Sauteed Caramelized Onions, Sun-Dried Tomato, Garlic & Baby Spinach over Grilled Chicken – $1.75

So, one of the many reasons I haven’t posted in a few weeks is because I’m trying to comfortably fit into a bridesmaid’s dress for my friend’s upcoming wedding in a few weeks. Fruit and fresh veggies have been most of my diet lately and you just don’t need a recipe for that… not to mention it’s the holidays and I’m friggin’ busy.

Anyhoo, I try to sometimes have a “lean and green” meal as much as possible. Some kind of lean meat with any kind of green veggie. This was my version, with a little flare.

Chop up a whole small onion or 1/2 large onion in thin strips. The thinner the better. And yes, one small onion for one serving. These will cook down like crazy. Add them to a heated, oiled nonstick saute pan with a pinch o’ salt on LOW heat. We want these to caramelize.

I was given these pre-grilled chicken breasts. Normally I’m not a big fan of these, as I don’t know what they’ve done to it, or what they’ve put in it… but I’m a huge fan of free food, so I got over it quickly.

Cook a chicken breast whatever method you like best. If you have no idea what to do, just saute or bake it. I threw mine in the toaster oven.


While your onions are caramelizing, get some garlic ready. I used 3 cloves for just me because I planned on cooking them a while. They’re not so pungent when you cook them a while.

Since these are going to cook a while, you don’t want to mince them because it’ll start to burn. Slice them like this:

About 20ish minutes after you started cooking the onions, add the garlic.

While that’s cooking, still on low, go ahead and thinly slice up some sun-dried tomatoes. These really aren’t very expensive and this package has lasted me months. You don’t need much for that awesome flavor.

Drop the tomatoes into the onion, garlic mixture.

Keep cooking on low heat for as long as you can until something in the mixture starts to get too brown. Ideally, from start to finish, the cook time should be at least 30-40 minutes or longer. You definitely can cook all of this within 5 minutes if you wanted, but if you’ve got the time, let those onions caramelize, get nice and sweet, and reduce in size.

Now add a teaspoon-ish of soy sauce. This will deglaze the pan and get up all the goodies from the bottom. Go ahead and take off the heat after you stir it for a minute.

Immediately add a big ol handful of fresh baby spinach. This will reduce like crazy, so don’t be shy. Remember, you don’t even really have to keep cooking this- the heat from the pan should be enough. Just stir a few times.

See? That’s pretty. It’s all ready to plate as soon as the spinach wilts. This isn’t meant to sit around for a while or the spinach will get weird.

So hopefully your chicken will have been cooked through. Go ahead and plate that up.

And simply put the spinach mixture on top! That’s it, very easy.

1 Chicken Breast – ~$.80 (That’s the approximate price I count on. Sometimes cheaper sometimes more. But mine was free, so…)

1 Small Onion – ~$.40 (I get them in bulk)

3 Sun dried tomato halves – $.30

Handful of spinach – ~$.25

1 Serving: ~$1.75

About Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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Comments for Sauteed Caramelized Onions, Sun-Dried Tomato, Garlic & Baby Spinach over Grilled Chicken – $1.75 are now closed.

  1. Just a scant sprinkle of sugar on the onions goes a LONG way.

  2. Gillian, oh man that's pretty pricey! If I went to specific stores here I'm sure I could find chicken for a few bucks each. I go to a Hispanic supermarket near my house where the chicken is about $1.50 a pound when it's on sale. I think the average "good deal" is about $1.99 a pound here. Anyway, yeah thighs taste wonderful, go for it!

  3. It looks like a great recipe. I am very envious of your getting a Chicken Breast for $.80! In Tasmania, Australia it would be a couple of dollars.

    Being broke and here I will probably make it with thighs. Sigh!

  4. Holla! Yup, an orange knife… something I would normally make fun of, but it was a gift from my brother, so what can ya do? Crappy knives can do the job if you sharpen them, get the right size (usually 8" chef's knife) and hold them right! One day when I get rich and famous from this website (HA!) I'll buy a fancy chef's knife 🙂 Thanks for commenting Ms. Ten!

  5. I just saw one of those knives at the store tonight and I thought to myself, "What would I cut up with THAT?" Well, now I know.

    Looks delish!

  6. Word! Bike commuting is perfect for this site. Looking forward to it Dr. Logan!

  7. Great recipe. I didn't have any dried tomatoes so I made it with some roasted beak peppers and served the whole kit and caboodle over some mashed sweet potatoes and my girly-friend raved. Will be going back to it. Before I finished reading the article I was going to comment on the amazing browning you achieved on the chicken breasts. Ha. I plan on contributing an article on bike-commuting in place of gym membership when I get a change. Cheers, Logan

  8. Harry, "Anonymous", Alyssa and Nick, thanks for commenting! Awesome. Glad you liked it.

    Nick, your comment made me feel pretty darn good after a long day. Thanks man. Oh, and yes, I'm a chic, but you can call me man. I won't get all sexist on ya' 🙂

    Alyssa, long story short, I'll be relinquishing some of my power to other like minded people who want to contribute to the site. While people start contributing, I'll be working on the web design part to actually hold it all! Topics will range from health, fitness, cooking, eating out, couponing, frugal living, "green living", etc. all on a dime. I need good writers. Consider being a contributer! Even if there are a few you've already written on your blog- like, the "best of" or something.

  9. Best blog of my life. Now I'm going to read through the entire archive…

    Thanks man! (Or Woman!)

  10. Looks wonderful…and your blog is right up my alley. I just started a blog about living *green* on a budget….something most people don't see as a reality but it CAN be. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. I made this tonight and it was delicious! I did my chicken Thighs and wings in the oven, cooking with about a pint of stock, some Paprika and Coriander powder mixed in, using some foil to tent the top. This made the chicken really moist, I used the stock and chicken juices as the water for Couscous and to deglaze the pan too! Incredibly yummy and as good using frozen spinach.

  12. Ande,

    Another nice addition…. Especially with FREE chicken…

    Personally I Love Tomatoes…
    But i despise Sun Dried….

    But Caramelized Onions , Garlic , & Spinach…. Heck…. Drop it on just about anything! Fish, Pasta, Meats…. etc…

    Thanx for keeping it FRESH!

    Harry B.