One-Pan Florentine Chicken: A Quick and Easy Meal Idea

Craving a tasty and healthy meal? Look no further than this one-pan Florentine chicken recipe. Ready in under 30 minutes and will will definitely satisfy you!

This Creamy Chicken Florentine is pure comfort food for days when you crave a good, warm meal.
It takes 30 minutes, has less than eight ingredients and the creamy Florentine sauce mixed with spinach will have your entire family raving about it.

You can prepare this hearty Florentine chicken meal even if you struggle with cooking.
This chicken with florentine sauce is perfect to serve during dinner with your loved ones, or is great to present to your guests.

It is so flavoursome that you’d never believe that it is gluten free and ketogenic diet friendly.

Yield: Yield:1 Serve

Chicken Florentine Recipe

chicken florentine recipe

This recipe for chicken Florentine has pan-seared thigh, topped with a creamy, spinach sauce.
A classic dinner that will have you licking your plate.

Chicken Florentine is great served with mashed potatoes and I love the buttery, creamy combination of mashed potatoes and that creamy spinach Florentine sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Chicken leg quarter
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp minced green onions/shallots/spring onions
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup diced fresh spinach
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Melt butter in a pan then sprinkle shallots.
  2. Add chicken on top of the shallots. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add enough stock to barely cover the chicken. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Cover and Poach over low heat for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Take chicken out of the pan and set aside.
  6. Reduce pan juices to approximately a quarter of a cup.
  7. Add spinach and heavy cream. Simmer over low heat until sauce is slightly thick.
  8. Return chicken into the pan.
  9. Serve hot.


I prefer to use fresh spinach, as the flavour and texture are much better than frozen.
Frozen spinach will work if it’s what you already have on hand.

You can use thin cut chicken breasts for this recipe, simply because they cook quickly and evenly.
Some of those giant thick chicken breasts can take ages to cook through.

This recipe will also work with boneless skinless chicken thighs.

What To Serve With Chicken Florentine

There is so many ideas on what to serve with this wonderful dish,
Here are some popular sides for chicken florentine.

  1. Chicken florentine with rice;
    Serve it with Brown Rice.
    It mops things up and is simply a tasty and effective pairing.
  2. Chicken Florentine and Mash;
    Mashed potatoes or sweet potato are perfect as a side with this dish.
    It's great for mopping up that yummy Florentine sauce.
  3. Chicken Florentine with Pasta;
    Create a simple chicken Florentine with pasta by serving with a side of instant gnocchi.
    Stir half a cup of cooked Al dente macaroni elbows through your sauce.
  4. Chicken florentine With Asparagus;
    Substitute the Shallots/spring onions with canned Asparagus Spears.
    A side of Asparagus Spears with hollandaise sauce is very tasty.
  5. Chicken Florentine with Vegetables
    If looking for a healthier side dish, try Side Salads, sautéed kale, or steamed vegetables.

8 Chicken Florentine Variations

Here are 8 great ways to change the textures and flavours using ingredient substitutions and add-ins.

  1. Pork Florentine.
    Substitute the chicken for boneless pork chops.
  2. Classic Chicken Florentine.
    The classic Chicken Florentine recipe consists of chicken breasts cooked in a creamy spinach sauce.
    The sauce is made with heavy cream, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and spinach.

    The chicken is seasoned with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning before being cooked in a skillet and then served with the sauce.
  3. Grilled Chicken Florentine.
    For a healthier option, try grilling the chicken breasts instead of cooking them in a skillet.
    Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning before grilling.

    Serve the grilled chicken with a side of sautéed spinach and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
  4. Mushroom Chicken Florentine.
    Add some earthy flavour to the classic recipe by adding mushrooms to the sauce.
    Sauté sliced mushrooms in butter until they are tender and then add them to the sauce.

    Serve the chicken with the mushroom and spinach sauce and a side of roasted potatoes.
  5. Lemon Chicken Florentine.
    For a refreshing twist on the classic recipe, add some lemon juice and zest to the sauce.
    The lemon adds a bright flavor to the creamy sauce and pairs well with the spinach.

    Serve the chicken with the lemon and spinach sauce and a side of roasted asparagus.
  6. Pesto Chicken Florentine.
    For a flavourful variation, add some pesto to the sauce.
    The pesto adds a fresh and herbaceous flavor to the creamy sauce.

    Serve the chicken with the pesto and spinach sauce and a side of garlic bread.
  7. Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Florentine.
    Add some sweetness and tanginess to the sauce by adding sun-dried tomatoes.
    The sun-dried tomatoes add a burst of flavour to the creamy sauce and pair well with the spinach.

    Serve the chicken with the sun-dried tomato and spinach sauce and a side of pasta.
  8. Cajun Chicken Florentine.
    For a spicy variation, season the chicken with Cajun seasoning before cooking it in a skillet.
    The Cajun seasoning adds a kick of heat to the dish.

    Serve the chicken with the creamy spinach sauce and a side of rice.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per ServingCalories 828Total Fat 50gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 403mgSodium 1190mgCarbohydrates 18gFibre 1gSugar 8gProtein 73g

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