The combination of summer and grilling is one of those classic pairings that goes together perfectly, like peanut butter and jelly or salt and pepper. And just as summer and grilling are expected to go hand and hand, there are a few foods that have become grilling go-to favorites, namely hot dogs and hamburgers. However, those grow tiresome and there are so many more healthy grill recipes that are packed with flavor to try! Here is one delicious grill recipe you will want to add to your favorites rotation- spinach and artichoke chicken.
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Healthy Grill Recipes
If you’re looking for a lighter, healthier dish to grill, avoid all-beef and pork products and choose lean meats like chicken or turkey. Turkey burgers are a tasty way to update the classic hamburger and grilled chicken is one of the most versatile meats out there, so experiment with ways to dress it up; aside from being great on their own, chicken breasts can be perfect for kebabs, sandwiches and on top of salads. This healthy grill recipe features grilled chicken breast with a tasty topping of spinach and artichoke.
Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Recipe
Try this healthy grill recipe for Spinach and Artichoke Chicken the next time you’re craving something with grill marks that doesn’t involve red meat or a bun. It’s one of those easy recipes for dinner that is sure to make its way into your “quick weeknight meal” rotation but will make you feel like you’re hosting a classy barbecue. If you are in the mood for this dish but you can’t grill out do to rainy weather, you can always bake the chicken instead of grilling it.
Don’t let the recipe name fool you—this chicken dish may be named after a notoriously unhealthy party dip, but this recipe is definitely a healthy one. With boneless skinless chicken breasts, fresh spinach, artichoke hearts and just a smidge of light mayonnaise, this meal gives the classic appetizer a low-fat twist. So fire up the grill and add something nutritious and new to your grilling rotation.
Spinach Artichoke Chicken:
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 30 min
Serving Size: 6 servings
Calories: 253 per serving
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 oz each)
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 14 oz can quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained
3 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon Guiden’s® Spicy Brown Mustard
1. Spray grate of outdoor grill and utensils with grilling spray. Preheat grill to medium heat according to manufacturer’s directions.
2. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt and pepper. Grill chicken for 10 minutes or until no longer pink in the center (if you’re using a meat thermometer, it should read 165°F), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, combine all remaining ingredients in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave mixture on HIGH 4 minutes or until hot and creamy, stirring halfway through. Or heat with lid over the stove top stirring occasionally.
4. Transfer chicken to serving plates. Spoon spinach and artichoke mixture evenly over chicken and enjoy!
For a complete dinner, sprinkle the spinach-artichoke mixture with parmesan cheese and serve with grilled French baguette slices.
Printable Recipe For Spinach Artichoke Chicken
Healthy Grilled Sides and Dessert Ideas
Entrées aren’t the only things that can be grilled. Fruit and vegetables are delicious when you put them on the grill and are perfect for nutritious side dishes or desserts. Skip the goopy potato salad and pasta salads and try some healthy grilled vegetables like asparagus or zucchini instead. Similarly, replace brownies or cookies with healthy grilled fruit like pineapple, peaches or bananas topped with some frozen yogurt for a dessert that will be much healthier than it tastes.