Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saucy Garlic Chicken

Sometimes I see a recipe in a magazine and it sounds so delicious I can almost taste it. Saucy Garlic Chicken was one of those dishes.

I made the sauce over the weekend so all I had to do was cook the chicken, assemble the dish and bake. I loved the combination of the roasted garlic sauce, the spinach and the fresh tomato. Since I prefer bite-size pieces of chicken, next time I'll cut up the chicken breasts and mix it with the sauce.

Saucy Garlic Chicken
Taste of Home Magazine

4 whole garlic bulbs
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 package (9 ounces) fresh baby spinach
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, divided
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups 2% milk
2 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Hot cooked pasta
Chopped tomato and minced fresh parsley, optional

Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut tops off of garlic bulbs; brush bulbs with 1 tablespoon oil. Wrap each bulb in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until softened. Cool for 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place spinach in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken in remaining oil on both sides; place over spinach.

In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 2 cups cheese, nutmeg and remaining salt and pepper. Transfer to a blender; squeeze softened garlic into blender. Cover and process until smooth. Pour mixture over chicken.

Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and sauce is bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer. Serve with pasta. Sprinkle with tomato and parsley if desired.
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  2. wow that looks amazing! I'm going to have to try this out, I love cooking :)


  3. I made this last night and loved it. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. My kids always turn up their noses at anything with spinach. What would you think of subbing artichokes? (Yes, they like artichokes.)

  5. wifeplzak - I'm glad you liked it!

    scmom - I love that your kids like artichokes! I think it would be a good sub, but then I'd definitely cut the chicken into bite-size pieces to match the artichokes. You could probably skip the baking entirely at that point and just make the sauce on the stove and toss with the cooked chicken and pasta.

  6. I made this on Monday night and it was DELISH!! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Made this tonight, it was fantastic!


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