Chicken Florentine Pasta

Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce. Easy 30-minute weeknight meal. Also, this chicken florentine pasta reheats beautifully - creamy as ever!

Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce is an easy 30-minute weeknight meal (it actually doesn’t have any cream in it at all!). In case you’re wondering what in the world “florentine” means: It’s a fancy name for foods that are served with spinach. But doesn’t the name take you to the patio of a bistro in Paris?

The spinach in this pasta is vibrant, healthy and tasty. Also, this method for cooking chicken produces some seriously tender chicken strips and it’s so easy because you don’t have to slice any raw chicken ?. You’ll wonder where this method has been all your life.

P.S. This chicken florentine pasta also reheats really well – creamy as ever!

Ingredients for Chicken Florentine Pasta:

8 oz linguine pasta, cooked to package instructions
2 small/medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
Olive oil to sauté
1 bunch green onion, (1 cup chopped) (green and white parts)
1/2 lb button mushrooms (white or brown)

Ingredients for the Sauce:

2 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2-3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
4 cups fresh baby spinach, loosely packed
Freshly grated parmesan to serve

Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce. Easy 30-minute weeknight meal. Also, this chicken florentine pasta reheats beautifully - creamy as ever!

How to Make Chicken Florentine Pasta:

1. Cook pasta according to package instructions then drain and set aside (while pasta cooks, continue with step 2).

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Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce. Easy 30-minute weeknight meal. Also, this chicken florentine pasta reheats beautifully - creamy as ever!

2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large, deep pan over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. Add chicken and sauté the first side until golden brown (5 minutes), flip, cover and sauté another 5 min or until done. Remove from pan and rest 10 minutes before slicing against the grain.

Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce. Easy 30-minute weeknight meal. Also, this chicken florentine pasta reheats beautifully - creamy as ever!

3. In the same pan, add 1 Tbsp oil if needed along with sliced mushrooms and green onion. Sauté until soft and golden (5 minutes). Remove from pan and set aside.

Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce. Easy 30-minute weeknight meal. Also, this chicken florentine pasta reheats beautifully - creamy as ever!

4. In the same pan, add 2 Tbsp butter, 3 Tbsp flour and pressed garlic then whisk 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in 1 cup chicken broth then 1 cup milk. Bring to a simmer and whisk until smooth and starting to turn creamy (2 min). Add spinach and stir until wilted (1 min). Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper or season to taste.

Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce. Easy 30-minute weeknight meal. Also, this chicken florentine pasta reheats beautifully - creamy as ever!

5. Add sliced chicken, sautéed mushrooms and drained pasta and toss to combine. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce. Easy 30-minute weeknight meal. Also, this chicken florentine pasta reheats beautifully - creamy as ever!
Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce. Easy 30-minute weeknight meal. Also, this chicken florentine pasta reheats beautifully - creamy as ever!

 

Chicken Florentine Pasta

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Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce (it actually doesn't have any cream in it at all!). The spinach in this pasta is vibrant, healthy and tasty. This pasta also reheats really well - creamy as ever!
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $13-$15
Serving: 4 as a main course

Ingredients

Ingredients for Chicken Florentine Pasta:

  • 8 oz linguine pasta, cooked to package instructions
  • Olive oil to sauté
  • 2 small/medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ lb button mushrooms (white or brown)
  • 1 bunch green onion, (1 cup chopped) (green and white parts)

For the Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, loosely packed
  • Freshly grated parmesan to serve

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions then drain and set aside (while pasta cooks, continue on).
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large, deep pan over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. Add chicken and sauté the first side until golden brown (5 min), flip, cover and sauté another 5 min or until cooked through. Remove from pan and rest 10 min before slicing against the grain.
  3. In the same pan, add 1 Tbsp oil if needed along with sliced mushrooms and green onion. Sauté until soft and golden (5 min). Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. In the same pan, add 2 Tbsp butter, 3 Tbsp flour and pressed garlic then whisk 2 min. Slowly whisk in 1 cup chicken broth then 1 cup milk. Bring to a simmer and whisk until smooth and creamy (2 min). Add spinach and stir until wilted (1 min). Add 1/2 tsp salt and ⅛ tsp pepper or season to taste.
  5. Add sliced chicken, sautéed mushrooms and drained pasta and toss to combine. Season to taste if needed and serve with parmesan cheese.

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Chicken Florentine Pasta in a light creamy sauce. Easy 30-minute weeknight meal. Also, this chicken florentine pasta reheats beautifully - creamy as ever!

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  • Germaine
    January 19, 2018

    Woooooow! can’t wait tomorrow for this recipe. Thanks Natasha
    I can even find all ingredients here in Rwanda!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 19, 2018

      You’re welcome Germaine! Please let me know what you think of the recipe! Reply

  • Lina
    November 14, 2017

    Hello, I just wondering, how can I measure 4 cups of fresh baby spinach in grams? Thank you so much! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2017

      Hi Lina, I put the spinach in a large 4 cup measuring cup and lightly pack it in. You can also measure it as 4 handfuls of spinach. Reply

  • Megan
    September 21, 2017

    Turned out fantastic! My man & 4 year old son loved this meal! Took longer than 30 minutes overall but will definitely make again! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 21, 2017

      I’m glad to hear that you and your little one enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing Megan! Reply

  • Rose
    August 8, 2017

    Perfect! ☺ Thank you so much! ☺ keep up the awesome work! Reply

  • Rose
    August 7, 2017

    Hi Natasha! I Love your blog. All of your recipes that I have tried are so delicious. I’m very confident cooking everything you post because I know that the flavors you put together taste so Amazing. I’m really happy that you post Russian/Ukrainian recipes in English. Makes my life easier ;). I’m looking for recipes that would freeze well. I don’t really like the idea of freezing meals but with our precious baby on the way, I know those frozen meals will be a life saver after delivery. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    The Chicken Florentine Pasta was Oh My So DELICIOUS! I would rate it 10 stars if I could. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 7, 2017

      You are so nice and thank you for that amazing compliment! 🙂 I am working on a freezer friendly section on my blog but haven’t gotten very far with categorizing. Here is what I have so far. I have had several readers report that my chicken and mushroom casserole is freezer friendly 🙂 Reply

  • S. Evans
    July 12, 2017

    “Florentine” refers to someone or something from the city of Florence- where the recipe originated. In culinary terms while it has come to generally refer to a dish that includes spinach, it is not French. Reply

  • CJ
    June 27, 2017

    My husband (who does not eat spinach) and I went to wedding and one of the dishes served was a chicken florentine which he enjoyed so I thought I would attempt making. I found your recipe and it was absolutely delicious and easy to make. Guess who will eat spinach now! Well at least using this tasty recipe!. I also liked the fact that it did not require heavy cream. I was looking for healthy so I did not add pasta. Any idea of calories? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 27, 2017

      I’m so glad you both love the recipe! Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you CJ! Reply

  • April 20, 2017

    Delicious !!! Will definitely try again and will substitute other vegetables. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 20, 2017

      I’m happy to hear that! Thanks for sharing 😀 Reply

  • Angela
    February 9, 2017

    Huge hit with this amazingly delicious recipe. The sauce was just right!:-) Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 9, 2017

      Awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!! Reply

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