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Chicken with Garlic Sauce and Spinach-Mushroom Saute May 10, 2010

Filed under: Dinner,Veggies — Nikki Wegner @ 5:52 pm
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Growing up we ate chicken all the time, not that I am complaining Mom! Grilled, baked, roasted, beer can (which is great and you should try!), you name it, we ate it.

So when I found a recipe for chicken that you first pan-sear and then bake in the oven for a bit, something completely new to me,  I of course had to give it a try. Plus, the mention of garlic sauce and I was sold.

Preparing the chicken is so easy. All you do is give it a rub with a bunch of spices.


Chicken covered in spices

Then you sear it in an oiled pan for two minutes on each side.

You add some chicken broth and garlic cloves and toss in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Chicken in oven

Chicken in the oven

Be super careful when you remove it though, you will forget the handle is hot on the pan, or at least I did! I kept trying to grab it, of course, but luckily I managed not to do any damage, so keep your oven mit on.

After the chicken is done cooking, remove the chicken onto a plate/platter and add a bit more chicken broth. Crush the garlic cloves with a fork and let simmer for a few minutes.

Garlic Sauce

Garlic Sauce

The sauce is really delicious, and is a great combination of the chicken flavors and spices. Now I know that looks like a ton of garlic, but it really absorbs the broth and I swear, you won’t finish with horrible garlic breath!

To go along with the chicken, I decided to saute up some spinach and mushrooms.

I cooked the mushrooms for a bit with some olive oil cooking spray, salt and thyme, then added some lemon juice and spinach.

Spinach and Mushrooms

Spinach and Mushrooms

I just let everything cook together for a while on medium heat, and it was a great side dish for the chicken.

Pan Seared Chicken with Spinach and Mushrooms

Pan-Seared Chicken with Spinach and Mushrooms

This meal is super healthy, while also being very filling.  I almost didn’t have room for a chocolate chip cookie, though I managed to make room!

Pan-seared Chicken with Garlic Sauce (adapted from Weight Watchers)

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp thyme, dried

1 tsp rosemary, dried

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp olive oil

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 4 4-ounce pieces

12 medium garlic cloves, peeled and halved

1 cup fat-free chicken broth, reduced sodium, divided


Pre-heat oven to 450°

Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl, mix

Sprinkle both sides of each chicken breast with the spice mixture

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat

Cook chicken 2 minutes on each side

Add garlic and 3/4 cup of broth

Place pan in oven and bake chicken for 10 minutes, or until cooked through

Remove skillet from oven and place chicken on a platter

Return pan to stove top and heat, adding 1/4 cup of remaining broth

Mash garlic with a fork

Cook sauce for 2 minutes, or until thoroughly heated, stirring

Serve by spooning 2 tbsp of sauce on each piece of chicken

Yields 4 servings

Spinach and Mushroom Saute (own recipe)

2 cups mushrooms

4 cups spinach

2 garlic cloves

2 tbsp lemon juice

dried Thyme and Salt to taste

Olive oil cooking spry


Spray a large skillet with olive oil cooking spray

Add mushrooms, salt and thyme and saute for about 4 minutes

Add lemon juice, garlic and spinach

Cook until mushrooms are soft and spinach has wilted

Yields 2 servings


2 Responses to “Chicken with Garlic Sauce and Spinach-Mushroom Saute”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Can Emma and I be on this blog when we visit? Cuz that would be cool.

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