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Spinach Dip Chicken Casserole

This dish has some weird ingredients but TRUST ME
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Baking Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 595kcal


For the chicken:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • pounds chicken tenderloins (seasoned with salt and pepper on both sides)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium red onion (diced)
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • cups vegetable broth
  • ¾ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

For the rice mixture:

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature and cubed)
  • 6 oz baby spinach
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise (tested with Duke's)
  • 1 can artichoke hearts (drained and quartered)
  • 16 oz mozzarella cheese (freshly grated)
  • 8 oz parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
  • 4 green onions (thinly sliced)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook rice according to package directions. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Heat large skillet to medium high. Add olive oil. Add chicken and cook 5 minutes per side. Remove and set aside on a cutting board.
  • Add butter to skillet. Add onions, salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add in broth, scraping browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add in pepper flakes. Reduce heat to low.
  • Cube up chicken. Remove skillet from heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for rice mixture. Pour onion mixture and chicken over the top. Toss with two utensils (one in each hand) to combine well.
  • Place mixture in a large casserole dish. Level it with the back of a spatula or spoon.
  • Place casserole in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove dish from oven. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve.


You can reserve some of the cheese to top the casserole if you like. I just prefer it all in the rice mixture. If you've got picky kids, I recommend throwing some cheese on top. It's a highly tested and approved approach to getting kids to eat their vegetables. IDK if it works for yours but it did with mine!


Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1347mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2491IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 557mg | Iron: 2mg