Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken Stew

When my brother was living in D.C. for college, he discovered Houston’s and their famous spinach artichoke dip. The appetizer then became a staple at our house for various holidays. This dish is basically the delicious spinach artichoke dip my mom makes reincarnated as a chicken stew.

I followed the recipe very closely except I only used 2 to 3 ounces of cream cheese. I added the cream cheese a little at a time and it seemed rich enough for my taste before the full 4 ounces were added.

The dill, scallions, and lemon juice provide some brightness to the dish and are a nice foil to the richness the cream cheese adds.

Don’t skimp on the parmesan when serving!

Note: For those that prefer to use a slow cooker, there is a a slow cooker version of the recipe.

Creamy Spinach-Artichoke Chicken Stew

Sarah DiGregorio, NYT Cooking

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow or red onion, finely chopped
  •  Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • 2 to 2 ¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ lemon, juiced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen cut spinach
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained (about 1 heaping cup artichoke hearts)
  • ½ cup cream cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • 4 to 6 scallions, thinly sliced, for topping
  •  Grated Parmesan cheese, for topping
  1. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, season lightly with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary to avoid scorching. Stir in the garlic.
  2. Pour in the stock and wine, and bring to a bubble. Add the chicken thighs, lemon juice and red-pepper flakes; season with 1 teaspoon salt and a generous amount of pepper. Mix well to combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the frozen spinach and the artichoke hearts to the pot. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring to help the spinach defrost and wilt into the stew. When the spinach is warm and evenly distributed, reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is tender and the flavors are blended, another 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Add the cream cheese in dollops, stirring to melt it into the soup. Add the dill. Using two forks, coarsely break or shred the chicken into large chunks. Taste and add more salt and black pepper if necessary.
  6. Divide the stew among bowls, and top with scallions and Parmesan.

4 to 6 servings

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