Spicy Chicken Florentine

21 Jan
Spicy Chicken Florentine

Spicy Chicken Florentine

We survived the Snowmaggedon/Snowcapolypse where I live, where over 60 inches of snow has dumped on us in the past month and a half, an event that hasn’t happened here since 1901 according to records.

Snowmaggedon

Snowmaggedon ~ A friend joked this looked like a bunch of pregnant woman got snowed on while sitting around our firepit. Those were empty chairs before the snow.

We had a near tragedy, where a school’s gym roof collapsed entirely, but overnight when thank goodness nobody occupied it. In the morning it is usually teeming with kids waiting for the school bell to ring. It wasn’t discovered until all the kids had boarded buses for school, so all parents were notified to pick up their children immediately at all schools in town. Schools were closed for 8 days after that until all snow was removed from 38 school roofs (9 million square feet) and structures inspected and deemed safe. Whew! Dodged the bullet on that one!

Snow or no snow, we certainly had to eat during this event, and here is one of the recipes I came up with during our snowbound days with what I had on hand. This is a thumbs-up recipe from the hubby, yay! My only regret is not making more sauce, so I’ve adjusted the recipe below for that. I served this over cooked rice. Nummy and warming!

Spicy Chicken Florentine

For the casserole:
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Ground black pepper and salt or Mrs. Dash
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
16-ounces frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
Large pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

For the sauce:
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/8 cup dry good-quality sherry (or chicken broth)
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup grated block cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated block Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the chicken breast thin, and season with the pepper and salt or Mrs. Dash.

Fileted and Seasoned Chicken

Fileted and Seasoned Chicken

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the oil and half the garlic and sear the chicken filets on each side until browned. Remove and set aside.

Browned Chicken

Browned Chicken

Add the drained tomatoes to the skillet along with rest of the garlic and simmer for a few minutes. Pour the tomatoes and garlic in the bottom of an oil-sprayed two-quart casserole.

Tomatoes and Garlic

Tomatoes and Garlic

To the skillet, add the spinach and the rest of the butter plus a large pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Stir until butter is melted and spinach is heated through and incorporated. Layer on top of the tomatoes.

Spinach and Tomatoes

Spinach and Tomatoes

Next layer the chicken on top of the spinach.

Chicken Layer

Chicken Layer

For the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour, mustard powder, and white pepper, whisking until a paste forms. Pour in the milk and sherry or chicken broth, whisking constantly. Simmer over gentle heat while stirring until the sauce is to desired consistency. Pour the sauce evenly over the casserole.

Casserole Ready to Bake

Casserole Ready to Bake

Sprinkle the grated cheeses over the dish, then top with the Panko breadcrumbs. Bake for about 20 minutes, until casserole is heated through and top is browned and crispy. Serve over cooked rice or noodles.

Spicy Chicken Florentine

Spicy Chicken Florentine

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94 Responses to “Spicy Chicken Florentine”

  1. Teagan Geneviene January 21, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    I’m so sorry about all that snow. I just want to live in a place where it never snows at all…
    But congrats on another fantastic recipe, Kathryn. I love your step by step photos. It looks sooo good! Mega hugs.

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  2. 1jaded1 January 21, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    That’s crazy weather. I’m in Chicagoland and it’s sunny and 59 degrees. So strange. Glad no one was hurt.

    The dish looks yum.

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  3. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser January 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    Wow weeeeeee—too much snow KR! Yum-o to the dish -xoxo ccc

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  4. koolaidmoms January 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    Oh my goodness that is a lot of snow! We are celebrating 61 degrees here today Michigan! Dinner looks delicious. Saving this to try some time!

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  5. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso January 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    This looks so delicious! πŸ™‚

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  6. Michelle Williams January 21, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    Oh this looks great! Another keeper. Glad you are defrosting now. Have a great weekend.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 21, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

      Thanks Michelle, it’s a slushy mess out there now but at least we can get around for the most part. πŸ™‚

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  7. D. Wallace Peach January 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

    Wow. You had a lot of snow, and thank goodness that the roof collapse happened at night. We got six inches, and you’d think it was the next ice age! This recipe looks wonderful, Kathryn. I love all the ingredients. I’ll have to get some tomatoes and try it. Thanks!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 21, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

      LOL yes up towards Portland it’s the end of the world when it snows. Thank you Diana, it is a very tasty meal!

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  8. fromthefamilytable January 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    Some of my best memories are of times I/we were snowbound. A can of Dinty Moore stew seemed like the best thing I had ever eaten. Your chicken looks a lot better, and your innovation is outstanding.

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  9. chef mimi January 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    I usually don’t like casserole-type meals, but it’s looks really really good! Love all of the ingredients!!! Hope you get dug out soon!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 21, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

      Thank you Mimi, sometimes casseroles are all I can think of to throw together when I can’t get to the store for fresh ingredients.

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      • chef mimi January 21, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

        I understand. I think I just didn’t grow up with them!

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  10. Adam J. Holland January 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    So, you just came up with this with on-hand ingredients while snowed in? Very impressive! It’s a keeper, for sure.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 21, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      Invention is the mother of necessity Adam! I swear I didn’t leave the house for two weeks. Talk about cabin fever! Thank you for your kind words.

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  11. Karina Pinella January 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    Another dish I might just make tomorrow! I bought chicken thighs thinking of making chicken coq a vin, but I might make this dish instead. Do you think chicken thighs will be ok?

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  12. Bernadette January 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    Yummy. Great combination of flavors.

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  13. Kouzounas Kitchen January 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    I could totally eat this now!! Starving and watching my friends shop. πŸ™‚

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  14. Jodi January 21, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    Looks delish Kathryn! You know I love chicken!!! Wow have you got a lot of snow!!!! And us……… Here is it January and I went shopping today in short sleeves and with my sun roof OPEN – sheer craziness!!!!!

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  15. Sheryl January 21, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    Whew, you have a lot of snow. The Chicken Florentine looks perfect for a cold winter day.

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  16. Anuradha Mukherjee January 21, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    This looks gorgeous. Yummy.

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  17. Gerlinde / Sunnycovechef January 21, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

    We are getting a lot of rain in Santa Cruz. This dish looks just right for a snowy night. I love the added spinach.

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  18. Freda @ Aromatic essence January 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

    Wow!! That’s a lot of snow!!
    This looks delicious, Kathryn πŸ™‚

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  19. Elaine @ foodbod January 21, 2017 at 11:42 pm #

    Wow! All that snow!!! We have a few flakes and the whole country goes on high alert!!!! I’m glad you’re all okay xx

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  20. Ester January 22, 2017 at 4:10 am #

    Looks delicious!

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  21. cookingwithauntjuju.com January 22, 2017 at 5:04 am #

    That’s a lot of snow – I will never complain again! I’m amazed you could get out and shop… Casseroles are always a favorite, love those one pot meals.

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  22. Marisa's Italian Kitchen January 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

    Gosh that’s a lot of snow! Sounds like a wonderful chicken recipe Kathryn 😊

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  23. lynne hoareau January 23, 2017 at 2:25 am #

    The perfect meal for the weather you guys are experiencing ! Looks fantastic, and I know it is a meal my family are going to love. x

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  24. Noelle Granger January 23, 2017 at 5:35 am #

    Another winner! The only thing I might add, and that’s just because the Hubs never cooks without them, is finely chopped onions to the spinach. We loved sauteed spinach with onions!

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  25. Karen January 23, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    What made us decide to leave New Hampshire was the winter we had over 100 inches of snow and had to have our roof shoveled two times. Thank goodness that the roof collapse at the school happened at night. The dish prepared with what you happened to have while snowed in sounds absolutely delicious.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 23, 2017 at 8:55 am #

      Thank you Karen! Wow, 100 inches would have collapsed quite a few more things in this town. We also had several warehouses (also empty except equipment) collapse throughout the town. Very good move on your part!

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  26. the drunken cyclist January 23, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    Holy cow! That is a lot of snow!

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  27. Lynz Real Cooking January 24, 2017 at 6:28 am #

    That picture looks like our yard haha! So glad everyone was safe. Love the recipe xxx

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  28. Debbie Spivey January 24, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    I see you’ve been walloping by winter…. It was a year ago today that we were digging out of 30-inches of snow, but not 60!!! Sheew! We were surprised to go home to a light dusting covering the mountain. I love snow, but not that much!
    I need more casseroles in my life. This looks like one to add to my list, yum!!

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  29. fravitch January 25, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    Hi, Kathryn
    I know this is out of the blue, but do you know “The Blogger Tag”? I didn’t know that until I was tagged.
    I usually don’t accept any awards but this was little bit fun and I didn’t need to make up any questions so I accepted it.
    I just wanted to let you know in my post I tagged you because I really appreciate you like my blog, and I like your blog!
    But this does’t mean you have to post “The blogger tag”. I just enjoyed answering questions and tagging you to thank you πŸ™‚

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 25, 2017 at 3:59 pm #

      Well hello, I did not know about Blogger Tag, thank you! I’ll have to go check out your post, as I don’t see any notifications. I’m also way behind on my readerboard so I probably haven’t seen it yet. That is so kind of you!!! πŸ™‚

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      • fravitch January 25, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

        I know!! When I was tagged, I didn’t get any notifications by WordPress. It is weird! Elizabeth who tagged me, gave me a message so I knew it.

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      • anotherfoodieblogger January 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

        WordPress gremlins, lol! That is what I call it when WordPress does not do what you expect! πŸ˜€

        Liked by 1 person

      • fravitch January 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

        lol!! You are so funny πŸ˜€

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  30. Sadie's Nest January 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Wow, my kids would be so jealous of 8 days off school! And yum!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

      Thank you Sadie! The kids will be regretting it, as they now have to attend until June 23rd to make up the time. My senior daughter got lucky, they get to graduate on time on June 9th and are not expected to go back to school after they walk down the stage and get their diploma. πŸ™‚

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      • Gastradamus January 26, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

        Wow, what better way to spend your time snowed in with such a sweet dish. It looks incredible and I will have to make that one day. I’ve seen you at MovieJoltz blog and I’m looking for people to critique my material. If you could leave a comment on a few my heavy hitters, than that would mean the world to our blog. Check out Lardy Arms…Rutjob…Queen Kong and I…Miss Scarlet and Blue Jasmine. I’m going to follow your blog and I would be honored if you did the same. Keep on cooking sister

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      • anotherfoodieblogger January 26, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

        I will most certainly follow you and check out your blog! Thank YOU for the follow! I will keep on cooking that’s for sure, how’s my family going to eat? LOL. πŸ™‚

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      • Gastradamus January 26, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

        There nothing like home cooked meals, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of my stories. This could be the beginning of something special, thank you so much

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  31. FrugalHausfrau January 27, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    So sick of snow here, but it sounds like you’ve really been getting hit! We just got over a small blizzard. I love the casserole idea you have going on here!

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  32. GiGi Eats Celebrities January 27, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

    Layers of AWESOME right here!!

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  33. thetravellingbat January 28, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Wow! Thank goodness that happened overnight! Still, this meal looks like a wonderful bit of total comfort food to help you get over thoughts of ‘what-if’!

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  34. Fourth Generation Farmgirl January 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    Wow! That’s a lot of snow. I’m glad you’re surviving! This looks like the perfect dinner for a snowy evening. Yum! Stay warm. πŸ™‚ xo

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  35. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories February 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    That’s incredible! Eight days of no school? Good thing you had this delicious looking dish to keep you warm. It looks fabulous. I love one dish meals!

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger February 6, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

      Thank you Karen, your Mac and Cheese looked great too! I tried to comment on it but don’t know if it posted or not, I couldn’t see it after I did.

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  36. Sid February 7, 2017 at 4:39 am #

    Thanks so much for linking this to First Monday Favorites. I’m thinking this would be a great potluck dish to make and take, (there are a lot of potlucks in my neck of the woods) or just make it for ourselves. I love the combo of flavors here.

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  37. Colleen February 8, 2017 at 4:08 am #

    This chicken dish looks really delicious…perfect for a snow day, which unlike you, we have not had. I’m not gonna lie…I’m a little jealous of your snow!

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger February 8, 2017 at 10:44 am #

      Thank you, and I’m not gonna lie either, you can have our snow! We had 5 more inches yesterday. I’ve been here over 20 years and have never seen it snow this much.

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  38. anotherfoodieblogger January 21, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    Thanks so much for the linkup!

    Liked by 1 person

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