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Fantastic Chicken Florentine in a skillet

Fantastic Chicken Florentine

Course: Entree
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Chicken dinner, Italian, Weeknight Meal
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 495kcal
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. It's fantastic served over pasta, steamed rice, or simply served in bowls with a large loaf of crusty bread! You can't go wrong with this dish!
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz baby spinach
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts trimmed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 tbsp good-quality grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice


  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  • Add spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes.
  • Transfer spinach to a colander and press with a large spoon to release excess liquid.
  • Wipe out skillet with paper towel.
  • Pat chicken breasts dry with paper towels and then season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken and cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side.
  • Transfer chicken to a clean plate.
  • Add shallot and garlic to skillet and cook for about 1 minute, or until soft.
  • Stir in stock and cream, scraping up any browned bits, and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Return chicken to the skillet and simmer over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer chicken to a cutting board and cut into bite-sized pieces. Add back into the sauce.
  • Increase heat to high and simmer sauce until reduced to 1 cup, about 15 minutes.
  • Off heat, stir in 1/4 cup of Parmesan, lemon zest and cooked spinach.
  • Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat broiler to high.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan.
  • Broil until golden brown, about 3 - 5 minutes, or less (keep a close eye, broilers vary!)


Calories: 495kcal