Fantastic Chicken Florentine

Fantastic Chicken Florentine
Fantastic Chicken Florentine

We just love sauteed spinach, tender chicken, and top-notch Parmesan cheese.  Throw in shallots, garlic, chicken stock and some lemon…and you’ll just die for this Fantastic Chicken Florentine!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Fantastic Chicken Florentine
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This Fantastic Chicken Florentine is so incredibly delicious. Don't you just love sauteed spinach, and Parmesan cheese. Mixed in with good chicken stock, lemon zest, and a touch of cream. Oh, yes.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces (about 12 cups) of baby spinach
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • S&P
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1¼ cups of chicken stock
  • 1½ cups of water
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons of good-quality grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  2. Add spinach and cook, stirring occasionally,until wilted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer spinach to colander and press with a large spoon to release excess liquid.
  4. Wipe out skillet with paper towel.
  5. Pat chicken breasts dry with paper towels and then season with salt and pepper.
  6. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Add chicken and cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side.
  8. Transfer chicken to a clean plate.
  9. Add shallot and garlic to skillet and cook for about 1 minute, or until soft.
  10. Stir in stock, water, and cream, scraping up any browned bits, and bring to a boil., then reduce heat to medium-low.
  11. Return chicken to the skillet and simmer over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.
  12. Transfer chicken to clean plate and tent with aluminum foil.
  13. Increase heat to high and simmer sauce until reduced to 1 cup, about 15 minutes.
  14. Off heat, stir in ¼ cup of Parmesan and lemon zest and juice.
  15. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat broiler to high.
  16. Slice chicken breasts to ½-inch pieces.
  17. Place spinach over chicken and pour sauce over spinach.
  18. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan.
  19. Broil until golden brown, about 5 minutes, or less (keep a close eye!!)
  20. Serve and enjoy!


  • This recipe is to die for. I had spinach to use up and thought I should try a florentine recipe. This blew me away. It was not difficult and the flavor and presentation were fantastic. I have dubbed this a company worthy recipe. What a find!!

    • Wow, oh wow, Carol! Thank you!! We love this recipe so much, too. In fact, we just completed a video shoot and this was one of the recipes we made. We are so glad you liked it and appreciate you so very much letting us know. Please stay in touch! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • Love, love, love this recipe! Creamy, flavorful and spectacularly delicious. I’ve made this several times now for my family without changing a thing, and everytime it gets rave reviews! This is a keeper! Thanks Kris (and Wesley!).

    • Thanks, Mark! That has been one of our favorite dishes now for many years. And we are so glad you like it!! Thanks for letting us know!! Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley.

  • Thanks for the recipe. I just made this for dinner and it tasted fabulous!
    It was easy to make and looked great.
    I added a little more lemon because I love the lemon flavor in anything creamy.

    • Awesome. I agree, we love lemon, too. This has turned out to be one of the most popular recipes on the site. Thanks so much for letting us know. Hope to see you again, Pia! Kris & Wesley (The Loon).

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