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Skillet Chicken Thighs with Creamy Tomato Basil Spinach Sauce

Boneless skinless chicken thighs smothered in an easy-to-make creamy tomato basil and spinach sauce.  The whole recipe takes 30 minutes from start to finish!  

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 553 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 lb chicken thighs , boneless skinless
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz fresh spinach
  • 4 leaves fresh basil (or use 1/4 teaspoon dried basil)

For serving:

  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , grated

Instructions

How to cook boneless skinless chicken thighs in a skillet:

  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil on medium heat.  Season boneless skinless chicken thighs with salt and pepper.  Add them top side down to the hot skillet.  Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat, until the top side is nicely seared.  

  2. Flip over to the other side and sear for 5 more minutes on medium heat.

  3. Remove the chicken from the skillet to a plate.

How to make creamy tomato basil sauce:

  1. To the same, now empty skillet, add tomato sauce, minced garlic, heavy cream.  Bring to boil and stir. 

  2. Reduce heat to low simmer.  Add fresh spinach and fresh basil.  Stir until spinach wilts and reduces in volume.  

  3. Taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper, if needed.

  4. Add back cooked boneless skinless chicken thighs, increase heat to medium.  Reheat the chicken thighs in the skillet with the sauce and cook until the chicken is completely cooked through and no longer pink in the center.  

  5. To serve, spoon the sauce over the boneless skinless chicken thighs and top with grated Parmesan cheese. 

Nutrition Facts
Skillet Chicken Thighs with Creamy Tomato Basil Spinach Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 553 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 68%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 211mg 70%
Sodium 852mg 36%
Potassium 716mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 71%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 14.5%
Iron 14.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.