Super easy ready in 20 minutes,this low carb baked chicken in marinara sauce with melted mozzarella cheese and spinach is a perfect weekday family friendly dinner.
What is not to like about juicy chicken breast, soaked in Marinara sauce, topped with healthy spinach and mozzarella cheese.
This is a hit in one pot.
All you need to do is gather all the ingredients, add them one by one to a baking tray and leave it to bake for 30 minutes.
That’s your job done!! You can put your feet up and relax!!
This baked chicken breast recipe is actually a child’s play. Anyone, even those with basic to no cooking knowledge can make this dish.
To make baked chicken in marinara sauce you will need the following ingredients:
I told you the ingredients are so easy to get.
If you are counting calories and get stuck for easy low carb dinner ideas then this baked chicken recipe ticks all boxes.
If you wish to make some changes to the dish to suit you family diet then it is easy to do so.
Use thin cut chicken breast or chicken thighs for the flavours to go into the chicken.
If you do not get thin chicken breast pieces, pound the flesh a bit to flatten it.
Make sure that you season the chicken well. Remember though that marinara sauce is pre-seasoned.
The chicken pieces should be well coated with marinara sauce so that you have some leftover sauce in case you wish to eat it with a side.
Cover the baking dish with silver foil and bake for first 15 minutes for a saucy juicy consistency. You can remove the foil for the second part of baking.
Add mozzarella cheese in the last 8-5 minutes of baking for a bubbling slightly crispy gooey topping. Adding it too early will make the cheese dry.
If using fresh spinach, add it half way through baking the chicken.
There are many options of side dishes to serve with this baked chicken. Here are some suggestions:
Low carb options – Couscous, tabbouleh, millet, cauliflower rice, other steamed, boiled or roasted veges.
Other side dishes – Pasta, rice, boiled potatoes, spaghetti or linguine
Place the chicken breasts on a baking tray and season it with salt and Mediterranean Spice blend
Place the frozen spinach on top of the chicken. Read cooking tips notes above if you are using fresh spinach leaves.
Add the marinara sauce on top of the chicken and spinach. Ensure it coats the chicken well.
Bake the chicken on 180 degrees ( 350 fahrenheit) for first 15 minutes. Remove from oven and evenly spread mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake again for another 15 – 20 minutes on the same heat until chicken in cooked and the cheese melted.
Serve chicken in marinara sauce with your chosen side or on its own.
|Thin cut chicken breasts - 8|
|Marinara sauce - 2 cups|
|Spinach frozen or fresh - 1 1/2 cup|
|Spice seasoning - 3 tsp|
|Mozzarella cheese - 2 cups|
|Salt and pepper to taste.|