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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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!

 

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Chicken Florentine Pasta

5 from 61 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
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 (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!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 as a main course

Ingredients for Chicken Florentine Pasta:

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

For the Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 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

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions then drain and set aside (while pasta cooks, continue on).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 1/8 tsp pepper or season to taste.
  • Add sliced chicken, sautéed mushrooms and drained pasta and toss to combine. Season to taste if needed and serve with parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Per Serving

416kcal Calories54g Carbs26g Protein11g Fat5g Saturated Fat58mg Cholesterol482mg Sodium814mg Potassium3g Fiber6g Sugar3136IU Vitamin A11mg Vitamin C116mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Florentine Pasta
Amount per Serving
Calories
416
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
58
mg
19
%
Sodium
 
482
mg
21
%
Potassium
 
814
mg
23
%
Carbohydrates
 
54
g
18
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
26
g
52
%
Vitamin A
 
3136
IU
63
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
116
mg
12
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken florentine, chicken florentine pasta
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 416

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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!

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Jessica
    February 18, 2024

    Great recipe! Followed just as it said except added shrimp instead of chicken. Super creamy and the sauce thickened nicely!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 18, 2024

      Awesome! Nice to know that you enjoyed this recipe with shrimps too!

      Reply

  • Dania
    May 21, 2023

    I put in the search: ‘chicken breast, spinach and pasta’ and got this easy delicious recipe! Why did I just discover it now!! I didn’t have linguini so I used fettuccine and used the cooking cream instead of milk but half a cup and it was great.

    Thank you Natasha 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 21, 2023

      Love it! Thanks for sharing, I’m glad that you’re really loved this recipe and that you chose to try it!

      Reply

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