Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, Mushrooms




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Introduction

    Dive into the comforting flavors of Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, and Mushrooms. This hearty and satisfying dish combines tender chicken breasts smothered in a creamy spinach sauce, topped with crispy bacon, sautéed mushrooms, and melty cheese. It's a delicious and wholesome meal that is sure to please your taste buds.

Why Make This Recipe

    If you're looking for a hearty and flavorful meal that is easy to make, this Smothered Chicken recipe is the perfect choice. It brings together classic ingredients like chicken, spinach, bacon, and mushrooms in a creamy and savory dish that is perfect for a cozy dinner at home.

How to Make Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, Mushrooms

   ### Ingredients:
    Chicken:
    - 1 tablespoon butter
    - 1.5 lb chicken breast skinless, boneless
    - salt
    - ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
    - ¼ teaspoon paprika
    Creamed spinach:
    - 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    - 10 oz spinach fresh
    - 4 garlic cloves minced
    - ⅔ cup half and half
    - ⅔ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
    Other Ingredients:
    - 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    - 4 oz mushrooms sliced
    - 4 slices bacon cooked, chopped
    - 4 slices Pepper Jack cheese or Monterey Jack Cheese with Jalapenos

   ### Directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
    2. Butter the bottom of the baking dish.
    3. Season the chicken breasts and bake for 15-20 minutes.
    4. Prepare the creamed spinach by cooking spinach, garlic, half and half, and mozzarella cheese until smooth.
    5. Cook the mushrooms until caramelized.
    6. Assemble the smothered chicken by topping the chicken breasts with creamed spinach, bacon, mushrooms, and cheese. Bake until chicken is cooked through.

How to Serve Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, Mushrooms

    Serve the Smothered Chicken hot, straight from the oven. Pair it with a side salad, steamed vegetables, or crusty bread for a complete meal. Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or chives for a pop of color and freshness.

How to Store Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, Mushrooms

    Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through before serving.

Tips to Make Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, Mushrooms

    - Make sure to generously season the chicken breasts for maximum flavor.
    - Be careful not to overcook the chicken to prevent it from drying out.
    - Cook the mushrooms on high heat to achieve a nice caramelization and depth of flavor.

Variation

    For a lighter version, use turkey breast instead of chicken, and swap the bacon for turkey bacon. You can also use a different cheese like cheddar or Swiss for a unique flavor profile.

FAQs

    1. Can I use frozen spinach instead of fresh? Yes, you can use frozen spinach, just make sure to thaw and drain it before cooking.
    2. Can I make this dish ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the dish ahead of time and bake it when ready to serve.
    3. Can I use other types of mushrooms? Absolutely, feel free to use your favorite mushrooms like shiitake, portobello, or cremini for a different flavor profile.

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