Are you always looking for simple to make but delicious meals for your family? Meals that don’t use any crazy ingredients and that can be put together on a busy weeknight? Well then you are going to love this Chicken Spinach Alfredo that I created for Walmart’s Simple Meals!
My family really enjoyed this tasty pasta dish that features fresh baby spinach and relies on jarred Alfredo sauce to cut down on the time and effort involved.
It’s the technique here that’s important. And even better–you make this recipe using just one pot and one pan.
Head to your local Walmart and pick up linguine noodles, fresh baby spinach, boneless skinless chicken breasts, and your favorite brand of jarred alfredo sauce.
1. Put your pasta into a pot of cold water. That’s right, I said cold water! (note: I really like the “pot sized” linguine and spaghetti you can buy now at Walmart! It costs the same as the standard size–but now I don’t have to start every pasta cooking session by breaking the pasta in half! Why hasn’t anyone else thought of this?)
2. Put your pot of cold water and pasta on the burner and turn it to high. As soon as the pot comes to a boil, turn the heat off, move the pot off the burner, put the lid on, and set your timer for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, the pasta will be cooked.
3. Toss your baby spinach (Marketside has nice bagged baby spinach–and you can even get organic!) in the hot water on top of the pasta and replace the lid. The hot water will cook the spinach perfectly while it cooks the pasta! See–just one pot.
4. When the timer goes off you will drain the pasta and spinach together and then return it to the pot.
5. While the hot water it doing it’s thing on the pasta and spinach, it’s time to start cooking your chicken. Cut it into bite sized pieces and toss it into your skillet or frying pan with a bit of oil. I like to use a set of kitchen shears for my cutting.
6. Season with salt and pepper and cook your chicken completely.
7. When your chicken is cooked, pour in your jarred Alfredo sauce (I like Newman’s Own) and simmer until warmed through.
8. Toss together the chicken and sauce with the spinach and linguine. Serve hot!
See how simple it is? This is a meal you can enjoy even when you don’t have much time. Of course you could use leftover chicken, or even substitute pork or ham. If you don’t have fresh spinach thawed and very well drained frozen spinach could be used.
Simple Chicken Spinach Alfredo
- 2 Chicken Breasts
- 1 Jar Alfredo Sauce
- 1 lb Baby Spinach
- 1 lb Linguine
Place pasta in a pot of cold water and put on your stove over high heat.
As soon as the pasta boils, take it off the burner, toss in the raw baby spinach, cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
In a skillet saute cut up chicken until done. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
Add Alfredo sauce and heat through.
Drain cooked pasta and spinach.
Combine Alfredo mixture with pasta/spinach and serve hot.
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.