Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce

February 16, 2018 By Cathy — 8 Comments
Cozy creamed spinach meets chicken in this new classic comfort dish.

Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce

Thank god it’s not bathing suit season because this week has me reeling and seeking comfort at the bottom of a bowl. This is a two fork, three napkin, don’t cork the wine because we’ll just finish it type of week. I have no answers for my kids and am doing my damndest not to become complacent.

I’ve written my letters, made my calls, and wagged my finger on social media. And to what end? This is supposed to be a blog about food, recipes, and the occasional giggle, except I’m not feeling especially silly right now. I’m angry. And I’m scared.

Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce

I send my kids out the door every morning with a zipped backpack and peck on the cheek knowing that they’ll come back to me in roughly eight hours. But that’s thing, it’s no longer a given. The unthinkable happened at Sandy Hook five years ago. Five. Years. Ago. That was supposed to be our watershed moment. And yet the unthinkable has happened again and again. At schools, places of business, places of worship, concerts…places where we’re meant to feel secure and protected.

Our hearts break, we offer condolences, we’re grateful it’s not us. But maybe it’s just not us yet. This isn’t about politics or about our president. It’s about our kids. It’s about common sense. It’s about survival.

Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce

There’s a playground dedicated to one of the victims of Sandy Hook at the camp my boys attend every summer. Everyday when I drop off the boys I see the image of this sweet, smiling, little face that’s mounted to the play-set. A face that will never get a blemish, grow embarrassing peach fuzz on his upper lip, or a wrinkle in his forehead. I think of his parents that probably wish they could complain about their son’s picky eating habits or how he incessantly leaves his socks on the floor.

I don’t want to be that parent wishing I had another day with my boys, wishing I’d hugged them instead of scolded them as they walked out the door. I want to go back to writing about cookies and broccoli and my kids’ annoying habits, but right now I feel like it’s time to speak up and do something. We need to act. Not talk, not point fingers, not politicize, but instead effect real and lasting change. It’s not an easy issue and of course it’s multi-layered, but it’s not going away. We can start by making our voices heard by contacting our representatives and demanding bipartisan action. And we mustn’t just accept this as the new normal because there is nothing normal nor acceptable about the loss of 17 lives at a Florida high school.

So thanks for letting me climb up on my soap box today and rant. I’ll hop off now and share with you a dish that is pure comfort. It’s classic creamed spinach that I turned into a sauce and used to smother and cover these browned, juicy chicken breasts. It’s an easy weeknight dinner and while it won’t solve all the world’s problems, it will leave you leave you satisfied in stomach and soul. And I don’t know about you, but my soul could use a little nourishment right now.

Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce


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Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce
Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Cozy creamed spinach meets chicken in this new classic comfort dish.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken and spinach
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 511 kcal
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 - 2 1/2 lbs)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup Wondra flour or all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 6 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground or grated
  • juice of half a lemon
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper and coat with flour. (I like to shake the flour and the chicken breasts in a ziploc bag.)

  2. Heat a large skillet (oven-safe) or cast iron pan over high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl around in the pan.
  3. Arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer and cook until golden brown on one side, about 4-5 mins and turn and cook an additional 4-5 mins.
  4. Remove the chicken breasts to a plate, reduce the heat to medium, and add the minced garlic to the pan. Cook the garlic about 2 mins and add the white wine.
  5. Cook until the white wine is almost completely reduced and add the spinach and a pinch of salt.
  6. Stir and cook until the spinach is wilted. Stir in the chicken stock, cream, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and turn off the heat.

  7. Lay the chicken breasts in the pan, turning once to coat and place in the oven to cook until they reach 160 degrees, about 8-10 mins.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and place the chicken on a plate, cover, and rest. Return the pan to the stove and bring the sauce to a boil and reduce until just slightly thickened, about 5 mins. Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice.

  9. Serve the chicken with the sauce spooned over the top, slicing the chicken if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 511 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 161mg 54%
Sodium 370mg 15%
Potassium 793mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 99%
Vitamin C 17.4%
Calcium 16.3%
Iron 12.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce

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8 responses to “Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce”

  1. Mariana says:

    I don’t have kids but can imagine how the news will make so many parents anxious. Wishing you all the best and a chill week ūüėČ

  2. Jennifer says:

    “That sauce was delicious” – actual words from my kids. This was quick & easy to make & yes, the sauce was DELISH!!!

  3. Janet says:

    What do you do with the lemon juice? It’s listed as an ingredient but isn’t mentioned after that. Lemon would make the cream curdle so maybe it was a mistake to list it at all? Please let me know whether or not it’s part of the sauce. I imagine it could ruin the dish if I added the lemon juice to it and it wasn’t supposed to be added. Thank you.

    • Cathy says:

      Yikes! Good catch, I just updated the recipe. I add the lemon juice right before serving. If you turn off the heat and stir it in at the end it won’t curdle. Hope you enjoy!

  4. Johnny says:

    So why did you preheat that oven? It doesn’t say when or if you even use it.

    • Cathy says:

      The chicken starts on the stove and finishes cooking in the oven. Check out steps 7 and 8 in the recipe.

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