Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach

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This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta has a thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips and spinach. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Get ready.  Get set.  Start drooling!  This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta takes a delicious classic and adds a healthy twist.  BUT, I promise, it doesn’t lose an ounce of flavor!  You still get that thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips that are seared for maximum flavor.  Spinach is added for more texture, color, and healthy brightness. 

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This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta has a thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips and spinach. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

HOW TO MAKE STROGANOFF HEALTHIER

My Mom would make her delicious Beef Stroganoff recipe for special occasions growing up.  I adore it!  Even as an adult, when I would go home to Chicago to visit, she would always have Beef Stroganoff for me.  I really wanted to make a healthier version of this classic beef dish so I could enjoy it more often with ingredients that I always have on hand. 

Here are the 4 changes I made to the recipe:

  1. Replaced beef with lean chicken breast
  2. Thickened the sauce with a cornstarch slurry so that I could cut down on the sour cream added
  3. Added spinach for color, texture, vitamins, and nutrients
  4. Replaced regular egg noodles with a healthier and gluten free pasta option made from chickpeas!  

USING CHICKPEA PASTA

Let’s talk about that last one.  I wanted to find a gluten free pasta that could stand up to this delectable sauce and not turn to mush.  Enter BANZABanza has a variety of pasta shapes and sizes all made with Chickpeas!  That means they have more fiber, more protein, and less carbs than a regular pasta made from flour.

This Banza pasta would be delicious in my meatless Broccoli Pesto Pasta or Mexican Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Dressing or my absolutely delicious Walnut Sauce Pasta with Ricotta and Spinach.

Looking for other Chicken options?  Try this Parmesan Chicken & Cherry Tomato Pasta or serve topped with Smothered Chicken with Bacon and Tomatoes!

I also love it with Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe!

Chicken Stroganoff in a skillet with mushrooms and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

No hightech gadgets for this one, just your best and largest non-stick skillet/frying pan! I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

Oh, I also like to cut my raw chicken with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife. And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

RECIPE PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CHICKEN STROGANOFF RECIPE COOKING KIT

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

If you’re just looking to get ahead on the ingredient prep, then start by prepping the chicken.  Cut the chicken breast into strips. I like to do this with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife.  Store sealed in fridge until ready to cook.

Cutting raw chicken for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Slice the mushrooms. Mince the garlic. Store separately in fridge until ready to cook.

Sliced mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

COOK YOUR CHICKEN STROGANOFF RECIPE 

Start by cook the pasta.  If you start to boil the water at the same time you start cooking the chicken, you will be good in terms of timing!  Stir the pasta so it doesn’t stick together and boil and cook for 5 minutes. There will be foam created from the chickpeas, but that’s normal. Strain the pasta and rinse with hot water, then add back to the pot and cover until ready to serve.

Note: Of course you can use any pasta you want!  My Mom always made Stroganoff with Wide Egg Noodles.

Pouring a box of Banza pasta into a pot of water for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Preheat a large skillet on high. Season the chicken and add them to the skillet with olive oil.  Separate the strips into a single layer to sear on one side, about 4-5 minutes. Then flip the strips over to sear on the other side.

Cooked chicken strips in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add water to the chicken and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Remove the chicken from the pan along with any juices.Measuring cup pouring water over cooked chicken in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

To the same pan, add olive oil and the sliced mushrooms to the skillet over medium to high heat. Separate them into a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Let them sear on one side, about 5 minutes, then flip the mushrooms over to cook on the other side.

Cooked mushrooms in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

While the mushrooms are cooking, making the cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk.

1 tablespoon of cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Then add the chicken broth and vegetable broth, scraping up any bits on the bottom. Stir in the minced garlic and bring up to a light simmer.Spoon adding garlic to mushrooms in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add the slurry to the skillet and whisk to combine. Continue to stir as the sauce starts to thicken and the whisk leaves a trail in the pan.Thickened mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add back the chicken, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Stir in the sour cream and then add the spinach. Stir and let the spinach start to wilt. (NOTE: if you want the spinach more cooked down, add it earlier, when you add the chicken)

 Mixing sour cream into chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Adding spinach to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

At this point, you can mix in the pasta or serve the Stroganoff over the pasta.    ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

RECIPE FAQS

Can I make this entirely ahead and reheat?

For this recipe, you could make the entire dish in advance and reheat.  If you do this, I suggest keeping the pasta separate from the sauce through the reheating process as they will have different times and you don’t want to overcook the pasta.

Can I use Chicken Thighs?

I used boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you can certainly use boneless skinless thighs.  As long as they are boneless and skinless, follow the same prep and cooking instructions.  

Can I use Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream?

You can substitute Greek yogurt in for the sour cream, but I suggest the following.  Since yogurt can curdle and break quite easily, I suggest adding the yogurt to a bowl and using a spoon, add some of the sauce from the skillet to the yogurt and whisk it in to thin it out into a saucy consistency.  Once the yogurt is pretty thinned out and smoothly mixed, whisk it into the skillet with the remaining sauce.  

What other ingredients could be added to this?

Here are some additional ingredients that you may find in Stroganoff recipes.  Worcestershire sauce adds depth and tang.  You can add 1 Tablespoon at the same time as the broth.  Dijon mustard is sometimes added for similar flavor impact of that depth and tang.  You can also add 1 Tablespoon of the dijon.

 

Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
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Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach and Pasta

This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta takes a delicious classic and adds a healthy twist.  BUT, I promise, it doesn't lose an ounce of flavor!  You still get that thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips that are seared for maximum flavor.  Spinach is added for more texture, color, and healthy brightness. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #chicken #healthydinners #familydinners #dinnerideas

Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, pasta, spinach
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 511 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 ounces Pasta, short cut I used Banza Cavatappi
  • 10 ounces White button mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breast into strips. Store sealed in fridge until ready to cook.

    Cutting raw chicken for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  2. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Mince the garlic. Store separately in fridge until ready to cook.

    Sliced mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cook

  1. Cook the pasta by adding 5-6 cups of water to a pot with a pinch of salt. Bring the water to a boil and then add the pasta. Stir the pasta so it doesn't stick together. Bring back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. If using pasta made from chickpeas, there will be foam created from the chickpeas, but that's normal. Strain the pasta and rinse, then add back to the pot until ready to serve.

    Pouring a box of Banza pasta into a pot of water for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  2. Preheat a large skillet on high. Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper.

    Raw chicken strips on plate for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  3. To the hot skillet, add a drizzle of olive oil and then the chicken strips. Separate the strips into a single layer to sear on one side, about 4-5 minutes. Then flip the strips over to sear on the other side, another 5 minutes or until all of the chicken is cooked and there is no more pink.

    Cooked chicken strips in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  4. Add a 1/2 cup of water to the chicken and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Remove the chicken from the pan along with any juices.

    Spoon removing cooked chicken from pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  5. To the same pan, add another drizzle of olive oil and then add the sliced mushrooms. Separate them into a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Let them sear on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the mushrooms over to cook on the other side, about 4 minutes.

    Cooked mushrooms in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  6. While the mushrooms are cooking, making the cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk.

    Cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  7. Then add the chicken broth and vegetable broth, scraping up any bits on the bottom. Stir in the minced garlic and bring up to a light simmer.

    Spoon adding garlic to mushrooms in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  8. Add the slurry to the skillet and whisk to combine. Continue to stir as the sauce starts to thicken and the whisk leaves a trail in the pan.

    Thickened mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  9. Add back the chicken, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

  10. Stir in the sour cream and then add the spinach. Stir and let the spinach start to wilt. (NOTE: if you want the spinach more cooked down, add it earlier, when you add the chicken)

    Adding spinach to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  11. At this point, you can mix in the pasta or serve the Stroganoff over the pasta. Enjoy!

    Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Recipe Notes

  1. While I used Banza Gluten Free Pasta, you can certainly use any pasta or noodle you prefer!  My Mom always made Stroganoff with Wide Egg Noodles.
  2. I used both chicken broth and vegetable broth in this recipe.  Chicken for the flavor and vegetable broth because it has a darker color and helps to give this Chicken Stroganoff that familiar brown colored sauce.  You can certainly use 2 cups of Chicken Broth.
  3. For the spinach, I like it bright green and barely wilted for lots of texture.  However, if you want it cooked down more, then add it earlier when you add the chicken.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach

  1. 5 stars
    Oh My!! This creamy healthy-ish comfort food dish looks so delectable. I love the noodles that you chose as well. Amazing. I just may have to make a pan of this “cozy” Fall meal this evening.

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