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Saucy Garlic Chicken Recipe

Saucy Garlic Chicken Recipe

Roasted garlic lends a rich flavor to this appetizing chicken entree, and it complements the spinach nicely. Ideal for entertaining, the recipe can be assembled in advance and popped in the oven when guests arrive. —Joanna Johnson, Flower Mound, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 whole garlic bulbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 package (9 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, divided
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Chopped tomato and minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions

  • 1. Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut tops off of garlic bulbs; brush bulbs with 1 tablespoon oil. Wrap each bulb in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until softened. Cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, place spinach in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken in remaining oil on both sides; place over spinach.
  • 3. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 2 cups cheese, nutmeg and remaining salt and pepper.
  • 4. Transfer to a blender; squeeze softened garlic into blender. Cover and process until smooth. Pour mixture over chicken.
  • 5. Cover and bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170° and sauce is bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer. Serve with pasta. Sprinkle with tomato and parsley if desired.
    Freeze option: Substitute 5 ounces frozen chopped spinach that has been thawed and squeezed dry for fresh spinach. Cool unbaked casserole and sprinkle with remaining cheese; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 425°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in chicken to read 170°. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 601 calories, 32g fat (16g saturated fat), 163mg cholesterol, 1066mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 55g protein .

Reviews for Saucy Garlic Chicken

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akane161
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"Excellent, and a favorite of my family now! The baking of the garlic seems to "make" it awesome. They ask for it now! I wouldn't omit anything from the recipe.....Do exactly as said - nutmeg and all.

Favorite!"

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anselr
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"Followed the recipe to the letter, but thought it was just so-so. Probably won't make again."

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skywaitress
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"Oh my goodness, this was so good. I followed the recipe almost exactly, but I omitted the nutmeg. I will be making this again soon. Yum!"

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greatwithoutgluten
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2015

"We really liked this recipe. I did cut back the garlic for our tastes and the sauce was still very good. I served this over mashed potatoes. I will make this again! It looked as good as it tasted."

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justmbeth
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"Very good! The garlic Alfredo type sauce would be good with a host of other items as well."

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tammybt
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"There are no words for ho much i love the garlic sauce in this recipe! It has definitely moved to the top of my favorite recipe list. It would make anything taste better. Close your eyes and imagine this over shrimp and grits. Mmm...hmmm... You're excused now to go start cooking."

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Amanda12345
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"Wow! I was a little nervous with the amount of garlic this recipe called for but it has turned out to be one of our favorite dishes. It makes for a beautiful presentation so it looks like you spent all day preparing. This is a must have recipe!"

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jenicram2001
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"Takes a little bit of prep but it was worth it. I served it over gnocchi and it was a great dinner."

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Shoes58
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"this was rich and wonderful. I was surprised at how pretty it looked on the plate.. M thought sauce should be thinner and it is for leftovers. i would like to add an edge to this dish with a chilli or ginger or...But i would like to make this again soon."

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Dawn Korbel
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"As Mary Poppins this recipe is "practically perfect in every way!"

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e_grlz
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"I thought it wasn't bad but my husband didn't like it. I won't be making it again."

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captgeo5
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"this is easy and very good , my son ate it all up , the only thing i did different was floured the chicken and added poultry seasoning to the flour"

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texasjj
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2012

"While this is not a quick meal to throw together at the last minute, this tasted wonderful. My family loved the sauce! This is definitely something we would try again."

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chubbzbar
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"I save this for special dinners. I find it very easy to put together. Wonderfully delicious!!"

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Ceal1966
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"Yummy!"

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KScales
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"We have reviewed this recipe and can see where some people were confused on the baking temperature for the chicken. We should have repeated it, but the chicken is baked at 425, the same temperature as the garlic earlier in the recipe. We will add the temp to the recipe here soon.

Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

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ALKaSelsor
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"This recipe was very good, but it is not "quick and easy" so I will have to make it on a day I am off work. I was also very rattled to find out half way through the prep that there was not a baking temperature listed! I called my mom (thank goodness for mothers!) and got a confirmation on my thoughts of using 350 degrees. I was not yet an online member, so I had not seen the comments about the temperature being missed!"

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jicook13
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2011

"It love the creamy sauce, next time I am just going to use fresh minced garlic to save time"

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angelanicole215
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

"My husband loves this recipe!"

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VHFamily
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"Absolutely fabulous recipe! Will definitely make it again!"

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Cardinalle
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"Please add the baking temperature for this recipe"

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charvgray
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"Yummy!!!!!!"

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cspitzer
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"This was an excellent recipe! I made it for dinner when my father-in-law was coming and he's not huge on garlic, so I only used about 2 1/2 bulbs of the garlic and thought that it was perfect!! Our 6 and 2 yr olds loved it!!"

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newevrymrn
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"Excellent recipe!!"

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wendyjofl
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"I made this dish for the first time tonight. Although it tasted great, it came out very soupy and the spinach seemed overcooked. I followed the recipe exactly, cooked it at 350 since I wasn't sure about the temp. Can anybody offer any suggestions? I'd really like to try it again."

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mistygyrl
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"My family loved this recipe, would definitely make this meal again."

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natd78
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Just made this recipe, and it was absolutely wonderful! Delicious!!"

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ashleyxannx
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"This is the second time I've made this recipe..it is definatly a keeper..the garlic is perfect in it. Try it! You will love it"

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Preacherette
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"My sister-in-law and I tried this recipe and we believe this is one of the best chicken recipe's we have ever tried. I highly recommend it."

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Chef Vern
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Outstanding recipe. Used grated 4 Italian cheeses and served over angel hair pasta. This one is a keeper. Sauce can be used with almost any pastas."

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nikidog
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Fantastic! The garlic flavor was so awesome--not overpowering at all. We used fat-free milk and low-fat butter in the sauce and it still turned out perfectly rich and wonderful. We skipped the pasta and served with a slice of bread instead to finish sopping up that incredible sauce!"

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mailstor
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"Loved how the spinach did not have to be pre-cooked before adding to this recipe! Surprisingly, four whole bulbs of garlic was not at all overpowering. Wonderful dish!"

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chefshar
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Made Saucy Garlic chicken for the first time. Huge hit with the family! Easy to make and the garlic was ooooh la la....fabulous!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.