15 Chicken and Spinach Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals
Chicken and spinach are a few of the ingredients we like to keep on hand for easy and healthy weeknight meals. These 15 chicken and spinach recipes are some of our favorites.
This easy chicken recipe will please kids and adults alike. To lighten this retro dish, we replaced heavy cream with low-fat milk and we used low sodium chicken broth to cut the salt.
Chicken Florentine Roll-Ups
Perfect for entertaining, these chicken cutlets are stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts and just enough cream cheese to hold the filling together. Make a double batch and freeze half the roll-ups (individually wrapped in plastic), then just defrost and bake as you like. Serve topped with fresh diced tomatoes or marinara sauce and a sprinkling of chopped fresh basil.
Chicken Sausage Calzone
A typical calzone packs almost 800 calories and 25 grams of saturated fat. In this healthier calzone recipe, we use lean chicken sausage to keep fat in check and add nutrient-rich spinach to bulk up the filling without adding calories. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
Sicilian Olive Chicken
This saucy one-skillet chicken dish is full of tomatoes, spinach, olives and capers. Try Kalamata olives in place of the green Sicilians or a combination of both. If you don't have a large skillet, a Dutch oven works in a pinch. Serve over whole-wheat egg noodles with a mixed green salad on the side.
Vegetable Lover's Chicken Soup
Classic comfort food is yours, in just slightly more than 30 minutes. Serve with some crusty whole-grain bread and top with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.
Apricot-Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Carrot Salad
In this healthy chicken dinner recipe, searing the chicken on the stovetop then finishing it in the oven ensures juicy results. If you don't have apricot preserves, honey or maple syrup makes a nice substitution.
Mache & Chicken Salad with Honey-Tahini Dressing
In this salad, mâche is tossed with spring ingredients--new red-skinned potatoes and fresh peas--and a lemony tahini dressing and chicken.
Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
This fragrant, Italian-flavored soup takes advantage of quick-cooking ingredients--boneless, skinless chicken breast, bagged baby spinach and canned beans. It features a simple homemade basil pesto swirled in at the end to add a fresh herb flavor. If you are very pressed for time, you can substitute 3 to 4 tablespoons of a store-bought basil pesto.
Spinach & Beet Salad with Chicken
Real maple syrup--not the "maple-flavored" fakes that line the supermarket shelves--is the key to the richly flavored dressing on this elegant salad. In this case, the darker the syrup the better; choose Grade B syrup if it's available, or the darkest "Grade A" that you can find.
Curried Squash & Chicken Soup
Red Thai curry paste adds heat and depth of flavor to this simple soup. If you like, add garlic for more savory flavors to offset the sweetness of the coconut. No salt and pepper needed.
Stuffed Chicken Thighs Braised in Tomato Sauce
Spinach-Parmesan stuffing provides great flavor in boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Try it with the optional chicken livers in the stuffing for an extra-rich treat. And don't worry, even though when stuffed it looks like the filling will ooze out, it doesn't. The egg in the stuffing acts as a binder to keep everything in place. The recipe makes plenty of sauce, so be sure to cook up some pasta or make mashed potatoes to serve alongside the saucy chicken.
Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
You may disagree on whether the chicken parm sandwich should be known as a "sub," "hoagie" or "grinder," but who doesn't love this neighborhood-deli classic? We've added some spinach and done away with all the greasy breading to make it more healthy. Make it a meal: The sandwich is filling and complete on its own, but add some crunch with carrots, celery and cucumbers on the side.
Butternut Squash Alfredo with Chicken & Spinach
If you're not feeling like regular pasta tonight, turn to butternut squash noodles. These delicate veggie strands are a great base for any number of sauces and toppings–we add chicken, garlic and silky spinach to this creamy and decadent Alfredo sauce for flavor and protein.
Spinach & Goat Cheese Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Layers of tortillas, chicken and vegetables with a creamy goat-cheese sauce create a lasagna-like Mexican casserole dish for an easy, healthy dinner the whole family will love.
Stir-Fried Chicken with Wilted Spinach & Tamari Walnuts
The joy of stir-frying is that an interesting dish like this cooks in mere minutes. The only trick is to have all the ingredients prepped and ready to add. Once you start stir-frying you can't afford to lose time mincing and measuring.