Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach

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An Easy Chicken Recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes with an amazing Sweet Balsamic Tomato sauce served with fresh sautéed spinach.

Happy Friday ya’ll! Are you just beaming with excitement for the weekend to be here? I know I am!! Not only because March Madness is here, eek!!! {Did anybody fill out a bracket?} But also because I have big plans for the hubbie! {aka “hunnie do list”}

Do you ever do that? Make plans for your special someone? hehe… Yeah Mike is not a fan. He knows that I am an uber planner, the only problem with all my planning is, sometimes… ahem.. okay… a majority of the time I forget to tell him my plans and then get someone sad/mad/frustrated when he does not do what my plan required.  Even though he didn’t know what the plan was! Make sense?

Solution = Krista needs to communicate her plan!

In the food department, I have no problem explaining my plan to him. In fact, sometimes I explain it to him too much that his eyes probably glaze over from boredom. No not really, he enjoys trying to figure out what I’m going to come up with next and even helps me with some of the recipes. {like my Lamb Endives with Cherry Balsamic Sauce or Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Todays recipe was actually not created by either one of us, it is from Ellie Krieger who is one of my all time favorite Food Network Chefs, besides Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay. 🙂 This Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach is a great healthy meal option that comes together in less than 20 minutes. It is loaded with fiber and is gluten-free. The sauce has a slight sweetness from the balsamic which balances the acidity from the tomatoes perfectly. I serve this Balsamic Chicken with my Roasted Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Couscous. It is the perfect balanced meal!

To get started, slice 3 chicken breasts in half to create 6 thin chicken breasts.

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Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the 1 tablespoon of olive oil to skillet. Immediately add 3 minced garlic garlic cloves, saute for for 30 seconds. Next add chicken and cook approximately 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

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Next, in the same pan, add 8 oz. of fresh baby spinach and cook just until wilted. {approximately 1-2 minutes}. Remove the spinach from pan and set aside.

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Lower the heat to medium and add the 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and 1/3 cup of low sodium chicken broth. Stir and scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.

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Next add one 15 oz. can of diced no-salted add tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Serve chicken, baby spinach, and balsamic tomato sauce over a bed of Roasted Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Couscous.

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Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 13 mins
  • Total Time: 18 mins
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Poultry
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American

Description

An Easy Chicken Recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes with an amazing Sweet Balsamic Tomato sauce served with fresh sautéed spinach.


Ingredients

  • 3 chicken, halved
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz. of baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of Natural Goodness Swanson low-sodium chicken broth
  • 15 oz. can of no-salt added diced tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Slice 3 chicken breasts in half to create 6 thin chicken breasts.
  2. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add olive oil to skillet. Immediately add minced garlic cloves, saute for for 30 seconds.
  4. Next add chicken and cook approximately 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  5. Next, in the same pan, add fresh baby spinach and cook just until wilted. {approximately 1-2 minutes}.
  6. Remove the spinach from pan and set aside.
  7. Lower the heat to medium and add balsamic vinegar and low sodium chicken broth. Stir and scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.
  8. Next add diced tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes.
  9. Serve chicken, baby spinach, and balsamic tomato sauce over a bed of Roasted Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Couscous.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Ellie Krieger


Nutrition

  • Calories: 353
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 34g

Keywords: easy chicken recipe, chicken breast recipe, skillet chicken recipe

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An Easy Chicken Recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes with an amazing Sweet Balsamic Tomato sauce served with fresh sautéed spinach.

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22 Responses
  1. These are seriously STUNNING Krista – wow. Beautiful job.

    I’m not sure what happened – but I’m not getting your emails anymore. Then I tried to subscribe again & the button won’t work when I click it (which is probably an issue on my end). Can you manually add me to your list?? I’m feeling out of the loop over here. 🙂

    1. Thanks Gina! 🙂

      So weird, I’m sorry that was happening. Hopefully it was just a fluke. I added you using the button on top so you will have an email in your inbox asking you to confirm. 🙂 Getting you “back in the loop”. 🙂

  2. Ellie Krieger is the best — I have 3 of her cookbooks and love them all! I haven’t made this recipe yet, and I don’t know what I’m waiting for…I love all of those flavors. This looks like one quick, delicious dinner. 🙂 Have a great weekend, Krista, and I hope your honey-do list gets completed. 🙂

    1. I know right! Love all her healthy meals, you definitely need to try this one. SOOOO delicious! Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comments Marcie, congrats on graduating from cooking school too!

  3. I can so relate to your husband Krista; my GF never tells me anything about her (i.e., our) plans.
    Luckily (for her) I’m very laid back and flexible so I adjust my schedule according to her master plans (unless, of course, I have a triathlon race).
    Anyway, I do love a good ‘ol balsamic chicken with spinach, the perfect meal for a hungry triathlete!

    1. haha… so its not just me! 🙂 See most women do that. My plans were to do all the yardwork this weekend including planting an herb and vegetable garden. Hubbie pulled through despite my lack of communication. 🙂

      You are a good man for accommodating her, that wins you major bonus points. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the meal Mike!

  4. Haha! I need to work on my communication as well. I’m starting to realize that Tim is not a mind-reader ;). I love Ellie Krieger, and this recipe looks fabulous! So simple to make with minimal ingredients! Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Hi Krista! Wow, this looks fabulous, but everything you make does! Hope the weekend plans turned out well! We used to have a big family & friends basketball pool, run by me, but I hung it up last year when I started the blog! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful dish at Best of the Weekend and of course, pinned. Hope you have a happy week!

    1. Thanks Cindy! The weekend was great, got my herb & vegetable garden in. But I think we messed up the internet line in the process. 🙁

      You should just do the basketball pool through espn.. super simple thats what I did this year. Its too fun to not do… but then again you know that! Thanks for the sweet comments girl, hope you have a fantastic rest of the week!

  6. Hehe, it drives my husband bonkers when I have all these plans for him that I conveniently “forgot” to mention to him ahead of time – I totally need to work on that 😉 This looks fantastic Krista – drooling over the tomatoes and balsamic vinegars – yum!

    1. haha.. glad I’m not the only one Kelly! I just blame it on having a baby, I say “hey, I heard after you have a baby your memory goes, I thought I told you.” 🙂

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