Chicken Florentine

Chicken Florentine
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Recipe type: Entrees
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Serves: 4
 
An easy to prepare weeknight chicken dish filled with plenty of spinach! Easy to prepare; Low in fat.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups firmly packed baby spinach leaves, stems removed and washed or 1 – 10 oz. package frozen, chopped spinach
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed or fresh equivalent
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • salt and pepper, optional*
  • 4 grilled or roasted chicken breasts, shredded or chopped (about 4 cups chopped)
  • 2 lemons, to yield 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel and 4 lemon wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. Prepare spinach and place in a large skillet over MEDIUM heat and cook, covered, until fresh is wilted or frozen is heated through. Spinach should have a dark, rich green color. Do not overcook, or the spinach will change color.
  2. Remove spinach and drain well.
  3. In same skillet, heat thyme with oil, garlic, and onion and sauté until onion is transparent.
  4. Stir in flour until it disappears.
  5. Add broth and stir continuously until a thickened sauce is formed.
  6. Return chopped spinach to sauce and mix well. Heat and adjust seasonings, if desired.
  7. Stir half the chicken into sauce.
  8. To serve, spoon equal amounts in four small casseroles. Top each with equal portions of remaining chicken and ½ tablespoon grated lemon peel.
  9. Place in preheated 300º F oven for 10 minutes. Serve piping hot with a lemon wedge.
  10. *Optional ingredients are not included in dietary analysis.
Notes
Each serving provides: An excellent source of vitamins A, C and folate, and a good source of calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber. This recipe meets PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 221 Fat: 7.1g Saturated fat: 1.6g Carbohydrates: 9g Sodium: 268mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 30g Cholesterol: 74mg