Friday, February 19, 2010

Flashback Friday: Chicken Florentine

Joining Suzy at Kitchen Bouquet for another Flashback Friday. She's flashing back to some gorgeous roses and moving ahead to a new opportunity. Good luck Suzy!

This one is a flashback for me, I don't think I've ever posted this recipe before but I used to make it often because my kids loved it when they were little. I found it on an old disc of the original MasterCook software, and it seemed simple enough for me at the time. It became a regular on our dinner menu. Had some chicken cutlets in the frig and some great ideas, but when I was looking through my recipes, I found this one for Chicken Florentine. I hadn't made it in years. When my son sat down for dinner, he immediately remembered this dish from when he was little. Of course he had to remind me that one time I baked the bag the spinach came in along with the chicken and mushrooms. We had no clue how I could have done that, but what a surprise when we fished it out! Little shit, he has too good a memory! We had a good laugh and a great dinner tonight! The kids remembered it and dinner was a hit all over again! and I've come a long way in cooking. Somewhat anyway!

Of course I adapted this to my own style of rushed cooking :)  I used cremini and white button mushrooms, and more than the recipe called for because we love mushrooms. A lot. Added more spinach as well. I sauteed the mushrooms first, then added the shallots, and then the spinach to the pan until it was all wilted. Then put it all in the casserole dish. Browned the chicken pieces, actually didn't brown them but cooked them through and added that on top of the spinach and mushroom mix. Used a little more Sauvignon Blanc than the recipe said and added the flour, then the sour cream, a little more than a cup so it would be saucy! Cooked it until it thickened as directed. Yes, I followed directions for that part! Then I poured it on top and mixed it all up so the mushrooms juices mixed in with the sour cream sauce. Sprinkled shredded cheddar on top and baked for about 35 minutes. Uncovered. Served on top of brown rice.

Chicken Florentine
Source: MasterCook software, recipe by Elizabeth Powell    
Printable Recipe

1/2 pound fresh spinach -- stems removed, wash (I used 2 bags baby spinach)
4 tablespoons butter
1 whole large onion -- diced (I used 2 small shallots)
2 whole chicken breasts -- cut into  2" pieces
6 ounces mushrooms -- sliced (I used 12 ounces)
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup sour cream
1 pinch garlic powder
4 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese

Steam spinach until wilted, drain and chop. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in large skillet and sauté onions until golden. Remove onions with slotted spoon, mix with spinach and place in buttered casserole. Add one tablespoon butter to skillet. Brown chicken and remove to warm plate.

Sauté mushrooms in remaining butter and remove to plate with chicken. Add wine to pan and then stir in flour. Slowly add sour cream and stir until hot and thickened. Add chicken, mushrooms, and garlic powder. Place on spinach, sprinkle with cheese and bake uncovered at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes.


  1. Wow... another wonderful dish that I can prepare for the weekends. Thanks for sharing. keep it coming.

  2. I think I would have remembered this one... you are rally creative as your adaptations!!

    How come kids can't remember you told them to clean their room after fifteen minutes but can remember a goof you made 5 years ago!!

  3. That sounds really good...I need something other than the spicy chicken cakes...been making them once a week the last month or so! Guess what will be on the next chicken menu! Thanks for the recipe.

  4. that looks very comforting I could use with something like that right now

  5. This was a great flashback. I was laughing out loud reading about the spinach bag. Had to read it to Randy because he wanted to know what was so funny. He got a kick too! Chicken looks great. Thanks for joining me in the Flashback!

  6. Too funny about the spinach Carol! The chicken looks great!

  7. Yumm...I think we are eating cereal tonight. Yeah...I need some help. Thanks for coming by on FF. Following you now.

  8. I'd like that..looks delicious!
    I don't like those spicy chicken cakes though...I tried them when ykw posted the recipe. Mike waid never to make them again! LOL.
    Next time he ticks me off I will whip up a batch..I'll eat out first!

  9. Great dish! And you can tell it's an old one because it uses sour cream and chedddar! Two ingredients very popular when I was a mom. Love the spinach bag story. Is that something like baking a turkey with the gizzard sack still in? ;)

  10. LOL, I've done that with a chicken! Isn't that the very first mistake you make in cooking poultry? There ought to be a disclaimer, like hair dryers have labels that say "do not immerse in water" DUH!

    hahaha, so true, Foley!

  11. I love anything with spinach and your chicken dish does sound easy and tasty. We can always depend on our children to remind us of things best forgotten, and it doesn't matter how young or old they are.

  12. Another dish that looks so good! Pretty soon I am going to have your whole blog bookmarked :)

  13. That sounds really good...I need something other than the spicy chicken cakes

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