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Chicken Breasts Florentine

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 20 min total time
  • 7 ingredients
  • 4 servings
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Italian dinner ready in 20 minutes! Enjoy breaded chicken breasts, spooned with spinach and mozzarella cheese – a mouth-watering dinner.

1
(9-oz.) pkg. frozen spinach in a pouch
3
tablespoons butter, melted
4
boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/3
cup plain bread crumbs
1/4
teaspoon dried basil leaves
2
tablespoons oil
2
oz. (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese

Steps

  • 1 Cook spinach as directed on package; squeeze to drain. Stir in butter; set aside.
  • 2 Meanwhile, place 1 chicken breast half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper. Working from center, gently pound chicken with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick; remove wrap. Repeat with remaining chicken breast halves. In shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and basil. Coat chicken breasts with crumb mixture.
  • 3 Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken breasts; cook 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until lightly browned, fork tender and juices run clear. Reduce heat to low. Spoon cooked spinach evenly over each chicken breast half; sprinkle with cheese. Cover; cook until cheese is melted.
  • 1 Cook spinach as directed on package; squeeze to drain. Stir in butter; set aside.
  • 2 Meanwhile, place 1 chicken breast half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper. Working from center, gently pound chicken with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick; remove wrap. Repeat with remaining chicken breast halves. In shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and basil. Coat chicken breasts with crumb mixture.
  • 3 Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken breasts; cook 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until lightly browned, fork tender and juices run clear. Reduce heat to low. Spoon cooked spinach evenly over each chicken breast half; sprinkle with cheese. Cover; cook until cheese is melted.

Expert Tips

Many dishes that contain spinach have come to be described as "Florentine." This name is borrowed from the French term à la Florentine, which means "in the style of Florence" and is used to describe a dish that's served over spinach and topped with a creamy cheese sauce.

Spinach, like other dark leafy greens, is a good source of vitamin A. In this recipe, it provides 50 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin A.

Serve the spinach-filled chicken on a bed of mushroom-flecked rice along with steamed spaghetti squash and garlic bread. End the meal with fresh fruit, Italian cookies and espresso.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
370
(
Calories from Fat
200),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
22%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
),
Cholesterol
105mg
105%;
Sodium
450mg
450%;
Total Carbohydrate
9g
9%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
34g
34%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
2 Vegetable; 4 Lean Meat; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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