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Saucy Chicken and Spinach Recipe

Spinach is topped with chicken and a creamy cheese sauce and baked to perfection!
Course main dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dine & Dish


  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper divided
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes drained


  • Preheat oven to 425°F
  • Place spinach in a lightly sprayed 9x13" baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken tenderloins, and cook until no longer pink inside, about 8-10 minutes (turning over halfway through). Remove chicken from skillet and place over spinach.
  • In a clean saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes until thickened.
  • Stir in Italian Seasoning, cheddar cheese, remaining salt and pepper. Stir just until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Add the diced tomatoes and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken and spinach. Bake for 20 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly.
  • Serve alone or over pasta or rice.