Looking to add a fine Italian touch to your weeknight dinner? In just 25 minutes, this Italian chicken recipe will amp up your daily eating routine with a burst of delicious savory flavors from tender chicken breasts, moist spinach, and a luscious creamy sauce.
Is Italian Chicken Healthy?
Yes, our Italian chicken makes a nutritious meal. Here’s why:
It is jam-packed with high-quality protein, thanks to the skinless boneless chicken breasts. One serving offers an impressive 44 grams of protein, up to 88% of the daily recommended intake.
On top of that, spinach, basil, and tomatoes add to the amount of fiber and vitamins in our dish, with one serving providing 25% of vitamin A and 12% of vitamin C for the average daily need.
We do include some dairy products, such as milk, heavy cream, and cheese, so it’s best to consider the portion size to keep track of the amounts of fats and calories being consumed.
We use skinless boneless chicken breast for a light taste and a lean texture.
To season the chicken, we simply rub the meat with paprika and garlic powder to add extra pungency, then give it a quick searing for a beautiful golden-brown exterior before cooking it with the sauce to soak in the flavors.
We sauté garlic and flour in olive oil, then add in chicken broth, milk, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, salt, ground black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Its flavor? Delightful creamy and savory, followed by a slightly peppery and garlicky aftertaste.
We also add spinach, basil, and chopped tomatoes to the sauce to brighten up the dish.
The herby, grassy taste of spinach pairs beautifully with the chicken and our creamy sauce. The basil gives our dish an irresistible fragrance and with their mild sweet-tart flavor complementing the dish’s savory taste, the juicy tomato cubes are superbly refreshing to bite into.
Give your French baguette a good toasting for fantastic crunchy bites to dip into our creamy and savory sauce. Simply satisfying!
How to Store and Reheat the Leftovers
With the inclusion of dairy ingredients, this dish cannot be kept for long. You can store the leftover Italian chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for a maximum of 2 days.
For reheating, place it in a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap to avoid the chicken drying out, then microwave at high heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
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This Italian chicken recipe makes a satiating weeknight dinner with tender chicken breasts cooked with freshly chopped tomatoes, fragrant veggies, and a luscious creamy sauce. Serve with toasted French baguette for a nice crunch.
20 oz skinless boneless chicken breast (butterflied)
3 oz tomato (diced)
1 oz parmesan cheese (shredded)
1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
2 oz spinach (chopped)
1/2 cup milk
4 tbsp heavy cream
1/2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic (minced)
1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
0.5 oz basil (chopped)
6 oz French baguette (cut into slices)
Butterfly the chicken breast: Place the chicken breast on a cutting board. From the long side of the chicken breast, slice the meat in half using a sawing motion, but leave about 1/4" so that the two pieces are still intact. Set it aside and repeat with the remaining pieces.
Dice the tomato: Half the tomato lengthwise, slice to remove the stem, and scoop the seeds out. Cut each half into 1/4" strips, then each strip into small cubes.
Peel and mince the garlic: Cut to remove the root part of each garlic clove and mash them down with a knife to remove the peel with ease. Mince the peeled cloves.
Pick the spinach, wash the leaves, let them dry, and chop them up.
Finely chop the parsley
Chop the basil.
Cut the French baguette into diagonal slices.
Season the chicken: In a large plate/bowl, add 20 oz skinless boneless chicken breasts, 1 tsp paprika, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Rub the meat with the seasonings to coat evenly inside out.
Pan-sear the chicken: In a skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and the seasoned chicken breasts. Pan-sear both sides of the meat for a total of 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and set the chicken aside.
Sauté the garlic and flour in olive oil: Add 1 tbsp olive oil,1 tbsp garlic, and 1/2 tbsp flour. Stir well for 30 seconds.
Add the chicken broth, dairy products, and other seasonings: Add 1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth, 1/2 cup milk, 4 tbsp heavy cream, 0.5 oz parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, and 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning. Stir well for 1 minute.
Add the chicken, tomato, and spinach: Add the pan-seared chicken, 3 oz tomato, and 2 oz spinach. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
Add basil, cheese, and parsley: Add 0.5 oz basil, 0.5 oz parmesan cheese, and 2 tbsp parsley on top, then remove from the heat.
Air-fry the baguette: Place the baguette slices in the air fryer’s basket and bake at 400 °F for 5 minutes.
Plate and serve the Italian chicken with toasted baguette.
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 454Calories from Fat 177
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 7.1g
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.2g
Vitamin A 2514.3IU
Vitamin C 10.8mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Italian Chicken recipe is a flavorful and easy-to-make dish that's perfect for a quick and healthy dinner.