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Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, Mushrooms

Easy, gluten free, low carb, Mediterranean-style recipe, packed with protein and vegetables.  This tasty chicken is smothered with creamed cheese, bacon and mushrooms, and baked to perfection in the oven!  

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 611 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1.5 lb chicken breast (4 small chicken breast or 2 large chicken breast, halved)
  • salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Creamed spinach:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 10 oz spinach fresh
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 4 slices bacon cooked, chopped
  • 4 slices Pepper Jack cheese or Monterey Jack Cheese with Jalapenos

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Butter the bottom of the baking dish (I used an oval casserole dish measured 13 inches x 9 inches x 4 inches deep).
  3. Generously season chicken breasts on both sides with salt, lemon pepper seasoning and a small amount of paprika. Place the chicken breasts, flat side down, into the greased baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 F.

How to make creamed spinach:

  1. 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, covered, until the spinach is thoroughly heated through and start 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 minute. Season with salt to your taste. Remove from heat.

Cook mushrooms:

  1. In a separate pan, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add sliced mushrooms and cook on high-medium heat for 1-2 minutes until mushroom caramelize. Do not salt mushrooms or it will prevent the caramelization.

Smothered chicken assembly:

  1. Remove the chicken breasts from the oven (you baked them for 15-20 minutes). Top each chicken breast with the creamed spinach, chopped cooked bacon, cooked mushrooms and broken slices of pepper jack cheese. Bake in the oven, uncovered for 15-20 more minutes, until chicken is cooked through, no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear. Broil for the last 2-4 minutes, if desired, being careful not to burn the cheese on top.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from baconbuttercheesegarlic.blogspot.com

Nutrition Facts
Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, Mushrooms
Amount Per Serving
Calories 611 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 185mg62%
Sodium 709mg31%
Potassium 1259mg36%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 54g108%
Vitamin A 7330IU147%
Vitamin C 23.8mg29%
Calcium 430mg43%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.