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Chicken Tenderloins with Dilled Havarti and Spinach Recipe

Now there’s a mouthful. A healthy, tangy and slightly off-beat mouthful.

I came up with this because we’ve had the dilled Havarti sitting around for a while and I wanted to use it up. You’ve probably seen it paired with pears, and I’m sure that would be wonderful… If I didn’t hate pears.

In all actuality, this is two recipes in one. The Chicken & Havarti can be made with anything at all, and the spinach is great as a side, so I’ll have to make it next week and add it to the veggies category as well. In the sense of fairness, I’ll lay this out as one recipe, since that’s the way I prepared it.

Chicken Tenderloins with Dilled Havarti and Spinach Recipe
Yield: 4 Servings

Chicken Tenderloins with Dilled Havarti and Spinach Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 pkg. (16oz) chicken tenderloins.
  • Enough thinly sliced dilled Havarti to cover the tenderloins.
  • 1 10 oz. pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained. (Or use fresh if you have it, three good handfuls should do)
  • 1 small red onion chopped.
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped.
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar. (Or your vinegar of choice.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.



    1. Cook onions in 2 tbsp olive oil until translucent. Add garlic, cook for approximately 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook until just wilted.
    2. Toss in vinegar, Season with salt and pepper.


    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Season both sides of the chicken tenderloins with salt and pepper.
    3. Brown chicken lightly in olive oil in an oven proof skillet over medium heat.
    4. Put the skillet in a preheated oven until tenderloins are cooked through (approximately 15 minutes.) Place Havarti slices over chicken. Return to oven long enough for cheese to melt. (2 minutes)
    5. Serve hot over sautéed spinach or other leafy greens.
    6. Share and enjoy!

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g


    What I would have done differently had I thought about it at the time:

    My wife showed nothing but the greatest appreciation for this, gobbling down far more than the recommended serving size as shown in the photo. We also served wild rice, pearled barley and pearled wheat as a side, which complimented well.

    The portion I got was a little to “dilly” for me, so be cautious as to the thickness of the Havarti. A little goes a long way.

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