Italian chicken with cream cheese & spinach

This good-for-you baked chicken dish is perfect for entertaining. Serve on a bed of potatoes with a crisp side salad

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:45 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 352
  • fat 8g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 32g
  • sugars 8g
  • fibre 7g
  • protein 39g
  • salt 0.6g


  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 85g low-fat cream cheese
  • 200g frozen leaf spinach, thawed, squeezed really well and chopped
  • generous grating of nutmeg
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 stems of cherry tomatoes on the vine (5-6 tomatoes per stem)
  • 550g medium potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 8 pitted black kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • salad, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. Put the onion in a bowl and pour over boiling water to cover. Leave to soften for 15 mins. Meanwhile, beat the cheese, spinach and nutmeg together with plenty of black pepper. Spread over the chicken breasts, then top with the tomatoes.

  2. Drain the onion slices, then toss them with the potato, garlic, olives, oil and black pepper. Arrange the potato mixture on the parchment in 4 piles spaced apart, then flatten. Bake for 25 mins more until almost tender and starting to colour.

  3. Remove from the oven, put 1 chicken breast on each pile of potatoes, and bake for 20 mins until the chicken and potatoes are tender and cooked all the way through, and the tomatoes are roasted. Serve with a big salad.

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