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This creamy Chicken Florentine recipe has tender pan-fried chicken coated in an amazing garlic spinach white wine cream sauce! It’s ready in only 30 minutes.

For another restaurant-quality recipe at home, try my Marry Me Chicken or Shrimp Scampi next.

chicken florentine in copper skillet

Why you’ll love it

So what is Chicken Florentine? The “Florentine” style in cooking generally indicates that the dish has spinach in it. It’s reminiscent of how certain recipes are prepared in Florence, Italy. This will be your new favorite 30-minute meal!

This creamy spinach chicken recipe is great for a fancy-ish weeknight dinner or date night, but it doesn’t require any complicated cooking techniques. And you can enjoy the rest of the white wine while it cooks. 😉

What you’ll need

  • Chicken – I cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise so they cook faster and more evenly, leaving the chicken nice and tender and juicy
  • Garlic powder – along with salt & pepper, it infuses flavor right into the cutlets
  • Flour – for dredging to get a nice crust on the chicken
  • Olive oil and butter – for pan frying
  • Garlic – use even more if you love garlic
  • Dry white wine – I don’t use a particular brand, but I tend to stick to pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc when a recipe calls for dry white wine. Don’t use cooking wine.
  • Chicken broth – the savory base of the sauce
  • Italian seasoning – this blend of fragrant dried herbs comes all in one jar
  • Heavy cream – to make the sauce silky and rich
  • Spinach – that classic pop of freshness
  • Parmesan – always grate your own for best taste and flavor
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How to make Chicken Florentine

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

pan frying chicken in a skillet and then frying butter with garlic for chicken florentine

Cut the chicken into four thinner cutlets. Season with salt & pepper and garlic powder, then dredge in the flour. Heat up the oil and half the butter, and pan fry the chicken until golden. Transfer to a plate. To the skillet, add the rest of the butter, and cook the garlic.

making sauce for chicken florentine in a skillet and adding spinach

Add the wine, broth, and Italian seasoning. Cook until noticeably reduced. Pour in the cream, let it bubble for a couple of minutes, then add the spinach. Return the chicken, and simmer until it’s cooked through. Sprinkle on the parm, and enjoy.

Substitutions and variations

  • If you don’t have white wine, use the equivalent amount of chicken broth and add about 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. That’s my little cooking trick for when I’m out of wine!
  • You can sub the Italian seasoning for Herbs de Provence if you prefer.
  • You could add mushrooms to this recipe if you want. It’ll be delicious.
  • I don’t recommend subbing the cream with anything else (e.g. half-and-half or milk). I haven’t tested it, and the sauce will end up thinner and possibly curdle.

What to serve with Chicken Florentine

Leftovers and storage

  • Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Keep in mind that the spinach will wilt more over time.
  • Reheat slowly over a low heat until warmed through.
  • I don’t recommend freezing this one.
a plate with chicken florentine, green beans, and mashed potatoes with sauce

If you made this Chicken Florentine recipe, leave a review below! Don’t forget to tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram so I can see your creations.

chicken florentine in copper skillet
4.98 from 74 votes

Creamy Chicken Florentine

This creamy Chicken Florentine recipe has tender pan-fried chicken coated in an amazing garlic spinach white wine cream sauce! It's ready in only 30 minutes.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 large chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 2 cups (loosely packed) fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions 

  • Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise so you have 4 thinner pieces. Season each side of the chicken with the garlic powder and salt & pepper. Coat the chicken in flour on all sides.
  • Add the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes/side until golden. Take the pan off the heat and remove the chicken to a plate.
  • Return the pan to the heat and add the rest of the butter and the minced garlic. Let it cook for about 30 seconds or so.
  • Add the wine, chicken broth, and Italian seasoning to the skillet. Let it cook for 3-5 minutes or until it's noticeably reduced.
  • Add in the cream and let it bubble for 2 minutes, then stir in the spinach.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan and cook, over medium heat, for another 4-5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens up a bit. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over top of the chicken and sauce prior to serving, and season it with extra salt & pepper if needed.

Notes

  • If you prefer the spinach to be a bit less wilted/cooked, add it to the skillet during the last couple minutes of cooking.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Calories: 509kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 180mg, Sodium: 463mg, Potassium: 604mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2598IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 205mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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186 Comments

  1. P says:

    How can I make this ahead of time for a dinner party, 10 people total?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! Hmmm… I would fry the chicken in batches and perhaps make it in a pot (since there will be more sauce). You could probably reheat it in a baking dish in the oven, and I’d wait to add the spinach until just before serving. Do keep the oven on a LOW temperature since you really don’t want the chicken to get tough/overcooked, and there’s a chance the sauce will separate if it’s warmed on too high of a heat. I’d probably triple the recipe and then you’ll have a bit for leftovers.

  2. Deb says:

    5 stars
    Love it
    So good!!!!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you!! 😀

  3. Michi says:

    5 stars
    FA-REAKIN DELICIOUS!
    If you want to send your taste buds to heaven, make this! Pairs nicely with a garlic vermecille and garlic bread with some sweat tea .

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to review.

  4. Linda says:

    5 stars
    Very very nice

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you!!

  5. Craig says:

    5 stars
    Super easy and great taste. I added Shallots with the Fresh Garlic when making the Roué. I served it all over a bed of Long Grain and Wild Rice with Grilled Asparagus. Wow! The flavor’s exploded in your mouth!
    Thank you Natasha! 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s great!! So happy to hear it was a hit. Love what you served it with! 🙂

  6. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    I added some sun-dried tomatoes. Delicious! Must serve it with bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful!

  7. Brandi Gray says:

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! I added mushrooms and it was delicious! I also didn’t add the spinach until the very end and it was perfect! Tastes and looks like a fancy meal… But it’s super easy and ready in no time. We had left over mashed potatoes and it was great over those. I doubled the recipe so we have enough to enjoy with rice tomorrow. Dinner win!!! 😁

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Brandi!! 🙂 That’s awesome. I want mashed potatoes now.

  8. Brittany F says:

    5 stars
    Just made this tonight! It was amazing!

    1. Natasha says:

      Awesome!!

  9. Carol says:

    5 stars
    Easy to prepare. My hubby and I cooked together tonight. Yummy dinner. This meal went together quickly. This morning we made certain we had the ingredients. He was so good to chop the garlic. Best recipes have fresh garlic. He’s half Italian.

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful! 🙂 Can’t get enough garlic!

  10. An says:

    Any thoughts about to what could be substituted for the flour to make it gluten free ?

    1. Natasha says:

      I’d probably just leave it out and use a little cornstarch slurry if you need to thicken the sauce.

    2. Sarah says:

      I made it gluten free I just used a 1 to 1 all purpose baking flour by red mill. My favorite go to gluten free flour for baking and cooking. The recipe came out amazing.

      1. Natasha says:

        That’s great!!

    3. Jacqueline Johnson says:

      Almond flout is what I use