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Optavia Lean and Green Spatchcock Chicken With Veggies

Optavia Counts

  • 1 Lean
  • 3 Green
  • 3 Condiments

This NEW Lean & Green recipe, developed by The Culinary Institute of America Consulting*, features a different way to prepare chicken that is both healthy and flavorful. Watch the video for the know-how and try something new! Make it, share it – you’ll savor every bite! Makes 4 complete Lean & Green meals (1 Lean, 3 Green, 3 Condiments per serving).

Optavia Lean and Green Spatchcock Chicken With Veggies


  • 1, (2½ – 3 lb.) whole chicken
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • 2 cups diced red bell peppers
  • 7 cups baby spinach

Optavia Lean and Green Spatchcock Chicken With Veggies


  1. To spatchcock or “butterfly” the chicken, place it back-side up onto a sturdy cutting board.
  2. Using sharp kitchen scissors, cut into the body cavity alongside the backbone of the chicken.
  3. With strong pressure cut along both sides of the spinal cord to remove it.
  4. Once the spinal cord has been removed, flip the chicken over breast-side up, and then flatten the chicken gently with both hands. Remove all visible fat and the skin.
  5. Optionally, the rib and breast bones can now be removed from the inside of the chicken.
  6. Season the spatchcocked chicken with ¾ of the salt, along with the pepper, paprika, garlic powder and lemon juice.
  7. Place the chicken into a 10- to 12-inch oven-proof skillet, and roast in an oven at 425°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until the thighs reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  8. Remove the chicken from the skillet and place the same skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, scallions and peppers and gently cook, stirring frequently, for 6 to 7 minutes.
  9. Add the remaining salt, spinach and 1/4 cup of water, cover with a lid, and continue to cook until the spinach is wilted for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. To serve, measure out about 3 ounces of chicken breast and 2½ ounces of either the chicken leg or thigh (dark meat) and serve with ¾ cups of the spinach and pan juices per portion.

Optavia Lean and Green Recipes

Hi, we have found that almost the 3rd person facing the problem of being overweight. In our team and research, we have some fellows who have been facing this for years. So at the beginning of 2021, we began to take the weight loss efforts seriously and have lost 60 lbs so far on the OPTAVIA 5&1 Plan! It's been amazing, and while our journey isn't over, we are well on our way! When we started our team and fellows had a hard time finding the top OPTAVIA 5&1 recipes, so we were so inspired to build this website to help compile some of what I felt are the best OPTAVIA recipes around. We are very happy to share it with you as well! For those not familiar, OPTAVIA is not some fad diet but instead is a program designed to help those who are looking to lose weight make better choices with their health and wellness via better habits. We've worked hard to make sure that all OPTAVIA 5 and 1 recipes listed are approved for the OPTAVIA 5&1 plan.

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