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Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach, and Bacon Chicken

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Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach, and Bacon Chicken – if you want to know how to cook the best chicken breasts, this is the recipe for you! The chicken breasts are seasoned with dry Italian salad dressing mix, smothered with the creamed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and bacon, and baked to perfection! Β The best baked chicken ever!

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I think this is one of the best chicken breast recipes I ever made! The chicken is moist and tender, and full of flavor thanks to all the stuff on top. It’s like stuffed chicken but much easier to make since you just have to put everything on top and bake!

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Preheat the oven to 375 F. Use 4 small chicken breasts or 2 large chicken breast, sliced horizontally in half.
Butter the bottom of the baking dish. Season chicken breasts from both sides with the Italian salad dressing mix. Place the chicken breasts, flat side down, into the greased baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 F.

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In the mean time, make the creamed spinach. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add spinach and cook for only 1 or 2 minutes until it is heated through and starts to wilt. Remove from heat. Add minced garlic and half and half. Bring to boil. Add shredded mozzarella cheese and keep stirring, on high heat, until mozzarella cheese starts to melt – about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to simmer and keep stirring until you have a nice, smooth creamed spinach – about 30 seconds or 1 more minutes. The creamed spinach should be pretty thick in texture, not watery. If watery, bring to boil again and cook off extra liquid, constantly stirring. Season with salt. Remove from heat.

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Remove the baking pan with chicken breasts from the oven (you baked them for 15-20 minutes):

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Top each chicken breast with creamed spinach:

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Then, top with sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil and chopped into smaller bites):

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Next, top with chopped cooked bacon:

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Next, top with the broken slices of pepper jack cheese.

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Bake in the oven, uncovered for 15-20 more minutes, until the chicken is completely cooked through, no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear:

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Your chicken dinner is ready to serve!

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Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach, and Bacon Chicken

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 servings

Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach, and Bacon Chicken

Ingredients

    Chicken
  • 4 small chicken breasts or 2 large chicken breasts, halved
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Italian Dressing mix (half the packet)
  • Creamed spinach
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Other ingredients
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained of oil, chopped into smaller bites
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked
  • 4 slices of pepper jack cheese (Monterey cheese with jalapenos)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Butter the bottom of the baking dish. Season chicken breasts from both sides with the Italian salad dressing mix. Place the chicken breasts, flat side down, into the greased baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 F.
  3. In the mean time, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add spinach and cook for only 1 or 2 minutes until it is heated through and starts to wilt. Remove from heat. Add minced garlic and half and half. Bring to boil. Add shredded mozzarella cheese and keep stirring, on high heat, until mozzarella cheese starts to melt - about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to simmer and keep stirring until you have a nice, smooth creamed spinach - about 30 seconds or 1 more minutes. The creamed spinach should be pretty thick in texture, not watery. If watery, bring to boil again and cook off extra liquid, constantly stirring. Season with salt. Remove from heat.
  4. Remove the baking pan with chicken breasts from the oven (you baked them for 15-20 minutes). Top each chicken breast with creamed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil and chopped into smaller bites), chopped cooked bacon, and broken slices of pepper jack cheese. Bake in the oven, uncovered for 15-20 more minutes, until the chicken is completely cooked through, no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear.
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  • tray May 2, 2016, 7:59 pm

    Used boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Great recipe!

    • Julia June 29, 2016, 1:46 pm

      Thank you – good to know that boneless, skinless chicken thighs work in this recipe!

  • Dori May 7, 2016, 8:34 am

    This recipe just looks so yummy! I can’t wait to give it a try. I featured it this week in my weekly Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe post! Have a great weekend.

    • Julia June 29, 2016, 1:45 pm

      Thanks, Dori!

  • Nicole May 13, 2016, 11:47 am

    I found your recipe on pinterest! It looks amazing!

    • Julia June 29, 2016, 1:42 pm

      Thank you, Nicole!

  • Benna June 24, 2016, 2:18 pm

    Looks good. Cooking it tonight.

    • Julia June 29, 2016, 1:41 pm

      Thank you, Benna!

      • Maria September 5, 2016, 4:50 pm

        Looks absolutely delicious, can’t wait to make this for my family.

  • Bridgette August 13, 2016, 4:11 pm

    My mouth is watering! These look fabulous. Will def try them soon, maybe with some creamy polenta on the side, or arborio rice. Mmmm. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Felicia August 27, 2016, 3:18 pm

    I found your recipe on Pintrest. I am going to make it tonight but instead bacon I will add mushrooms..yummy

  • Carrie September 2, 2016, 12:08 am

    Made this tonight. Added tomatoes & mushrooms and served it over brown rice. It was so so good! πŸ™‚

  • Denise September 11, 2016, 9:23 pm

    My best friend sent me this pin, and I made it tonight. There’s a reason why she’s my best friend! This was so good! I am full and can’t stop eating til it’s gone! Totally worth the effort, great flavor, great recipe! THANKS!

  • Michelle September 29, 2016, 10:52 pm

    made this LOVED THIS!!!

    • Michelle September 29, 2016, 10:56 pm

      I served my chicken on top of fettuccine noodles, dressed with a little lemon and butter.

  • Laura October 2, 2016, 8:57 pm

    This recipe was awesome!! Will definitely be making it again!

  • Susan Houston October 4, 2016, 6:35 pm

    I’m guessing from the comments that I am the only one who found a mozzarella cheese sauce difficult. I was skeptical when I read the recipe but plowed on. What a mucky disaster! I finally ended up making a flour slurry to get it to homogenize. That being said, the dish was good but I think I’d switch to cheddar or another cheese next time.

  • Danielle October 16, 2016, 9:37 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. Super easy to follow and make. I don’t like pepper jack cheese so I used some smoked gouda instead. And made double the sauce, was a little thicker then I like but it wad still soooooooooo good!!!! I think next time I’ll make it a little more thinner. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  • Diane October 24, 2016, 2:17 pm

    Can I use frozen spinach?

  • Lors October 26, 2016, 3:57 pm

    Have you ever frozen or know if it could be frozen?

  • Beenee December 11, 2016, 7:05 pm

    Made this recipe today and it was a total keeper. I used fresh mozzarella and basil in the sauce. Thank you for posting this recipe!

    • Julia December 17, 2016, 7:20 pm

      Thank you! I am glad you liked it!

  • Kim January 20, 2017, 6:08 pm

    Great recipe! My hubby and I loved it!

    • Julia January 31, 2017, 2:00 am

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca Reichert March 6, 2017, 8:04 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering if you know the calorie and fat content for your Chicken with spinach, bacon, sun dried tomato cheese recipe? I made it and LOVED it!

    • Julia March 11, 2017, 12:18 am

      Thank you, Rebecca! So glad you liked it! I don’t have this capability on my site yet to provide the calorie count but there are free online tools like this one that will give you the calorie info: https://www.caloriecount.com/

  • Joanne March 11, 2017, 5:55 pm

    The creamed spinach is delicious on it’s own! Can’t wait for the entire meal to finish baking.

    • Julia March 13, 2017, 10:29 pm

      I have to agree with you – I thought that creamed spinach was a great dish all on its now! πŸ™‚

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