Chicken Thighs In Creamy Tomato Spinach Sauce | THM: S

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Chicken Thighs in Creamy Tomato Spinach Sauce is a ridiculously fast and delicious Trim Healthy Mama S meal that tastes like something you’d order at a restaurant! It’s gluten-free, high in protein, and low in carbs.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of spinach, but wilted, in a sauce made of store-bought marinara, fresh garlic, basil and cream, it tastes absolutely incredible! The nice thing about wilting spinach in a sauce is that you can easily double your greens intake! Spinach shrinks a lot as it heats up, so you can consume more of the highly nutritious leaf without even realizing it.

Boneless skinless chicken thighs are the main protein source in this dish. Seared in butter with mineral salt and pepper first, and then smothered in the creamy tomato sauce and sprinkled with Mozzarella cheese, they stay tender and juicy.

This is an S meal, as it’s low in carbs and high in healthy fats. It can be served as a complete meal, or enjoy it over spaghetti squash, or even Dreamfields pasta if you’re into that.

Dreamfields Pasta

If you want to make a quick Crossover for your hubby or kids, it’s also wonderful with garlic bread made on sourdough or sprouted bread.

You don’t need any special ingredients to make this family-pleasing dish:

  • butter
  • chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • mineral salt
  • ground black pepper
  • sugar-free Marinara or tomato sauce (I used Costco’s Kirkland Organic Marinara Sauce)
  • heavy cream
  • garlic
  • dried basil
  • finely grated mozzarella cheese

This recipe only serves 3-4 if it’s all you’re eating. You can stretch it much further when used as a Crossover with sprouted bread for the kids! Otherwise, I’d recommend doubling the recipe if you’re feeding more than 3 people (count on 2 chicken thighs for each adult serving).

Yield: 3-4 servings

Chicken Thighs With Tomato Spinach Sauce | THM: S

Chicken Thighs With Tomato Spinach Sauce | THM: S

Chicken Thighs in Creamy Tomato Spinach Sauce is a ridiculously fast and delicious Trim Healthy Mama S meal that tastes like something you'd order at a restaurant! It's gluten-free, high in protein, and low in carbs.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup sugar-free Marinara or tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup finely grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in a large frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper and add them to melted butter to sear for 7-10 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Remove from saucepan and reserve on a plate.
  2. Add tomato sauce, heavy cream, minced garlic, and dried basil to drippings in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for several minutes on low heat. Add in fresh spinach. Stir until spinach wilts. Add cooked chicken back to the saucepan. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on each piece of chicken. Serve once the cheese has melted.

Notes

This dish is a meal in itself, but you can also serve it over spaghetti squash, zoodles, or Dreamfields pasta.

If you'd like a Crossover meal, serve with garlic bread made with a loaf of sourdough or sprouted bread!

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9 thoughts on “Chicken Thighs In Creamy Tomato Spinach Sauce | THM: S”

  1. Fixed chicken in creamy tomato spinach sauce for dinner tonight. My husband and I both loved it.
    So flavorful and yummy.

    Thank yiu❣️

  2. Definitely going to try this, using canned coconut milk in place of the cream and goat’s milk mozzarella to make it dairy free for my family!

  3. Excellent, tasty recipe..simple, frugal and kid-friendly! I served it over rice noodles. This really is a very versatile recipe that could be adapted to suit what is in the fridge 🙂

  4. Looks delicious! Will try it tonight.
    You may want to add to simmer the chicken in the sauce for a bit to make sure it’s done inside.:)

  5. Hello, this looks so good. What kind of onions do I use if fresh, white, sweet, vidalia? Sorry, I never know which ones. 🙂

    Also, do you know how much Swerve I could use in place of the xylitol?
    Lisa

    • I’m not certain you are commenting on the same recipe that is on this page. There are no onions in this recipe and no xylitol. BTW xylitol measures the same as sugar. The Swerve manufacturer likely lists the equivalency of Swerve to sugar on both their website and their packaging. I thought I heard that Swerve measures the same as sugar (making it equivalent to xylitol as well), but it’s best to do your own due diligence and verify it with information provided by Swerve.

  6. Could you clarify some information about the salt and pepper? Is the 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp used only to season the chicken and not included in the sauce in anyway? I see that the salt and pepper is included in the directions only in the seasoning of the chicken and not the sauce, so I understand this is likely the proper application. That said, I’m assuming it would be OK to simply sprinkle the salt and pepper onto the chicken without measuring, but I want to verify that the salt and pepper aren’t needed in a specific amount in the sauce. Thanks so much!

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