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WOW! Made this today. This recipe is a keeper and I’ll make it often! I made one simple modification. I used rotisserie chicken. It was quick to make and was oh so creamy delicious. Absolutely delectable.
There is definitely nothing wrong with that shortcut! In fact, you can search our site for rotisserie chicken and find recipes that specifically incorporate them for the ease and speed of prep! Glad you enjoyed it, Phyllis!
This was yummy!! Definitely adding it to my recipe list!! I added a little more cream and pesto but this was SOOOOO GOOD!!
Please tell me the guidelines for a dish with heavy whipping cream. 1) Can it be served cold? 2) How long do you wait before refrigerating it? 3) How long can it sit out in a buffet before you must throw it out?
Thank you. I’m leery of dishes with cream or mayonnaise.
Made this tonight and it was dee-licious. I loooove your recipes always turn out perfect.
Made this for my husband and our 2 1/2 year old tonight and they both LOVED it. We all did! Thanks.
My boyfriend and I made this the other night and it was great! We added mushrooms to it, and it turned out great :)thanks for the recipe.
I just made this for my boyfriend and his friend, we all really enjoyed the end product. The only change I would make would be to add a little more cream and pesto, other than that it was a success. I will definitely be making this again in the regular rotation.
Thank you Elise!
Not a deal breaker, but we had trouble with the spinach clumping up, making it difficult to achieve any kind of balance when we mixed it with the pasta – you either got a huge clump, or you got nothing! Any suggestions? We remedied it simply by sauteing another batch of leaves in more white wine … still clumpy, but more of it to go ’round!
We cook often but do not work with many pesto sauces, so the flexibility in amount of ingredients in this recipe challenged our ability to get the portions right. Our pasta to sauce ratio was WAY too high initially (we did about 13oz of each to start), and we wound up adding not only more spinach but lots of salt, pepper and pesto. We found that adding a splash of lemon juice really aiding in adjusting the strength of the flavor to our liking. Maybe vinegar then or at an earlier stage would have the same effect?
The final product was delicious. This has been my go-to site for recipes for several years now! (Last night we made the mango chicken curry – super yummy!)
Excellent recipe! A little addition I made was to dry-saute some cremini mushrooms at the same time you cook your chicken, then throw them into the main pan right after the garlic. I think it complemented the other flavors nicely.
I made this recipe yesterday evening as surprise for my wife. She loves pasta, pesto and french wine. How wonderful it was.It has been a long time I did not cook for her and i wanted to make something special. SHE LOVED IT!!!! so thank a lot for this great recipe.
i made this last night and it was a hit. i did use a little more pesto as suggested, and did half stock half wine, which i think turned out wonderfully. keep the good recipes coming.
Made it yesterday and it was lovely. There wasn’t any spinach, fresh or frozen, at my supermarket (I live in a country that’s pretty hit or miss, regarding what’s available at the shops), so I used broccoli and mushrooms, pre-steaming them slightly to get the cooking times right. So technically, I guess it wasn’t Chicken Florentine, but it still tasted super. The pesto is a great addition and it all reheats well! Many thanks for the recipe :)
I made this last night and it was a huge hit with my fiance and I! Such a great, fresh summer pasta dish. I used some sun dried tomato marinated chicken breasts I got at the meat counter, and didn’t add the cream because I didn’t think it needed it. Also used frozen spinach – I’m sure fresh is tastier, but frozen was just fine. I added one fresh diced tomato near the end, which I thought was a good touch, especially if you have yummy home-grown tomatoes. Thank you for the great recipe!
I made this last night and it was very good. I put in more pesto and LOTS of spinach. The spinach got more cooked than I like it. Next time, I will put the undercooked chicken in, cook for about a minute or until done, and THEN I will put in the spinach and cook until just barely wilted. Once you turn off the heat to stir in the rest of the ingredients, the heat from the food will further cook the spinach. Just a personal preference–I don’t like my vegis overcooked.
I do a very similar dish, using basil pesto, and the addition of peas.
I happen to agree with you. On it’s own, chicken florentine isn’t terribly exciting, but pesto wakes everything up. I’d love to add some toasted pine nuts for a bit of crunch, as well!
Jaime- We are also a nut allergy household, but I missed the nutty taste when I made pesto without them. I have turned to lightly salted pepitas (Dakota Gourmet brand is nut free)as a substitute. They have a light flavor that blends perfectly.
Brilliant suggestion, thank you Jennifer! ~Elise
This looks like the ideal recipe for my son- fast, yummy, not expensive, and made with stuff around the house. But he cooks for only one. How do you think this recipe would reheat? Could he halve it, eat one part tonight and eat the other tomorrow or the next day? Will the spinach get too smelly? I love reading your recipes and try a bunch of them.
I reheated the leftovers in the microwave and loved them. ~Elise
Any thoughts on substitutions for the nuts? We have nut allergies in our house.
I would make your own pesto from scratch without nuts. Works fine. ~Elise
Sounds excellent. Could yogurt instead of cream work well or will it conflict with other ingredient?
Given the wine in the dish, the yogurt might curdle. If you try it I would use a full-fat Greek yogurt. ~Elise