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Chicken and Spinach in Creamy Paprika Sauce

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Are you looking for an easy-to-make, flavorful dish that will make everyone in your family happy? Look no further than this delicious chicken and spinach in creamy paprika sauce recipe.

Not only is it bursting with flavor, but it’s also relatively simple to put together and cook.

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Perfect for a weeknight meal or even a special occasion dinner party! So get ready to treat yourself (and your loved ones) – the perfect plate of succulent chicken breasts and crispy spinach enveloped in a creamy yet spicy paprika sauce awaits you!

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What type of paprika is used in the recipe?

It’s fine to use any paprika you like. Smoked or sweet paprika are both incredible options. Go with whatever you have on hand or what you prefer.

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Do I need to pre-cook the chicken before adding it to the sauce?

You’ll actually need to season and cook the chicken at the beginning. Then remove it from the pan, deglaze the skillet, and continue making the sauce. Then you’ll add the chicken back in before serving.

What other vegetables could I add to the dish?

  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Asparagus

What other herbs and spices could I use in the recipe?

  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Green Onions
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Ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets
  • Butter unsalted and divided
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Minced garlic
  • White cooking wine
  • Chicken broth
  • All-purpose flour
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Lemon
  • Spinach raw

How to make Chicken and Spinach in Creamy Paprika Sauce:

Step 1. Melt 2 Tbsp of the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and saute for 4 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and saute for 4 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.

Step 3. Add the remaining butter to the skillet and saute the garlic in it for 30 seconds.

Add the remaining butter to the skillet and saute the garlic in it for 30 seconds.

Step 4. Pour in the cooking wine to deglaze the skillet. Saute until the liquid is reduced by half.

Pour in the cooking wine to deglaze the skillet. Saute until the liquid is reduced by half.

Step 5. Whisk together the chicken broth and flour in a bowl.

Whisk together the chicken broth and flour in a bowl.

Step 6. Pour the flour mixture into the skillet and whisk to combine.

Pour the flour mixture into the skillet and whisk to combine.

Step 7. Mix in the heavy whipping cream, paprika, and more salt and pepper to taste.

Mix in the heavy whipping cream, paprika, and more salt and pepper to taste.

Step 8. Squeeze the fresh lemon.

Squeeze the fresh lemon.

Stir in the spinach.

Stir in the spinach.

Step 9. Return the chicken to the skillet and coat it in the sauce.

Step 10. Saute until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through.

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Chicken and Spinach in Creamy Paprika Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Are you looking for an easy-to-make, flavorful dish that will make everyone in your family happy? Look no further than this delicious chicken and spinach in creamy paprika sauce recipe.
4.75 from 4 votes

Ingredients 

  • 4 Thin cut boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter unsalted and divided
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tsp. Minced garlic
  • ½ C. White cooking wine
  • ¼ C. Chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. All purpose flour
  • 1 C. Heavy whipping cream
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • 3 C. Spinach raw

Instructions

  • Melt 2 Tbsp of the butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and saute for 4 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the remaining butter to the skillet and saute the garlic in it for 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the cooking wine to deglaze the skillet. Saute until the liquid is reduced by half.
  • Whisk together the chicken broth and flour in a bowl.
  • Pour the flour mixture into the skillet and whisk to combine.
  • Mix in the heavy whipping cream, paprika and more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir in the spinach and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
  • Return the chicken to the skillet and coat in the sauce. Saute until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 237mg | Sodium: 304mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g
Author: Laura

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How long does it take to prepare the dish?

This chicken and spinach recipe cooks fast! You will have it ready in about 35 minutes total.

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Is this a healthy dish?

As part of a balanced, healthy diet, this is an overall healthy dish to include. It’s packed with protein, calcium, vitamin C, potassium, and iron.

How much spinach should I add to the sauce?

This recipe for chicken and spinach in creamy paprika sauce calls for 3 cups of spinach. I know that seems like a lot, but the spinach cooks down really quickly, so it won’t take up a lot of space once cooked.

Can I use any type of cream in the recipe?

The best option is heavy whipping cream, but you could swap it for half and a half if you’d rather. Additionally, if you are eating a dairy-free diet, you could swap the heavy cream for full-fat coconut milk.

How do I know when the dish is finished cooking?

The chicken will be cooked all the way through and should reach 165 degrees F in the thickest part. Once the chicken is done and the sauce is slightly thickened and fragrant, it’s ready to serve.

Can I make the dish in advance?

While it is best to eat this chicken and spinach recipe freshly made, it’s fine to make it in advance. Refrigerate cooled chicken and store it in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet over low-medium heat until it’s hot and serve.

How can I store leftovers of this dish?

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. We don’t recommend freezing it because the sauce will separate and won’t have the right texture.

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What other proteins could I use in place of chicken?

  • Shrimp
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Pork
  • Steak

Are there any substitutes for the paprika?

It’s fine to leave the paprika out completely, or you can swap it for red pepper flakes, chili powder, cayenne pepper (just a pinch), or any of your favorite seasonings.

What side dishes would go well with Chicken and Spinach in Creamy Paprika Sauce?

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pasta noodles
  • Rice
  • Salads
  • Fruit
  • Roasted veggies
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