Chicken Rioja with Garlicky Spinach

A sweet red bell pepper sauce drapes the chicken in this succulent Spanish dish.

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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
35 min


  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 4 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 12-oz bag spinach
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves, shredded
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place red pepper on a baking sheet and roast in oven for 20 minutes, turning once (some of the skin should turn black). When done, remove from oven and set aside for 5 minutes to cool.
  2. Place chicken on another baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and seed red pepper. Then purée with vinegar in a small food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté for 1 minute. Then add spinach, basil, salt and black pepper, and toss for 2 minutes, until spinach is wilted.
  5. To serve, place 3/4 cup spinach mixture on a plate, top with 1 chicken breast and 2 tbsp roasted red pepper sauce.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 4 oz chicken, 2 tbsp roasted red pepper sauce, 3/4 cup spinach
  • Calories 201
  • Carbohydrate Content 13 g
  • Cholesterol Content 65 mg
  • Fat Content 4 g
  • Fiber Content 5 g
  • Protein Content 29 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 271 mg
  • Sugar Content 2 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g