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Creamy Garlic Chicken with Spinach

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Creamy Garlic Chicken is the ultimate healthy comfort food. Chicken breasts are quickly pan-fried then cooked in a garlicky cream sauce that you would NEVER guess is dairy-free. We throw in some spinach for a veggie boost and serve the sauce spooned over mashed potatoes or low-carb mashed cauliflower. Either way, it is delicious!


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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder, onion powder, and sea salt
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut in half horrizontally (so that you have 4 thin chicken breasts)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 1 head of garlic (see notes)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup cashew cream (see below)
  • 3 cups baby spinach or baby kale

Cashew Cream


Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the garlic powder, onion powder, and salt over both sides of the chicken breasts.
  2. Heat the 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Sear the seasoned chicken breasts until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan. Set aside 2 garlic cloves then add all the remaining garlic cloves (whole) to the pan. Cook them for about 3 minutes, or until they start to look golden. Mince the 2 garlic cloves you set aside, add them to the pan, and let them cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock to the pan and simmer the garlic for 5 mintues.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, mix the cashew butter with the water to make the cashew cream.
  5. Add the chicken back into the pan and pour the cashew cream around it. Simmer, covered, for 7-8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Add the spinach and let it wilt.

Notes

This is garlicky chicken! If you’d like a more subtle garlic flavor, omit the whole cloves and simply use 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced.

If the cream sauce starts to look a little too thick before the chicken has finished cooking, add a splash of water.

Pair with steamed basmati rice or cauliflower rice

Perfect basmati rice in a pot.cauliflower rice in a pan with a wooden spoon.

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