Crockpot Chicken, Artichoke and Spinach

In response to my first request from my reader Kate Jones, I challenged myself to come up with a new crockpot recipe that was healthy and cheap. And while this one might tote the line slightly on the healthy part I am so excited to share it with you. This truly is one of those dishes that will have people going back for more.

When Kate gave me my new challenge my first thought was to look in my pantry and freezer and see what I had on hand, to give me some inspiration. I saw that I had some chicken and some frozen spinach in my freezer and it got me thinking about one of my favorite appetizers ‘Spinach and Artichoke dip’. So I thought ‘what if I could create a version of that dip that was slightly healthier and also make it a meal instead of just a dip’.

So I set off exploring the web for inspiration. There were a few people that had similar ideas but either the ingredients they used were too fattening or it required more work then I wanted to put into a crockpot recipe so I decided to do what every good cook does, experiment. Not all experiments work well, you can ask my husband about that one. I have had some dishes that had us going out for a takeaway instead. But you never know until you try. So I bought a few ingredients that I thought would be nice in the dish and threw everything in and waited to discover what I had created and whether or not it would be a disaster or something worth writing about.

I can truthfully say not only was it a success but it was one of the simplest crockpot dishes I have made in a very long time.


Crockpot Chicken, Artichoke and Spinach

4 Chicken raw breasts, diced
10 oz. (300g) frozen spinach, defrosted with the water squeezed out
2 14 oz cans of quartered artichoke hearts
1 small onion minced
3 cloves of garlic minced
8 oz. of reduce fat cream cheese
6 oz. of fat free sour cream
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. water
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper


This recipe is so simple, first I turned on my crockpot to high and added my sour cream and cream cheese while I prepared the other ingredients. I diced my chicken into bite size pieces, chopped up my artichoke hearts and then added all of the ingredients into the crockpot with the now melted cream cheese. Stir well and then reduce heat to low and go about your day. When you are ready to eat your dish will hot and delicious waiting for you. I served it over pasta but I believe it could also go very nicely over some rice.

16 thoughts on “Crockpot Chicken, Artichoke and Spinach

  • November 14, 2010 at 1:25 am
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    I enjoyed this so much when you cooked it for us that I was just checking what I need to make it for when I do the shopping! One question, how many portions would you say the recipe makes?

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  • November 14, 2010 at 2:07 am
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    Good question, this depends greatly on how it is served. I would say about 8 very generous serving sizes.

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  • November 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm
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    good news as this makes each serving a ridiculously low 3 propoints for any weight watchers out there!

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  • November 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm
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    Yummm this sounds wonderful, have to try it. I don#39;t have a crock pot but assume a very slow oven would do. Also have never seen fat free sour cream in the UK. What did you use Kate?

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  • February 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm
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    I used low fat creme fraiche

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      • March 24, 2014 at 8:58 am
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        Not at all, I only used them because I wanted to reduce the fat content. I imagine with full fat sour cream and cream cheese it would probably taste even better. 🙂

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  • February 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm
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    Probably a silly question…should the chicken be cooked before dicing and adding to the crock-pot?

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    • March 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm
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      I wondered the same thing. Does the chicken need to be cooked prior?

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      • March 24, 2014 at 8:59 am
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        No the chicken doesn’t need to be cooked.

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    • March 24, 2014 at 8:57 am
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      Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, I guess I didn’t make that clear in the recipe but the chicken was raw when put in the crockpot.

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  • July 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm
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    Hi. How long would you say you cooked it? 6, 8, 10 hrs? Thanks!

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    • July 28, 2014 at 7:56 am
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      Thanks Megan I forgot to update this with better instructions. The first time I made it I left it on low all day but since than I would update it and say that it was done on low after 6 hours.

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  • October 2, 2015 at 2:02 am
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    Can you use fresh spinach?

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    • October 4, 2015 at 7:43 pm
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      Yes you can. You will want to wilt the spinach and then squeeze out the excess liquid. You will probably need to play around with the amount as spinach cooks down a lot.

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