthwise to get a thinly sliced chicken.
- Do not overcook chicken. Overcooked chicken is no longer juicy and has a rubbery texture. Using a meat temperature can help with that. Once internal temperature reaches 165℉, remove chicken from skillet promptly.
Substitutions and Variation
Here are some fun ways to bring some variety to this chicken dish:
- Instead of chicken broth, use white wine! Be sure to cook down the alcohol if you are using white wine. You shouldn’t be able to taste alcohol in the sauce if it is completely cooked down.
- Add other veggies in addition or in the place of spinach: red bell peppers, carrots, kale, green onions, broccoli etc. It’s a great way to load up the vegetables!
- I love making this with pork chops instead of chicken as well. Cooked internal temperature of pork is at least 160℉. Do not overcook pork as well!
What to serve with Creamy Spinach Chicken
This is a super versatile chicken recipe and here are some of my favorite sides to serve it with!
- Easy Mixed Vegetable Rice
- Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes
- Whole Roasted Butternut Squash
- Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Brown Sugar Pecan Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Lemon Garlic Broccoli
Other Chicken Recipes
- Lemon Balsamic Chicken
- Skillet Chicken Parmesan
- Thai Grilled Chicken
- Grilled Cajun Chicken
- Smoky Mountain Chicken (by Affair from the Heart)
- Chicken Dijon (by Life Love and Good Food)
One of our favorite go-to weeknight dishes because it is easy, fast and everyone loves it.
Winner winner Creamy Spinach Chicken dinner! ❤️
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Creamy Spinach Chicken
- 4 pieces chicken cutlets thinly sliced
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp butter
- 4 cloves garlic smashed
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 cups spinach
- Season chicken cutlets (see Note 1) with salt and pepper. A quick dash on each side. Then coat both sides with flour.
- Heat large skillet with vegetable oil under medium high heat, then place chicken cutlets onto skillet. Do not overlap cutlets. Sear cutlets on one side until they brown slightly, flip, and then sear on the other side.
- Once chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165℉, remove from skillet immediately. Do not overcook chicken.
- Lower to medium heat, then add butter and smashed garlic.
- Once garlic is fragrant, add flour, half and half and chicken broth. Stir continuously to dissolve flour, and bring sauce to a boil.
- Once sauce thickens, add spinach and fold it into sauce.
- Bring chicken cutlets back into the skillet and coat each piece of cutlet with sauce. Remove from heat once chicken is covered with sauce. Chicken shouldn't stay in the sauce for more than a minute.
- Serve and enjoy!