Friday, February 1, 2013

A Special Meal for my Valentine

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My husband is a great romantic.  Seriously great.  He surprises me all the time with his thoughtfulness and surprises, notes on the car or mirror, flowers at random times, having a glass of wine ready for me when I come home from a stressful day.  Before we were dating, I was driving a borrowed 1980 BMW convertible because my car was in the shop.  He left a note on the car that said, "the '80s called and wants their car back."  Another time he left love notes all over the house for me.  Sweet.

But he's also a jokester and loves to play pranks.  Sometimes he turns the shower head pointing out of the shower so that I get sprayed before I get in the shower.  Once he even put flour in my hair dryer.  When I turned it on, it was a huge mess!  The bathroom smelled like bread was baking.  My daughter happened to be in the bathroom with me, and we laughed hysterically until tears rolled down our cheeks.  That was a good prank.  I got him back, though.  I posted signs up at the post office saying, "stainless steel refrigerator for sale, $200," and left his phone number.  Great fun.

But all joking aside, I wanted to create a really special meal for a really special man.  He is a great husband, wonderful father, and my best friend.  We get along ridiculously well and could spend all of our time together.  A great man like John deserves a great meal.

So, for my Valentine, here is my recipe for Smothered Chicken, Smashed Fried Ranch Potatoes, Easy Roasted Asparagus, and Heart-Shaped Breadsticks.  I hope your Valentine enjoys it too.



SMOTHERED CHICKEN

FOR THE CREAMED SPINACH:
1 large bag of spinach leaves
4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 C shredded parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 T red onion, minced
2 T olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

FOR THE SAUTEED MUSHROOMS:
8 ounce package of mushrooms, sliced
1/2 stick butter
2 T olive oil
1/2 C white wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

FOR THE CHICKEN:
4-5 boneless chicken breasts
8-10 slices Mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/8 inch slices
1 T garlic powder
1 T seasoned salt, like Lawry's
1 teaspoon pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Sprinkle the garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper on both sides of the chicken.  Bake for 16 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the creamed spinach.  Over medium-high heat, melt 2 T olive oil in a skillet.  Add in the onions and saute 2-3 minutes.  Add in the spinach and garlic.  It will shrink ridiculously.  When it's cooked through, stir in the cream cheese and parmesan cheese.  Continue cooking and stirring until the cream cheese is melted.  Remove from heat.

For the mushrooms, melt butter and 2 T olive oil in a skillet.  Put the mushrooms in and cook until browned all over.  Don't season with salt until they are browned or they will never brown.  Deglaze the pan with the wine.  Add in the garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until most of the wine is cooked out.

Flip the chicken pieces over.  Divide the spinach and mushrooms over the top of each breast.  Lay two slices of cheese over each piece of chicken.  Cook another 12-14 minutes or until cheese is browned and chicken is done.


SMASHED FRIED RANCH POTATOES

3 lbs red potatoes, washed
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix
Olive oil
2 T garlic powder

Boil potatoes until tender.  Drain and let cool completely.  When they are cool, preheat a skillet over medium high heat.  Pour about 1/4 inch of olive oil into skillet.  Gently smash the potatoes with the palm of your hand to slightly flatten but not breaking them apart.  Place in a single layer of the skillet.  Fry until golden brown on one side.  Flip over, sprinkle with the ranch dip mix and garlic powder.  Cook the other side until golden brown.  Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle the other side with the remaining ranch and garlic powder.

EASY ROASTED ASPARAGUS

1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed
Juice of half a lemon
Olive oil
1/2 T garlic powder
Salt and pepper
1/4 C shredded parmesan

Preheat oven to 350.  Lay asparagus in a single layer on a sheet pan.  Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, and season with garlic powder and salt and pepper.  Mix around with your hands and put back in a single layer.
Bake 20 minutes.

When they are tender, sprinkle parmesan cheese over them and cover with foil.  Let sit five minutes to melt the cheese.


HEART-SHAPED BREADSTICKS

1 packet highly-active yeast
1 1/4 C water, 110 degrees
3 to 3 1/2 C flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 T olive oil
1/4 C butter, melted
1 T garlic powder

Mix yeast and water in a stand mixer.  Let sit about five minutes.  Mix in remaining ingredients until it forms into a ball.  Only add the extra flour if the dough seems sticky.  Place in a greased bowl and cover.  Let rise in a really warm place for about 1 hour. *Tip:  I preheat the oven to 200 and turn it off.  Open the door.  When you can touch the racks without burning yourself, you can put the dough in and shut the door to rise.

After an hour, turn dough out onto a board.  Roll out into a 9 x 13 rectangle.  Cut into eight strips.  Move the strips to a sheet pan as you shape into a heart.  Gather the ends together and tuck in.  Slightly pinch the ends to form the point of the heart.  Let rise another 20 minutes in a really warm place.

Preheat the oven to 375.  Cook the breadsticks 15 minutes.  Mix melted butter and garlic powder together.  Brush over the tops of the breadsticks and cook another five minutes.

283 comments:

  1. this recipe sounds great!
    does the recipe only serve two? I want to make it for my family tonight

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    1. Thank you for asking! I actually cooked it for my family of four and it was plenty. If you need to feed more than that, just make additional chicken breasts. The sides made plenty too. I hope you enjoy it!

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    2. excellent meal.

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    3. Do I put the chicken in raw the first 16 mins?

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    4. I made this last night for my family who was traveling from Pa. They kept getting delayed and even tho' I'd cooked this, it stayed perfect in a 200 degree oven for over an hour . It looked and tasted wonderful. ...a dish for company......everyone wanted the recipie

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    5. Wow, that's great! Thank you for passing along that information. I'm sure other people would enjoy knowing that!

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    6. Hi, I'm soo ready to make this chicken tomorrow!!!! Have one question though....What size is a large bag of spinach??? I have a 6 ounce bag but thinking I maybe I'll need two....

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    7. That's great, Juli. The spinach does wilt down a lot, so you may want a second bag. It just depends on how much spinach you want on each chicken breast. Let me know how it turns out!

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    8. some new cooks may think this dish is rather hard but I found it to be easier writing it down step by step in my own terms. this made it easy for me. fantastic dinner for special company or family. makes you look like a top chief. irene

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    9. I just made this for Sunday dinner. Amazing! Really easy to put together and absolutely delicious! This is definitely a keeper! Thank you for the post! :)

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    10. Thank you! So glad you like it!

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  2. I love the little blurb before the recipe, so sweet. Can't wait to try that chicken!

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate the compliment and love to hear feedback on my recipes.

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    2. My husband was salivating as I was writing this recipe down, can't wait to try it!

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  3. This looks amazing.....i found you on Pinterest! Just joined your site and would love to have you visit me at pinecreekstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you found me! I will absolutely follow your blog!

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  4. Thank you so much for putting this all together. You've planned our valentines dinner. Can't wait

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    1. You're so very welcome! I really hope you enjoy it as much as my family did! Thank you for your comments.

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  5. Thanks for posting.It looks great and I can't wait to try it! I too love the story before the recipe :)

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    1. I love that story too! Some of my greatest memories. Thank you!

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  6. You're welcome. And thank you for the compliment!

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  7. I made the chicken tonight and it was beyond delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe.

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    1. You're welcome. And wow! I'm so glad to hear that it turned out great. You're the first person to give me feedback on them making the recipe. I really appreciate you trying it!

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    2. I LOVE the background of books!! Wish I had it for my Books that I've Read Pin.

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  8. Going to try these recipes. Thanks. It is such a blessing to be married to your best friend. I know!

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    1. It is truly a blessing. I hope you enjoy them! Thank you for commenting!

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  9. This recipe looks delicious but I don't understand a few things. Are these chicken breasts with the skin on because that's what it looks like in the photo. When you say, turn them over, how were they when they went in the oven?

    Thanks Ellie

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    1. Ellie, thank you for asking! They are boneless and skinless breasts. I just laid them flat on a sheet pan, seasoned one side, and then turned them over and seasoned the other side. When the first 16 minutes' cooking time was done, I turned the breasts over with tongs and laid them flat again, piled on the spinach mixture, mushrooms, and slices of cheese. Then I returned them to the oven and finished cooking them. Either side can be cooked first or last. I hope this helps!

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    2. I made this dish, and my hubby was very pleased. Excellent dish. Thanks for sharing.

      Maria

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    3. I made your chicken recipe and it was yummy!!!!
      My chicken breasts were quite large so they did need additional time, I also added a little white wine in to the pan after they went in with the spinach & mushrooms and it made a nice sauce,the cream cheese melted down into it.
      Thank you for a great recipe, I'll be making this again.
      Natalie

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    4. I'm so glad you liked it, Natalie! Thank you so much for letting me know how it turned out.

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  10. Where is the bacon?

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    1. Good question! Although the word "bacon" is in my title, I don't always use it in every dish. I usually use at least one of the four and sometimes all of the four. However, now that you mention it, some crispy bacon would be a nice addition to the top of this chicken. Great idea! Thank for sharing!

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  11. I definitely will be trying your awesome recipe

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  12. I just cooked this meal and it was fantastic!! I saw the recipe on pintrest and just had to try! I substitued whole green beans instead of asparagus, but still great! Thanks for sharing! I will surely try more of your recipes!

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  13. Thank you for the comments! I love to hear when people cook my recipes and they work. I really appreciate the feedback and appreciate you following me!

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  14. Those luscious pictures have got me on board. This goes on the fridge in my special "his week to cook " print-ut. Thanks for sharing.

    Jay B.

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    1. I appreciate the compliments, and my photographer/husband appreciates them too!

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  15. This baked chicken recipe is awesome!! From the first bite to the last, we couldn't stop the mmmmmmmmmm...this is so good!! Thank you so much for a fantastic recipe...this is definitly a keeper!!

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    1. You're welcome! I'm so glad you liked it. I love to hear when people cook my recipes and they turn out great!

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  16. I just made this and it was phenomenal! Found you through Pinterest :) Thanks so much!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you so much for letting me know how it turned out! I love the feedback!

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  17. Thank you!!! Being in such a cooking rut, I tried your recipes and they were so delicious and attractive. I plan on sharing them with others. You might seriously want to consider writing a cookbook.

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  18. Wow! Thank you so much for the compliments! I don't know if I'm quite ready for a cookbook yet. I need to get a few more successful recipes under my belt first. I'm so happy that you tried it and it worked. And, as far as my pictures being attractive, yes, I cooked that meal, but my husband took the pictures so he needs some credit too. Thank you for trying my recipes and giving me feedback!

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  19. I made the chicken for dinner tonight and it was amazingly good. I made one alteration I browned the chicken breast in my cast iron skillet and baked them in the same skillet. I did this because the breasts were very large and I didn't want them to dry out. I'm definitely making this for dinner.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment! The cast iron skillet is a great idea. I'll try that next time!

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  20. I cook all the time and have been told I am a good cook. I am, however not a chicken fan. With this recipe you have changed my mind. This is by far the best recipe I have gotten from Pinterest...and I have down loaded many. Thanks Thanks Thanks

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  21. This is absolutely awesome!! Great recipes and wonderful photos !!

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  22. Thank you so much! My husband takes the pictures, and he says thank you too!

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  23. This was awesome!!! I cheated and used already diced garlic, but other than that I did it all! This is one of the first recipes I have ever tried that wasn't a family recipe and was so much fun to make and sooo delicious!! My boyfriend was really impressed! Thank you so much for sharing!! We are keeping this one on file!

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  24. Thank you so much for the compliment! Shortcuts are always good. I always use a recipe as a guideline and change the parts I want to change. I'm so glad you tried my recipe and I'm glad you and your boyfriend loved it!

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  25. Oh...my....god!! This was the most amazing thing I've eaten in a long time. I made the chicken and the potatoes with a cesar salad. I think I will be cooking this very frequently. Thank you for the recipe. I get so bored with chicken breasts. Will be cooking this for my sister and mother in law very soon, I think!

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    1. You're welcome. I'm surprised this chicken has become such a hit! Thank you for the feedback.

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  26. Hi - I made this last night - WOW, I always think what could I do to make a dish better, well, the chicken was perfect. I would change a thing except make more of it. My partner loved it as well. Great recipe and I can't wait to make it again. I also made the asparagus, that was great as well. I didn't make the potatoes as had them the night before and I had some nice french bread so passed on the bread sticks (loved the idea of making them into a heart though). Fantastic!! Now, what do I make this evening to top that? :-) Cheers, Jeffrey from VA

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    1. I'm so glad you both loved it! Hopefully I can come up with something to top this!

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  27. I think this is one of the most delicious meals I've ever made! It was amazing. Thank you for the recipe!

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  28. Made this for dinner tonight. Great dish and everyone loved it. We had to adjust the time (took longer for us) to cook the chicken.

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    1. Sometimes chicken breasts are bigger and need to cook longer. I'm glad you tried it and loved it! Thank you!

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  29. I will be trying this recipe soon! Great story in the beginning. I'm proud to say that I'm one of your newest followers. BTW...I found you through Pinterest!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad that you want to follow me. I will follow you back! Thank you so much!

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  30. Yum! I made the chicken last night for dinner guests. It was a hit! Thank you! Next time, I may just add some bacon. ;)

    Margie

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    1. Thank you! I've seen some pictures where people have made this and did add the bacon. I will absolutely add bacon next time!

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  31. this looks outstanding!! btw, the 80's comment made me laugh out loud..too funny!

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    1. I'm glad that made you laugh. My husband keeps me laughing all the time with things like that. Thank you for the compliment!

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  32. We did the smothered chicken tonight and it was amazing. It's added to our list of meals to repeat.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! It's a strange feeling to know that people are putting my recipe in their rotation. I feel so blessed! Thank you so much!

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  33. Made the smothered chicken tonight and it was amazing! We've added it to our list of repeatable meals.

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  34. This looks amazing! I'm making this for dinner tonight for my friends and family. We have a weekly get together on Tuesdays, we call it Taco Tuesday, although we don't have tacos every Tuesday, I do love trying new recipes to keep it exciting.
    I don't have red potatoes on hand, I'm thinking of taking a chance and making the smashed fried potatoes with russet potatoes. Not sure how it's going to work out since I will have to cut them in quarters after boiling them. I think I'll start by frying the cut side of the potatoes hoping this will seal them and keeps them from falling apart.Then after I fry the cut side, I'll attempt to smash them ever so slightly. Wish me luck, Lol!
    I also wanted to comment on how considerate you are to take the time and reply to all of your comments! I don't see that too often from bloggers. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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    1. You're welcome! I hope it all turns out great for you. I think the potatoes will work out just fine. Just be sure and let them cool off before trying to smash them. I didn't let them cool and they were really hot!

      My followers are so very important to me. If you (or any other follower) took the time out to comment on my recipe, then I can absolutely give that time back to you. Thank you!

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  35. I made this late last week and it was phenomenal!! We loved it so much, I decided to make it into a hand pie. I shredded the chicken breast, used shredded mozerella instead of sliced and drained the spinach really well. Sealed it between two 4 inch pie crust circles and froze, then bake whenever I want a little taste of smothered chicken awesomeness!

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    1. Wow, what a great idea. I'll have to try that! Thank you for sharing that!

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  36. Question. What would be a substitute for the white wine? We have a member in recovery in the family. Thanks

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    1. Thank you for the question. The wine is only there for the flavor. You can absolutely leave it out and it should be just as great without it.

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  37. Made the chicken and asparagus tonight. Was just out of this world delicious! Was easy for this not so good of a cook. Will be a regular on our family menu.Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it. I love to hear when people are putting my recipes in their favorites list. Thank you!

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    2. I don't think cooking wine would be the same...I mean does it really have alcohol in it?? I would think they would not be able to sell in the grocery store if that was the cast. I think I am going to try this for Father's day. Steak is just sooo expensive these days

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  38. Wish the nutritional info on the chicken recipe was provided.

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  39. Recipes looks great!!! I think I am making this one for dinner tonight!!

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    1. Great! I had no idea this chicken would be so popular. I hope it turns out well for you! Thank you!

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  40. I'm sorry I don't have any nutritional value for you. However, please use my recipes more as a guideline. Use lowfat cheese, butter substitutes, reduced fat cream cheese, etc. Cooking with olive oil is very heart healthy since it doesn't clog the arteries. It's still fattening, but it's a good fat. The bread can be made with whole wheat flour. I'm sure that most of the recipe can be adapted for a healthier diet. Thank you for the comment! I hope this helps.

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  41. This Smothered Chicken is the BOMB!! If you have not tried this, what are you waiting for?! OMG! Next to lobster, this is the best thing I've ever tasted! Thank you so much for this lovely recipe!

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  42. Hi, thanks for sharing; I will be trying this tomorrow. It looks delicious! I do have one question..is the "T" teaspoon or tablespoon? Just want to make sure I do it right. Thanks!!

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    1. Thank you for asking! "T" is tablespoon. I usually write out "teaspoon." I hope you enjoy the recipe. Thank you for the comment!

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  43. loved this post can't wait to try the chicken!!! I followed your blog for more great recipes!I would love if you checked mine out.http://shansthecollegecookbook.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for following me. I will absolutely follow your blog too! Thanks for the comments!

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  44. I was wondering if rather than wine to deglaze if some tomatoes would work....the acidity would help deglaze and the maters offer more color and pair well with mozz cheese...any input????

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    1. Sounds great! I always treat a recipe as a guideline. I almost never follow them exactly and change things to put my spin on them. Please feel free to use my recipes that way too. Make it your own. Thank you for the comment!

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  45. I found this on Pinterest and made it last night. It was amazing! The best part was it is so easy that my 9 year old daughter did almost the whole thing herself.
    Thanks.

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    1. You're welcome! It sounds like you have a budding chef in your house. Thank you for the comment!

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  46. I made this tonight,and it was incredible!!! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!

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  47. What else can I use I deglaze the pan instead of wine or alcohol?

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  48. What else can I use instead of wine or alcohol to deglaze the pan?

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  49. You can use chicken stock in place of the wine or leave it out altogether. It's more for flavor. Thank you for asking!

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  50. OMG!!! this was AMAZING!!! absolutely SCRUMDILIUMCIOUS!!! my family couldn't stop raving about how it was true italian flavors! absolutely amazing! I marinated the chicken by poking holes in it and placing it in salty water with poultry seasoning and garlic powder for an hour or so, then I just followed your instructions on how to bake it, turned out to be SO MOIST! couldn't believe it was chicken breast! the creamed spinach was great too! I would have never imagined cream cheese in spinach!! definitely will be making it again! thank so much!!

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  51. I fixed this for dinner last night and it was AWESOME! Rave reviews from the whole family. Truly a restaurant quality recipe and it turned out just like the picture too. I will be making this again and again!!

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  52. I just put this into Weight Watchers recipe builder with using fat free cream cheese and light butter it was 6 Point+. I was afaid I was going to have to do away with the butter(light) and wine, but no need to! I'm excited to try your recipe(on the lighter side) this week!

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  53. Wow, this looks and sounds amazing! I have extra whipping cream hanging around so I think I can substitute the cream cheese (which I don't have) with the cream. Can't wait to give this a go!
    Thanks!
    Linda Cook

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    1. Linda,
      Thank you so much! I love improvisation, and I think the heavy cream will work. However, may I suggest that you sprinkle a tablespoon or so of flour over the spinach before adding the cream, and then add 1/4 to 1/2 C cream to the spinach. I think this will help the sauce thicken up quite nicely. Let me know how it turns out!

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  54. This looks good. However, I have some people who don't like mushrooms. I have everything else, so I'm just going to leave the mushrooms out. Do I need to include everything else in the mushroom section, or just leave it out?

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    1. Thank you for your question! Just leave all of the ingredients for the mushrooms out. I know some less adventurous eaters too, so I completely understand. I think it will come out great without the mushrooms. Let me know how you like it!

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  55. I couldn't get the reply button to work for me... but we enjoyed this recipe. It was a bit peppery. I will probably cut back on that next time, but other than that, even without the mushrooms, it was a hit. It is way out of my box...as far as what I usually make, but it was good. I could see the chicken being really good over pasta... the possibilities are endless! I may start checking out your blog. I follow a few regularly, but enjoy recipes--and being able to see the pics also.

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    2. Thank you for your comment. I'm so glad you posted that it's too peppery. That was a serious typo! I meant a teaspoon of pepper, which I have updated the recipe to reflect that. I usually say "salt and pepper to taste." I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I think it sounds great over pasta!

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    3. LOL! Glad to bring a typo to light! I am making this again tonight, and I'm sure it will be perfect this time! I am looking forward to it!

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    4. I'm so glad you're making it again, minus all the pepper! LOL

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  56. Made this for dinner tonight. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely will make this again!

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  57. My kids and I intend to try everything in this post eventually, but for tonight we served the potatoes along side a roast. I used petite potatoes and they turned out great. Love your food groups (chocolate is the fifth around here); will definitely be back for more ideas.

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  58. Prepared the Smothered Chicken for dinner tonight.. love it! Very good :)

    Thank you
    Lori

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  59. I would like to make your chicken recipe but I do not cook with wine. Would it be a big deal to omit it? Will it throw off the taste? If so, is there something I can use instead?
    Thank you,
    Beth

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  60. Looks wonderful! Only one thing... "Smothered Chicken" is already a very old, time tested southern dish w/gravy and onions... (also Smothered Pork Chops) just so you know!!

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    1. Thank you so much for the comments. I am very familiar with the traditional Southern smothered chicken/pork chops recipes, since I am from the South, and I do love those old family favorites. Sometimes I do things the old fashioned way, but sometimes I like to mix things up and put a new spin on them. I just like to go in the kitchen and create, whether it's remaking an old recipe or inventing a new one.

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  61. Wow, this looks so delicious!! All the parings with this meal made my mouth water. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  62. Just made this and it was a hit! Surprised myself! Thanks for the recipe:)

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  63. I made the chicken and spinich it was delish thanks for sharing

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  64. Don't have white wine. Can chicken broth be used instead? Looking forward to trying this as a cut down version. Hubby and I could never eat that much.

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  65. My friend and I got together a few weeks ago and made this chicken.....best chicken I have EVER had! Making it again this weekend for my family!

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  66. I went to visit my girlfriend a few weeks ago, we made this chicken and it was by far the best chicken I have EVER had! Making it again this weekend for my family!

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    1. Thanks, JT, for letting me know. I'm so glad you liked it! I hope your family enjoys it too! Let me know!

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  67. OMG! Made the entire meal minus the rolls tonight. This was sooo good. Thanks do much for posting. It was unbelievably yummy.

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  68. Yummy looking meal~
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  69. Just got this recipe off pinterest and the chicken is in the oven now! Can't wait to try it!! It smells delicious!

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  70. I got this recipe off Pinterest last night, went to the grocery this morning and the chicken is in the oven now! Can't wait to try it b/c it smells incredible! Thanks for sharing!

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  71. I am a vegetarian and thought you might like to hear that we tried the chicken recipe tonight with Quorn (company that makes meat substitutes) chicken cutlets and it turned out great! My husband loves spinach so I knew it was worth a try. He helped by making the mushrooms, and made green beans in the skillet he had made the mushrooms in. Yum! Thank you for the great recipe!

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    1. Oh, that's great! I'm glad you were able to enjoy it your way! I really appreciate you letting me know, and I'm sure other readers who may be vegetarian will appreciate it as well. And you're so welcome!

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  72. Made this tonight. After the first bite my daughter and I looked at each other and that look spoke volumes. It was incredibly delicious! So glad I found you on pinterest! Lorie

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    1. Thank you, Lorie! I'm so glad you liked it and I'm glad you found me on Pinterest. Let me know if you try any of my other recipes!

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  73. Can I use white wine vinegar? Thanks! <3

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    1. Samara, you sure can! I would just cut it way back and taste it so that it doesn't turn too sour! Good luck!

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  74. Made this tonight...it was well worth the effort. My husband (actually my whole family) loves everything I make, his comment when he bit into this chicken was "Wow sweetie, this is restaurant quality." I did make a minor change with the chicken, I dredged it in sour cream then coated it with a combination of breadcrumbs and grated parmesean cheese. We took a little break from our blog, but when we return in the very near future we'll be blogging about this great dish. Thanks. http://rezichfamilykitchen.wordpress.com/

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  75. Tried your chicken recipe today and it was awesome! Thank you!

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  76. Thank you for this wonderful menu of recipes. Can't wait to try them. You can come and be my chef any time! Cheryl

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  77. Found this on pinterest... Though I will be making everything in this post soon, I only have pre-cooked frozen chicken breasts on hand. I plan on using the toppings and smother my quite bland chicken breasts tonight! Though I'm sure it won't be the same, I think it'll still taste great! I will also sub green beans for the asparagas and omit everything else. Will let you know how it turns out! :)

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  78. Do you think you could substitute artichokes for the mushrooms or better yet add to it? Would it hurt the flavor or consistency any?

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    1. I love artichokes, so I think they would be a great addition. I wouldn't leave out the mushrooms because they are so good!

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  79. Mine is in the oven! Can't wait to try this!

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  80. I'm heading for the store in just a few minutes to get everything I need to make this...can't wait!

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  81. Made this last night. SO GOOD. Can't wait to make again. I made the potatoes too. Both my husband and I loved! I did pound out the chicken a little beforehand and had to bake a little extra time. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much, Keelay! I'm so glad you liked it and you're welcome!

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  82. This dish was absolutely fantastic. A definite repeat is in order on your Smothered Chicken recipe. Yummy!!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad so many people enjoy this recipe!

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  83. Ohhh myyyyyy!!!! A+++++!!! Seriously, this recipe was absolutely AMAAAZING!!! We loved it! I will definitely be making it again and again!!! It was fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing!!! God Bless!

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  84. I made this today and it is fantastic. Not only does it taste delicious but the house smells so good too. Thanks for sharing. This is definitely going to be my go to for a special dinner!

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  85. Oh my lands!! The smothered chicken is AWESOME!!! I think it's the best I've ever made!!! THANK YOU for sharing!!!

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    1. I'm so honored by all the compliments. I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you for letting me know!

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  86. Great recipe! Thanks for posting it! Everyone loved it!
    I will be definitely be making it again!!!

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  87. I will make this tonight. I definitely love how active you are with your followers. I'll report back on what I think.

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    1. Please do let me know, Lo-Lita. As I've said before, I wouldn't be anything if I didn't have followers. If you take the time out to write to me, then I certainly can give that back to you. I'm so grateful for my followers and love the input!

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  88. I wanted to say thank you for the recipe. I had originally pinned from someone else and the recipe was nowhere to be found. It took me well over an hour of investigation to hunt the recipe down and I am so glad I did. Again, thank you so much.

    Lorrie B.

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  89. Thank you, Lorrie. I'm so glad you found it and loved it! While I do love Pinterest, there are issues with Pinterest allowing people to redirect the link to pins that lead you to someone else's website, even though their policy says not to do that.

    Anyway, thank you again for letting me know!

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  90. Tried this recipe tonight..Although I had to make one tiny change since I thought I had white wine and then realized I didn't. So I threw balsamic vinegar in there. Oh. My. Word. it was Ah. Mazing.
    We had it with garlic green beans and oven roasted balsamic tomatoes. So yummy!

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  91. Gonna make it all tonight, thanks.

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  92. I made the main chicken dish tonight. So yummy! I didn't even have to add or change anything to my liking. Well other than my cook time since I had larger chicken breasts, but no big deal. I normally don't like cream cheese added in meals but it really worked here. Thanks!

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  93. I fixed this for dinner tonight using 4 chicken breast It is very delicious. I love the flavor of the spinach and cheeses, topped with the mushrooms and more cheese on top. I put some provolone on top with the mozzarella. Awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing. We gave it 5 stars out of 5.

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  94. This recipe is AMAZING! My BF was sooo impressed when I made this for him. I even make the creamed spinach and mushrooms just as side dishes for other meals because they are so simple and delicious!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! The creamed spinach and sauteed mushrooms were actually born as accompaniments to grilled steaks. We loved it so much we though it would work with chicken, and it did! Thank you!

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  95. Tried this recipe last week and it's so delicious! Unfortunately did not have time for potatoes so will have to try that next time I make this dish :) Thank you so much! My parents and boyfriend all liked it and they all have pretty different preferences!

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    1. Thank you so much, Christine! I'm so glad that you and your family liked it.

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  96. I made the smothered chicken tonight, and I added 6 slices of cooked and crumbled turkey bacon underneath the layer of cheese. Amazing! My hubby thought it was just "okay" just because he does not like mushrooms or spinach. Fuddy duddy! LOL. But my teenage son thought it was amazing, as did I. More for us! LOL. I did not have the red-skinned potatoes and decided during the final baking of the chicken that the ranch potatoes sounded good, so I improvised. I started with some Ore-Ida Country-Style Steak Fries and pan-fried them with olive oil, sprinkling both sides with ranch seasoning and garlic powder, and finishing them off with some melted Mexican blend cheese on top. Amazing! I served it all with steamed mixed veggies, homemade dinner rolls made from scratch, and a glass of German Riesling. Oh, my...a meal fit for a queen, and definitely restaurant quality. It was like eating at a fancy restaurant in the comfort of home. :) I cut 5 chicken breasts in half so I could serve my family of 5 for two nights. I'll just make more of the potatoes and veggies tomorrow, and I have plenty of chicken and rolls left for tomorrow. Thank you for this extra-special recipe! It was so creamy and cheesy and wonderful!

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    1. You are so welcome, Kelly! I'm so glad it was such a big hit. I think the improvised potatoes is a great idea, especially with three kids. And the glass of wine? Well, that's right up my alley! I love a good Riesling, and I'm German. And I'm glad to see you made homemade rolls too!

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  97. Made this last night and it was DELISH. Found your blog via Pinterest and repinned to one of my boards. This recipe is a keeper for sure! Looking forward to reading more of your blog. I've just started my own. Not much on it yet.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it, Sherri, and thank you! Let me know if you try anything else.

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  98. Hey, Im planning on cooking this meal tonight, it looks and sounds amazing and the reviews on the meal confirms that its a fantastic meal. Im just wondering if the oven temperature is in Fahrenheit or Celsius so I know what temperature I need to cook the chicken in.
    Cant wait to try this meal!!

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    1. Thank you for asking! This is in Fahrenheit. I'm sorry that I don't know the conversion for you. I hope you love it!

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  99. I made all of this tonight except for the bread sticks, my family all loved it, one thing i did different was made mashed potatoes with the red potatoes and ranch dip mix instead of fryin them cuz my oldest child is unable to eat fried foods and my husband refuses to eat fried foods but they came out AMAZING, my daughters friend said "oh man they melt in ur mouth like chocolate" lol....thank u for the recipe

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    1. You're so welcome, Wendy! I'm so glad your family liked it. Thank you for letting me know!

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  100. This recipe sounds great! ... My only problem is my husband is allergic to mushrooms!! Are there any substitutions you would recommend?!? Or any advice on how to omit that? HELP!!! I'd love to make this meal for him ... he deserves it!

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    1. Thank you! The mushrooms and the spinach are cooked separately, so you can absolutely leave them out. The only substitution I can think of would maybe be to use artichokes if you like them. But, like I said, it should be just fine without the mushrooms. Enjoy!

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  101. Thank you for sharing - absolutely delicious recipe!!!

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  102. Great u both are sharing a fun filled and happy life. I loved your recipe too. Nice work!!

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