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Garlic Butter Chicken with Spinach and Bacon

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Aug 6, 2020
Garlic Butter Chicken with Spinach and Bacon
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Garlic Butter Chicken with Creamy Spinach and Bacon – Rich, creamy, and hearty, the entire family will love this easy chicken recipe. It has an amazing flavor because of sauteed garlic, bacon, and parmesan that cut through the cream and spinach. You can make this chicken, bacon and spinach recipe on a weeknight right on your stove top. With only 30 minutes of total work, this chicken dinner recipe is simple, fast and delicious – Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Creamy Garlic Butter Chicken with Spinach and Bacon

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Directions

1. To make the garlic butter chicken thighs with creamy spinach and bacon: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper, and sear in the pan for 5-8 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Once cooked, remove chicken from the pan and set aside.

2. Melt the butter in the remaining cooking juices leftover in the pan. Add in the onion and garlic and fry until fragrant (about one minute). Pour in the chicken stock (or white wine, if using), and allow to reduce down slightly. Add the crispy bacon and fry for 1-2 minutes to release the flavors.

3. Reduce heat to low heat, add the half and half (or heavy cream), and bring to a gentle simmer, while stirring occasionally. Make sure to lower the heat to avoid the sauce to separate. Add Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper to your taste.

4. Add in the spinach leaves and allow to wilt in the sauce, and add in the parmesan cheese. Allow sauce to simmer for a further minute until cheese melts through the sauce. For a thicker sauce, add the cornstarch mixture (1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water, see the ingredients list) to the skillet, and continue to simmer while quickly stirring the mixture through until the sauce thickens.

5. Add the cooked chicken back into the pan; sprinkle with chili pepper flakes (if using), and spoon the sauce over each chicken thigh. Serve the Garlic Butter Chicken with Spinach and Bacon over pasta, rice, or a low-carb favorite like zoodles, cauliflower rice, or steamed veggies. Enjoy!

Chicken recipes notes:

  • You can sub bacon with chopped sundried tomatoes for a nice flavor.
  • Remove chicken thighs from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before cooking to bring them close to room temperature.
  • Season chicken just before cooking to prevent drawing out moisture and drying out the meat.
  • If using chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs, pound them or slice horizontally to make the thickness even. The chicken will cook faster this way.

What other readers say about this Garlic Butter Chicken recipe

“This was so amazing! But I cooked the chicken in the bacon grease, onions, and garlic. Then removed all of that and then added new onions and garlic and keep on with the sauce instructions after that. It was sooo good! My boyfriend said it’s one for the books! I would definitely double the sauce recipe though.” – Annika

“Amazing! Even my pickiest eater ate it!” – Tiffani

“Best recipe off Pinterest followed directions turned out perfect!” – Ally

“I have made it twice now. Tonight it will be over rice. I used sun-dried tomatoes this time. Great for a cold night.” – Chelli

“We added heavy cream and bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing this chicken recipe…” – Marlene

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  • Sharon

    2021-02-24 21:35:41

    This dish is DELICIOUS!!! I will be making this again, as well as using other recipes on this site. Well done Eatwell 101!

  • Marisa D.

    2021-02-16 21:09:02

    This recipe is amazing!

  • Katie

    2021-02-14 20:07:10

    This dish was so yummy. Followed recipe exactly. Served the chicken and sauce over egg noodles. I will make again.

  • Kathy

    2021-01-30 19:45:06

    The recipe was delicious, I added the sun dried tomatoes and the bacon my family loved it.. will definitely make again...

  • Kathy

    2021-01-30 19:44:11

    The recipe was delicious, I added the sun dried tomatoes and the bacon my family loved it.. will definitely make again...

  • Kathy

    2021-01-18 23:14:19

    Absolutely loved this recipe! Had mushrooms that I meant to add but forgot. This is definitely a keeper and wonderful for company! Served with rice pilaf. Used both skinless thighs and breasts. Don't wait to make it LOL!

  • Mary

    2021-01-12 17:50:24

    If you like all the ingredients in this dish, you will love this recipe. I was looking for a recipe that I can use up my fresh spinach. Fantastic flavors. I did cook egg noodles and poured this delicious meal on top. Amazing, you will love it!

  • Christina

    2020-12-21 23:04:24

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was a hit. Super good and flavorful. Used wine instead of chicken broth as suggested. Used grated Parmesan cheese (Kraft, as I didn’t have fresh). Used a bit less spinach only because I didn’t have the full amount the recipe called for. My family devoured it. The last bit of the sauce that was left in the pan was quickly sopped up with the bread we served it with by my husband.

  • Emily Haggerty

    2020-12-12 17:30:24

    Made this tonight! It was so good. But, I followed all the directions and ended up with very little sauce! Any tips on preventing on that happening again? I followed step by step!

  • Gretchen C

    2020-12-07 18:34:46

    This recipe was dead simple and so good!! All the flavors together make such a great "umami" (mouth feel) I served it with bowtie pasta and a Kendal Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay. Fantastic! I added the red pepper flakes early, by mistake, which infused that touch of heat quite nicely. I will definitely make this again. I think mushrooms would be a good addition, too. Great recipe!!

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