Monday, October 18, 2010

Chicken Spinach Manicotti

I haven't been daring enough to try many new recipes lately with the limited time I have to cook, but decided I'd try today. This ended up being a winner and not even very difficult. The sauce tastes really good and is slightly different from the usual. I didn't use quite as much spinach as it calls for since I was afraid the kids wouldn't eat it, but Alex and Elisa loved it. Sabrina wanted nothing to do with the green stuff. I originally got this recipe from Jonna at Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake, but I couldn't find it there anymore. (But go check out her other delish food!) I had a little extra filling so I'm using it tomorrow with some cheese for a quesadilla.
Chicken Spinach Manicotti
1 (10-oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
6 oz. cooked, diced chicken breast
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
1 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. milk
3 (8-oz.) cans tomato sauce
1 t. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
3/4 t. garlic powder
3/4 t. brown sugar
6 uncooked manicotti shells
1 1/2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Divide spinach in half; refrigerate one portion for another use. Squeeze the remaining spinach until dry; place in a small bowl. Add chicken; set aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the tomato sauce, basil, oregano, garlic powder and brown sugar; cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Meanwhile, stuff 1/4 cup chicken mixture into each uncooked manicotti shell. Spread 1/2 cup sauce into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Arrange manicotti over sauce; top with remaining sauce. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 8-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


  1. Yum! That looks really good. I'm glad you're able to find the time to still try out new recipes every now and then.

  2. that looks really yummy! glad you were able to find a new recipe!!!

  3. Looks amazingly scrumptious. and you could have come to the game... the 4 tickets i asked for ended up being 10

  4. That really looks good.
    Hope you're doing well!

  5. Yeah! I can't wait to try it. I think too I can get all the ingredients in London which is tough for some Italian or Mexican type dishes. THANK YOU.

  6. My spinach loving crew would go crazy for this. Thanks for sharing!


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