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spinach and artichoke chicken
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Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Bake

Triple the cheese and incredibly decadent, you won't believe this dish is actually lightened-up! This dish is hearty and filling, and the perfect warn bowl of comfort on a winter night.  Served with your grain of choice (or any carb-less option) it makes for the perfect make-ahead meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword artichoke, chicken bake, spinach
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 373kcal

Equipment

  • frying pan
  • 9 x 13 baking dish or casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts cooked, shredded or chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 14 oz artichoke hearts in water
  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 1/4 cup grated pecorino Romano
  • 1.5 cup fat free mozzarella
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 16 oz spinach leaves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • In a large frying pan, sauté the chopped onion with olive oil spray for 5 minutes over medium high heat until translucent.
  • Rinse the artichoke hearts and drain them. Chop them and add them to the pan.
  • Add the minced garlic cloves to the pan. Stir and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • Add the halved cherry tomatoes. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to burst and break down.
  • Season with the salt and pepper.
  • Add the spinach leaves. Cover the pot to steam the spinach. Check every few minutes and move the spinach around with tongs. It should take only a couple of minutes to wilt the leaves.
  • Add the cooked chicken and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the ricotta, 1 cup of the mozzarella, and the pecorino romano. Taste for seasoning at this point.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with olive oil spray. Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Top with the remaining mozzarella.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes.

Notes

6 WW points (green plan), 5 WW points (blue and purple plans)
Chicken notes:
See the blog post for how to prepare your own chicken for this recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1354mg | Potassium: 1367mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 11480IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 776mg | Iron: 4mg