While I was out on Friday, my roommate Rebekah stayed in and made dinner with some of her friends. She raved about it so much that I had to post it!
Tuscan Chicken with White Beans and Spinach:
(recipe from here)
- 4 slices of lean bacon, cooked and chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil (divided)
- 3 large chicken breasts
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Garlic powder, to taste
- Dried basil, to taste
- 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 15 oz can of white beans, rinsed & drained
- Baby spinach, to taste (we used approximately 1 cup)
Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat. Once the bacon is cooked, place it on a paper towel and chop it into small pieces. After removing the grease from the skillet, add 1 tsp olive oil over medium high heat. Season the chicken with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, and dried basil.
Once the skillet is hot, add the seasoned chicken and cook until cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet, wrap in tin foil to keep warm, and set aside.
Add the onion and cook, stirring often until tender (about 4 minutes). Add the minced garlic and cook stirring for about a minute. Pour the drained diced tomatoes and white beans into the skillet. Stir and cook for about 4 minutes and then add the spinach and the previously cooked chopped bacon. Finally, to add flavor to this delicious meal, season with sea salt, black pepper, and dried basil. Ladle the mixture onto a plate, and top it off with the chicken.
Rebekah’s take on it: The dish was extremely good. After eating the meal, Grant and I decided it would have been better with a little more of the beans and tomato mixture because there wasn’t quite enough of the mixture to eat with the amount of chicken that was cooked. I would also recommend using thinner slices of chicken so that it cooks faster (ours were very big and took quite a bit of time to cook through). Overall, the experience was quite entertaining, and I look forward to cooking more new meals in the future.