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Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach Bacon And Mushrooms

Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach Bacon And Mushrooms

Smothered Chicken with Creamy Spinach, Bacon & Mushrooms: A Flavor Explosion

Calling all chicken lovers! Get ready to experience a symphony of flavors with this Smothered Chicken recipe. Juicy and tender chicken breasts are smothered in a creamy spinach sauce, topped with savory bacon and caramelized mushrooms, and finished with melty pepper jack cheese. This dish is guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • Flavor Powerhouse: This recipe combines a variety of textures and tastes to create an unforgettable dish. The creamy spinach adds richness, the bacon brings a touch of saltiness, and the caramelized mushrooms offer a sweet and savory counterpoint to the tender chicken.
  • Easy Does It: Despite its impressive flavor profile, this recipe is surprisingly simple to make. With minimal prep and straightforward steps, you can whip up this delicious meal in no time.
  • Customizable Creation: Feel free to personalize this recipe to your liking. Swap the pepper jack cheese for another variety, add different vegetables to the mix, or adjust the spice level to create your perfect version of smothered chicken.

Ingredients:

  • For the Juicy Chicken:

    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 small or 2 large, halved)
    • Salt
    • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
    • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • For the Creamy Spinach Delight:

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 10 ounces fresh spinach
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • ⅔ cup half and half
    • ⅔ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • Salt (to taste)
  • For the Savory Toppings:

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms
    • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
    • 4 slices pepper jack cheese (or Monterey Jack cheese with jalapenos)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat and Prep: Get your oven started by preheating it to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Lightly grease a baking dish (9x13 inch is a good size).

  2. Seasoning the Chicken: Generously season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt, lemon pepper seasoning, and paprika.

  3. Baking the Chicken: Place the seasoned chicken breasts, flat side down, in your greased baking dish. Bake them in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Creamy Spinach Symphony: While the chicken bakes, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the fresh spinach and cook, covered, for just 1-2 minutes, until wilted and heated through. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the minced garlic and half and half. Bring this mixture to a boil, then add the shredded mozzarella cheese. Keep stirring over high heat until the cheese melts (about 30 seconds). Reduce heat to low and simmer for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until you have a smooth and creamy spinach sauce. Season with salt to your preference.

  5. Caramelizing the Mushrooms: In a separate pan, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until they become caramelized. It's important to avoid salting the mushrooms during this step, as salt can draw out moisture and prevent caramelization.

  6. Smothering for Flavor: Remove the partially cooked chicken breasts from the oven. Top each chicken breast with a generous portion of the creamy spinach mixture, followed by the chopped cooked bacon and caramelized mushrooms. Finally, lay a slice of pepper jack cheese over each creation.

  7. The Final Bake: Return the baking dish to the oven and bake, uncovered, for an additional 15-20 minutes. The chicken should be cooked through with no pink remaining in the center, and the juices should run clear when pierced with a fork.

  8. Optional Broiling: For an extra touch of crispness, you can broil the chicken for the last 2-4 minutes of cooking time. Keep a close eye on it to avoid burning the cheese on top.

  9. Serving and Enjoying: Let the Smothered Chicken with Creamy Spinach, Bacon & Mushrooms rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld and the juices to redistribute. Serve this delicious dish alongside your favorite sides and savor the explosion of flavors in every bite!

Tips:

  • For a richer sauce, use heavy cream instead of half and half in the creamed spinach mixture.
  • If you don't have fresh spinach, you can use

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