Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken

Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken- Spinach Artichoke Dip turned into a healthy dinner! Cheese sauce mixed with spinach, artichokes, & chicken baked until bubbly is heaven in a bite. Great for a quick weeknight meal. Packed with flavor yet healthy & low-carb. Weight Watcher friendly (8 SmartPoints).

 

Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken- Spinach Artichoke Dip turned into a healthy dinner! Cheese sauce mixed with spinach, artichokes, & chicken baked until bubbly is heaven in a bite. Great for a quick weeknight meal. Packed with flavor yet healthy & low-carb. Weight Watcher friendly (8 SmartPoints).

 

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!

 

Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken- Spinach Artichoke Dip turned into a healthy dinner! Cheese sauce mixed with spinach, artichokes, & chicken baked until bubbly is heaven in a bite. Great for a quick weeknight meal. Packed with flavor yet healthy & low-carb. Weight Watcher friendly (8 SmartPoints).

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

For Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials:

 

Serves 4

Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken

8 SMARTPOINTS per serving

5 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Pound Chicken Breast
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoon Light Butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • ½ Cup Chopped Artichoke Hearts
  • 5 Ounces Baby Spinach (About 1 Bag Baby Spinach)
  • 1 Tablespoon All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Reduced Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • ½ Cup 2% Milk
  • ½ Cup Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • ¼ Cup Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ Tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Cup Fat Free Feta Cheese
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Lay chicken on parchment paper and top with another sheet of parchment paper.
  3. Using a mallet, pound chicken out so chicken is ½ inch thick.
  4. Season chicken with salt & pepper.
  5. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat and add oil.
  6. Once oil has heated up, add chicken.
  7. Cook chicken on each side for about 6-7 minutes. If chicken sticks to the pan, it is not ready to be flipped so wait another minute.
  8. Remove chicken from pan and put on plate.
  9. In same skillet, lower heat to medium low heat.
  10. Add butter to skillet and melt.
  11. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  12. Roughly chop artichokes and baby spinach.
  13. Add artichokes and spinach and cook for 3 minutes.
  14. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute.
  15. Whisk in vegetable broth and break up clumps.
  16. Add milk and cook for 7 minutes to thicken up.
  17. Add cream cheese and cook until cheese has melted.
  18. Stir and cook until mixture has thickened and cheese has melted.
  19. Turn off heat and add Greek yogurt and red pepper flakes. Stir until well combined.
  20. Slice chicken into thin strips and add chicken to skillet.
  21. Mix chicken with spinach mixture then spread into even layer in skillet.
  22. Add feta cheese to top of chicken and bake chicken in the oven for 5 minutes until bubbly.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/4
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 3.8g 19%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11.7g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4.8g
Protein 48.4g 97%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

34 Comments

  1. I’m not so concerned as being healthy as eating something delicious. So what a win to hear that this is healthy and delicious. Can’t wait to try to make it myself!

    • It’s a win win situation because this dish is healthy but nobody will know because it’s SO GOOD! My husband had no idea that I added fat free cream cheese… he couldn’t tell the difference. Thanks Kim 🙂 !!

  2. Yum! I have thought “how can I make artichoke dip healthier”, so glad you took the time to make it a reality 🙂 Great step-by-step pictures too, can’t wait to try this!

  3. Must admit artichokes is not something I tend to cook with much. After reading through your recipe this sound really delicious and easy to put together.
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  4. I love finding new ways to reinvent spinach-artichoke dip! I’ve figured out how to put it on pizza and stuff it into mushrooms – this recipe will be next ☺

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