Chicken With Tomatoes And Spinach

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My Grandmother’s Chicken With Tomatoes and Spinach is one of the best Italian meals ever. It was one of my go-to meals when I came home from college, she knew how to cook, and this recipe is no different. The combination of flavor in this dish will make you feel a little like you did when you first started dating your significant other. However, unlike that first date, you’ll be satisfied when it’s done!

Italian Skillet Chicken with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Onions

Break out your skillet tonight for this Italian-inspired chicken dish! Spinach, tomatoes, red onion, and capers combine to make this super simple meal a flavor superstar. Freezes well, too!

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I try to keep freezer meals handy at all times in an effort to circumvent the inevitable week that goes awry, and still put a well-rounded dinner on the table.

This Italian Skillet Chicken dinner is a family favorite. Oregano, basil, and garlic season the chicken while grape tomatoes, onion, and olive oil break down to make a rich and fragrant pan sauce.

Pull the whole thing together with a couple of handfuls of spinach and dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Italian Skillet Chicken (Freezer Meal!)

The Best Chicken for This Recipe

Use boneless skinless thinly sliced chicken breasts, tenderloins or tenders (depending on how your supermarket labels them). Because they are thin, more of each bite is covered in the marinade and they cook in a fraction of the time it would take to cook a thick chicken breast.

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The Best Pan to Use

Use a 12-inch skillet (measured across the top) with high sides to cook this meal. A smaller skillet may not be large enough to fit all of the ingredients.

Swap Out the Vegetables

If you make this on a day when you don’t have the suggested vegetables on hand, don’t worry about it. Serve the chicken with a side salad over pasta or with a vegetable of your choice.

Fast and Easy Chicken Dinner - four bags of marinated chicken
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Chicken Freezer Meal -- ziploc bags of frozen chicken standing up

How to Make Ahead and Freeze

To make this meal budget friendly, stock up on chicken when it’s on sale. Take a little time on the weekend to whip up a few marinades, dress the chicken and freeze them in bags. That way they are ready on days when you don’t have extra time to think about dinner.

  1. Use gallon-size freezer bags that you press to seal rather than those with a zipper slide.
  2. Write the date, name of the recipe and SimplyRecipes.com so you can easily find the recipe later.
  3. Add the chicken and marinade ingredients to the bag.
  4. Squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag and close it.
  5. Smoosh around the chicken until it’s well coated in marinade.
  6. Lay flat to freeze.

This will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months, and up to 48 hours thawed in the refrigerator.

Not a planner? No biggie!

You could still make this whole dish start to finish in one night and have dinner ready in 40 minutes or less.

Italian Skillet Chicken with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Onions

PREP TIME12 mins

COOK TIME25 mins

TOTAL TIME37 mins

SERVINGS4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

For the marinade

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken tenders, tenderloin, or thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, from about 1 lemon
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the vegetables

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 large handfuls spinach, about 2 packed cups
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Crusty bread, to serve

Method

  1. Label the bag:Use a sharpie to write the date and the title of the recipe on a gallon-sized zip top bag so you can easily find it on SimplyRecipes.com when you want to cook it. Alternatively, write the cooking instructions on the bag.Skillet Chicken -- hands labeling a zip top bag
  2. Combine the ingredients:Roll down the opening of the bag a little just so you don’t accidently get raw chicken juices on the outside of the zip top. Add the chicken, spices, zest, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil.Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag. Smoosh the chicken around so it’s coated in the marinade.Marinated Chicken - hands rolling down a zip loc bagEasy Chicken Freezer Meal with Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast-plastic bag wtih chicken, herbs, and lemon zest
  3. Lay the chicken flat in the freezer and freeze for up to 6 months:Alternatively, you could skip the freezer and let it marinade in the fridge for a couple of hours and up to two days, then cook it according to the directions below.
  4. Thaw the chicken before cooking:Take the chicken out of the freezer in the morning before you go to work, and it will be ready to cook by the end of the day.
  5. Prepare the onion:Peel and trim the stem ends of the onion, but leave the stem intact so it can keep the onion layers together. Slice the onion in half. Then slice each half into 5 wedges leaving a little stem with each one.Easy Skillet Chicken-woman slicing red onion with knife
  6. Cook the chicken:Set a large skillet over medium heat add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Once the oil shimmers, add chicken and any marinade in the bag. If any chicken is folded up, unfolded it so it lays flat in the pan. Cook the chicken for 2 minutes, then flip it.Chicken Freezer Meal with Chicken Tenders-woman's hand holding a fork and moving a chicken breast around inside a silver skillet breast
  7. Add the vegetables:Add the onion wedges, tomatoes, and capers. Cover with a lid. Let everything simmer together for 12 to 15 minutes. The tomatoes should be soft, and the onions dull in color.Italian Chicken Recipe in Skillet-top down shot of a silver skillet filled with chicken breasts, grape tomatoes, and red onions
  8. Check the chicken:Check the chicken to see if it’s cooked through by cutting a piece open. If the juices run clear, and you don’t see any pink the chicken is ready. Use a fork to remove the chicken to a plate and tent with foil.What’s the Temperature of Cooked Chicken?READ MORE:Chicken Recipe in Skillet with Italian Seasonings-woman's hand lifting a chicken breast out of a skillet with a fork
  9. Finish the sauce:Turn the heat up to medium high. Add 1 tablespoon butter to the sauce. Stir it in and let the sauce reduce uncovered for about 2 minutes. Add the spinach stir to coat a couple of times until the spinach has wilted.Easy Skillet Chicken-tomatoes, red onion, and butter cooking in a skillet
  10. To serve:Nestle the chicken back into the pan, and season to taste with salt and pepper.Bring the skillet to the table. Spoon up chicken, vegetables and sauces into shallow bowls or plates. Serve with crusty bread to sop up the sauce.

Sautéed Chicken with Spinach & Tomatoes

Sautéed Chicken with Spinach & Tomatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick basil laves
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (6-ounce) package baby spinach leaves

DETAILS

Servings 4
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 25mins

PREPARATION

STEP 1

Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 10 minutes or until browned. Add onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened.

Stir in tomatoes, water and seasonings. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 3 minutes or until heated through.

Stir in spinach; cook 2 minutes or until spinach begins to wilt.

Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti

Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti – this recipe features pasta, fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, spinach, garlic, and olive oil.   It’s a great Summer pasta recipe!  Easy and quick!  Only 30 minutes to make.  A fantastic way to prepare chicken pasta using fresh vegetables!

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This chicken pasta has a good variety of fresh ingredients:  spinach, tomatoes, basil, garlic.  Add chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and good quality olive oil to the mix – and you get a healthy and light dinner!   So good!  This recipe reminds me of tomato spinach shrimp pasta that is also very light and refreshing! This Mediterranean style meal is packed with vegetables, protein and good oils.

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Why make this pasta dish

  • When we think about chicken pasta, we usually picture a pasta dish with lots of cream sauce and white cheese.   Like this chicken and bacon pasta with spinach and tomatoes in garlic cream sauce.  This spinach tomato chicken pasta has no cream sauce.  It’s a healthy version of chicken pasta.  And, it tastes like comfort food.
  • This vibrant chicken spaghetti one of the most popular recipes on my site.   It has been pinned 1.6 million times and visited by millions of people.  I hope you try this Tomato and Spinach Chicken Spaghetti Pasta.   See for yourself why it is so popular!
  • Did I forget to mention that this pasta recipe is easy to make and takes only 30 minutes from start to finish? Not bad for a good-looking dish that tastes like comfort food! And, it looks beautiful, vibrant and colorful!
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What makes this tomato spinach chicken pasta even more special?

  • This recipe’s main ingredients are fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, and spinach.
  • To make this pasta even more flavorful, I also used sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper flakes!  They added so much flavor!
  • Once the chicken pasta is completely cooked, I highly recommend that you add 3 tablespoons of high-quality olive oil.   Stir it into the final pasta dish, off heat. It’s so tasty and so good for you!
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Variations

  • Use spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine, angel hair pasta, or pappardelle pasta.
  • Use skinless and boneless chicken thighs.  Or, use skinless and boneless chicken breasts.  Chop chicken meat into smaller pieces.
  • This is the ideal recipe for trying out all sorts of artisanal pasta that we often see in the stores.  Make this recipe with green spinach pasta, or orangy-looking sun-dried tomato fettuccine, artichoke pasta, etc.  You get the idea!  Use all those colorful unusual kinds of pasta we see in the stores in this recipe!
  • Don’t have spinach? Use other greens. Swiss chard or kale will work great in this recipe.

I hope you’ll make this easy tomato spinach chicken spaghetti.  It makes a truly Mediterranean dinner!

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