Smothered Chicken

  Garlic, mushrooms, wine & cheese…everybody on board?  Good.
  Here’s what we’re making:
Smothered Chicken
  Here’s what you need:
1 large bag baby spinach
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 c parmesan cheese, shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp red onion, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
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8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1/2 stick butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c white wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
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4-5 boneless chicken breasts
4-6 oz Mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/8 inch slices
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp seasoned salt
1 tsp pepper
  Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
  While it heats, start preparing your creamed spinach (the ingredients in the first group).  Heat your 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add your onions and saute for 2-3 minutes before adding your spinach and garlic.  Allow to cook through (your spinach should shrink substantially) and add your cream cheese and Parmesan.  Cook, stirring, until cheese is melted and spread evenly through.  Remove from heat and set to the side.  You may want to scoop this into a bowl so you can re-use your skillet in a few minutes.
  By now your oven ought to be preheated.  Sprinkle your chicken breasts with garlic powder, seasoned salt and pepper and bake for 16 minutes in a baking dish.
  While the chicken cooks, heat another 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet (re-use the same skillet if you’re a dishes-hater like me).  Saute your mushrooms until they are browned.  Deglaze your pan using your wine and add your garlic.  Allow the mushrooms to cook until most of your wine has cooked away.
  Remove the chicken from the oven and flip it over.  Spoon your creamed spinach and mushrooms over the chicken breasts and top with mozzarella.  Cook for another 12-14 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the chicken is cooked through.
  …have I mentioned lately how popular mushrooms and spinach are in our house?  This got devoured.  Creamed spinach has been a weakness of mine since I was a little kid, so it was gonna take some pretty bad recipe flukes to make this anything less than delicious to me.  Even with it already having an in, I have to say, I was a little surprised to find myself actually scraping the pan with my fork to get the leftover spinach.
  The picture really doesn’t do this justice.  My photography is improving, but there’s really only so much you can do to pretty up something that has an ooze of cheese melted over the top of it.  Don’t let that dissuade you, try this!!
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