Creamy Chicken with Spinach and Peppers

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Quick and easy chicken recipe, is a delicious 30-minute meal for busy weekdays. Succulent chicken breast paired with spinach and bell peppers and a creamy tomato sauce. Perfect for a quick lunch, snack, or cosy family dinner. Simple ingredients you can easily find at your nearby store.

creamy spinach and pepper chicken
creamy spinach and pepper chicken

I always find myself using the ingredients I have in my cupboard, especially before heading out for food shopping. I aim to utilize all the food I have to minimize food waste. It’s amazing how many interesting recipes come out of this process.

I especially enjoy quick and easy recipes that can be paired differently each time. This chicken stew pairs wonderfully with steamed rice, Turkish bulgur, pasta, mashed or baked potatoes, a slice of freshly baked bread, or on its own with a piece of homemade tortilla.

This chicken dish is ideal for a fast meal on busy days. Whether served as a main course or a snack, it’s bound to leave everyone wanting more. You should also try our Lemon Chicken, Easy 15-minute Udon Noodles, Turkey Mince Noodles, or Gnocchi made easy with Pesto and Zucchini for a quick delicious lunch or dinner.


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I love quick, restaurant-quality dishes that taste amazing and are easy to make. In just 30 minutes, I can make a delicious meal for my family with ingredients I control. It’s also great as a low-carb keto main. Sharing homemade meals creates special memories that last.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

This recipe for chicken with spinach, bell peppers, and tomato sauce is a hit because it‘s quick, easy, and uses basic ingredients. Chicken is always a family favourite, and here it’s made even tastier with spinach and bell peppers.

It’s a simple dish that’s perfect for busy nights, and you can pair it with any side dish you like. Since it’s homemade, you know exactly what goes into it, making it a healthier choice. Kids love it too, and it’s low in calories, so it’s a win-win for everyone at the table.

A make-ahead-friendly recipe, that you can prepare in advance, store it, and reheat it when needed, making it a great option for meal prepping.

Ingredients to make this recipe

  • Diced chicken or turkey breast: It’s the main ingredient.
  • Bell peppers: I have used three different colours: red, and yellow.
  • Tomatoes: Forms the base of the tomato sauce, I used one can of diced tomatoes.
  • Spinach: fresh or frozen is as good.
  • Garlic: crushed garlic is always better than garlic powder.
  • Olive oil: Serves as the cooking fat.
  • Salt and pepper: To taste.
  • Paprika: Adds depth to the dish.


  • Protein: Swap chicken or turkey breast for tofu, seitan, tempeh, beans, or lentils.
  • Peppers: Use any colour of bell peppers or poblano peppers.
  • Tomatoes: Replace canned tomatoes with fresh diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, or passata.
  • Spinach: Substitute spinach with fresh or frozen kale, or Swiss chard.
  • Garlic: Use garlic powder or garlic paste if fresh garlic is unavailable.
  • Olive Oil: Any cooking oil like vegetable oil or coconut oil can replace olive oil.
  • Seasonings: Adjust salt, pepper, and paprika according to taste or use alternative herbs and spices like Italian seasoning or chilli powder.
creamy spinach and pepper chicken
creamy spinach and bell peppers chicken


This recipe is incredibly easy to change up, allowing for effortless adaptations and simple variations. You can easily choose your preferred option or stick to the original recipe for the first try to get a taste, then explore other combinations later.

Make the sauce more creamy: Add cream or coconut milk to the tomato sauce.

Add a spicy kick: Sprinkle red pepper flakes or add diced jalapeños.

More herbs: Mix in fresh herbs like parsley for added freshness, or make it Italian-style by adding basil, oregano, and thyme to the tomato sauce.

Mediterranean style: Toss in olives, capers, and artichoke hearts.

Make it vegetarian: Replace chicken with extra veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, tofu or tempeh cutlets for a meatless option. Sautéing a mix of mushrooms like cremini, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms along with the spinach will pair beautifully with the tomato sauce.

Pasta Primavera: Add cooked pasta to the spinach and bell pepper chicken for a one-pot meal. Blanched vegetables like broccoli or peas will add extra nutrition.

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How to make this recipe

Ready to cook something delicious? Give our Creamy Spinach and Pepper Chicken a try! This quick and simple recipe is packed with tasty ingredients that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Please take a peek at our handy guide complete with step-by-step photos.

Chicken breast diced seasoned with spices cooking in a pan with olive oil.
Cooked pieces of chicken breast.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, diced chicken (or turkey), and season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook covered for about 10 minutes until tender.

Chicken breast slices cooked in a pan with colorful peppers cut lengthwise.
Chicken breast slices cooked in a pan with colorful peppers cut lengthwise and tomato sauce.

Add chopped garlic and peppers to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes until peppers soften, then add the tomato sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.

Chicken breast pieces cooked in a pan with colorful peppers cut lengthwise, tomato sauce and fresh spinach.
Chicken with spinach and peppers in tomato sauce, served with polenta.

Bring in fresh spinach to the skillet. If using frozen spinach, make sure it’s thawed. Stir it into the sauce, cover, and cook for about 3 minutes until the spinach wilts and blends with the sauce.

A full list of ingredients and instructions can be found in the recipe card below.

creamy spinach and peppers chicken

Side dishes

Serve Spinach and Peppers Chicken with steamed rice, Turkish bulgur, pasta, mashed or baked potatoes. Freshly baked bread is great for dipping in the tasty sauce. If you prefer something lighter, go for quinoa, cauliflower rice or polenta.

Storage and Leftovers

Store leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw overnight and warm on the stove or in the microwave. Before serving, you can sprinkle Parmesan cheese or fresh herbs. Make sure leftovers are heated to 165°F (74°C) to be safe.

Recipe FAQS

You can substitute chicken with tofu, fish, or even chickpeas for a vegetarian option.

Serve the dish over cooked rice, pasta, or quinoa for a complete meal. It also pairs well with crusty bread or a side salad.

Yes, you can prepare the sauce and cook the chicken in advance, then reheat and assemble when ready to serve for a quicker meal.

Yes, you can freeze any leftovers in an airtight container for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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Tomato Chicken with spinach and bell peppers

Serve this creamy Spinach & Pepper Chicken over your preferred pasta, rice if you wish, or enjoy them on their own with a piece of freshly baked bread. This effortless dinner recipe is bound to become a fresh weeknight go-to. Low-carb, no eggs, incredibly tasty, lightning-fast, and super simple! A restaurant-quality dish, ready in under 30 minutes. It's a speedy weeknight dinner the entire family will adore. Healthy and delicious!
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 376 kcal


  • Skillet or Pan
  • Tongs or a Spatula
  • Knife and Cutting Board


  • 500 g chicken or turkey breast diced
  • 3 peppers different colors, cut longitudinally
  • 1 can of tomatoes blended
  • 80 g fresh spinach or frozen spinach
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Paprika for added flavor


  • First, heat a large and deep skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Then, add diced chicken or turkey to the skillet, along with seasonings such as salt, pepper, and paprika. Allow the chicken to cook for approximately 10 minutes with the lid on, ensuring it becomes tender.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, add chopped garlic and peppers that have been cut lengthwise to the skillet. Let the peppers soften and become slightly tender, cooking for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Next, pour tomato sauce into the skillet to create a base for the sauce. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken slightly.
  • Finally, add fresh spinach to the skillet. If you’re using frozen spinach, make sure it is properly thawed before adding it to the skillet. Stir the spinach into the sauce and cover the skillet with the lid. Let it cook for approximately 3 minutes, allowing the spinach to wilt and incorporate its earthy essence into the dish.



Step-by-Step Guide: You’ll find a helpful step-by-step guide to making this recipe on my blog. 
Substitutions & Twists: I’ve listed some great substitutions and variations in the post above so that you can customise the dish to your liking.
Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
TIP 1: Seasoning – Don’t skimp on seasoning the chicken or turkey before cooking. Salt, pepper, and paprika can greatly enhance the taste of the dish.
Tip 2: Thorough Cooking – Ensure the meat is cooked through until tender to avoid any risk of undercooked meat.
Tip 3: Freshness of Ingredients – Whenever possible, use fresh spinach and peppers for the best result. 
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  1. 5 stars
    This dish looks absolutely delicious! The creamy sauce makes it so enticing and tempting! Loved it!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my, this dish looks amazingly delicious and very yummy! The creamy sauce makes it so enticing and very tempting! Totally love it!

  3. 5 stars
    Such a beautiful recipe. And so thoughtful of you to mention the variations. Will make a plant based version of this soon.