Chicken Florentine

By Rena |

This healthy and creamy Chicken Florentine is a dream! Incredibly savory and made with Italian seasoning and freshly grated parmesan cheese, this low-carb chicken skillet recipe is a delicious option for whenever you’re craving Italian food.

top view of chicken in skillet with creamy sauce

Whenever you’re wanting something quick and healthy chicken dinner recipe, this delicious and creamy chicken florentine is the perfect option. This simple and creamy chicken recipe is perfectly juicy, tender, and great for any time of the year.

Balanced, gluten-free, and keto, you will love the extra iron and nutrients thanks to the wilted spinach. This easy chicken breast recipe is satisfying, packed with protein, and a great way to squeeze in a hearty and lean meal for dinner. The whole family will love it!

Why You Will Love This Healthy Chicken Breast Recipe

  • Low Carb: This recipe is low carb and a great way to fuel the body! Perfect for those who are on the keto-diet. You can skip the flour or use almond flour instead.
  • Tasty: The chicken breasts in this chicken florentine recipe are moist, cooked to perfection, and topped with cheesy parmesan cheese.
  • Easy: This recipe is stress-free and great for weeknight dinners when you’re short on time. Ready in under 30 minutes, this healthy chicken recipe is straightforward and made in only one skillet!
top view of chicken florentine

Ingredients Needed To Make This Cast Iron Chicken Skillet

This is just a list of ingredients you will need for Chicken Florentine, You can find the full measurements are listed below.

chicken breasts, cut into cutlets
seasoning, you will need garlic powder, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning
oil, olive oil, or any type of neutral oil
chicken broth
flour, gluten-free
almond milk, or any kind of milk
spinach
parmesan cheese, freshly grated

ingredients for chicken florentine

How to Make This Healthy Chicken Florentine

  • Season and cook chicken: First, season both sides of the chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Next, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Then, cook the chicken on both sides until golden brown. Set aside and keep warm.
  • Cook garlic: Add the remaining oil to the skillet and sauté garlic. Pour in the chicken broth and add Italian seasoning. Scrape the bottom of the pan. Next, sit the liquid to medium-heat and simmer until liquid has reduced.
  • Make sauce: Meanwhile, in a small jug, whisk the flour with almond milk until no visible lumps. Add the milk mixture to the pan and whisk to combine. Add the spinach and stir.
  • Combine: Next, return the chicken to the pan and continue to cook until fully cooked through.
  • Serve: Finally, serve warm with parmesan cheese and enjoy!
cooked chicken on pan
spinach in sauce

Recipe Notes, substitues, and Tips

  • Cook the chicken until it is at least 165°F internally.
  • Do not overcook the chicken or else it will get too dry and rubbery.
  • Add capers for additional flavor.
  • Serve this chicken florentine recipe with gnocchi, pasta, or cauliflower rice.
  • Enjoy it with some salad as a side dish.
  • Chicken: we used chicken breast but you may use boneless chicken thighs. Keep in mind they will be higher in fat and calories. Don’t like chicken? Use shrimp or check out our Salmon Florentine recipe.
  • Milk: It is better to use almond milk since it is keto-friendly and low in calories. But any other milk of choice will work.
  • Spinach: Use fresh spinach if possible. To use frozen spinach, thaw first and drain before using.
creamy chicken in black skillet with spinach

Frequently Asked Questions

What is chicken florentine made of?

Traditionally, chicken florentine is made with cream, butter, garlic, parmesan cheese, and shallots. The flavors are juicy and fresh thanks to the Italian seasoning. To make a healthier chicken florentine, we modified the ingredients without missing out on taste.

What does florentine style mean?

Florentine-style is simply a recipe that was developed in the Florence region which is where the recipe originated.

What is the origin of chicken florentine?

It is believed that the origin of chicken florentine originated out of France in the 1500s.

What is the healthiest way to eat chicken breast?

Chicken can be prepared and cooked in many different ways. Some of the healthier ways to cook chicken breast are grilling, baking, and sauteeing. Avoid deep-frying and heavily breading chicken breasts.

chicken with sauce and spinach

Other Recipes You’ll Enjoy

Balsamic Chicken Skillet

Creamy Italian Chicken

Creamy Chicken Spinach

Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Salmon Piccata

Balsamic Chicken Breast

top view of chicken in skillet with creamy sauce

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top view of creamy chicken breast with spinach in a black skillet

Healthy and Creamy Chicken Florentine Recipe

This healthy and creamy Chicken Florentine is a dream! Incredibly savory and made with Italian seasoning and freshly grated parmesan cheese, this savory chicken skillet recipe is a delicious option for whenever you're craving Italian food.
4.43 from 7 votes
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Course: Gluten-Free, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 463kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pounds chicken breasts cut into cutlets
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • cup chicken broth
  • 1 pinch Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free flour
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach loosely packed
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Season the chicken with garlic powder, salt and pepper on both sides. 
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken for about 3-4 minute per side, or until golden brown. Set aside on a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Add the remaining oil to the hot skillet and sauté the garlic for about 30 seconds. Pour in the chicken broth and add the italian seasoning. Scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Let it simmer on medium heat until liquid is reduced by half.
  • Meanwhile, in a small jug whisk the flour with almond milk until no visible lumps. Add the milk mixture to the pan and whisk to combine. Once the sauce starts to thicken, add the spinach and stir until wilted.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and continue to cook it into the sauce for 8-10 minutes, or until fully cooked through.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve warm!

Notes

  • Cook the chicken until it is at least 165°F internally.
  • Do not overcook the chicken or else it will get too dry and rubbery.
  • Add capers for additional flavor.
  • Serve this chicken florentine recipe with gnocchi, pasta, or cauliflower rice.
  • Enjoy it with some salad as a side dish.
  • Chicken: we used chicken breast but you may use boneless chicken thighs. Keep in mind they will be higher in fat and calories. Don’t like chicken? Use shrimp or check out our Salmon Florentine recipe.
  • Milk: It is better to use almond milk since it is keto-friendly and low in calories. But any other milk of choice will work.

Nutrition

Serving: 1breast plus cream and spinach | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 67g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 1192mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1590IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Brad W says

    3 stars
    This recipe gets 5 stars on ease of making. I am all about tender chicken not dried out and this works as I do that to chicken often. It needs more spice to add flavor, put some smoked paprika on the chicken before searing and add some red pepper flakes to the sauce. The small amount of Italian seasoning gets lost in the spinach and garlic. Maybe this make s the recipe something other than florentine. I posted my picture on Instagram and served on cauliflower rice. Chef_Wunderbar. On Instagram

  2. Stephanie Blount says

    3 stars
    We have loved trying out recipes from healthyfitnessmeals.com lately, but we just couldn’t get on board with this one. I’m not sure if it was the dish itself or the edamame noodles I paired it with, but something just wasn’t working for me. My husband liked it more than me but suggested it be more seasoned.

  3. Karen Kelly says

    5 stars
    I made this a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon this website. I have shared this with many of my fitness friends. This was delicious and easy to make. I am so happy I found your website as it is now my staple place to shop for recipes…thank you Rena!

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