Hey fit crowd! I am Brittany from the blog Words Like Honeycomb and Christel & Tobias, your very own fit couple that you know and love, have allowed me the pleasure of sharing this mouth-watering high-protein, low-carb chicken recipe with you today. I don’t use mouth-watering very often, so you know this is going to be good!
I think we would all agree that healthy recipes can and should also taste delicious. And by the looks of the delicious recipes you can find on this blog, you are well aware that this is possible. So, without further ado, I present your new chicken favorite – Smothered Creamy Chicken Skillet.
Yes, you heard that right.
Smothered with delicious creamy flavors and thickened by our low-calorie friend cashew milk (hi, 25 calories per serving). I don’t know about you, but skillet meals have got to be my favorite. All that sizzle, smelling each flavor developing into one incredible sauce and the gently glazed sear that each ingredient acquires in that skillet bath. Aren’t those magic words for any busy person on the run?
So what’s in a Smothered Creamy Chicken Skillet?
Let’s break down the basics of this recipe because it could easily be adapted to include your favorite veggies or herbs or even a different type of protein. Most delicious recipes are like that.
Ze’ Meat: I am one of those people that have chicken most nights of the week. It can be put in EVERYTHING and has that staying power that this hungry girl needs. But don’t feel like that is the only option here. Fish would pair wonderfully with these flavors as well as even tofu!
Veggies: We always have bell peppers or sweet baby peppers on hand these days but feel free to double up on the spinach and mushrooms to keep things more simple! I love the color and flavor of the green onions, but red onions make a great caramelized addition as well.
Saucaaay: You guys. I sort of have a new beverage love and it is unsweetened cashew milk. I mean 25 calories per serving and it makes everything creamy to the max! Hello?! What else can you ask for? However, any milk will work if you are in a pinch! I also used Greek or regular plain yogurt and both were fine. Greek definitely bumps up the protein levels, though!
No matter which way you toss it, this combo is delightful and perfect for cleaning-out-the-fridge nights. Hope you love this Smothered Creamy Chicken Skillet as much as we did!
Note from TheFitBlog: We made this high protein, low carb chicken skillet a couple of days ago and it’s absolutely delicious! It may even compete with our Stuffed Chicken Breast for the title of “best chicken recipe on TheFitBlog”.
- 1 lbs. (500 g) chicken breast
- 8 oz. (225 g) mushrooms, chopped
- 4 cups (120 g) fresh spinach
- 4 cloves large garlic, minced
- 6 green onions (also known as scallions), chopped
- 7-8 mini sweet bell peppers, sliced
- 2 tsp. parsley, chopped
- 1 cup (2.4 dl) chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup (2.4 dl) unsweetened cashew milk
- 2 tbsp. greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp. mascarpone or cream cheese
- 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- Salt & pepper to taste
Add 1 tsp. olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and sauté for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and almost cooked through. Set aside.
In the same hot skillet, add remaining tsp. olive oil and lower heat.
Add garlic and allow to cook for about 30 seconds.
Add green onion and half of the broth and raise heat to medium.
Add mushrooms & peppers and bring to a medium simmer. Cook for 5 minutes
In a separate bowl, whisk yogurt, cashew milk, and 1 tsp. parsley, then pour into skillet.
Add spinach and stir until combined.
Allow sauce to bubble lightly with vegetables, lowering heat if needed and stirring occasionally, for 5 more minutes.
Nestle chicken breasts into the skillet. Add remaining broth and the mascarpone, and cook for 5-10 minutes until chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
Top with remaining parsley and serve.
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