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Creamy chicken florentine recipe in a large skillet.
4.85 from 19 votes

Chicken Florentine

This Chicken Florentine Recipe is made with lightly floured thinly sliced chicken breasts that are cooked in butter until golden brown and served in a luscious parmesan cream sauce filled with fresh spinach and mushrooms. The whole family will love this easy and delicious one-pan weeknight dinner!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 708kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts - see notes
  • salt and pepper - to season
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour - for dredging, plus more if needed
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

For the Cream Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion - diced
  • 6 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms - sliced
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream - (or half-and-half)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese - grated
  • freshly grated black pepper - to season

Instructions

  • Transfer one chicken breast to a large ziplock bag and seal. Using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer, pound your chicken until it is approximately 1/2-3/4 inch thickness. Set aside to a clean plate and repeat with the remaining chicken breasts. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and generously season both sides with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • Add the all-purpose flour to a (new) large zip-lock bag. Use kitchen tongs to transfer 3 chicken breasts to the zip-lock bag filled with flour and seal. Gently toss to coat the chicken in flour.
  • Add one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of olive oil to a large 12-inch skillet set over medium-high heat. Heat until melted and shimmering. Transfer the dredged chicken breasts to the skillet, gently shaking off any excess flour before adding to the skillet. Cook until golden brown, approximately 5-7 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken to clean plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the same skillet you used to cook the chicken. Add the chopped onions and cook, stirring frequently, for 3-4 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and continue to cook for an additional minute before adding the wine. Increase heat to high, scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan, and allow the liquid to reduce by at least half.
  • Reduce heat back to medium-high, and stir in the sliced mushrooms. Continue to cook until the mushrooms start to soften, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the mushrooms and onions with 2 tablespoons flour and mix well combine. Slowly stir in the chicken broth, dissolving any clumps that may have formed with the flour.
  • Add the spinach, working in batches if needed. Cook until wilted, stirring as needed.
  • Stir in the whole milk and heavy whipping cream, mixing well to combine with the spinach, mushrooms, and onions. Bring your sauce to a gentle boil and stir in the grated parmesan cheese. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Gently nestle the cooked chicken back into the pan and turn to coat in the sauce. Allow the chicken to simmer for approx 4-5 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Serve immediately with cooked rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes, if desired. Enjoy.

Notes

  • For the chicken - If you prefer not to dredge your chicken breasts in flour, feel free to skip that part. I still recommend pounding your chicken to equal thickness as this will help to guarantee a faster cooking time and equal cooking time.
    • You may also bake your chicken breasts in the oven and add them to your homemade cream sauce after they've been baked. This will allow you to do two things at once - cook the chicken and prepare the sauce. If you do cook them in the oven, pounding them to equal thickness isn't necessary. Read my post on how to cook chicken breasts for all the details.
  • If you prefer not to cook with wine, substitute with 1.5 cups of low-sodium chicken broth.
  • You can also use frozen spinach. Simply substitute with 2 (10-ounce) packages of frozen cut-leaf spinach that have been thawed and drained well.
  • Leftovers: Keep leftovers stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up 4 days.
  • Freezing: I do not recommend freezing any leftovers as the sauce is made with milk and heavy cream which is likely to separate once thawed from frozen.
  • I like using salted butter but feel free to use unsalted butter if you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 708kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 229mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 1411mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3234IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 230mg | Iron: 3mg
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