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Saucy Garlic Chicken

 Saucy Garlic Chicken
“Roasted garlic lends a rich flavor to this appetizing 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
6 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min.

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

  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, place spinach in a greased 13-in. x 9-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.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth;

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Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • Transfer to a blender; squeeze softened garlic into blender. Cover
  • and process until smooth. Pour mixture over chicken.
  • Cover and bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until a meat
  • 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. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 chicken breast with 3/4 cup sauce (calculated without pasta) equals 601 calories, 32 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 163 mg cholesterol, 1,066 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 55 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.