Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach


Here’s another great recipe from my new Ellie Krieger cookbook. It’s quick, easy, and very healthy, not to mention great-tasting and filling. I’ve been on a hunt for whole-wheat couscous lately. Cannot find it anywhere, so I substituted brown rice. The sauce that goes over everything was great and not acidic as you might think from the balsamic vinegar.

Overall rating – 4.5 stars

Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach

Recipe courtesy Ellie Krieger  

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
8 ounces baby spinach
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup low-sodium canned chopped tomatoes with juice
2 cups whole wheat couscous, cooked

Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and juices run clear. Remove the chicken and set aside. To the same pan, add the spinach and cook just until wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Lower the heat to medium and add the balsamic vinegar and chicken broth to the pan and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits. Add the tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Place the couscous in a serving bowl. Top with the spinach, chicken and balsamic-tomato sauce. Nutrition Information Nutritional Analysis per serving Calories 353 Total Fat 6 grams Saturated Fat .9 grams Protein 34 gramsCarbohydrates 42 grams Fiber 8 grams



  1. Jill said

    This sounds VERY yummy! I am definitely going to try this one. Ellie Krieger? Never heard of her…is her cookbook healthy cooking?

  2. foodiedani said

    Hello Miss Jill!

    It was very yummy! Ellie’s on the Food Network – “Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger.” Her show and her cookbook are all healthy. Check out her book, it has a lot of great recipes.


  3. sambycat said

    hateful!!! i am starving!!!!

  4. foodiedani said

    hey Lisa,

    why don’t you have some of those peeps 😉


  5. Nick said

    Whole wheat Cous Cous is good, but I usually find it can be dry. I would try whole wheat orzo which is difficult to find, but you can always get a 4 pack on – Whole Wheat Orzo. It’s delicious stuff and has the highest fiber of any whole wheat pasta I’ve ever found. It also doesn’t get dry at all and works great in fresh orzo salads. Perfectly blackened chicken by the way.

    Peanut Butter Boy

  6. michelle said

    i don’t think i’ve ever seen whole wheat couscous either – but now i want to find some! maybe zingerman’s?

  7. foodiedani said

    Thanks Nick. Whole Wheat Orzo huh? I love orzo so I’ll have to check that out.

    Michelle, I’ve bought it at Shoprite, but I tend to go to A&P now and they don’t carry it. I think Trader Joe’s has it, but that requires a special trip since it’s all the way up in Westfield.

  8. That looks ridiculously delicious! Nice picture!

  9. Namia said

    You can find dry whole wheat couscous at Trader Joe’s. They have locations all over the United States and I think you can get a box for under $2. I usually get mine there and they also have a variety of other pastas you can get. Good luck! This recipe also looks very delish and I look forward to making this!

  10. foodiedani said

    BC&B – Thanks for the compliment! Yeah, every once in awhile I can pull off a decent shot!

    Namia – I love TJ’s but it’s not exactly a quick drive for me. I’ve emailed that company so many times to put a store in Monmouth Co. Let us know if you make the recipe!


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