Don't Be a Dip...

I'm a snacker and love snack food & snack portions. One of my fave snacks are dips (preferably involving cheese) with something crunchy. However these days I've been trying healthier alternatives to our favorite foods without sacrificing flavor.

Rather than whipping up a spinach & artichoke dip to munch on for lunch, I decided to throw a little spin on it by using a healthier version of the dip to create a more substantial and healthier meal. So for lunch today, I made Spinach & Artichoke Chicken adapting this recipe for Spinach & Artichoke Dip. Rather than using as a traditional dip, I topped boneless, skinless chicken breasts with it and served it with a sauteed yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms and tomato.

Here's my recipe for Spinach & Artichoke Chicken:

1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
1 1/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
6 ounces low fat cream cheese
1/4 cup low fat sour cream
1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Breadcrumb Topping:
1/4 panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan

Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain. Discard liquid.
Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft.
Stir in rest of ingredients and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350.
On a baking sheet, place chicken and season with salt & pepper to taste.
Top each chicken breast with the spinach & artichoke mixture.
Combine the ingredients for the breadcrumb topping and sprinkle over the spinach & artichoke mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear.


  1. Oh, YUM! I have to try this...

  2. We always use the leftover dip on chicken as well. This looks much healthier. :)

  3. I'm totally curious about this one! And, yes, I'm looking forward to the day we meet! Because it needs to happen! Maybe if Emily(227) comes into town (Winnetka) again for Christmas we can come visit you together.

  4. what a great idea! That sounds great. I love spinach and artichoke dip. Im sure Id love it on chicken.

    I am also all for snack food and dips. My hubby makes fun of me all the time cause I need dips or sauces on everything. LOL

  5. Oh, My! This looks fabulous. Definitely going on my list!!

  6. Mmmm, I love spinach and artichoke dip! I would have never thought to put it on chicken though, but it looks delicious!

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE spinach and artichoke dip but never thought to put it on chicken. What a great idea! My husband would absolutely go crazy for this ;)

  8. I love spinach artichoke dip! But I make a healthier version by subbing nonfat yogurt for the mayo and then leaving out the cream cheese completely.

  9. its been a LONG time since i've tried artichokes. i need to give it a try again. this looks really good!

  10. I love spinach artichoke dip! This looks like a great way to jazz it up!

  11. Great idea! Looks delicious!

  12. I'm loving this idea a lot and my hubby will love it too. Thanks for the recipe.:)

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  14. I'm slowly catching up on my GR and came across this great recipe. I love spinach and artichoke dip so this sounds lovely :)