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Asian Chicken Meatball Soup

This Asian Chicken Meatball Soup recipe is so nourishing and delicious! Loaded up with healthy bok choy, it’s easily made in 30 minutes. Paleo, low-carb, low-calorie and gluten-free.

A delicious brothy Asian-style chicken meatball soup with bok choy. A delicious 30 minute meal. 
This Asian Chicken Meatball Soup recipe is so nourishing and delicious! Loaded up with healthy bok choy, it's easily made in 30 minutes. Paleo, low-carb, low-calorie and gluten-free.

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One Pot Chicken and Rice

This one pot chicken and rice is the perfect easy dinner that’s bursting with flavor! Tender chicken thighs and fluffy…

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This one pot chicken and rice is the perfect easy dinner that’s bursting with flavor! Tender chicken thighs and fluffy rice simmer in a cozy broth, with a burst of freshness from the zesty parsley and lemon gremolata topping.

Chicken and rice recipe

The word “one pot wonder” comes to mind with this recipe (though is that term is a bit retro?). Whatever the case, this glorious one pot chicken and rice meal really is the easy dinner you need in your life. It’s cozy and comforting, from the garlic and herb scented rice to the tender chicken thighs. The zingy parsley lemon gremolata makes the ideal fresh counterpoint to the cozy grains. We’ve made this one pot meal dozens of times for friends and family, and it’s a hit every time (even with unadventurous eaters).

What you need for this chicken and rice recipe

There’s something about a one pot meal that’s filling, cozy, and pleases everyone. This one is your best bet for chicken eaters, since it’s full of big flavors and minimal effort. The cook time is about 30 minutes, and you can likely do most of the prep in 15 minutes. This recipe features economical chicken thighs, which make it a cost-effective dinner as well. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, and dried dill
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • White or yellow onion
  • White rice
  • Chicken broth
  • Parsley
  • Lemon zest
Chicken and Rice recipe in skillet with lemons

Chicken thighs are ultra flavorful

Many chefs and experts say that chicken thighs are the best cut of chicken, and we agree! A chicken breast can be delicious when butterflied and cooked properly (like in chicken piccata), but chicken thighs can be even more flavorful. They’re fattier than chicken breasts, which gives them a more intense, rich flavor than the white meat. There are two ways to buy chicken thighs: boneless and bone-in.

  • This recipe is for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. This type of thigh cooks quicker and is easier to eat. We like it for skillet dinners and pan frying because it makes for a fast dinner that’s easy for our entire family to eat (versus pulling meat off the bones, which can be tricky for the kids).
  • Bone-in, skin-on thighs are tasty, but we prefer using them in other recipes. Bone-in thighs flavors inside the bone spread out onto the meat, leaving you with a meatier, richer flavor. They will take longer too cook in this recipe and we have not tested the timing. We prefer using bone-in, skin-on thighs for our fan favorite Baked Chicken Thighs recipe, where they come out with deliciously crispy skin.
Gremolata dish next to garlic head

Why to add gremolata

This chicken and rice recipe is tasty as is, but it’s even better topped with the fresh garnish: gremolata! Gremolata is an Italian condiment that adds a burst of freshness and brightness to dishes. Traditionally, it’s a combination of finely chopped fresh parsley, grated lemon zest, and minced garlic, to create a flavor profile that is both herbaceous and citrusy.

Gremolata is typically served as a finishing touch, sprinkled over cooked fish, meat, vegetables, or even pasta for an instant flavor upgrade. Keep in mind that it’s dry in texture, not oil-based like a chimichurri or pistou.

Buy organic chicken if possible

When shopping for this chicken and rice recipe, keep in mind: the best chicken to buy is organic. This makes sure that it is the highest quality meat that was raised sustainably. It is also free of chemicals and additives so it’s the healthiest option for eating.

Per the USDA, organic chicken must be raised in living conditions that accommodate their natural behaviors (like grazing on pasture), fed 100% organic feed and forage, and not given antibiotics or hormones.

Chicken and Rice recipe

Simple ways to make chicken and rice a meal

This chicken and rice skillet is simple to whip up, and even better: you’ve got one side dish covered! Add a green veggie and it’s a meal. Here are a few ways we like to serve it that are easy to make on the side:

One pot chicken and rice skillet dinner

More chicken dinners

This chicken and rice recipe is the best easy dinner idea for chicken lovers! Our entire family gobbles it up, and we tested it on my in laws who are big fans. Even our unadventurous eaters loved the gremolata. Here are a few more top chicken dinners to try:

This chicken and rice recipe is…

Gluten-free and dairy-free.

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Chicken and rice recipe

One Pot Chicken and Rice


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This one-pot chicken and rice is the perfect easy dinner that’s bursting with flavor! Tender chicken thighs and fluffy rice simmer in a cozy broth, with a burst of freshness from the zesty parsley and lemon gremolata topping.


Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the rice

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, minced
  • 1 ½ cups white rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill

For the gremolata

  • ⅓ cup finely chopped Italian parsley, (about 1/2 bunch)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 large lemon)
  • 1/2 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 grind black pepper

Instructions

  1. Dry the chicken thighs and season with the kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder and lots of fresh ground pepper. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, until golden brown. Remove the chicken to a plate, leaving the juices in the pan.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the garlic and onion. Cook for 5 minutes, until the onions are very tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the broth, rice, dill and kosher salt, scraping the bottom of the pan to pick up all of the seasoning from the chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and top with the browned chicken thighs. Cover with a lid and cook at a low simmer for 15 to 18 minutes until rice is tender and all of the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl mix together the ingredients for the gremolata. 
  4. Remove the heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff the rice with a fork, then top with the gremolata and serve warm.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chicken
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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Blackened Chicken

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Experience the bold flavors and juicy perfection of blackened chicken! This simple recipe comes together in minutes for a flavor-packed dinner idea. It’s great as is or served on sandwiches, salads, tacos, and more!

Blackened Chicken

Here’s a trick every home cook should know: how to make blackened chicken! This culinary magic transforms ordinary chicken breasts into flavor powerhouses with a smoky depth and a hint of heat. This recipe lets you to create a restaurant-worthy dish in the comfort of your own home, which works on its own with rice, on a sandwich, or cut into strips to top a salad or for tacos. It’s endlessly versatile, making it one of our top chicken recipes to make at home.

What is blackening?

Blackening is a style of cooking meat or fish in a cast iron skillet with a special blend of Cajun-style spices until the outside is crispy and blackened. This technique was popularized by celebrity Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme of Louisiana. He created a recipe for blackened redfish in a 1980’s cookbook that became an instant hit. Since then, blackening has become a popular technique used with different meat and fish, commonly chicken, salmon and shrimp.

Basic steps for blackened chicken

Blackened chicken takes about 15 minutes to make, making it a fantastic quick and easy dinner idea. The clean up does take a few minutes, but it’s worth it! Here are the basic steps for the process (or jump to the recipe below)

  • Butterfly the chicken by slicing the breasts in half. Chicken cutlets are the quickest and tastiest way to cook a chicken breast.
  • Pat the chicken dry and add blackened seasoning. This recipe uses a simplified version of our classic blackened seasoning for quick and easy prep.
  • Sear the chicken for 4 to 5 minutes per side. A stainless steel or cast iron pan get the best sear on the meat: avoid using a non-stick pan. Cook on medium high heat until it’s cooked through and at 165°F when measured with a food thermometer.
Blackened Chicken

Tips for butterflying the chicken

This blackened chicken recipe uses chicken cutlets, or butterflied chicken breasts, because it makes for the juiciest, most well-seasoned piece of meat. Chicken breasts are often very thick, making them tricky to cook evenly. Slicing the chicken breast in half horizontally (butterflying it) makes thinner pieces that cook quicker and more evenly, are easier to eat, and are better seasoned. You can buy a chicken breast already butterflied, which is marked on the package as butterflied or “cutlets”. If you buy regular chicken breasts, you can butterfly them yourself:

  • Place your hand over the top of the chicken breast. Use a sharp knife to carefully slice the breast horizontally, leaving the edge intact so it can open up like a book.
  • Unfold the chicken breast, then cut along the fold to separate the two halves (each half is a cutlet).
How to butterfly a chicken breast

Ways to serve blackened chicken

Blackened chicken works well with a few side dishes, but it is also ultra versatile! Add it to salads, tacos, sandwiches and more for endless variations. Here are a few ways we like to serve it:

Chicken Tacos

How to clean your pan after blackening

After making blackened chicken, you’ll notice that the pan has a lovely blackened char as well. Don’t worry, it’s a;; part of the fun! Here are a few things to note about cleaning your pan:

  • Clean it right after eating. You can eat your food first, of course! But don’t leave it for hours or overnight or the black crust will solidify, making it much tougher to clean.
  • “Deglaze” the pan with water. Deglazing the pan is a cooking technique where you add wine or another liquid to loosen the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. You can use it for cleaning too! Simply place water in the pan and heat it on a burner over medium heat. When the blackened bits start to loosen, scrape them off gently with a wooden spoon or silicon spatula.
  • Use a non-toxic kitchen cleaner. If you have bits that are really stuck, we like to use a cleaner like Bon Ami.
Blackened Chicken

More blackened recipes

Blackening works as a cooking technique for many different proteins, from fish to shellfish. Here are a few more blackened recipes to try:

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Blackened Chicken


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Experience the bold flavors and juicy perfection of blackened chicken! This simple recipe comes together in minutes for a flavor-packed dinner idea. It’s great as is or served on sandwiches, salads, tacos, and more!


Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 to 1 1/2 pound, organic if possible), butterflied or cutlets
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon celery seed
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. If it is not already butterflied or in cutlets, slice it in half horizontally to make 4 pieces. 
  2. Season the chicken with salt, using 1 teaspoon for 1 pound chicken and up to 1 ½ teaspoons for 1 ½ pounds. 
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the smoked paprika, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, black pepper, celery seed, and cayenne. Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with the seasoning mix.
  4. Add the olive oil to a large stainless steel or cast iron skillet* and heat over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and the seasoning is starting to blacken, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. When the internal temperature is 165°F or the center is no longer pink, remove to a plate and rest for 3 minutes before serving. (See the section above on how to clean your pan after blackening.)

Notes

*You’ll get the best sear from a stainless steel or cast iron skillet; avoid non-stick surfaces. 

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chicken
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Blackened chicken

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of those recipes that feels super fancy but is ready in under an hour! It’s so saucy, cheesy, and delicious!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of those recipes that feels super fancy but doesn’t actually take a ton of effort. It can be pricey if ordering at a restaurant, but we have developed a budget conscious recipe that can be made at home. With some simple technique and a little bit of patience, you can make this savory, cheesy, saucy dinner recipe in under an hour!

close-up view of a sliced chicken cordon bleu breast.

What is Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Chicken cordon bleu is made by butterflying a chicken breast and stuffing it with slices of creamy, melty Swiss cheese and salty deli ham. The whole thing gets rolled up, dipped in breadcrumbs, and doused in a creamy sauce for the ultimate decadent dinner. While it can be expensive when ordering out, our version is more cost effective but equally as delicious.

Ingredients For Chicken Cordon Bleu

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: You’ll need 4 large chicken breasts for this recipe so there’s plenty of room to stuff them. Look for ones that are about 7-8 ounces each.
  • Ham: Any flavor of deli ham works well.
  • Swiss Cheese: You can also use provolone or cheddar.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs: Create a crunchy coating on the chicken. Regular or Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs are also a good choice.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and freshly cracked black pepper season the chicken. Salt also enhances the flavor of the sauce.
  • Butter: Unsalted butter helps the seasonings and breadcrumbs stick to the chicken, and it also forms the base of the sauce.
  • All-Purpose Flour: A bit of flour helps to thicken the sauce.
  • Milk: Milk adds richness and moisture to the sauce. Any kind works, including non-dairy.
  • Dijon Mustard: A touch of mustard adds just a bit of warmth to the sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: This umami sauce adds incredible depth of flavor.

How to Butterfly a Chicken Breast

  1. Place the chicken breast flat on a cutting board and hold your knife horizontally to the cutting board.
  2. Place one hand on the chicken breast to keep it steady, then insert your knife into the center of the chicken breast and begin to cut horizontally until you have almost reached the other side.
  3. Open the chicken breast like a book.

What To Serve With Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken cordon bleu is rich and saucy, so it pairs beautifully with simple veggies, like Steamed Green Beans or Oven Roasted Broccoli. Soak up that beautiful sauce with Mashed Potatoes, Rice, or Garlic Herb Mashed Cauliflower.

How to Store Leftovers

Once cooked and cooled, store chicken cordon bleu in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you plan to freeze this dish, I recommend doing so before baking it for the crispiest results. It will keep well for up to 3 months. Simply thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bake as directed.

overhead view of chicken cordon bleu covered with sauce on a plate with green beans.
overhead view of chicken cordon bleu covered with sauce on a plate with green beans.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of those recipes that feels super fancy but is ready in under an hour! It's so saucy, cheesy, and delicious!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine French
Total Cost $17.22 recipe / $4.30 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 889kcal

Ingredients

Chicken:

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup butter $0.53
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.05
  • 3/4 cup milk $0.40
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard $0.04
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Butterfly each chicken breast by slicing horizontally through the middle of the breast, taking care to not cut all the way through. Open the chicken breast up like a book.
  • Lay the breast flat between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken breasts into a thin, even layer.
  • Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place a slice of ham and slice of Swiss cheese on each chicken breast.
  • Gently roll up the chicken breast.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic, powder, salt, and pepper. Set up a breading station with 2 shallow bowls; one of melted butter and one for the breading.
  • Dip the chicken rolls in the melted butter, and roll in the breadcrumbs until completely coated. Transfer to a parchment linked baking sheet.
  • Bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour. Then, slowly pour in the milk while whisking to incorporate.
  • Add in the Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt. Spoon the sauce over the chicken.

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 889kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 57g | Sodium: 2027mg | Fiber: 1g
overhead view of slices of chicken cordon bleu on a plate.

how to make Chicken Cordon Bleu – step by step photos

a hand opening a butterflied chicken breast next to a knife.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butterfly each of 4 chicken breasts by slicing horizontally through the middle of the breast, taking care to not cut all the way through. Open the chicken breast up like a book.

a butterflied chicken breast under plastic wrap with a rolling pin.

Lay the breast flat between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken breasts into a thin, even layer.

a butterflied chicken breast with a slice of ham and swiss cheese on top.

Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place a slice of ham and 1 ounce of Swiss cheese on each chicken breast.

a rolled-up stuffed chicken breast.

Gently roll up the chicken breast.

a rolled-up chicken breast dipped in breadcrumbs.

In a shallow bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs, 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Set up a breading station with a shallow bowl of 1/2 cup melted butter and the breading. Dip the chicken rolls in the melted butter, and roll in the breadcrumbs until completely coated. Transfer to a greased casserole dish.

4 breaded and baked rolled-up chicken breasts on a baking sheet.

Bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

milk added to a thick roux in a saucepan with a whisk.

To make the sauce, melt 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the 2 Tbsp flour. Then, slowly pour in 3/4 cup milk while whisking to incorporate.

thick and creamy white sauce in a saucepan with a spoon.

Add in 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard and 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce. Season with 1/2 tsp salt. Spoon the sauce over the chicken.

overhead view of chicken cordon bleu covered with sauce on a plate with green beans.

This crispy, cheesy, salty, and creamy chicken cordon bleu is the ultimate comfort food!

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken

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This creamy Tuscan chicken recipe is the chicken dinner of your dreams! Juicy breasts are bathed in a dreamy sauce of sun dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and Parmesan. Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s a dinner idea that’s both easy and impressive!

Tuscan Chicken

If we could eat just one dinner for the rest of our lives, this might be it: a skillet of creamy Tuscan chicken! If you’ve never had Tuscan chicken, let us be the first to tell you: this meal delivers. What is it that makes it so outrageously good? Maybe it’s the dreamy sauce of sun dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and Parmesan. Or maybe it’s the savory flavor explosion from the perfectly seasoned and pan seared chicken breast. Either way, it’s beyond delicious, you can whip it up in 30 minutes, and it will please absolutely everyone. Get ready for the chicken dinner of your dreams!

Ingredients in this Tuscan salmon recipe

We’re not exaggerating when we say this is one of the best chicken recipes we’ve made; it ties with Chicken Piccata for our favorite meal to impress. It’s great for weeknight meals, but it’s fancy enough that it’s great for dinner parties and special occasions like Valentine’s Day or Christmas dinner. Each ingredient here packs a flavor punch, so try not to substitute here. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Protein: Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Pantry: Olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper
  • Dairy: Salted butter, milk, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh ingredients: Garlic, spinach, lemon (for garnish)
  • Special ingredients: Sun dried tomatoes, capers
Tuscan Chicken

Tips for butterflying the chicken

This Tuscan chicken recipe uses chicken cutlets, or you can butterfly the breasts yourself. Chicken breasts are often very thick, making them tricky to cook evenly. Slicing the chicken breast in half horizontally (butterflying it) makes thinner pieces that cook quicker and more evenly, are easier to eat, and are better seasoned. You can buy a chicken breast already butterflied, which is marked on the package as butterflied or “cutlets”. If you buy regular chicken breasts, you can butterfly them yourself:

  • Place your hand over the top of the chicken breast. Use a sharp knife to carefully slice the breast horizontally, leaving the edge intact so it can open up like a book.
  • Unfold the chicken breast, then cut along the fold to separate the two halves (each half is a cutlet).
  • For chicken piccata, cover the chicken with plastic wrap and lightly pound the chicken with a mallet or heavy pan to make it an even 1/4-inch thickness.
Butterfly Chicken

How to make creamy Tuscan chicken: an overview

This Tuscan chicken recipe is quick and simple to make: it takes just about 30 minutes to pull it all together, making it a rock star fast and easy dinner recipe. Because the chicken is butterflied first, it cooks extremely quickly. Here’s an overview of the process (or jump to the recipe below):

  1. Prepare the chicken: Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to butterfly them.
  2. Season the chicken: Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried oregano.
  3. Pan fry: Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side, until browned on both sides. Remove to a plate.
  4. Make the sauce: In the same skillet, melt the butter. Add the minced garlic and sun dried tomatoes and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is lightly browned and fragrant. Add the capers, cream, milk, and remaining kosher salt. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spinach and cook about 1 minute until wilted, then return the chicken to the pan and warm it for 2 minutes.

Buy organic chicken if possible

When shopping for this Tuscan chicken recipe, keep in mind: the best chicken to buy is organic. This makes sure that it is the highest quality meat that was raised sustainably. It is also free of chemicals and additives, and overall: it just tastes better! Per the USDA, organic chicken must be raised in living conditions that accommodate their natural behaviors, fed 100% organic feed and forage, and not given antibiotics or hormones.

Tuscan Chicken recipe

Leftover storage

This Tuscan salmon recipe stores well, if you do end up having leftovers! (Honestly we never do.) Store in a sealed container for up to 3 days, refrigerated. Re-warm in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through. If the sauce becomes dried out, add a splash of milk or cream.

Sides for creamy Tuscan chicken

Add a few sides to this creamy Tuscan chicken and it’s a simple meal! Here are a few side dishes for chicken that are simple to whip up while making the chicken. Since the oven is free, you can make quick baked or roasted vegetables easily! Here are a few ideas:

Creamy Tuscan Chicken recipe

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Tuscan Chicken


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This creamy Tuscan chicken recipe is the chicken dinner of your dreams! Juicy breasts are bathed in a dreamy sauce of sun dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and Parmesan. Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s a dinner idea that’s both easy and impressive!


Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds, organic if possible), butterflied or cutlets
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ cup julienne cut sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups baby spinach, loosely packed
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • 2 lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel, then slice it in half horizontally (if not already butterflied). Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with 1 teaspoon of the kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and a few grinds of black pepper.
  2. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side, until browned on both sides. When the internal temperature is 165°F or the center is no longer pink, remove to a plate.
  3. Place the pan over low heat and melt the butter. Then add the minced garlic and sun dried tomatoes and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until the garlic is lightly browned and fragrant. Add the capers, cream, milk, and remaining ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute, then return the chicken to the pan and warm it for 2 minutes, spooning the sauce over the chicken. Serve topped with the sauce and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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White Chicken Chili

This delicious white chicken chili is made with homemade tortilla strips, perfect for chilly days when you want a warm cozy meal. White Chicken Chili White Chicken Chili is a twist on traditional chili, using white beans and chicken instead of the usua…

This delicious white chicken chili is made with homemade tortilla strips, perfect for chilly days when you want a warm cozy meal. White Chicken Chili White Chicken Chili is a twist on traditional chili, using white beans and chicken instead of the usual red beans and beef. It’s lighter, packed with flavor, easy to make, […]