Pan-Fried Chicken with Polenta and Vegetables


Head to the south for dinner tonight by serving a creamy polenta recipe alongside pan-fried chicken and skillet-roasted vegetables. The complete chicken and polenta recipe takes just 30 minutes!

Pan-Fried Chicken with Polenta and Vegetables
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 3 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup quick-cooking polenta mix

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 2 8 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, halved horizontally

  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 9 ounce package fresh spinach


  1. Pierce tomatoes with a sharp knife. Place in a microwave-safe bowl; sprinkle with brown sugar. Cover loosely. Microwave on 100% power (high) about 3 minutes or until skins burst and tomatoes are soft, stirring once; set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan bring the water and the 1 teaspoon salt to boiling; stir in polenta mix. Reduce heat; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  3. In a shallow dish combine flour, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the 1/2 teaspoon pepper; pour buttermilk into another shallow dish. Dip chicken in buttermilk, then in flour, turning to coat. In a very large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat; add chicken. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until no longer pink (165ºF), turning to cook evenly. Remove chicken from skillet; set aside.

  4. Discard pan drippings. Add spinach to hot skillet; cook and toss just until wilted. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Serve chicken with spinach, polenta, and tomato mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

506 Calories
14g Fat
59g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 506
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 483mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 31.9mg 160%
Calcium 133mg 10%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 623mg 13%
Folate, total 157.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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