Monday, November 28, 2016

Chicken Florentine


           4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, sliced in half
·         1/4 cup butter
·         3 teaspoons minced garlic
·         1 tablespoon lemon juice
·         1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
·         1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
·         1/2 cup half-and-half
·         1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
·         1 lb. frozen spinach, thawed & drained
·         4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
·         6 slices precooked bacon, cut into pieces
·         1 cups shredded Italian blend cheese

1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the chicken breast halves on a baking sheet; bake 20 to 30 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove from heat, and set aside.
2.    Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
3.    Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, mix in the garlic, lemon juice, cream of mushroom soup, Italian seasoning, half-and-half, and Parmesan cheese.
4.    Arrange the spinach over the bottom of a 9x9 inch baking dish. Cover the spinach with the mushrooms. Pour half the mixture from the saucepan over the mushrooms. Arrange chicken breasts in the dish, and cover with the remaining sauce mixture. Sprinkle with bacon bits, and top with mozzarella cheese.

5.    Bake 20 to 25 minutes in the 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.

Martha:  I found this recipe online after seeing a picture and couldn't wait to give it a try.  It's actually simple and so delicious!  The only changes I made was using Italian blend cheese instead of Mozzarella and I used pre-cooked bacon instead of bacon bits.  I also cut the cheese from 2 cups to 1.  Yes!  I you read that correctly.  This was passed on to 4 of my Food Testers and they gave nothing but high praise for this dish.  It's one I will make often!  One more thing.  I cut the chicken through the thickness making it thinner and it worked perfectly.  And don't salt this dish. Due to the cheese and bacon, it won't need it.