Spicy Southwestern Chicken and Spinach

If you’re a regular blog reader you’ve probably seen me eat this chicken combination often on my what I ate Wednesday posts….


It’s also always in my grocery hauls. I love AppleGate Farms Southwestern chicken. You may also know that cooking raw chicken grosses me out, so this chicken has been the perfect solution for me! It is pretty expensive though so I decided to try and make my own southwestern chicken recipe and save some money. My version came out pretty similar and while I will probably still pick up Applegate farm’s brand on occasion (convenience always wins for me) it’s good to know I have this option too!


  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 bag frozen or 1 box fresh spinach
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 tbs. molasses
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a non stick skillet with your olive oil.
  2. Dice your chicken breast into small cubes and saute in the olive oil.
  3. Dice your bell peppers into small pieces and heat your spinach if frozen.
  4. Once your chicken is almost cooked (there is no more pink), add in your diced bell pepper.
  5. Continue to saute until the chicken is fully cooked.
  6. Add in your seasoning and spices starting with the molasses and ending with salt and pepper.
  7. Continue to stir and saute and add in your fresh or pre cooked spinach.
  8. Heat until the spinach has wilted and everything is heated.
  9. Optional: Squeeze with lemon or lime juice and sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes for extra spice!

spicy southwestern chicken

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Any store bought foods you always go with over homemade??? Are you all about convenience like me? 

46 thoughts on “Spicy Southwestern Chicken and Spinach

  1. Lucie

    Oh this spice combination sounds SO good. We have a Tandoori Chicken at the store which I love to buy once in a while an throw it onto some salad. I just fell better when I cook it myself so I know what’s in it. But convenience is definitely a winner :-)

  2. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    This is terrible to admit, but I always buy jarred salsa. I’ve tried making it . . . but it’s just not the same, unless I were to take time to roast the salsa, and then that’s going to take too long. Anyways, I LOVE salsa, and we go through quite a bit in this house. So, I take the easy way out on that and keep a few jars in our pantry at all times.

  3. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    I love the spice combination in this chicken! And I know what you mean about raw chicken – working with it always skeeves me out, and if I could find prepared chicken that wasn’t loaded with chemicals, I would totally go that route. I can be pretty lazy when it comes to prepping certain things, so hummus, nut butters, bread, and already-washed-salads are things that I’m always buying.

  4. Lisa

    Yum! This looks excellent Danielle! I hate raw chicken too, bleh! But, it’s one of the only proteins I can eat now, so I do use it nearly everyday and am trying to get past the grossness of it haha. I think I need to try this out tonight!:)

  5. Jessica @ Prayers and Apples

    ..i always buy Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken – i know i need to start buying fresh (almost all of the other foods in my kitchen are!) this is just the hardest thing to give up – open the freezer, toss some chicken into a skillet, it’s already all nice and diced… one of these days!! :)

  6. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish

    Winner winner chicken dinner!! This looks like a *fantastic* must-make recipe! Like you, I love the Applegate Farms chicken strips, and also like you, I have a tendency to spend double or triple the price for the sake of convenience! I’ve been getting better though; in fact, this week, I didn’t buy any pre-packaged meats. (We’ll see how long that lasts haha). Thanks for sharing this recipe–I’d love to try using molasses in my cooking! <3

    1. danielle Post author

      Well I’m glad I’m not the only one who prefers a little convenience 😉 Hope you like the recipe!


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