Have you ever had Spinach Artichoke dip at a party and thought “Ok, how can I make this healthy”? Well, I have because I love this dip and think about it a lot. Cream cheese mixed with artichokes and spinach make for a delicious dip! While this dip can be a guilty pleasure, I’m happy to say that you can still eat this dip by making it Weight Watcher friendly. My Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken is spinach artichoke dip turned into a healthy dinner. Creamy cheese sauce mixed with fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, and chicken breast baked until bubbly is heaven in a bite. This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each serving is 8 SmartPoints.
Sometimes a girl just needs some cheese in her life! I am a fan of really any cheese… feta, cheddar, Monterey jack, and cream cheese. Cream cheese really makes everything better and I love the fact that I can still eat cream cheese while eating healthy Weight Watcher meals. Not only do I love cream cheese, my husband does as well. He is always asking me to make recipes or dips with cream cheese. Luckily, cream cheese comes in low fat or fat free so we can still eat it! A while ago, I was thinking about a spinach artichoke dip I made for a party that was a lighter version. Spinach artichoke dip is just so good. Even the lighter version… you can’t even tell! While I was picturing myself eating this dip, I started to wonder how I could turn this dip into a dinner. Why not, right?! I love turning a classic dish into something unique and that’s the inspiration for my Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken.
This dish tastes just like spinach artichoke dip. Finally, you can eat this dip for dinner! Not only does this dish taste just like the dip, its low carb. That’s right people… LOW CARB! I love eating low carb meals because I can usually get away with the dish being super cheesy, and this dish has plenty of cheese y’all! This dish would be a great option to make when you are crunched for time to make dinner because it only takes about 40 minutes or so to make. To start, lay chicken breast on parchment paper, top the chicken with another sheet of parchment paper, and pound out the chicken with a mallet until the chicken is about ½ inch thick or so.
In a cast iron, heat oil over medium heat and cook the chicken breast on each side for about 7 minutes or so. Pro tip for cooking meat in a skillet: if the meat sticks to the pan when you are trying to flip the meat, it’s not ready! Once the chicken is cooked on each side, remove from the skillet and set on a place to rest. Once the chicken has cooled, slice into thin strips.
In the same skillet, melt butter over medium low heat and sauté garlic. Once the garlic has sautéed for a minute, add chopped baby spinach and artichokes and cooked for a few minutes.
The creamy base of this dish is a roux. Making a roux helps to thicken any kind of sauce. To make the roux, slowly whisk in flour, then whisk in vegetable broth to break up the clumps, then slowly add in milk. Once the sauce is smooth, add cream cheese to the skillet and cook until the cheese is melted.
Once the cream cheese has melted, add the sliced chicken breast, plain Greek yogurt, and red pepper flakes. Mix everything together, top with feta cheese, and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes until bubbly!
Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken is spinach artichoke dip turned into a healthy dinner! Creamy cheese sauce mixed with fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, and chicken breast baked until bubbly is heaven in a bite. Great for a quick weeknight meal! Packed with flavor yet healthy and low-carb. Decadent, cheesy, and guaranteed to be a repeat meal!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
For Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: