This cheesy chicken recipe is a snap to cook up in 30 minutes and is as a perfect dinner for a mid week meal. I am always looking for a new way to cook up chicken because chicken can get boring. This recipe is by no means boring. It's delicious.
I needed a way to use up the fresh spinach, zucchini and squash in my fridge. I browned the chicken on the stove top until they were just crispy. Then I chopped up the fresh veggies and tossed them and the chicken in the oven to roast for a little while longer.
What makes this recipe so yummy is the thin creamy cheese sauce I poured over the entire dish. It accompanies the chicken deliciously as well as the fresh vegetables. Another perfect way to cook up a plain piece of chicken. Who said chicken was boring?
Cheesy Chicken with Spinach, Zucchini and Squash
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1/2 cup squash, sliced
- 1/2 cup zucchini, sliced
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
- 1/2 cup McCormick's Season-All panko bread crumbs
- Kosher salt & pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1.5 cups milk
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place the spinach, squash and zucchini in a rectangular glass dish.
Slice each breast in half lengthwise. Dredge each cutlet in the bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Over medium heat on the stovetop, heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter and sauté each cutlet for three minutes a side. Remove from the heat and place the chicken in the glass dish on top of the spinach, squash and zucchini.
Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile in a separate pot on the stove top, melt the butter, and add the flour and stir for a minute until well incorporated. Then add the milk until creamy to create a roux. Add the cheese and stir to melt. Add more milk if necessary to thin the cheese sauce. Simmer slowly on the stovetop until the chicken and vegetables are ready.
Once the spinach is wilted and the zucchini and squash have softened pour the cheese sauce over the chicken. Serve immediately.
Serves 4. Total time: 30 minutes.