Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake
Updated Oct 20, 2023
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This spinach artichoke chicken bake is seriously packed with flavor! It’s a mix of diced chicken breast, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, and a creamy lemon-herb sauce that makes the whole dish even better as it cooks in the oven.
I find myself making this spinach artichoke chicken bake ALL the time. The inspiration for this recipe came when I was looking for a way to use up canned artichoke hearts in my pantry. And given how much I love my spinach artichoke dip and chicken broccoli casserole, I decided to meld those together into this tasty new recipe.
But the best part about this chicken bake recipe is how darn easy it is. I’m a big proponent of simple, meal-prep-friendly ideas, and this definitely checks that box. It’s wonderful served for a family dinner over mashed potatoes, rice or lentils, and the leftovers are just as good to enjoy throughout the week.
Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake Ingredients
- Chicken: This recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you could also use chicken thighs.
- Artichoke Hearts: To make the process easier, I’m using canned artichoke hearts that are already sliced and quartered.
- Fresh Vegetables: I’m using a combination of red bell pepper, onions, and spinach. If you’re not a fan of spinach, you can swap it for kale, Swiss chard, or another leafy green.
- Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise forms the base of the sauce, keeping this recipe dairy-free if you don’t add the cheese. And while you can use a store-bought version, it’s so easy to make homemade mayonnaise.
- Cheese: This is optional, but adding some freshly grated parmesan into the sauce helps to create a slightly cheesy, and creamy texture. And it’s not an overpowering cream sauce like other chicken casseroles.
- Garlic & Lemon: Just four cloves are needed, but feel free to add one more if you like an extra punch of garlic. As for lemon, you’ll need both lemon zest and lemon juice to give the sauce a bright punch of flavor.
- Dried Herbs: Dried oregano and thyme are the ultimate duo to give the sauce a delicious herby spin.
Find the printable recipe with measurements below.
How to Make Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake
Prep the chicken. First, grab a 9×13-inch baking pan so that everything fits perfectly. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C), slice the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces, and place them in a large mixing bowl.
Add the veggies. Chop up bell pepper, onion, and spinach. Then, add them to the bowl with the artichoke hearts and parmesan cheese (if using).
Mix up the sauce. In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Then, pour the sauce on top of the chicken and veggie mix and gently stir everything until it’s well combined.
Time to bake. Place the mixture into an even layer in the casserole pan. Then bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Make sure to give it a taste test, and always feel free to add more salt and pepper if you’d like!
For a light meal, I’ll often eat this on its own or on top of salad greens. For a heartier meal, I’ll serve this over mashed potatoes, rice, or lentils.
There will be liquid that accumulates in the bottom of the pan from the veggies and chicken, that’s normal. But it helps to keep the chicken moist while cooking! Just use a slotted spoon to scoop out the chicken and veggies. And if you’re serving with mashed potatoes, rice or lentils, I love to drizzle those extra juices on top!
Let me emphasize how great of a meal prep recipe this is. It makes six servings, which is perfect for a two-person meal prep. For a family of four or more, bake a second batch to enjoy later in the week or freeze!
- To store for the week: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
- To freeze for later: Store in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply microwave a portion for about 2 minutes. You can also add the whole thing back into a casserole pan and reheat in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for 15 minutes.
More Chicken Recipes
I’ve got quite a few options of one-pan recipes listed below to help make weeknight dinners easy. And if you need even more ideas, check out my full list of chicken breast recipes or chicken thigh recipes.
- Chicken Stir Fry
- One Pan Chicken and Rice
- Greek Sheet Pan Chicken
- Balsamic Chicken with Brussels Sprouts
I hope you enjoy this spinach artichoke chicken bake as much as I do! Once you cook this up, let me know your thoughts in the comment box below. Your review will help other readers in the community.
Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3 to 4 chicken breasts)
- 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
- ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 (13.5-ounce) cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained and excess liquid gently squeezed out
- 2 cups (lightly packed) baby spinach, roughly chopped
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan (optional)
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced (about 1 tablespoon zest and 3 tablespoons juice)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Cut the chicken. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces, and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Dice the veggies. Add the bell pepper, onion, artichoke hearts, spinach, and parmesan cheese (if using) to the mixing bowl on top of the chicken.
- Make the dressing. In a separate small mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, garlic, lemon zest and juice, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Stir it all together. Pour the dressing on top of the chicken and veggies and gently stir until well combined.
- Bake. Place the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking pan. Bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Note that liquid will accumulate in the bottom of the pan. That’s normal and expected (and it helps to keep the chicken moist while cooking). Simply use a slotted spoon to scoop out the chicken and veggies. Though if I’m serving this bake on top of rice or lentils, I love to drizzle some of those extra juices on top!
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