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Chicken Florentine Recipe

Friday evenings are for relaxing, eating great food and drinking lots of wine, because you don’t have to get up early the next morning (though your little ones might have other ideas!)

So why not celebrate the start of a great weekend by preparing this mouth-watering chicken dish. It’s a bit of comfort foods meets summer. Your family will be begging for more.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 340g baby spinach
  • 4 chicken fillets, cut into strips
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 660ml chicken stock
  • 240ml cream
  • 90g Parmesan, grated
  • 1 tsp lemon zest, grated
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
To serve:
  • Pasta, rice or crusty bread

Instructions

  1. Heat half of the oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Add the spinach and cook for two minutes until wilted, stirring occasionally.

  2. Transfer the spinach to a colander and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Set aside. Wipe out the pan with a ball of kitchen paper.

  3. Pat the chicken pieces dry with kitchen paper and season. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes per side until golden. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and set aside.

  4. Add the shallot and garlic to the pan and cook for one minute. Stir in the stock and cream, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any sticky bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low.

  5. Increase the heat to high and simmer for

  6. 12-15 minutes until reduced. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.

  7. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in two-thirds of the Parmesan along with the lemon zest and juice.

  8. Turn the grill on to a high heat. Stir the spinach into the sauce and sprinkle the top with the remaining Parmesan.

  9. Grill for 3-4 minutes until golden brown, then serve with pasta, rice or crusty bread.

Per Serving: 598kcals, 41.2g fat (19.2g saturated), 7.3g carbs, 1g sugars, 50.7g protein, 2g fibre, 0.985g sodium.

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