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Garlic Butter Chicken with Spinach and Bacon

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Dec 1, 2021
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Garlic Butter Chicken with Spinach and Bacon
Garlic Butter Chicken with Creamy  Spinach and Bacon - #chicken #recipe #eatwell101 - Rich, creamy, and hearty, everyone will love this easy chicken recipe with amazing flavor.
Garlic Butter Chicken with Creamy  Spinach and Bacon - #chicken #recipe #eatwell101 - Rich, creamy, and hearty, everyone will love this easy chicken recipe with amazing flavor.

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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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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  • Bryanna

    2021-11-24 20:51:55

    Husband and i loved this recipe cooked with chicken thighs the only thing i suggest is to sear chicken in the pan 12 mins on each side and throw in the oven for 25 minutes while you make your sides and finish recipe

  • Cindy

    2021-10-06 12:06:32

    I liked it. My suggestion though: don’t use white wine, the acidity will curdle the half and half!

  • Carolan

    2021-08-31 09:47:46

    I made it with 8 thighs, 10 oz homemade low sodium chicken broth, 3/4 cup bacon crumbled, 2 pints heavy/half n half, 3/4 cup parmesan and 1/2 tbs Italian seasoning (essential). It turned out great. Note: you need to let it rest to bring out the seasoning. Also, I didn't add cornstarch and later added sauteed mushrooms and ate it over yellow boiling potatoes (great with the sauce). HINT, you can use egg yokes and heavy cream for a thicker sauce. I like it just the way it is -- delicious!

  • Jacqueline

    2021-08-30 20:38:17

    All I can say is Phenomenal another one for the books thank you all smile.

  • Averian

    2021-08-05 17:59:49

    Yes I made this dish and it was phenomenal! I used bacon AND the sun-dried tomatoes. My husband and I loved it. There was so much flavor exploding in our mouths. However, there was one thing I wish I had done. I used chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs. I did not pound the chicken breasts flat as suggested. It took longer to cook so the chicken wasn't as melt in your mouth tender as it could have been. I chopped the leftover chicken and added it to tomato basil soup. It was great!

  • Frances

    2021-08-04 22:48:32

    We love this recipe. It's in my top 5. Always make extra sauce and put bacon and Sun dried tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Mary

    2021-07-22 18:10:59

    Hello my sauce turned out too runny even with corn starch. Is that because I used fat free half and half?

  • Tim

    2021-07-11 13:23:20

    Brilliant, just served it an hour ago and still savouring on the taste. Only thing I left out was the bacon, sind I want to leave red meat out of my diet for a week. Still, it was wonderful and so easy and quite fast to prepare!

  • Mischa

    2021-06-28 22:18:38

    This was an amazing dish. I too left out the bacon and used bacon grease in place of the both the oil and the bacon itself. I also added in chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in place of red pepper flakes and served over angel hair pasta! I big hit with the family that will be made again for sure!

  • Kathy

    2021-06-11 02:41:12

    Made this last night absolutely delicious dropped a few cherry tomatoes in for abit of colour definitely have this one again

  • David Parsley

    2021-05-31 18:40:08

    This is, hands-down, one of the tastiest recipes I've ever tried. My only change: I just the leftover bacon grease to sear the chicken thighs and didn't use any olive oil. Served over wild rice, this was spectacular. This will go into my regular rotation of dishes. Thank you!

  • Cathy

    2021-05-31 17:37:01

    Great recipe. Especially for low carb. I used bone in thighs and seared longer. Served over cauliflower rice. It was delicious.

  • Andrea

    2021-05-12 22:23:56

    Oh my goodness, was this a SPECTACULAR recipe! The kitchen smelled amazing, and the flavors were out of this world! It tasted like something from a high end restaurant. I used the white wine and served over mini bowtie pasta. Thank you for a perfect recipe that I will serve to company in the future. Note: It took me longer than 30 minutes (closer to an hour), but it was so worth it!

  • Denise

    2021-05-12 07:56:12

    Easy to make, lovely flavour ****

  • Vw

    2021-05-04 12:59:49

    Trying this tonight with chicken breast. Using cream of chicken soup instead of cornstarch and less stock. Also adding sundried tomatoes.

  • Jennifer Pearson

    2021-04-26 20:37:27

    Unreal recipe. This was so good. I googled "chicken and spinach"and this popped up and I just happened to have all the ingredients, and honestly this was amazing I'm going to make this so often now. I recommend you use fresh herbs and lots of them, I didn't have Italian seasoning so I used parsley, coriander, rosemary, and oregano, but just use everything you have. Amazing recipe :)

  • Niza Salas

    2021-04-13 19:02:12

    I cannot believe other people haven't left a review after using this recipe! Absolutely delicious, I am learning to cook and this recipe was easy to follow and have me an absolutely delicious result!! My whole family loved it, praised me and begged me to make it again soon.

  • Dawn Mitchell

    2021-03-26 15:06:48

    Can I make this In crockpot?

  • Shunta

    2021-03-25 19:54:51

    This recipe was AWESOME! My family loves it!

  • Pam

    2021-03-06 07:48:23

    This recipe was delicious and definitely a crowd pleaser! I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and did include sun dried tomatoes and used white wine. My son practically licked the pan let alone his plate. This dish is beautiful, easy and delicious. Definitely a keeper!

  • Pam

    2021-03-06 07:48:00

    This recipe was delicious and definitely a crowd pleaser! I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and did include sun dried tomatoes and used white wine. My son practically licked the pan let alone his plate. This dish is beautiful, easy and delicious. Definitely a keeper!

  • Kimberly

    2021-03-04 12:04:05

    This recipe is AMAZING. I like to serve this with orzo pasta...delish. My family says it's better than eating at a restaurant! (I add extra bacon because's bacon) Make this now!!

  • 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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