One Pot Chicken Florentine Pasta

  • This One Pot Chicken Florentine Pasta is a “lick your plate clean” kind of delicious.  It has the creamiest, most luscious sauce and is on your table in just 30 minutes!

    Let’s be honest, what is better than a one pot meal? All you busy moms and pops out there don’t have time for a huge cleanup after dinner. I’m here to arm you with the most delicious one pot meals so you can spend more time with the family and less time loading the dishwasher. 

    This One Pot Chicken Florentine Pasta instantly became a family favorite in my house! Try this dish and your kids will be licking their plates clean just like mine did. Already had chicken for dinner last night? No problem! Try this One Pot Pizza Pasta or this One Pot Hamburger Stroganoff instead.

    Overhead view of pasta on a cream plate garnished with parmesan cheese.

    *Originally published July 2016. Photos and text updated.*

    WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS ONE POT CHICKEN FLORENTINE PASTA:

    • Easy cleanup! This one speaks for itself. Less mess, less stress. 
    • Done in a jiffy! I love cooking but some days I want to get dinner on the table as fast as possible and this dish does just that! In just 30 minutes your family will be fed and you will have more time to kick back and relax in the evening. 
    • Fool your family into eating vegetables! My husband is not a fan of spinach and he even went back for seconds of this chicken florentine!
    Two overhead pictures of one pot chicken florentine pasta in a cast iron skillet. One of the pictures is a close up.

    INGREDIENTS:

    Chicken breast – cube up some skinless, boneless chicken breasts to get some protein in this dish!

    Onion and garlic – the aromatics are key! Onion and garlic add a depth of aroma and flavor like no other. 

    Tubular pasta of choice – this pasta dish is totally tubular LOL! I would go for penne or ziti. 

    Broth or stock – because you need liquid to achieve the luscious sauce. 

    Spinach – I love spinach in a pasta dish. It adds texture and a bunch of health benefits. They don’t call it a superfood for nothing!

    Fire roasted tomatoes – there’s something about fire roasted tomatoes that just warms my soul. In this dish, they add a lovely depth of flavor. 

    Dairy – can’t forget the mozzarella, parmesan, and heavy cream. These three ingredients make the sauce super creamy and cheesy!

    Overhead view of ingredients needed to make chicken florentine pasta.

    HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN FLORENTINE RECIPE:

    It’s simple! In a large skillet cook off your chicken and onion until the chicken is no longer pink. This should take about 5-7 minutes. 

    Once the chicken is browned, add the garlic and cook for about a minute.

    Add the pasta, stock, and fire roasted tomatoes. Stir to combine, then cover and simmer for about 12 minutes or until the pasta is tender. Be sure to stir the pasta occasionally while it’s simmering. 

    Once the pasta is cooked, stir in the mozzarella until melted, then add the spinach and cream. Stir continuously until all of the ingredients are well combined.

    Finally, remove your pasta from the heat and top it off with parmesan!

    Five pictures showing how to make one pot chicken florentine pasta.

    Tips and variations:

    • Don’t have fire roasted tomatoes? Try using sundried tomatoes instead!
    • Want to make this dish vegetarian? Simply omit the chicken and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.
    • Serve your pasta with this cheesy garlic bread to soak up all of the yummy sauce!
    Close up of one pot chicken florentine pasta on a dish. Garnished with parmesan and parsley.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

    What can I use instead of heavy cream?

    While I recommend using heavy cream, there are a number of things you could use instead. Try using melted butter whisked together with whole milk, half-and-half, plain full-fat greek yogurt, or cream cheese. 

    Can this chicken florentine pasta be stored in the fridge?

    While this dish is best served fresh, it can be stored in the fridge for about 3 days. Either reheat it in a pan on your stovetop or pop it in the microwave. 

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    5 from 2 votes
    One Pot Chicken Florentine Pasta
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    One Pot Chicken Florentine Pasta -is ready in 30 minutes. It's creamy, saucy and the whole family loved it!

    Course: Chicken, Main Dish, Pasta
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: 30 minute chicken dinner, one pot pasta
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 563 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
    • 1-2 tablespoons oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
    • 8 oz (230g) penne, ziti or other tubular pasta
    • cups (355ml) chicken stock or broth
    • 1 (14.5oz) (411g) fire roasted tomatoes
    • 2 cups (8oz) (225g) shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 3 cups (95g) baby spinach
    • ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream
    • ¼ cup (25g) grated Parmesan cheese
    Instructions
    1. In a large skillet brown the chicken and onion in oil until chicken is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minutes. Add in the pasta, stock and tomatoes. Stir well to combine then cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 12 minutes or until pasta is tender.

    2. Stir in the mozzarella cheese until combined then stir in the spinach and cream. Remove from heat and sprinkle with Parmesan.
    Nutrition Facts
    One Pot Chicken Florentine Pasta
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 563 Calories from Fat 261
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 29g45%
    Saturated Fat 15g94%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
    Monounsaturated Fat 9g
    Cholesterol 109mg36%
    Sodium 807mg35%
    Potassium 1047mg30%
    Carbohydrates 38g13%
    Fiber 4g17%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 39g78%
    Vitamin A 11868IU237%
    Vitamin C 36mg44%
    Calcium 650mg65%
    Iron 4mg22%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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