Chicken Florentine Casserole

Chicken, linguine, and chopped spinach are tossed with a creamy Parmesan sauce and baked in the oven for a casserole that's fit for a special occasion dinner.

Chicken Florentine Casserole
Servings: 6 Prep 35 mins Cook 25 mins Bake 375°F 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound total)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 large clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 pound fresh spinach, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 ounces less-fat cream cheese, cut up and softened
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound linguine, broken in half
  • 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Make It

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil 8 x 8 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to boiling over high heat.

2. Combine chicken, 3/4 cup water, wine and garlic in saucepan. Bring to boiling over high heat; reduce heat; gently simmer, covered, 15 minutes.

3. Remove chicken from broth and set aside to cool. Measure broth, adding water if needed to make a total of 1-3/4 cups. Tear chicken into about 1/2-inch-wide shreds.

4. Place wet spinach in large nonreactive pot; cover; cook over high heat until wilted, 3 minutes. Drain, lightly pressing out excess water. Coarsely chop; return to pot.

5. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute. Stir in reserved 1-3/4 cups broth mixture; cook, stirring, until thickened and smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Add lemon juice, oregano, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in cream cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan.

6. Add cheese sauce and shredded chicken to spinach in pot.

7. Meanwhile, add linguine to boiling water; cook until firm but tender, 9 to 10 minutes. Drain; add to spinach mixture. Turn into prepared casserole.

8. Combine remaining Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and paprika in small bowl. Sprinkle over top.

9. Bake in 375 degrees F oven about 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand at least 15 minutes. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 384, Fat, total (g): 13, chol. (mg): 56, sat. fat (g): 6, carb. (g): 39, fiber (g): 3, pro. (g): 26, sodium (mg): 760, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.