In-a-Pinch Chicken & Spinach Recipe
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In-a-Pinch Chicken & Spinach Recipe

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I needed a fast supper while babysitting my grandchild. I used what my daughter-in-law had in the fridge and turned it into what's now one of our favorite recipes. —Sandra Ellis, Stockbridge, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup salsa

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/3 cup spinach mixture equals 297 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 102 mg cholesterol, 376 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 36 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable


  1. Pound chicken with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness. In a large skillet, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Cook chicken 5-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  2. Add spinach and salsa to pan; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or just until spinach is wilted. Serve with chicken. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as In-a-Pinch Chicken & Spinach in Simple & Delicious October/November 2014

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"Super easy and Super quick! My family loved it! I did add a little minced garlic to the skillet when cooking the chicken. Goes well with brown rice."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"Very Quick ! Served with Mexican Rice and got my grandson to eat Spinach ! Husband liked it also. Keeper !"

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"I especially liked that this recipe was quick and called for only 5 ingredients. I followed the recipe closely and was very pleased with the results. This one's a keeper!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"My husband took one bite of this and commented, "I wouldn't mind having this again, very soon." I prepared this recipe for the two of us using whole chicken legs that I first dredged in taco seasoning mix. After the chicken was fully cooked I added fresh salsa and spinach to the skillet without removing the chicken. Next time I will add some cumin and oregano to the taco seasoning to intensify the flavor."

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