Chicken Squash Bake

Chicken Squash Bake

Baked seasoned chicken breast topped with squash and spinach, layered with cheese and broiled

Yield: 

6 servings

Ingredients: 

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, each cut into about 4 strips (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds)
Garlic salt
Lemon pepper seasoning
10 cups yellow squash, washed and sliced 1/4-inch thick (cut large slices in half as well)
6 ounces fresh spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons butter
4 ounces sliced Muenster cheese (can also use provolone or baby swiss, or even mozzarella)

Instructions: 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and place chicken inside. Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt and lemon pepper; turn chicken over and sprinkle other side with seasonings also. Cover dish with foil and bake for 60 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.

2. After about 30 minutes of baking time has passed, heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large stock pot. Saute squash in butter until tender.

3. Add remaining tablespoon of butter to the pot, and add spinach leaves. Cook and stir just until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and toss with just a little salt.

4. Take the dish of chicken from the oven, uncover, and spoon the squash mixture over the chicken. Place slices of cheese on top, enough to make a thin layer over the vegetables.

Chicken squash bake, before being broiled

5. Broil (uncovered) for about 5 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Broiled and ready to serve!

Chicken Squash Bake

Chicken Squash Bake
Additional Notes: 
Chicken Squash Bake... with grilled chicken

If you have a grill, this recipe is even yummier (and faster) made with grilled chicken breast!

Saute the veggies, grill the chicken, and assemble in a greased baking dish as described in step 4 above. If the chicken and veggies are hot off the grill/stovetop, just broil as instructed. If veggies or meat have cooled slightly, bake at 450 degrees until bubbly (about 10 minutes), and then broil until top is browned. :)

Preparation Time: 

40 minutes

Cooking Time: 

65 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This is a delicious main dish featuring lots of vegetables! Amazingly, the flavors complement each other very well, making this one of my favorite ways to eat squash! It's also a very healthy dish, and a great low-carb recipe. My rating: 10/10.

Comments

My family Loved this. Well.. except for one child who doesn't like squash or spinach :-) Everyone else in our house loves squash but not cooked spinach. That changed with this recipe it was terrific, and I felt great about all the veggies, protein and low carbs!!

Rating: 
5

I made this for the first time about 6 months ago and we love it. It has become a favorite. We even served it to our pastor when he and his wife came for dinner. Once I forgot the spinach and it was still pretty good. We a definately chicken lovers so I squeeze as much chicken as I can into the casserole dish. I can usually fit 6 breasts. With only 4 we were fighting over the last of the chicken. Because of this recipe my 8 YOD now tells me that she loves squash. We also made sure to have lots of squash plants in the garden this year.

Rating: 
5

I can't stand it when I go to those big sites where people review recipes and see poor reviews by people who say, "I substituted this and didn't have that and forgot this and I really didn't like this recipe." I always think, "Well, you don't KNOW because you didn't even follow it!" So am I hypocrite if I'm reviewing this even though I subbed a lot? If I'm giving it a good review?

I had chicken thigh fillets, not breasts, zucchini, not yellow squash, silverbeet, not spinach. Used fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic powder for the seasonings and melted mozzerella on top. So, as you can see, I did change things around but the basic combination of foods is one I wouldn't have thought of and it is really nice! So, thanks.;-)

Rating: 
5

I followed the recipe as written, and it was just OK. I'm not a big fan of cooked squash, and was hoping that the combination of flavors in this recipe would be a good way to include more squash in our diets in the summer. But it turned out really bland. And usually if it's got cheese melted on top, we all love it...but no one was impressed by this one. Not a make again in my house.

Rating: 
4

Am I a hypocrite too?
Like ruthieroo I changed some of the ingredients. The main difference being that I used cooked rice instead of chicken (since I'm vegetarian). I also used Zuchini instead of squash and I added some feta cheese. But the general idea was the same, and it came out delicious. Plus this was super easy, my husband loved it, so it's definitely going to be made very often in our house :)

Rating: 
5

I love this recipe! I do add onions in to the veggie mix, and a bit of kosher salt and black pepper. I've made this several times and it's great. I never would have thought to pair these things together on my own so Thanks Tammy!

Rating: 
5

We LOVE this recipe. My husband told me he could eat this all week. It is so good with all the squash, spinach, seasoning, and topped with the cheese. The chicken turns out moist. It's a must try! We feel like we are eating healthy and very well when we have this!

Rating: 
5

Everybody loved it (me, my dad, my gram). My gram is quite fussy these days, too.
Had to make some changes to use what we had in the house. Used mostly zuccini, with a little yellow squash. No spinach, so I sauteed onions, separately, and layered them on the chicken. Seasoned the chicken with lemongrass, since I didn't have lemon seasoning. And finally, we only had a small bit of cheddar cheese and some shaved parmesan. I used both and the whole thing turned out delicious, not to mention beautiful (so says my mother, who is a raw foodist and only praises it from a distance).
Thanks!

Rating: 
5

Tweaked it a tiny bit by adding some extra onion and garlic herb seasonings, but otherwise followed exactly and it turned out perfect! A winner by both mine and my boyfriend's standards (and we're not typically huge veggie eaters)!

Rating: 
5

This looks like an amazingly delicious summer treat! I'm sharing a link to your recipe today on my blog's "favorite finds." :)

Rating: 
5

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