Chicken Spinach in a Casserole -Short Cut recipe – easy when cooking with kids!


This is a short cut recipe – when you truly do not have the energy or time to cook but want something relatively healthy that makes the house and kitchen smell great -and the kids will love it too! I adapted this from a Martha Stewart Living Recipe which she made with a creamy white sauce made with half and half – way too many calories for my liking – and the chicken stock sufficed instead of the cream. Hope you like it!


  • 2 cups bread  torn into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups spinach, washed
  • 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (skinless and boneless) – if you do not have time to pick up a cooked chicken, then take two raw breasts and two raw thighs – skinless and boneless – season with garlic salt and put into the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil – then shred the chicken and continue with the recipe as described
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Combine bread with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt. Set aside.
  3. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Add spinach; season with salt. Cook, stirring, until wilted, 2 minutes. Transfer to a colander, let cool, then squeeze out water . Coarsely chop.
  4. Wipe pot clean and heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium. Add onion, garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 8 minutes.
  5. Add lemon juice and bring mixture to a boil over high.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in chopped spinach and chicken; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish and top with bread pieces. Bake until bread is golden brown and mixture is bubbling, 8 to 10 minutes.

This is a one dish meal – and yummy!


About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all - Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.
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One Response to Chicken Spinach in a Casserole -Short Cut recipe – easy when cooking with kids!

  1. says:

    So it is sunday and i am planning a family meal this evening. I asked my son what would be his pleasure.. he said,, mom, remember that crockpot meal that you made a few weeks back….the flavors were so delicious.. that is what I would like.. so Laraine,, you and your magic are well and alive in our house and i have also just shopped so that i can make a few more of your wonderful recipes!. That and the encouragement and snippets of advice you offer make all of the food infused with love!.


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