Friday, May 9, 2008

Creamy Chicken With Rice and Spinach

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into wide strips
1-1/2 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups instant brown rice, uncooked
4 oz. Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
1 pkg. (8 oz.) baby spinach leaves (8 cups packed leaves)
1 large tomato, chopped
2 Tbsp.grated Parmesan Cheese

Heat dressing in Dutch oven or large deep skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 min. Add broth; bring to boil. Stir in rice; return to boil. Cover. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 5 min.

Add Neufchatel cheese; cook 2 to 3 min. or until melted, stirring frequently. Add spinach. (Skillet will be full.) Cover skillet with lid; cook 1 min. or until spinach is wilted. Stir gently to mix in spinach.

Remove skillet from heat; let stand, covered, 5 min. Stir in tomatoes; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Tips and Tricks
I skipped cutting up the chicken and broke it up with a spoon as it cooked. I also used my wok to cook this dish. When you add the spinach, the skillet will be very full. Be sure to use a large pot.
Make It Healthier
Use light salad dressing or make your own.
How Kids Can Help
Grate the cheese. Dump the spinach in the pan.

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