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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! Easy Florentine pasta is perfect for weeknight dinner!

overhead: chicken florentine pasta on a cream plate garnished with parmesan cheese

Chicken Florentine Pasta

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 recipes so you can spend more time with the family and less time loading the dishwasher. 

I love cooking but some days I want to get dinner on the table as fast as possible, and this one pot chicken Florentine pasta 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. Less mess, less stress, as I always say!

Pasta Florentine instantly became a family favorite in my house. Try it, and your kids will be licking their plates clean just like mine did. My husband is not a fan of spinach, and he even went back for seconds of this chicken Florentine!

Already had chicken for dinner last night? No problem! Try this One Pot Pizza Pasta or this One Pot Hamburger Stroganoff instead.

Why You’ll Love Florentine Pasta

  • Easy cleanup
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Done in a jiffy
  • Fool your family into eating vegetables
  • Full of flavor
overhead: ingredients needed for florentine pasta

Key Ingredients to Make Pasta Florentine

  • CHICKEN BREAST – Cube up some skinless, boneless chicken breasts to get some protein into your Florentine pasta.
  • ONION AND GARLIC – Aromatics are key! Onion and garlic add a depth of aroma and flavor like no other. 
  • TUBULAR PASTA OF CHOICE – This pasta Florentine recipe 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 my pasta Florentine, they add a lovely depth of flavor. 
  • DAIRY – Can’t forget the mozzarella, parmesan, and heavy cream. These 3 ingredients make the sauce super creamy and cheesy!
5 overhead process shots showing how to make pasta florentine step-by-step

Instructions to Make Chicken Florentine Pasta

Believe me when I say that this chicken Florentine pasta recipe is oh-so-simple. Refer to the process shots above as you go!

COOK THE AROMATICS AND CHICKEN: In a large skillet, cook 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.

INCORPORATE THE OTHER INGREDIENTS: 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. 

FINISH IT UP WITH THE DAIRY AND VEGGIES: 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 Florentine pasta from the heat and top it off with parmesan!

overhead: 2 pictures of one pot chicken florentine pasta recipe in a cast iron skillet. One of the pictures is a close up

Pro Tips and Variations to This Chicken Florentine Pasta Recipe

  • 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!
closeup: pasta florentine recipe on a dish with parmesan and parsley on top


What can I use instead of heavy cream?

While I recommend using heavy cream for this chicken Florentine pasta recipe, 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. 

What is Florentine sauce made of?

Traditional pasta Florentine sauces are made of a combination of white wine, heavy cream, butter, Parmesan, garlic, and spinach. As you can see, my version sticks pretty closely to traditional recipes! I personally leave out the wine and add fire-roasted tomatoes — and I think it tastes amazing!

What makes a Florentine?

“Florentine” may make you think of Florence, Italy, but the term actually comes from French cuisine. A dish is generally considered Florentine if it has some sort of protein, a cream sauce (also called Mornay sauce), and a healthy helping of spinach.

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One Pot Chicken Florentine Pasta

Course: Chicken, Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute chicken dinner, one pot 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! Easy Florentine pasta is perfect for weeknight dinner!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 563kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
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  • 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


  • 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.
  • Stir in the mozzarella cheese until combined then stir in the spinach and cream. Remove from heat and sprinkle with Parmesan.


Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 807mg | Potassium: 1047mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 11868IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 650mg | Iron: 4mg

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

6 thoughts on “One Pot Chicken Florentine Pasta”

  1. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! Made it this evening and it was a hit! I swapped out chicken for Italian turkey sausage and loaded up on garlic. Thanks for sharing!


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