Creamy Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes

Like your favorite dip reinvented as a meal, and made healthier to boot! Sauteed chicken cutlets cook fast, and cream cheese provides a little richness with less fat than heavy cream.

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Serving size: 4
Calories per serving: 328

1 pound chicken cutlets
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Unbleached all-purpose flour, for dredging
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic (from 3 cloves)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
10 ounces baby spinach (7 cups)
1 package (9 ounces) frozen artichoke hearts, thawed, quartered if whole
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated ( 1/2 cup packed)
Steamed rice, for serving (optional)

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper; dredge in flour, shaking off any excess. Add butter and 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. When butter melts, add chicken in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until golden brown in places but not cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, and thyme to skillet; cook until fragrant, 10 seconds. Stir in broth and cream cheese; cook until mixture boils and cheese melts. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in artichokes; cook 1 minute more. Return chicken and accumulated juices to skillet. Simmer, shaking pan occasionally, until sauce is reduced and thickened slightly and chicken is just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and cheese. Serve over rice.


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