Date Night Chicken Florentine

This Date Night Chicken Florentine is an easy 30-minute meal that is true comfort food at it’s finest. Creamy spinach sauce simmered with juicy, tender chicken breast. Perfect served over a bed of sautéed kale, with steamed vegetables, or tossed with your favorite pasta.

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DATE NIGHT CHICKEN FLORENTINE

As named, this recipe is perfect for a date night in. So if you’re looking to wow your significant other with some delicious cooking skills, then this is the recipe for you! The sauce and chicken all cook in one pan, taking a lot of the stress off of you, so that you can spend more time with your guest and less time stressing over a recipe.

This recipe is also wine-free, but you’re more than welcome to add a splash of white wine for additional flavor.

The key to getting juicy, tender chicken breasts with this recipe is to coat the chicken breasts in cornstarch. The cornstarch is key. It helps to lock in the juices and flavors of the chicken breast, keeping it super tender on the inside, while perfectly searing the outside. 

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS DISH

Full recipe with directions can be found via the recipe card below. Scroll down! 🙂

  • Chicken breast
  • Salt, pepper, and parsley
  • Cornstarch
  • Light butter
  • Shallot
  • Garlic
  • Baby spinach
  • Chicken stock
  • Half and half
  • Cream cheese
  • Garnish: freshly shaved parmesan cheese

Creamy Chicken Florentine is the perfect date night recipe! The creamy spinach sauce is full of flavor, comes together in one pan, and is perfect served over pasta or rice! #chickenflorentine #creamyspinach #datenight #onepanrecipes | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

HELPFUL COOKING TIPS

  1. Spinach: The recipe calls for fresh baby spinach, but frozen can be used. I recommend fully thawing the spinach before cooking.
  2. Half and half: This can be substituted with heavy cream or whole milk.
  3. Additions: I love this served with blistered tomatoes or sliced mushrooms. If adding mushrooms, I recommend adding them in with the shallots and garlic. Sauté until fork-tender. Blistered tomatoes: Cook in a separate small pan with olive oil over medium heat just until the skin starts to wrinkle/blister.
  4. What to serve it with: This is delicious tossed with pasta, over buttery mashed potatoes, or over rice. If looking for a healthier side, I recommend a side salad, sautéed kale, or steamed vegetables.
  5. Cornstarch: This is my favorite way of cooking chicken. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper prior to coating in cornstarch. The cornstarch will help to sear the outside while locking in the flavors and juices on the inside. Resulting in tender, juicy chicken breast every time! Alternatively, you can use flour or arrowroot.
  6. Sodium: I recommend adding salt after you have added the stock, cream cheese, and spinach. All will have a degree of sodium in them. This recipe calls for unsalted chicken stock, as I prefer to control the amount of sodium that goes into a dish.

Creamy Chicken Florentine is the perfect date night recipe! The creamy spinach sauce is full of flavor, comes together in one pan, and is perfect served over pasta or rice! #chickenflorentine #creamyspinach #datenight #onepanrecipes | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

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  2. Easy One Pot Healthy Zuppa Toscana
  3. Creamy Chicken and Avocado Pesto Zoodles
  4. Sweet Sriracha Chicken Bowls
  5. Instant Pot Chicken and Mushroom Tetrazzini



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Creamy Chicken Florentine is the perfect date night recipe! The creamy spinach sauce is full of flavor, comes together in one pan, and is perfect served over pasta or rice! #chickenflorentine #creamyspinach #datenight #onepanrecipes | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Date Night Chicken Florentine

5 from 3 votes
Pan-seared chicken simmered in a creamy spinach sauce that is perfect served with a side of steamed vegetables, over pasta, or rice! Incredibly easy and out of this world delicious!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Creamy Spinach Sauce, Date Night Chicken Florentine, Easy One-Pan Meal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 488kcal
Author: Samantha Buckner

Ingredients:

Chicken:

  • 1 1/4 lbs (4) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper, (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp light butter

Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp light butter
  • 1 shallot, (chopped fine)
  • 3 cloves garlic, (minced)
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, (roughly chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 4 oz cream cheese, (softened at room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp lightly dried parsley

Garnishment:

  • lightly dried parsley
  • freshly shaved parmesan cheese
  • blistered tomatoes

Instructions:

  • Place a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • While the butter is melting, sprinkle each chicken breast with salt and pepper, to taste. Next, coat each breast with cornstarch, rubbing it in on both sides.
  • Once the butter has melted and started to bubble, add the chicken breasts. Cook until brown, approximately 4-5 minutes per side. The internal temperature should read 165 degrees F using a meat thermometer.
    Once cooked, remove to a plate and cover to keep warm.
    Using a paper towel, wipe out the pan. This will ensure that the end result sauce will be white. This step isn't necessary, as you can keep the butter residue for flavoring. If kept, the sauce will be more tannish-brown in color. Either method will result in a delicious dish!
  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan. Once melted and bubbling, add the shallots. Cook 1-2 minutes or until translucent. Add minced garlic and cook 30-60 seconds - until fragrant. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits off the pan.
  • Pour in the chicken stock. Increase the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil and allow to cook until the liquid has reduced by a third. This will take 2-3 minutes. Lower the heat to a simmer.
  • Add the half and half and stir to fully incorporate. Allow to simmer 3-4 minutes to thicken. 
    Add chopped spinach and cook 1-2 minutes, or until wilted. Stir frequently while it wilts. Add in the cream cheese, stirring to fully mix making sure the cream cheese melts. Season with parsley and stir.
  • Allow to simmer 3-4 minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add chicken breasts back to pan to warm.
  • Garnish with additional parsley (if desired) and freshly shaved parmesan cheese. 
    Serve over a bed of cooked kale, tossed with your favorite pasta, or with a side of steamed vegetables or salad!
    If serving with blistered tomatoes: place a small, nonstick pan over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add 1 cup of blistered tomatoes to the pan and cook until the skins start to wrinkle/blister.

Notes:

 

HELPFUL COOKING TIPS

  • Spinach: The recipe calls for fresh baby spinach, but frozen can be used. I recommend fully thawing the spinach before cooking.
  • Half and half: This can be substituted with heavy cream or whole milk.
  • Cornstarch: This is my favorite way of cooking chicken. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper prior to coating in cornstarch. The cornstarch will help to sear the outside while locking in the flavors and juices on the inside. Resulting in tender, juicy chicken breast every time! Alternatively, you can use flour or arrowroot.
  • Sodium: I recommend adding salt after you have added the stock, cream cheese, and spinach. All will have a degree of sodium in them. This recipe calls for unsalted chicken stock, as I prefer to control the amount of sodium that goes into a dish.
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NUTRITION:

Nutrition Facts
Date Night Chicken Florentine
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 488 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 362mg 15%
Potassium 557mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 48g 96%
Vitamin A 98.8%
Vitamin C 15.6%
Calcium 20.4%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Creamy Chicken Florentine is the perfect date night recipe! The creamy spinach sauce is full of flavor, comes together in one pan, and is perfect served over pasta or rice! #chickenflorentine #creamyspinach #datenight #onepanrecipes | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Creamy Chicken Florentine is the perfect date night recipe! The creamy spinach sauce is full of flavor, comes together in one pan, and is perfect served over pasta or rice! #chickenflorentine #creamyspinach #datenight #onepanrecipes | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Creamy Chicken Florentine is the perfect date night recipe! The creamy spinach sauce is full of flavor, comes together in one pan, and is perfect served over pasta or rice! #chickenflorentine #creamyspinach #datenight #onepanrecipes | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

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    Betty Crytes


    Just made this, if course had To cut everything in half but no problem. Was it good absolutely. Even my husband who hates spinach enjoyed it. I thought it would have been alot heavier BECAUSe of the cream cheese, half and HALF. Not heavy, at all, but felt it was missing SOmething, like maybe more pepper. The chicken breasts I used WEre quite large, so maybe I would use smaller ones. Rate this 5 star

    Dlayne Gloyne

    I’m thinking about meal prepping this, do you think it would reheat nicely? At most it would be refrigerated for 3 days.