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Quick-cooking chicken cutlets are coated in a garlic cream sauce, while spinach adds a boost of color and nutrition in this easy, one-skillet recipe.

EatingWell.com, December 2021


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins

What Are Chicken Cutlets?

Chicken cutlets are thinly sliced chicken breasts, about 1/4 inch thick. Chicken cutlets cook quicker and cook more evenly than whole chicken breasts. You can find them labeled "thin-cut" chicken breasts at supermarkets, but you can also make your own by slicing a chicken breast in half horizontally. Here's how to do it:

1. With a long, sharp knife, carefully slice the chicken breast in half lengthwise into two even pieces.

A hand using a knife to cut a chicken breast
Credit: Lindsey Spink

2. Gently pound the chicken with a meat mallet until the cutlet is an even thickness, about ¼ inch thick.

An Illustration of a hand using a hammer to tenderize a chicken breast
Credit: Lindsey Spinks

What Can I Substitute for White Wine?

Replace the white wine with an equal amount of low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth plus 1/2 tablespoon of white wine vinegar or lemon juice for a touch of brightness and acidity to balance out the dish.

How to Serve Creamy Garlic Skillet Chicken with Spinach

The creamy garlic chicken with spinach can be served over pasta, brown rice, cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or whole grains to soak up the delicious sauce. Make a green salad to round out the meal.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


Ingredient Checklist
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until browned and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Add garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Increase heat to medium-high and add wine. Cook until slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Return heat to medium and stir in spinach, cream and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Simmer for 2 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce.


Large skillet

Nutrition Facts

1 cutlet & about 1/4 cup sauce
301 calories; protein 27g; carbohydrates 3g; sugars 1g; fat 17g; saturated fat 8g; cholesterol 117mg; vitamin a iu 1880IU; sodium 362mg; potassium 504mg; niacin equivalents 17mg.