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In-a-Pinch Chicken & Spinach

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 chicken and spinach recipes. —Sandra Ellis, Stockbridge, Georgia
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Add spinach and salsa to pan; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or just until spinach is wilted. Serve with chicken.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 1/3 cup spinach mixture: 297 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 376mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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  • MJKraft
    Feb 15, 2019

    This recipe is excellent! Quick

  • fringepup
    Oct 13, 2018

    I've been waiting for the chance to try this recipe. I used chicken tenders instead of chicken breasts and a whole jar of salsa (24 oz) that I had on hand as suggested by others. I added the browned chicken into the sauce and let it simmer to take on more flavor of the salsa. Served with a side of No-Yolk noodles. Was excellent in our opinion! Another "husband approved" dinner!

  • nblibrary
    May 27, 2018

    This was better than I thought it was going to be, since it seemed so healthy. Especially since I omitted the butter and just used 2T olive oil. I also used more salsa than called for to just finish off the jar. I thought it was good with extra salsa and next time will serve with rice as some of the other reviews stated. This was excellent for a healthy recipe.

  • C.A.D.
    Feb 14, 2018

    I enjoyed this quick dish and will make it again. I did add a little garlic powder to the chicken as it cooked. It does not have nor need any added salt because the salsa gives the dish a lot of flavor. I served it over rice. Also, the recipe was easy to adapt to one serving.

  • aeropostle
    Feb 13, 2018

    I have not made this yet but can it be made with out the spinach my husband does not like spinach.

  • eileen344
    Feb 13, 2018

    We can buy chicken cutlets at our local grocery so that save some time. I don't use sat but it was pretty tasty.

  • doreensanzone
    Nov 1, 2016

    Very quick indeed. It's good for a quick-serve meal, but not good enough IMHO for company. Definitely try it if you're pressed for time.

  • demahi
    Jun 16, 2016

    No comment left

  • mniceberg
    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.

  • ewefluffy
    Oct 29, 2015

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