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Fast & Easy Dinner: Balsamic Chicken with Spinach

Fast & Easy Dinner: Balsamic Chicken with Spinach

Don't worry, I'm not telling you to take a package of Lean Cuisine balsamic glazed chicken from the freezer and pop it in the microwave for a fast & easy dinner. Sure you could do that, but why would you when I have a wonderful recipe for the exact same thing?

A fresh, homemade meal is much better than frozen processed food, and in this case, chicken is cooked with garlic and covered with a syrupy balsamic reduction. Toss it with wilted spinach and whole wheat couscous and you have one healthy and filling Friday dinner. Step away from the microwave and towards the stove. Get the recipe,

Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach
From Ellie Krieger

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
8 ounces baby spinach
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup low-sodium canned chopped tomatoes with juice
2 cups whole wheat couscous, cooked

  1. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and heat.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and juices run clear. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  3. To the same pan, add the spinach and cook just until wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Lower the heat to medium and add the balsamic vinegar and chicken broth to the pan and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits.
  5. Add the tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Place the couscous in a serving bowl. Top with the spinach, chicken and balsamic-tomato sauce.

Serves 4.

Nutritional Analysis per serving Calories 353 Total Fat 6 grams Saturated Fat .9 grams
Protein 34 grams Carbohydrates 42 grams Fiber 8 grams

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Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
this sounds amazing! and i'm sure way better then the lean cuisine version!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
This looks great! I end up having a lot of Lean Cuisines and the like just because they're simple and easy to tote. But I could definitely go for this instead!
kyleracine kyleracine 8 years
ooops* meant to say, homemade, not homeman...freudian slip?
kyleracine kyleracine 8 years
so much better to eat homeman than processed with so many additives..
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Sounds yummy and is easy to make. I will use this recipe soon.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
Oooh, yummy! Thanks for the post!
misslarue misslarue 8 years
This sounds great! I wont eat the frozen ones because they have TONS of sodium...
c0rkie c0rkie 8 years
are tv dinners healthy?
c0rkie c0rkie 8 years
are tv dinners healthy?
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 8 years
Oh, drewel, drewel!!
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 8 years
Oh, drewel, drewel!!
Chica8a Chica8a 8 years
Thats exactly what i said LaLaLaurie06, hmmmm this sounds good!
Babychloe Babychloe 8 years
I'm always looking for a new chicken recipe. I'll have to try it this weekend.
alibella alibella 8 years
i have not tasted one lean cuisine that is good, they all taste terrible to me. the recipe sounds delish though!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
hmmmm this sounds great! i'd take homemade any day over the frozen stuff. but it is easier.
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