Monday, January 14, 2019

Simple and Delicious Chicken Dinner

It's a new year and we are trying to cut out some of the carbs we eat.  Being Italian that is really hard to do.  I was brought up on pasta, bread, potatoes and anything sweet, that is a bad habit to break.  I love all of it, anything with tons of starch.  I crave it sometimes and will eat nothing but foods loaded with it all day long. But now, I have to change, getting older is not fun and a bigger waistline is even worse.  I have a grandson now that will soon be walking and I'll have to chase him around. I have to be able to move a little faster to catch him!  

So now everyday when I wake up, I try and think of foods that are low in carbs/starch for dinner, that will taste good, and everybody will like it.  This chicken dish that I put together was a winner and it was easy to make which made it even better!

Here is my smothered Chicken, Spinach and Mushrooms Parmesan.  I served it with just a side salad, it was very filling and everybody was happy. 
Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom Parmesan
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons butter
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons of kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons course ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
4 cloves garlic minced or use 1 T jarred minced garlic
5 cups fresh spinach
3 cups sliced portobello mushrooms
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Divide the olive oil between 3 frying pans (2 tablespoons in each).  Add the chicken to one and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. On medium high heat cook chicken until juices run clear and they are nicely browned on both sides.  While chicken is cooking, add spinach and minced garlic to one pan, and mushrooms and butter to the other.  Cook both over medium heat. Cook spinach until all is wilted and mushrooms until browned.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  When chicken is done cooking, place on baking sheet.  Top chicken with mushrooms, with tongs squeeze out excess liquid from spinach and place on top of mushrooms, then top with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Put under the broiler in your oven until cheese is somewhat brown and all is melted.   Makes 4 servings.