Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta

Dive into creamy goodness with a twist of spinach and tender chicken! 🍝 Elevate your dinner game with our indulgent Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta. #comfortfoodheaven 🌟 Indulge in the comfort of Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta, a delightful dish featuring tender chicken, vibrant spinach, and a luscious creamy sauce. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a leisurely weekend meal!

Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta, also known as Chicken Florentine Pasta, is a dish that exudes comfort and flavour in every bite. The term “Florentine” often evokes images of Italian cuisine, owing to its association with Florence (Firenze), a city renowned for its rich culinary heritage. However, the connection between Florence and spinach-based dishes can be traced back to the Florentine-born Catherine de Medici, who became the queen of France in the 16th century upon her marriage to Henry II.

Catherine de Medici is said to have had a particular fondness for spinach, and it’s rumoured that she brought her love for the leafy green to the French court, where it became a prominent ingredient in various dishes. As a result, recipes featuring spinach were often dubbed “Florentine” in her honour.

The inclusion of spinach in creamy sauces, such as those found in Chicken Florentine Pasta, likely evolved over time as a way to incorporate this beloved ingredient into French-inspired cuisine. While the dish may not have originated in Florence itself, the association with the city’s name endures as a nod to its culinary legacy.

Despite the historical ambiguity surrounding its origins, Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta has undoubtedly become a cherished comfort food classic, beloved for its rich flavours and comforting appeal. Today, it continues to delight diners around the world, offering a taste of indulgence and nostalgia with every creamy, dreamy bite.

In my kitchen, whipping up this delightful pasta dish has become a cherished ritual, combining convenience with culinary satisfaction. With just 30 minutes of your time, you can create a meal that feels special and indulgent without the hassle. Whether you opt for fettuccine, linguine, or spaghetti, the result is a creamy, dreamy delight that’s perfect for any occasion.

What makes this recipe even more appealing is its versatility. Leftover roast chicken, perhaps from one of those irresistible $7.99 Costco rotisserie chickens (which we usually do), can easily be transformed into a delectable feast with just a few simple additions. It’s a testament to the beauty of home cooking and savvy shopping, where a humble store-bought staple meets creative flair and resourcefulness. In the kitchen, magic happens as leftovers are given new life, turning into a comforting meal that’s both satisfying and budget-friendly.

So why not treat yourself to a taste of comfort with Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta? Whether it’s a quick weeknight dinner or a leisurely weekend meal, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings and leave you craving more.

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Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Indulge in the comfort of Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta, a delightful dish featuring tender chicken, vibrant spinach, and a luscious creamy sauce. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a leisurely weekend meal!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 250 g uncooked fettuccine
  • 500 g roasted chicken, cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 150 g fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup cream
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of salted water for the pasta. Cook the fettuccine al dente according to package instructions.
  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a skille tthen sauté the minced garlic and onions until fragrant.
  3. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, dried parsley, dried basil, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Return the pan to the heat and bring it to a low boil then simmer for a minute.
  4. Add the roasted chicken, cream, and fresh spinach to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the spinach is wilted.
  5. Drain the cooked pasta and toss it with the sauce in the pan.
  6. Stir in the freshly grated parmesan cheese until melted and well combined.
  7. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  8. Serve immediately, garnished with additional parmesan cheese.

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2 Responses

  1. Oh this is my kind of comfort food, Raymund! I love creamy pastas, and the chicken + spinach in here add so much flavor. And interesting notes about Catherine de Medici – I love historical backgrounds of food.






  2. I love that you get a wonderful creamy flavor without using cream! We do owe our thanks to Caterina de Medici for bringing spinach to the French world.

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