Creamy Chicken With Spinach, Bacon And Sundried Tomatoes
Chicken breasts in an irresistible creamy sun dried tomato sauce filled with spinach, delicious smoked paprika, parmesan, and topped up with salty crispy bacon is definitely a winner of a chicken dinner! Yum!
- 1 lb chicken boneless skinless (washed and dried)
- 4 cup spinach washed and dried
- 3 oz bacon chopped
- 3-4 tablespoon sundried tomatoes sliced
- 1 cup heavy cream I used dairy free
- 2 oz parmesan freshly grated
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup chicken broth or more if you want more runny sauce
Chop bacon into small pieces and cook in a small dry pan (no oil) until slightly crispy. Set aside.
Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise. Season with salt and pepper, smoked paprika.
Heat up a large pan with olive oil, add butter stirring until melted. Throw in the chicken and cook for 3 minutes on high heat (both sides) until golden brown. Set aside.
In the same pan add spinach, sun dried tomatoes, (no need to add oil, just use the same oil you cooked the chicken in). As soon as spinach reduces in size, pour in the chicken stock. Take it to a boil and then add cream. Salt and pepper to taste. (If you have a chicken stock that is already seasoned with salt and pepper then you might skip the seasoning for now or adjust it slightly). Simmer the sauce for a few minutes. Don’t boil the cream!
Return the chicken to the pan, coat it with the sauce and cook for about 2-3 minutes on low heat.
Finally, stir in parmesan cheese until melted and fully incorporated in the sauce. At this point, your sauce will start thickening.
Sprinkle with salty crispy bacon and garnish with parsley. Serve hot with your favorite sides!
Try to grate the parmesan yourself, I found that the store-bought option might not melt 100% when added to the sauce.
Chicken broth - can substitute to vegetable broth, add ½ cup of the broth, after adding cream, see if you need more and add more gradually. But I'd say not more than an extra ½ cup.