Chicken Florentine Pasta Skillet

This chicken florentine pasta is made in one skillet and ready in 25 minutes!

This chicken florentine pasta is made in one skillet and ready in 25 minutes. It's full of chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach!

So, I’ve been on a mission lately to be more…girly.

I’ve been getting my nails done. Wearing jewelry every now and then. Buying pants that are not made for yoga and maybe even are made of denim. Shirts that are not tees. You know. That kind of thing.

It’s going well so far, I guess.

I mean. My nails are pink? My earrings are in. My husband seems to appreciate it. I feel better about myself when I do these things.

This chicken florentine pasta is made in one skillet and ready in 25 minutes. It's full of chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach!

The next project? Mah hair. I’ve been dying it myself from a box ever since my hair stylist moved to Hollywood to do hair and make up for movie stars (true story, she’s amazing, I’m sad). Soooo, it’s been kind of bad. I mean, I once messed it up so much I had to strip the color and start over and since then my thin, fine hair has just been dead and damaged and really kind of pitiful.

Soooo, I found a new lady and she dyed it and it’s looking a little healthier and you guys, I’m getting extensions this week. Not for length, but for thickness. I’m freaking out. This will be the most girly thing I’ve ever done in my life and I’m so super excited about it.

Curious to hear any of your hair extension experiences? I’m worried about getting headaches from the added weight or accidentally giving myself bald spots by yanking them out when brushing or just generally tossing alllllllthemoney down the drain by getting them and hating them. Tell me your experiences!!

This chicken florentine pasta is made in one skillet and ready in 25 minutes. It's full of chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach!

And now, to completely change subjects, let’s talk about DINNER. Because we all love dinner, especially this one considering it’s a chicken dinner that’s made in one skillet with minimal prep and clean up andddddd did I mention it’s ready in like 25 minutes? Whew.

I’m all about the one dish pasta dinners. Nobody wants to boil a huge pot of water for pasta when they can just chuck some dry pasta in a skillet with the rest of the ingredients, right? Besides, the flavors of the dish really meld together when the pasta is cooked with the good stuff.

This one is cheesy perfection. I added in sun-dried tomatoes, because I love them, and spinach, because my kids need vegetables every now and then. This was a total winner with everyone in my house except for my husband because he hates onions. Not to worry, I’m in the process of searching for an onion-loving husband now. I’ll keep you posted.

This chicken florentine pasta is made in one skillet and ready in 25 minutes. It's full of chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach!

Anyway, give this one a try and let me know what you think! And if chicken and spinach aren’t your thing? I have a smoked sausage version of this dish that is just the best thing ever. Get the recipe for the sun-dried tomato pasta recipe. Or skip the pasta and go for my enchilada skillet! These dishes are great for the summer since you don’t have to heat up the oven!

Chicken Florentine Pasta

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 25 mins
Serves serves 6     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, not packed in oil
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cups half and half
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach, rinsed and dried

Instructions

  1. Heat a 12 inch skillet over medium heat and add the butter to melt. Stir to coat the pan.
  2. Add the chicken to the skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the chicken is browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the onion to the pan and cook 2 more minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the pasta and sun-dried tomatoes to the skillet. Pour in the broth and half and half. Stir well to combine.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer.
  6. Cook for 12 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  7. Remove the lid and stir in the grated cheese until melted.
  8. Stir in the spinach. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes to wilt spinach.
  9. Stir well before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 466kcal Calories from fat 166
% Daily Value
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 798mg 33%
Carbohydrate 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 14g
Protein 32g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g