Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Chicken

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken and Crock Pot Option

Ever had spinach and artichoke dip in a restaurant? This recipe is similar to that but with more protein and no chips. I had a craving for spinach and artichoke dip one night and decided to turn it into a whole dinner: spinach artichoke chicken in a slow-cooker.

Spinach Artichoke Chicken

The chicken is topped with spinach, artichokes and a mix of cheeses for a very protein rich (and low carb) quick meal that can be easily made in the crock pot or on the stove.

Some kids might not like the strong flavors in the artichokes, but mine really enjoyed this recipe. We served it with homemade Caesar salad and it was wonderful!

This can be made in a slow cooker or just baked in the oven for about an hour.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Spinach and Artichoke Chicken
 
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A protein packed take on spinach and artichoke dip that uses chicken as a base for a delicious meal...
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Recipe type: Slow-Cooker
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs of chicken breast or strips (or one of those bags of frozen chicken)
  • 1 package of frozen chopped spinach, very well drained
  • 1 large (about 15 ounce) jar of marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
  • Garlic powder, salt, pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop chicken into bite sized pieces, season with garlic, salt and pepper and place in crock pot for 2 hours (on high) or 4 hours (on low) [Note: This can vary by crock pot.]
  2. When chicken is almost cooked, add the well drained spinach, can of artichoke hearts, cream cheese, and parmesan cheese.
  3. Cook for another hour until cheeses are well melted and stir to incorporate flavors.
  4. Top with mozzarella cheese and serve.

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  1. This sounds so good! You are making my hungry now. And the best part is that it looks easy to make!

    • I agree it looks very tasty.  Can you tell us how many calories and carbs/serving?

  2. This is so goo.  I did the same thing about a month ago.  I really wanted spinach artichoke dip, so I made it and served it over sliced chicken breasts.  It was great, but I think next time I’ll just mix it right in.

  3. This sounds great. I love artichoke but haven’t introduced it too often to the kids. I like that all of your recipes have looked easy so far. As an overwhelmed mama, I thank you!

    • My daughter learned to love artichokes after first having them in spinach and artichoke dip, so I’d say give it a try!

  4. Do you have any ideas for making it dairy free? Thanks, so much!!

    • I use yams or sweet potatoes in my beef stew

  5. That sounds so good! My family favorite it slow cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken.

  6. I don’t own a crock pot, but I think I’ll try this in my dutch oven in the oven!  Looking forward to it.

  7. Did you drain the artichokes completely or add some of the oil to the mix?

    • If you can find some without vegetable oil, just dump it all in… if not, drain them!

  8. Do you think you could modify this recipe to be dairy free?  How do you think coconut milk would work in replacing cheese?  

  9. do you just eat this on it’s own?  Or what do you serve with it?  My knee jerk reaction is picturing it over rice (can you tell I’m new to being grain free?)

    • You know what this would be amazing with…spaghetti squash! I’m going to try it with Caesar salad tonight, though.

      I think if you want to go totally grain-free, you can’t have rice either, or so my paleo husband says.

  10. What liquid do you cook the chicken in the crock pot?

  11. Mine was frozen so it was moist enough by itself but you could add some broth or water if needed

  12. My friend had us over for dinner the other day and made this in a skillet instead of crock pot.  It was delicious and the kids loved it too!!

  13. Should the chicken be frozen or thawed out?

  14. I only have my daughter and I to cook for. I constantly get confused on how to freeze leftovers. Any advice?

  15. I was thinking a combo of artichoke and canned coconut milk to replace the cheese for a dairy free version, what do y’all think?

    • Coconut milk worked, but to thin so I added Arrowroot to thicken it a little bit. I did not use any of the cheese, but did have it available when serving for the rest of the family to add to their own personal dishes. Rating is based on my change 🙂

  16. Just wondering, how do you drain frozen spinach? Love your recipes!

  17. I’m sure the proportions aren’t critical, but I’m curious about which size package of spinach (10 oz box, 12-16 oz bag are common here) and cream cheese (3 oz or 8 oz block) you used for the dish in the picture.

  18. Does this freeze well

  19. I made this yesterday for dinner! It was amazing! A family favorite! Will definitely be making again.

  20. This was aaaaaamazing! I was looking for something to make tonight and was getting short on time. This was super easy. I made it in a cast iron skillet on the stove. It almost took as long to dice the chicken as to make the remainder of the meal. I subbed fresh baby spinach as I didn’t have frozen. I just made sure to drain all the liquid off before adding the cheeses. My family raved about this meal!

  21. I cut up the chicken and put it i the crockpot. Of course I then forgot to have my hubby turn it on. I would love to make this tonight how do I make it in the oven

      • If cooking in the oven, do I cook it all at the same time or add spinach and cheese towards the end and if I should add it at the end, how long into it should I add them?

  22. Should it be grated or shredded Parmesan?

  23. Made this today in the crock pot, with the substitution of full fat sour cream instead of cream cheese. It tasted really, really good.

    Also, I had an industrial sized tin of artichoke hearts in water. Marinated artichokes would have given me a bit oilier sauce, and I was really happy with the consistency of the sauce I created.

    Thank you very much for this recipe!

  24. Should I cook the chicken in a skillet then transfer to a baking dish and add the other ingredients adding the mozzarella the last 10 min or so?

    • If you aren’t using a slow-cooker, you could definitely make it that way.

      • Thanks so much!! Love your recipes!!

  25. Do you cook frozen chicken in your crockpot, or is it thawed?

  26. Can I use legs and thighs?

  27. Can I sub fresh baby spinach for the frozen spinach? If so should I add it the same time as you would the frozen? Thanks!

    • You can, but I would not add the fresh spinach until close to the end. It will wilt easily and quickly with the heat. You also may need to add more liquid if needed (bone broth or water would work)!

  28. Loved it! I used real garlic cloves instead (everything tastes better with real garlic!!!)! I can’t use just one or two cloves so I used about 7 🙂 so good!!!

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