At a party over the holidays, someone informed me that spinach and artichoke dip is no longer “in.”
I had no idea that food, especially near-universally crowd-pleasing food, could fall so easily out of vogue.
Then again, this came from my sister, the same one who has insisted for years that no one gets acrylic nails anymore. All I can say is last time I went in for a full set, I was in line behind plenty of other ladies waiting to get plastic glued to their fingertips.
Likewise, my sister imparted this sage wisdom over none other than a spinach and artichoke dip that she herself had made. So whether or not it’s still “in,” we all still love it.
Fortunately, despite its allegedly waning popularity, there are now even more ways to enjoy this beloved party dip. Case in point: our Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken. No need to wait for the next football party or spring for an app on your next night out. Now you have an excuse to enjoy that cheesy, delicious spinach and artichoke flavor on a regular old weeknight.
We all know chicken is a go-to weeknight staple. It’s inexpensive, nutritious, and almost everyone likes it. But, like most weeknight staples, it can get a little repetitive. Now that we’re responsible for cooking our own meals, my sister and I laugh about all the times we looked at our mom across the dinner table and said, “Chicken again?”
Look, there’s nothing wrong with chicken, but it can get a little bland. Fortunately, it’s also one of the most versatile protein sources we have. If you know how to dress it up, there’s no reason chicken should ever feel like “chicken again.”
If you’re looking to mix things up a bit, this Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken is a great chicken recipe to add to your repertoire. This recipe is fun, simple, and (contrary to what you may think of spinach artichoke dip) light and healthy.
This recipe uses fat free cream cheese to cut back on fat and calories while still providing that cheesy, creamy filling. With canned artichokes, cooked baby spinach, and garlic, this stuffed chicken tastes just like a piping hot dish of spinach and artichoke dip.
This simple recipe takes less than 30 minutes, prep and cooking time included. It’s the perfect way to add some fun and variety to your weeknight meals without any added stress. Cheesy and delicious, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser, whether you’re cooking for a family or just yourself.
The jury may still be out on whether or not spinach and artichoke is still “in.” But this Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken is definitely trending… at least in my book. Cheesy, delicious, and super simple, I think I’ll hold onto this recipe.
If you like this Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken, try some of our other spinach and artichoke recipes:
- Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Chicken
Yields: 4 servings | Calories: 389 | Total Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 806mg | Carbohydrates: 16g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Protein: 54g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4
- 6 ounce fat-free cream cheese
- 1 (15 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1 cup baby spinach, cooked and liquid squeezed out
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup fat-free shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 (6 ounce) boneless and skinless chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese on high until fluffy. Add the artichokes, spinach, garlic, cheese, half the salt, and half the pepper. Mix on low speed just until combined.
- Carefully cut open the side of the chicken breast to create a pocket. Stuff each with the cream cheese mixture. About 3 to 4 tablespoons per chicken breast.
- In a large oven safe skillet, heat the olive oil. Once the oil is very hot, add the chicken carefully so the filling does not fall out. Cook each side about 1 to 2 minutes or until each side golden brown. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for about 10 more minutes or until the chicken is cooked though.
- Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!