Spinach and Artichoke Dip Chicken

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip Chicken is an easy casserole recipe made with chicken breasts and a creamy yet low-fat spinach and artichoke dip recipe! 

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A few months ago I confessed that my food kryptonite of all food kryptonites is CHIPS! CHIPS! CHIPS!

Well, guess what goes better with crunchy, salty CHIPS! CHIPS! CH- (ok you get it) than a creamy and dreamy dip? Nothing! Like chocolate and peanut butter, movies and popcorn, gum and a trashcan (I have an intense dislike of hearing people chew gum…) chips and dip were made for each other.

One of my all-time favorite dips is Spinach and Artichoke Dip, but I rarely have an excuse to make it without having a party or potluck to attend…until now. Muwahaha!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Chicken is seasoned chicken breasts nestled into a baking dish then smothered in a thick and luscious concoction of low-fat cream cheese, thick Greek yogurt, meaty artichoke hearts, creamy spinach, a few fresh cheeses, and seasonings before being baked and served hot and gooey. This dish is IT!

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While the topping is delicious enough to dip into on its own with chips or crackers, you can practice some restraint by enjoying it over moist and juicy chicken breasts, which make the recipe less of a dip, and more of a meal. This dish is a bit of a splurge but so, so worth it. Company-worthy, too!

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Here’s the ingredients you’ll need. Let’s start from the top!

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First cut 1lb chicken breasts in half then season both sides with salt & pepper and place into a nonstick-sprayed 1-1/4 – 2 quart baking dish. I used this baking dish > which I got as a wedding shower gift a million years ago. It’s one of my faves and also comes with a mini baking dish which is perfect for cooking for 1 or 2.

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Set the chicken aside for a sec then melt 1 Tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute 1 large minced shallot for a few minutes with salt & pepper, until softened, then add 2 minced garlic cloves and saute for 30 more seconds. The smell of shallots + garlic + butter = BLISS.

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Time to add the signature Spinach and Artichoke Dip ingredients, starting with 6oz 1/3 less-fat cream cheese and 6oz plain Greek yogurt to help lighten the dish of fat and calories. This is the same combo I use in my Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip and it tastes, YUMMY. Also, I love the taste and texture of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, but wouldn’t recommend fat-free. It’s really icky.

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Stir until the cream cheese has melted, then remove the skillet from the heat and fold in 1-14oz can quartered artichoke hearts that’s been drained, 1-10oz package frozen spinach that’s been thawed and squeezed dry in a kitchen towel, and 1/4 cup each grated parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. 

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Spoon the mixture over the seasoned chicken breasts then cover with a piece of nonstick sprayed foil and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Remove the foil then sprinkle 1/4 cup more of each parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top, and then bake for 10 more minutes uncovered, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

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Let the casserole rest for 10 minutes, then dig in, and eat up!

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip Chicken

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Serves 6

Ingredients:
1lb chicken breasts
1 Tablespoon butter
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper
6oz 1/3 less-fat cream cheese, softened
6oz plain Greek yogurt
10oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
14oz can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken breasts in half then season both sides with salt and pepper. Spray a 2qt baking dish with nonstick spray then place seasoned chicken breasts in the bottom. 
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat then add shallots. Season with salt and pepper then saute until softened, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic then saute for 30 more seconds. Add cream cheese and Greek yogurt then stir until smooth. Remove skillet from heat then fold in spinach, artichoke hearts, and half the parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
  3. Spoon mixture over chicken then smooth and cover with a piece of foil sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 20 minutes then remove foil and top with remaining cheeses. Bake for 10 more minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly then let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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I wanted a really fresh element to serve alongside the Spinach and Artichoke Dip Chicken, so I sliced up a crisp, red apple. Not only did it brighten the meal, but the slices also served as fabulous dippers. I loved the mixture of hot and cold, crispy and creamy. MMM. Totally licked my plate clean!

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Comments

  1. ERMAHGERD…I love spinach & artichoke dip. I might use the recipe just for some dip!

  2. Aggie 03.19.2013

    This looks soo delicious! I think this is the kind of dish my mum would like as she loves artichoke so will have to try this out, thanks for the recipe! :) x

  3. Colleen 03.19.2013

    ohmygosh. i cannot wait to try this! it looks amazing!

  4. Katharine 03.19.2013

    This looks SO GOOD! Perfect for a girls potluck I’m hosting soon. Can’t wait to put this recipe to use!

  5. Lynn 03.19.2013

    Just had to comment on your intense dislike for the sound of people chewing gum! One of my biggest dislikes and pet peeves ever! Chips……. I am right there with you too!
    This recipe looks delicious. I have made several of your recipes over the last month since discovering your blog and everything has been great. Love the Lighter Sesame Chicken.

  6. Dear IGE, I think I love you. You made artichoke dip into a dish that I can eat for dinner? Yum.

  7. Donna 03.19.2013

    Looks delicious! Ironically, I craved spinach & artichoke ANYTHING when I was pregnant…which, is also a good excuse to have dip for dinner ;)

  8. Lindsay 03.19.2013

    Artichokes are my weakness! This looks amazing.

  9. Mary 03.19.2013

    This looks AMAZING!!! I’ve saved it to ziplist for sure!!!

  10. Trisha 03.19.2013

    Boy do I ever hear you (pun intended) on the gum smacking. Chewing/eating/slurping are my biggest pet peeves!!

  11. Katie 03.19.2013

    This legitimately does not look real. That’s how good this looks. I will have to whip this up immediately!!

  12. Jennifer 03.19.2013

    If I wanted to use fresh spinach instead of frozen, how much should I use? Can I just toss in or should I sauté it first? Thanks!!

  13. This is one of my favorite dips and my hubby’s kryptonite is also chips…Well, that and French fries.

    I love that you dipped an apple in it. When I was younger, we always diced up an apple in our chicken salad and this reminds me of that. My friends thought I was CRAZY!

  14. Looks like smothered chicken wins again!!

  15. Kimmiesue 03.19.2013

    Do you think this would freeze well? Or just better to make fresh?

  16. Flabbergasted.

    I make a chicken, artichoke, spinach and feta stuffed chicken (I just made it tonight in fact), and I always wish there was more of the stuffing (shocker – me wanting more of good stiff)! This is perfect. I’m definitely trying your version next week!

  17. Margaret 03.19.2013

    I’m not a huge chip fan but I love artichoke hearts. Actually, I think artichoke bottoms are 100% better. I almost always sub them in recipes calling for hearts. Also, I cannot stand loud chewing/eating/slurping. We were at a restaurant recently where it seemed everybody near us had some eating quirk. My husband leaned in and said, “I’m so thankful for you.” “Why?” I asked, my heart skipping a beat. “Many reasons, but I am thankful you eat normally. Don’t look around…” Of course, I did, and I almost had to leave. :-P

  18. Sara 03.19.2013

    Are you craving artichokes? They’ve been in lots of your recipes lately! :)

  19. Iby 03.19.2013

    This is so fun! I’ve made something extremely similar based off of one of Emily Bites’ recipes. Super delish combo and healthy too!

  20. Amy 03.19.2013

    Slightly unrelated; have you ever tried TJ’s frozen spinach and artichoke dip?? I love it, my boyfriend hates it so it might be hit or miss for people. Anyway, it’s surprisingly not as terrible for you as you might imagine and I LOVE it with their tricolor flax seed chips. Mmmmm… For when you need a quick fix. ;)

    • LissKB 03.20.2013

      Mmm I love TJ’s frozen spinach and artichoke dip! And that fact that it’s not *that* bad for you :P

  21. Oh yes! As soon as I’m through with this ridiculous nutrition challenge that prevents me from eating dairy I’m all over this sucker!

  22. Linda 03.19.2013

    I can’t wait to make this, sans artichoke (they make me choke!) ;) I love a good spinach dip though!!

  23. Mary 03.19.2013

    Looks good but I’m wondering…do you not attribute recipe sources anymore? I’ve seen this same spread recipe before. It’s a nice change using the Greek yogurt. I make my dip with that as well to save calories and fat.

  24. Looks scrumptious! i just made a chicken artichoke baguette because I love artichoke dip, too!

  25. Ryann 03.19.2013

    Yum this looks amazing!!! I made a recipe very similar to this from Emily Bites blog. I need to make it again soon!

    • Stephanie 03.23.2013

      This was really good. My husband loved it. His direct quote was “hit another one out of the park.” I made angel hair with broccoli with it. It went really well. Thank you for the great recipe.

  26. Angela@heartsit 03.19.2013

    This looks amazing!!! I just got so hungry.

  27. Jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com 03.20.2013

    Gah! I had gum-chewing, too. My boyfriend never usuall does it but he got in the car chewing gum the other day and I totally over-reacted – ‘WHAT are you doing???’.

    • Jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com 03.20.2013

      *hate* !

  28. Yum! This looks delicious!

  29. I think I just found my new favorite dinner.

  30. Taylor 03.20.2013

    Yum! Neat idea! I must also mention that I probably love CHIPS as much as you do…only my boyfriend’s pet peeve (it’s actually bordering on crazy lol) is the sound of people crunching chips! wahhh!

  31. ShaNae 03.20.2013

    Spinach and artichoke dip is my moms favorite, and she is going to go crazy with this recipe. I just emailed it to her and I got a yahoo!! back. Thanks for helping make dinner tonight!

  32. Julia Jolliff 03.20.2013

    I love spinach and artichoke dip and adding chicken is a great addition to turn it into a meal!

  33. Brilliant! I’ll take any excuse to make more spin dip!

  34. Rachel 03.20.2013

    I love turning dips into full-fledged meals (I do that with buffalo chicken dip a LOT)! And while I don’t like spinach or artichokes individually, I love spinach-artichoke dip, and I love that your recipe doesn’t include mayo (which I hate). I’m going to have to try this sometime soon!

  35. Kelly 03.20.2013

    This is absolute perfection! :)

  36. Sara B. 03.20.2013

    I am a chipoholic as well – we don’t keep them in the house as I have no self control! This chicken recipe is going on the menu for this weekend – my mouth is watering!!

  37. Brita 03.20.2013

    Get outta town, this looks amaaaaZing! I cannot wait to make this :)

  38. Lisa 03.20.2013

    This is looks rediculously amazing. Am salivating!

  39. Oh. Em. Gee. This looks too amazing for words. Pinning for future making!

  40. LissKB 03.20.2013

    All of my favorite things! Sometimes I make spinach & artichoke dip and add poached/shredded chicken. Makes a great topping for an extra crispy baked potato!

  41. My mouth is literally watering.

  42. Jennifer 03.20.2013

    you are a genius.

  43. This is so creative, but I just know it tastes delicious! Oh man I haven’t had artichoke dip or spread in the longest time~thanks, haha.

  44. Donna Howard 03.20.2013

    Made this tonight! It was perfect (after last nights sweet and sour meatball fiasco!!) — anyway, thanks for giving me something to retain my queen of the kitchen title!!! My sweet hubby loved it. Now — I wonder if the deer in our forest would like the meatballs?? ha ha

  45. WOW – such a fantastic idea. I need to make this immediately, if not sooner.

  46. Shannon J. 03.20.2013

    From another Iowan — Holy cow! This was amazing! Made it for supper tonight and even my husband gave it 2 thumbs up! Yum!

  47. Abbey 03.22.2013

    Another winner! I made this last night for dinner and it was delish! Instead of apples we just had chips on the side. Do you have any other suggestions on what to pair with it?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 03.23.2013

      Triscuits or cut celery and carrot sticks would be great too! Or if you meant as a side (which now I’m thinking you probably did) a salad or bowl of soup would be good!

  48. Meredith 03.23.2013

    sold from the first picture!making this immediately!

  49. Claidin 03.23.2013

    Love Spinach, Love Artichoke, Love fruts, too. I love preparing beautiful food.
    This is the perfect dip for me. I surely make this one for this week farewell party.
    Thx a lot for sharing. I really appreciate this soo soo much.

  50. Erin 03.25.2013

    Made this tonight for dinner and looooved it! Even my 18 month old (picky) eater gobbled it up! He’s into dips right now so I told him it was “chicken and dip”. Still, I was shocked that he ate it and I was able to sneak some veggies in him! :)

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