Kid Friendly Spinach Chicken Parmesan

I do not consider myself a food blogger. You will not find me posting fancy recipes or stunning photos of food. I do like to cook for my family though. During the week it is important that I have a simple and filling dinner. Tonight I looked through my pantry and just started pulling things out to make my own take on a spinach chicken parmesan. I tend to throw things together and then forget what I did, so this time I decided to document the experience and I am glad that I did. As the wife of an Italian man, I had no choice but to learn to cook pasta and sauce. I just typically do not have to time to cook a sauce ALL DAY, so I improvise.

Spinach Chicken ParmDinner was a hit with my entire family. Even my picky eater daughter ate her entire plate with no complaints! This is definitely something that I will be making more often!

Spinach Chicken Parmesan

I started off by heating up my skillet with olive oil. While that was getting hot, I drenched my chicken breasts in egg wash. I then coated the chicken with Italian breadcrumbs. When the oil was ready, I seared the chicken for about two minutes on each side. I then placed it into a glass pan and set it aside. The oven was then turned on to preheat to 425.

While I was waiting for it to heat up, I began working on the sauce. I used a large jar of pasta sauce that I had in my pantry. The kind you use is completely up to you, but I like Mid’s Pasta Sauce. They are actually one of the brands which sent me coupons upon request. Click here to read all about that experience. So I started the sauce by cooking some onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil. I then added the jar of sauce. Β I used canned spinach and added it into the sauce. Fresh would work as well. I added salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and a pinch of sugar. Sugar is actually one of the most important parts of cooking pasta sauce. It cuts down on the acidity of the tomatoes.

While that was getting warm, I prepped some tomatoes. This step is optional.I happened to have a fresh tomato so I cut it into large pieces and placed it on a cookie sheet. I drizzled it with some balsamic vinegar and roasted it in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Once the tomatoes were out of the oven, I added them into the sauce pan. I took a few big scoops of sauce and topped the chicken with it. Then the chicken went into the oven for 20 minutes. The Sauce was left on the stove top to simmer at low heat. I went ahead and filled up my pot with water for the pasta and put it on the stove. I added salt to my water and waited for it to boil.

After 20 minutes was up, the chicken came out of the oven. Parmesan cheese was added to the top and back in she went for another ten minutes. The water was boiling so the pasta was added. The pasta I used was the Ronzoni Super Greens pasta. It seemed interesting. I have been trying to sneak healthier foods into my daughter’s diet, and this pasta seemed to fit the bill. Β I used my spiffy pasta pot that I got for a P&G Breast Cancer Promotion one year. Β It is pink an the lid had holes to easily drain the pasta without needing a colander. P&G used to do a different promotion every year where you buy $30 in their products and you get a free pink cookware set. Last year they discontinued it though. I am really hoping they bring it back again this year because I always love this promotion.

Once my timer went off everything was done! Spinach chicken came out of the oven. Noodles were drained. Sauce was ready. The family sat down for dinner and every bit of it was eaten! There was plenty leftover for my husband to take to work the next day as well. All in all I would say this recipe was a success! Β If you try it, I would love to hear what you think about it.

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Region Italian

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 1lb Chicken Breast
  • 1 jar Pasta Sauce
  • 1 Onion
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Spinach
  • 1 box Pasta
  • Salt (To Taste)
  • Pepper (To Taste)
  • Italian Seasoning (To Taste)
  • 1 pinch Sugar
  • 1 bag Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 bag Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 bag Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Minced Garlic

Optional

  • 1 Tomato
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Directions

Step 1
Coat chicken in egg wash and bread crumbs
Step 2
Pan sear chicken for 2 minutes on each side, then set aside.
Step 3
Add onion, garlic, sauce, spinach and seasoning to sauce pan
Step 4
While sauce simmers, cut up tomato and drizzle with balsamic vinegar
Step 5
Roast tomato in oven for 10 minutes. When done, ad tomato to the sauce pan.
Step 6
Top chicken with sauce and cook at 425 for 20 minutes
Step 7
While chicken is cooking, prepare pasta as per the directions on the box.
Step 8
After 20 minutes, remove chicken from oven, top with cheese and return to oven for 10 minutes
Step 9
Plate chicken on top of the pasta, top with extra sauce and enjoy!
Step 10
Plate chicken on top of the pasta, top with extra sauce and enjoy!

41 comments

    • admin says:

      I have been trying to sneak more greens into my daughter’s foods lol you can barely tell the spinach is there. You can even blend it up if you want
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    • admin says:

      πŸ™‚ I am by no means a chef. I typically see what is in my pantry and throw things together. So easy meals are my specialty haha

    • admin says:

      I honestly was never a fan of cooking. I still don’t like to do anything crazy or intricate. I like easy meals that make enough for leftovers haha

    • admin says:

      Yea this should be super easy to make gluten friendly. My step-mom is gluten free so when we do dinner with her we typically alter recipes.

  1. perroneregmailcom says:

    Look soooo good! I have always loved a good chicken parmesan and I am all for creative ways to add greens to what my kids eat, although I don’t cook in my family, my Italian husband will have to try this one!

  2. Danielle says:

    Yummmy! I am the same way sometimes with cooking. I’ll make up a recipe, then forget what I did (and of course those are the dishes everyone in my family eats, which never happens b/c kids are picky).

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