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Italian Chicken Skillet with Spinach and Bacon

Italian Chicken Skillet with Spinach and Bacon
  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 40 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 420 1 serving

This recipe for Italian Chicken Skillet with Spinach and Bacon is inspired by the flavors of the ever popular "Zuppa Toscana", this beautiful one-skillet dish provides loads of delicious flavors and textures. Sautéed chicken is surrounded by a savory sauce flavored with bacon, garlic and lemon, with just the right amount of kick. Fresh spinach and cannellini beans round out the classic "Zuppa Toscana" flavors that will make this dish a family favorite. 


cost per recipe: $16.10

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 cup Swanson® Unsalted Chicken Stock
  • 1 can (about 15 ounces) low sodium cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 ounces baby spinach (about 10 loosely packed cups)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Tips

    • Recipe Note: We used a deep skillet because it made it easier to add the uncooked spinach all at once.  If you don't have a deep skillet, just add the spinach in batches, it will wilt quickly to make room for more.
  • Step 1

    Cook the bacon in a 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat until crisp.  Remove the bacon from the skillet and drain on paper towels. Crumble the bacon.  Reserve the drippings in the skillet.

  • Step 2

    Season the chicken as desired.  Heat the drippings in the skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally.  Remove the chicken from the skillet.

  • Step 3

    Add the onion to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.  Add the garlic and red pepper and cook and stir for 1 minute.

  • Step 4

    Stir in the soup and stock and heat to a boil.  Stir in the beans.  Return the chicken to the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.  Stir in the spinach and lemon juice and cook until spinach is wilted.  Season to taste.  Sprinkle with the bacon.


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    Carol S.
    October 4, 2017

    What other soup, besides mushroom, could you add for a great flavor. Cream of chicken is by far my least favorite to cook with. Also, would it cook up ok if I left out the beans. Fussy fussy family. I rated this 5, without preparing it, because it looks so good.

  • Skillet Chicken with Spinach & Sausage

    Thwanda R.
    July 9, 2020

    The original recipe was good, however, I decided to add/replace bacon with Italian sausage and additional mushrooms. Served over rice it was delicious! The 2 of us had enough for 2 complete meals with Italian bread and side salad. Thank you.


    Mary T.
    July 8, 2020

    Made this tonight for dinner. I did use 3 strips of bacon as they were a bit whimpy. I also added a couple of handfuls of shredded sharp cheese as I screwed up and added too much broth....I still boiled it down for a bit first. IT IS VERY YUMMY! We served it in bowls. Oh, tear your spinach up first.

  • Chicken Toscano

    Annette S.
    September 7, 2019

    What a delicious meal. I will be making this again and again. So easy and very flavorful.

  • Really Good!

    Ellen D.
    March 20, 2019

    We like this one a lot! You don't realize it's a mushroom soup recipe -- just that it tastes great. I accidentally cut the chicken into smaller pieces (read, don't assume) but the result was good; I'll keep doing it that way. Does the two of us for two dinners, generously. I add a salad along side.

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    Calories 420
    Fat Calories 123
    Total Fat 13.7 g
    Sat. Fat 3.2 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Sugar 2.47 g
    Vitamin A 313
    Vitamin C 9.9 mg
    Calcium 170 mg
    Iron 4.21 mg
    Potassium 1200 mg
    Cholesterol 138 mg
    Sodium 949 mg
    Total Carb 20.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
    Protein 50.6 g
    Total Fat %DV 18 %DV
    sat-fat-dv 16 %DV
    Vitamin A 35 %DV
    Vitamin C 11 %DV
    Calcium 13 %DV
    Iron 23 %DV
    Cholesterol 46 %DV
    Total Carb %DV 8 %DV
    Potassium 26 %DV
    Fiber 17 %DV
    added-sugars 0.25 g
    vitamin-d 0.1 mg
    vitamin-e 2.19 mg
    vitamin-k 280 mg
    thiamine 0.244 mg
    riboflavin 0.369 mg
    niacin 17.822 mg
    vitamin-b6 1.543 mg
    folate 149 mg
    vitamin-b12 0.51 mg
    biotin 0 mg
    pantothenic-acid 2.715 mg
    phosphorus 491 mg
    iodine 0 mg
    magnesium 107 mg
    zinc 1.6759061887 mg
    selenium 46.8 mg
    copper 0.105 mg
    manganese 0.092 mg
    chromium 0 mg
    molybdenum 0 mg
    chloride 0 mg
    choline 0 mg
    Sodium %DV 949.486869 mg
    added-sugars-dv 1 %DV
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Vitamin E 15 %DV
    Vitamin K 233 %DV
    Thiamin 20 %DV
    Riboflavin 28 %DV
    Niacin 111 %DV
    Vitamin B6 91 %DV
    folate-dv 37 %DV
    Vitamin B12 21 %DV
    Biotin 0 %DV
    Panthothenic Acid 54 %DV
    Phosphorus 39 %DV
    Iodine 0 %DV
    Magnesium 25 %DV
    Zinc 15 %DV
    Selenium 85 %DV
    copper-dv 12 %DV
    Manganese 4 %DV
    Chromium 0 %DV
    Molybdenum 0 %DV
    chloride-dv 0 %DV
    choline-dv 0 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.