Creamy basil garlic chicken with spinach is a easy enough for a weekday meal, but is great for guests too!
Dinner In One Dish In A Dash
When you can make a complete dinner that tastes great in one pan and in 30 minutes, what’s not to like?
This meal has tender chicken in a creamy basil sauce that’s flavored with roasted garlic.
Roasted garlic is great to have on hand because it has many uses. It’s easy to make and when you can catch a sale on garlic, make a batch! I will link up the instructions in the recipe card.
The Veggie Choice Is Yours
I happen to like spinach, especially in a creamy sauce, but I understand it’s not everyone’s dish of tea.
Therefore, you can use any veggie in place of the spinach. You just have to make sure it goes well with chicken. And of course, you have to like it!
My suggestions for spinach haters is whole green beans, asparagus, kale or peas.
In this I used defrosted frozen chopped spinach. If you use that too, make sure to squeeze out the water. Fresh baby spinach is a better choice because it requires no squeezing, but I didn’t have any on hand.
Herbs: Fresh Is Always Better
I had fresh basil on hand because it’s summer and I grow it.
Supermarkets carry live basil plants year round, so it’s always available. With a little luck and care, they can be transplanted and grown all winter indoors.
But if you don’t have fresh basil available, the dried kind in the jar will fill in nicely.
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- 2 lbs chicken tenders or 4 boneless skinless breasts
- 2 tbs olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- 1 cup frozen chopped spinach (thawed and water squeezed out) -OR- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 2 cups half-and-half -OR- light cream
- 2 tbs flour
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil -OR- 2 tsp dried
- 1 small head roasted mashed garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 2 tbs grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
- Sprinkle chicken pieces with the ½ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp pepper. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.
- Place the flour in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the cream so there are no lumps. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Brown the chicken on all sides; remove from pan.
- Pour the sauce into the hot pan and whisk until sauce begins to bubble. Add the spinach and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add the chicken back to the pan, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
*Adapted from DiethoodYum