You guys. This entire, delicious meal takes me only 7 minutes of work to prepare. 7 minutes to make One-Dish Chicken Florentine. Meat, pasta, and veggie all in one dish. With 7 minutes of total prep time. Hoorah!
Now, I can’t say for sure because I don’t know the specific needs of the picky people in your life. But I dare say that even picky people might not mind the spinach in this dish. Why? Because you can’t taste it. It doesn’t really create a weird texture. It really just adds color variety (and hidden nutrients, shh!).
I personally like to serve a tossed salad on the side of this dish, because the more greens, the merrier. But in a pinch, just serve this quick-to-make dish all by itself and you’re golden!
Can we all stand and applaud the fact that we don’t have to precook our chicken or pasta when making this? That’s why it only takes 7 minutes of prep time! Raw chicken, uncooked noodles, dump it all into an Instant Pot or Crock Pot and dinner takes care of itself!
Simple One-Dish Chicken Florentine
- 1½ pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced or 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- Sea salt to taste
- 6 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 16-ounces whole grain spaghetti (uncooked)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. (I use kitchen shears for this which makes it super fast!)
- Place prepared chicken in the bottom of your Instant Pot or Crock Pot.
- Sprinkle with garlic, salt, and spinach leaves.
- Break spaghetti noodles in half and place on top.
- Pour on chicken broth and cream.
- Top with shredded cheese.
- Seal Instant Pot and cook on the "Poultry" setting for 15 minutes, doing a quick release after the time runs out.
- OR Cook in a Crock Pot on low for 6 hours.
- Stir and serve.
- Garnish with grated parmesan if you like!
Don’t have an Instant Pot? I held back for years before jumping on the bandwagon. But now that I have one I LOVE how much time and energy it has saved me in the kitchen. This Chicken Florentine is just another recipe to prove how great my Instant Pot makes my real food kitchen life.
But a Crock Pot works too, and will still allow you to create this recipe with just 7 minutes of effort, so use whatever you have!
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Laura S says
What a great recipe! I can’t wait to try it. It looks delicious and a little fancy.
My Mom happened to stay with us right before my husband had unexpected surgery. She had made a big stew with carrots. I can’t remember if there were any other vegetables in it. We ate that stew ALL WEEK. No salads. No baggies of fresh veggies that I usually have for snacks. Just stew. I came home from a long day at the hospital, warmed it up and enjoyed. It tasted great and my kids didn’t complain. I have never been more thankful for a healthy dish as I was then. Anyway, I second your idea of putting spinach in and calling it good in a pinch.
Anitra Smith says
You’re starting to convince me I should get an Instant Pot. I’ve been holding out because I don’t have anywhere to put it without getting rid of another big kitchen “gadget” and I loooove my Crockpot(s).
I hope that you keeping lovin’ on your crockpot. If it conks out then maybe a special someone will think of your need for an “IP”. Just know that it takes some trial to learn the gadget. It’s best to try it with someone else’s if you can. My dear husband still prefers roasted chicken and beef in the little roaster oven that we have, though other dishes are scrumptious.
p.s. Borscht soup is so delicious from the IP. I just discovered that last week.
***p.p.s, Laura, I emailed you my recipe to test, if ever you have time.
Kim Spain says
This looks good – Do you have any idea if this will work with GF noodles?
I haven’t tried it but I think it would still work great!
Kristy Smith says
That looks amazing! Making it this week!!!
I already have some cooked chicken. Do you think I could do the recipe as otherwise stated and stir in the chicken at the end? Thanks!:)
Yes, that’s a perfect way to do it!
Yes, I think that’s a perfect way to do it!
Do you think half and half would work instead of whipping cream?
Bethany Lotulelei says
It should work! It will probably just turn out less creamy than the original recipe.
-Bethany (Laura’s assistant)