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20 Best Chicken and Spinach Recipes

Let’s face it, chicken dishes can get pretty boring or sometimes be too simple and not fancy enough. By adding spinach to your chicken, this simple protein gets an immediate makeover.

Chicken and spinach recipes definitely look fancier to me and they taste amazing.

If you have a picky eater at home like I do, this is a perfect way to get them to eat this super healthy leafy green marvel. Spinach is high in iron and considered a superfood, so it elevates any dish to another level.

Not only flavor wise, but also nutritionally. So which are the best chicken with spinach recipes? Read along and find out how you can give your chicken meals a glamorous and healthy boost.

Believe me, your family will thank you and your guests will be very impressed!

1. Creamy White Chicken and Spinach Lasagna

Classic Bolognese lasagna is delicious but once in a while, we all need a bit of a change. This creamy delight will make your family fall in love with lasagna all over again.

Just imagine soft lasagna noodles sandwiched between layers of creamy Bechamel sauce infused with onion, garlic, and spinach, a layer of shredded cooked chicken, and a layer of cheesy goodness made by mixing ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses with egg and parsley, all baked until they melt together to form the most amazingly delicious and comforting dish ever.

To me, this is the best way to eat lasagna.

Spinach makes this dish not only delicious, but very appealing to the eye as well. Specks of green in a sea of creamy delight that tastes of heaven! And the best tip: use pre cooked oven-ready lasagna noodles to make it faster and easier.

2. Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken

If you are a fan of the famous dip, you will absolutely love this recipe. This is by far my favorite of the chicken breast spinach recipes. But how do I make the sauce you ask?

You make a super easy creamy base by using cream cheese, heavy cream, milk, and chicken broth. Sauteed chopped garlic with fresh baby spinach leaves and chopped artichoke hearts are drowned in the creamy base sauce and added to thinned and browned chicken breasts, seasoned with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

Once the chicken breasts have had a sauce bath, you can serve them with Parmesan cheese on top. Let me tell you a secret, if you don’t have fresh spinach, it is totally ok to use frozen spinach.

Just make sure to thaw it beforehand and squeeze the water out of it. Once you try it, this will be your favorite chicken and spinach dish ever. Guaranteed!

3. Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, Mushrooms

I’m sure you’ve heard of Smothered Chicken, but did you know that by adding spinach you make it healthier and better tasting? Well, you do!

The chicken breasts are seasoned with salt, paprika and lemon pepper, which makes them a little tangy, and the creamed spinach is made with half and half rather than with heavy cream, which makes it lower in fat. This is an amazing chicken spinach recipe to make when having company over.

It is very flavorful and the spinach and mushrooms make it seem like a fancy meal you would have in a restaurant. Crispy bacon gives it a smoky flavor which ties everything together.

You can serve this entree with mashed potatoes, wild rice or with steamed veggies if you are on a low carb diet. This may be a keto-friendly recipe, but one thing it is not missing is flavor. You add the carbs only if you want to!

4. Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta

Are you looking for a fast and easy pasta recipe? Try creamy chicken spinach pasta. All you need is cooked pasta of your choice and this amazing chicken and spinach sauce that comes together really quickly and is all done in one skillet.

The secret ingredients that make this pasta dish really delicious are lemon juice and Dijon mustard.

They compliment spinach so well and make this creamy sauce stand out by giving it a burst of tangy flavor that makes the delicate flavor of chicken really come to life.

My family loves this dish and I love making it for them because spinach is so healthy and my kids eat it without hesitation. It is a dish that can be appreciated both by the little ones as well as the adults.

5. Chicken Saag

I am a huge fan of Indian cuisine and have been for a long time. I don’t like bland food and Indian recipes are anything but bland. The use of so many spices is what draws me into trying so many of their amazing dishes. One thing I can say though is that Indian food can take a bit of time to cook.

The recipes can get a bit complex. This is not the case with this easy curry also known as Palak chicken. It comes together really quickly once you gather all your ingredients.

You will need chicken, spinach, tomato paste, yogurt, and spices. And boy are you going to love the spices! Just take a look at this list: coriander, garam masala, turmeric, cumin, cardamom, and Indian chili powder.

6. Chicken and Spinach Manicotti

This is one of those recipes that looks fancy but is really very easy to make. I don’t know what’s with filled pasta dishes that makes them seem like you spent a whole day making them when really they are very easy to make. Filling pasta can seem like a hard thing to do, but let me give you the best tip ever.

Place your filling inside a ziplock bag, cut open one of the corners (big cut) and use it as a piping bag to fill the manicotti. The filling is really easy to make.

Just combine shredded cooked chicken, sauteed baby spinach, egg, ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Can you think of a yummier filling?

Neither can I. After you fill the manicotti, you place them in a baking dish, add Alfredo sauce on top as well as Parmesan cheese, bake and enjoy! It is that easy. And the flavor?

Let me just tell you this: make enough for seconds because people will certainly ask for them. Who can resist a bubbly, cheesy, and slightly brown on-top pasta dish, right?

7. One Pan Creamy Chicken and Spinach

Have you been running around all day and don’t have the time or the patience for making an elaborate dinner? I got you. Keep reading.

This recipe is for you. It is exactly what the name says. It is creamy and it has chicken and spinach in it. But don’t you dare think this is just another cream, chicken, and spinach recipe.

No ma’am. This delicious concoction has an aromatic mixture of delicious garlic, onion, and sun-dried tomatoes as well.

I don’t know about you, but I love anything with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes in it. They give any dish a huge amount of flavor and if you add to that a pinch of red pepper flakes, I am in heaven.

I think adding them to any dish is the best idea ever. So please do yourself a favor and make this easy, quick, and amazingly delicious one-pan meal, pour yourself a nice glass of white wine, take off your shoes, relax and enjoy!

8. Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Stuffed you say? Oh no, that’s too much work, right? Wrong! This dish may seem like a hard thing to make, but it is so easy you won’t believe it. Who cares if your family or friends think you slaved in the kitchen all day?

Tell them it was really hard and you need a break after this. Let someone else do the dishes!

Let me walk you through the steps: mix the ingredients for the filling, season and butterfly the chicken breasts, place mixture in one half of the breast, close with the other half, place chicken breasts inside a baking dish, and bake.

That’s it! And what can be better than fresh spinach and chicken recipes? Not very much my friend. To me they are a match made in heaven.

Chicken tastes so much better when cooked with spinach. They are the perfect flavor combo. Just like peanut butter and jelly!

9. Chicken Spinach Alfredo Rotini Pasta Recipe by Tasty

Who hasn’t seen a Tasty video? Almost everybody has!

And it’s no wonder. They make the most amazing recipes. They are also quick, easy, and delicious. You might say anybody can make a Tasty recipe. They are made that way.

Created by experts, made for any level cook. You don’t have to be an expert and the results will always be perfect. This meal is just like that. One pot, heat the oil, brown the chicken, and add garlic, bacon, spinach, salt, and pepper.

Cook until the spinach is wilted, pour in heavy cream, and let reduce a bit. Throw in the cooked pasta, sprinkle Parmesan cheese and parsley on top and let everything heat through. Serve. Got it?

Good! Now go make some delicious and easy pasta. You might even want to grab your phone or camera and make your own video! Who knows, you might be the next great Tasty chef!

10. Chicken and Bacon Pasta

A big name for an equally big flavor chicken spinach recipe. Just think about it. Bacon, spinach, garlic, tomatoes, and cream. The chicken got it coming with this list of ingredients.

If you are as bored as I am with yet another chicken recipe, try this one. People say there are two kinds of pasta eaters. The ones that like tomato-based sauces, and the ones that like cream-based sauces.

I think there’s a third kind. The one that likes both, and even more, a combination of both. In this recipe, chicken is treated to a tomato-cream combo and the result is delicious.

Bacon, spinach, garlic, tomatoes and Italian spices are added to browned chicken pieces and drowned in heavy cream.

After a few minutes of cooking, the tomatoes are tender and the cream is infused with their juices as well as the flavor of all the other ingredients. All that is left to do is add cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese for an Italian masterpiece!

11. Instant Pot Creamy Chicken with Spinach Recipe

Having an Instant Pot is such a time saver. You can literally make a meal in under 30 minutes. I, for one, am a bit tired of the good old casserole. So that’s when the instant pot comes to the rescue.

You get the same results, but without having to use the oven and having to wash a lot of dishes because you can saute and cook all in the same pot. This feature will come in handy for this recipe.

You will saute, cook, then saute again. Let me explain. You turn the saute mode on, add butter, onion and garlic. Pour in chicken broth and add chicken tenderloins. Cook.

Remove the chicken, place on saute mode again and pour in heavy cream, Parmesan cheese and spinach. Add the chicken back in again and you’re done! Could it be easier? I didn’t think so.

12. Spinach Ricotta Chicken

This is your classic 1, 2, 3 recipe. 1. Make the cheese spread. 2. Spread the cheese mixture on top of the seasoned chicken breasts. 3. Pour marinara on top and bake. Yes, it is that easy.

But don’t let the easy part fool you. This is one of those healthy chicken and spinach recipes that is easy and quick, but also very delicious. It packs a lot of flavors, and once baked you can serve it on top of gluten-free or whole wheat pasta to make it even healthier.

And let me give you one time-saving tip: use baby spinach so you don’t have to waste time removing stems from the spinach leaves. This is definitely one of my go-to recipes when I am tired or don’t have too much time to cook. It is also one of my family’s favorite recipes.

13. Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Goat Cheese

I am a salad lover. I love tangy salad dressings and healthy food, so I am always on the lookout for salad recipes. If you like salads and are a fan of chicken and spinach as well, you have just found one of my favorite healthy chicken and spinach recipes.

If you search for chicken and spinach recipes, 90% of the time your results will include creamy sauces. If you are trying to eat healthily, these are not always the recipes you are looking for. This one is. It is a simple salad made with cooked chicken, avocado, cherry tomatoes, corn, and fresh spinach leaves.

I recommend you use baby spinach to avoid having to remove any stems.

The salad’s main ingredients may seem simple, but the dressing is delicious, and the secret ingredient, goat cheese, makes it so amazing and a bit upscale. Goat cheese has a unique flavor that immediately takes any recipe to another level flavor-wise. I guarantee you will love this salad.

14. Chicken and Spinach Meatballs

Stop the press! A new favorite meatball has just come to town and taken it by storm.

If you are tired of the same old meatballs or are just not a fan of ground beef anymore, try these amazing little balls of deliciousness. They are tasty, they are healthy and they are way too cute!

Surprise your family or guests with a new flavor du jour and watch them smile as they taste these beauties. Ground chicken is mixed with thawed and chopped frozen spinach, fresh basil, garlic, onion, egg, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and then baked (yes baked!) until fully cooked.

You can serve these beauties topped with your favorite jam as appetizers, or you can cook them in marinara sauce and serve them with pasta as an entree. If you don’t have fresh basil, you can always use Italian spices or chopped parsley instead.

15. Spinach and Chicken Enchiladas

American-style enchiladas are a hit everywhere, and this recipe is no exception.

The delicious filling is made with diced cooked chicken, frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed dry), chili powder, salt, pepper, ricotta cheese, sour cream, and Monterey Jack and mozzarella cheeses.

Tortillas are filled, wrapped, placed in a baking dish, and given a bath with enchilada sauce. Topped with more cheese then baked to gooey, cheesy perfection.

The whole dish will be devoured in record time and you will see nothing but smiling faces around the dinner table. Let me give you one tip to make the enchilada filling easy.

Microwave your tortillas until they are warm and soft. This way they won’t break when you are rolling them, but remain pliable. Your dish will look and taste perfect. Keep this recipe in your favorites list, because you will be asked for it frequently.

16. Lemony Chicken and Spinach Soup

It’s been raining lately so soup season is not over at my house. I love soups, but my kids don’t like them so much, so I have to be really creative to make them not only eat them but also enjoy them.

I know they like lemon and everything that has lemon in it, so this is one soup recipe I knew they would enjoy. It is not only delicious but very nutritious as well. It has chicken, veggies like spinach, carrots, and leeks, rice (there goes the carb portion), eggs (even more protein), and the secret ingredient, lemon juice. So you see, it is a complete and nutritious meal all made using one pot.

They don’t know that it is good for them, they just enjoy it and that makes me happy.

This is one amazing soup recipe. Believe me when I say I could eat this soup every day.

It’s packed full of nutrients but at the same time, it tastes fresh and tangy. I can’t say enough amazing things about it. Please try it!

17. Chicken and Skillet Chicken Pasta

Raise your hand if you like one-skillet meals! I know most of you did. Who likes to wash a mountain of dishes? I know most Italians would die before cooking their pasta in the same pot as the rest of the meal, but we like things to be simple and easy.

In this dish, you brown the chicken and remove it, cook the onion and garlic, add fire-roasted tomatoes, chicken broth, spices, and uncooked pasta. Return the chicken to the skillet, reduce the heat, and cover and cook.

Once the pasta is cooked, add half and half, mozzarella cheese, and fresh spinach. Cook until the spinach has wilted and voila! Dinner is served and you only have to wash one skillet.

18. Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken

Restaurant-worthy chicken and spinach recipe! Feta cheese is salty and combined with the rest of the ingredients in this dish, it makes for the most amazing filling. And let me tell you about the sauce.

Oh, the sauce is made with white wine and lemon juice. Are you craving it yet? You will once you try it. You will crave it constantly. It has a surprise ingredient that makes it even more delicious.

The filling has nutmeg in it. I can’t tell you enough how it makes it so much better. It’s one of those ingredients you can’t identify but makes the dish? You know what I mean?

This whole dish is full of surprising ingredients and is just amazing. I can honestly only describe it as restaurant-worthy.

19. Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Chicken

Straight forward ingredients for a simple but satisfying dish. Sauteed garlic-infused bechamel sauce made using flour, chicken broth, and heavy cream is dressed up by the addition of sliced cooked mushrooms and spinach.

This sauce is then mixed with browned chicken breasts for the cleanest, most delicious tasting meal. Chicken and spinach recipes are popular for a reason and this one is one of the best.

If you are a fan of spinach and mushrooms, and you are looking for easy ideas for using them, please try this simple and quick recipe. You will love it.

20. Spinach Artichoke Chicken Casserole- Keto and Low Carb

If you are following a low carb or keto diet, you know how hard it is to remove carbs and still have a tasty, satisfying meal. This healthy chicken and spinach recipe will deliver both low-carb and great flavor expectations.

Being a casserole, it can’t be easier to make.

Just mix, place in a baking dish, sprinkle with cheese, and bake. All the goodies will bake together to make the most amazing dip-like casserole. If you are a fan of the dip, this casserole is just that but with chicken added.

I could literally eat the whole dish. It is that good. Please eat it while it is hot and the cheese is bubbly and melted. It is just so good I’m drooling just thinking about it.

20 Best Chicken and Spinach Recipes

20 Best Chicken and Spinach Recipes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tbsps butter
  • 1 pck (6 oz) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 c salsa

Instructions

  1. Make the chicken breast halves thin by placing them between two layers of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pounding them with a meat mallet until they are about ½ inch thick.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil and butter until melted. Cook the chicken breast halves for 3 minutes on each side or until brown and cooked through. Transfer to a dish and keep warm.
  3. Using the same skillet, cook the spinach with the salsa until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through.
  4. Serve the chicken breasts with the spinach sauce on top.
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