Chicken Florentine

Total Time:
24 hr 40 min
10 min
24 hr
30 min

6-8 servings

  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach
  • 6 chicken breast halves (about 4 pounds), cooked, boned, and shredded
  • 2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cup grated sharp Cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Remove the outer wrappers from the box of spinach. Open 1 end of each box. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes, until thawed. Drain the spinach and put into a large bowl. Add the shredded chicken.

In a medium bowl, combine the soup, mayonnaise, sour cream, Cheddar, lemon juice, curry powder, salt and pepper, to taste, and wine. Whisk together to make a sauce. Pour the sauce over the spinach and chicken. Mix well with a spatula.

Place the mixture into an 11 by 7-inch casserole dish or 2 (9-inch) square disposable aluminum foil pans that have been sprayed with vegetable oil cooking spray. Pat down evenly and smooth with a spatula. Combine the Parmesan and bread crumbs and sprinkle over the top. Dot with the butter.

Wrap the uncooked casserole securely with plastic wrap, then with aluminum foil. Place each pan into a plastic freezer bag and seal. Place into freezer.

Allow casserole to thaw 24 hours in refrigerator. When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap and foil. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes until bubbly.

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    Delicious, however I used 1 can of soup, 1 cup reduced fat sour cream and 1 cup reduced fat mayo. I also added one small can of mushrooms,thinly sliced green onions and 1 tbsp minced garlic. I also used a rotisserie chicken I had left over...This is my second time making it, in my opinion the first time with the original recipe it was so soupy.
    Me and my roommates loved this dish! i accidentally totally forgot to put the wine in and i had it in my counter! i loved the dish however i think half the amount of curry would be much better! the taste is strong but a little too strong. I WILL BE MAKING THIS AGAIN :)
    Horrible. This is not Chicken Florentine!
    I don't know, but I thought this was pretty bad. I think the curry powder was the wrong choice of spice in this dish. I don't mind indulging in rich and fattening recipes once in a while, but the flavor has to be well worth it, and this didn't do it for me :-(
    Delicious and easy to make. I subbed Marsala wine and fresh spinach and added a can of mushrooms. I also added some fresh basil and crushed garlic for extra seasoning. I cut the recipe in half since just my husband and I would be eating it and it still made a large casserole dish. I subbed Panko after reading the reviews. Omitted sour cream since I didn't have any and I don't think the recipe really needs it. Used reduced fat cheddar and cream of mushroom and can't tell the difference. Served over brown rice. I would definitely make this again!
    So, it's not really Paula's recipe. Just mentioning since you gave it a 5 and most reviews were not that good.
    Just made this the other day and it was liked by everyone in my family. We had some smoke gouda cheese to use up, so we used 1/2 gouda and 1/2 cheddar , which turned out really well. Also, I used panko instead of the fresh bread crumbs, I think the idea is to get them crisp anyways so I figured it wouldn't be a problem. Will definately make again.
    My family absolutely loves this recipe. If using the full recipe this dish is HUGE. I have a family of four and cutting this recipe in half still makes plenty with some leftover. The only thing I really change is to use panko bread crumbs mixed with the cheese on top and omit the butter on top. I find that this gives a crunchier topping and cuts a tiny bit of fat in this already very rich dish. Served over rice this makes an awesome meal.
    Paula is right. You can't have too much cheese in this recipe. I made some adjustments by adding mushrooms, garlic salt and egg noodles with 2 1/2 cup of cheese. Also I substitute wheat germ for bread crumbs. Delish!!
    I love this reciepe! I used fresh spinach instead of frozen and not quite as much as the reciepe calls for. It is great for a cold winter day, warm and comforting. If you are not a fan of curry try substituting it with garlic powder. Beware though it is very rich :
    Great recipe, my family loves it, we have it nearly every month. Thanks Paula!!!
    this recipe was really gross and had an awful flavor will not make again
    Made this dish tonight, thought it was pretty good. I will put in half the amount of curry powder next time because it was a bit too strong.
    Delicious! Substituted left over Thanksgiving turkey for the chicken and cut the recipe in half since I was serving just 2 for dinner. Left overs of this dish are even better! Thanks, Paula!
    Paula, such a great recipe but I did a few changes to fit what my mother of 92 years old would like in her food. I did not use the curry instead added garlic powder. Added zucchini, onions, carrots fresh spinach and walnut for crunch and added crackers to the toppings. Thanks for a wonderful recipe! I don't understand the negative reviews cause I followed your recipe to the T and it was wonderful! The recipe is a keeper!
    I saw this episode a week ago and it looked amazing as well as easy. Aside from picking the chicken, it was! I had read that this dish was not great to eat as a casserole (as OD does on the show, so I cooked half a box of angel hair, added a little olive oil and lemon juice, and we ate the dish as a pasta. The only alteration I made to the recipe was to eliminate the curry. I added salt and fresh pepper to taste and took a bite of the sauce before I mixed everything together and decided I liked the flavor by itself. I think leaving out the curry really allowed for the flavor from the wine - delicious. My husband told me to put this dish in my top 5, so he loved it. I would do everything exactly the same next time, except I would probably half the recipe. If you add it to pasta, you could eat this for days and days! We both went back for seconds and barely put a dent in it!
    Bleah, my family didn't like this at all! I even served it with bow tie pasta. The biggest complaint was there was too much spinach which had over cooked in the 30 minutes in the oven. It MIGHT be better with fresh spinach instead. Even with that slight change, the sauce was overly thick and entirely too rich. My family asked me not to make it again.
    I loved it .Was vary good i will cook it again my family loved it i even forgot to put the butter on it and it was still vary vary good .
    ok so I didn't like this recipe, but my better half loved it. So this one is a tossup. Not sure if your suppose to eat this by itself or not. I didn't like the whole texture of it, flavor was ok. I really should have cut this recipe in half before I made it because it makes way more than anyone could eat in a week.
    yuck! My family did not like this at all. Just did not taste good. I followed directions exactly. I threw it away.
    I altered the dish to the things I had at home. Instead of white wine I used a little chicken stock and I left out the curry completely. I also didn't have sour cream so I used half real mayo and half miracle whip for a little tang. I didn't have lemon either, but if I make it again I would definitely add some lemon juice to help cut the richness. It came out really good for how much I changed it and for it being the first time I've ever made it! :
    Everyone in the family including the children liked this recipe. I will cut back on the curry next time. They ate it up! I would serve it with the white table wine.
    I love this recipe! I actually use boneless, skinless chicken thighs and breast tenderloins. I also add egg noodles to make it more of a casserole.
    This dish is awesome, but Ive had to alter it a little. There is a little too much sauce and if you dont let it set for a long time before you bake it, all the sauce stays on top. I mixed a little of the sauce with the chicken then mixed some of it in with the spinach. That way the flavor is in the entire casserole. I usually have alot of sauce left over when Im finished. This recipe is great for dinner at home, pot lucks, taking to friends in bereavement or mom's that have just had a baby!
    OMG! I loved this recipe and I don't like spinach ! I will make this a lot! I even got the kids to eat just used a little more cheese. So Yummy!
    Love this recipe! Its enough to fill two casserole dishes and freeze one for later......great for a lower carb meal. I used cream of chicken soup instead .....and Panko bread crumbs. Its a keeper for sure !
    My family loved this dish. The wine and the curry give it a "not your average casserole" flavor. I don't understand the negative reviews. It had a great consistency. I substituted a roasted chicken from the grocery store and followed the rest of the recipe. Great as leftovers -- it does make a lot for a family of three.
    I absolutely love curry flavored anything, so I decided to try this recipe and it was a big success. I do serve the florentine over some type of pasta. The only thing my husband changed was substituting cream of chicken soup for the mayo... he just didn't like the mayo w/sour cream combination. We are always looking for new chicken recipes and this one is a hit!
    My husband and I agreed....the dish is very tasty (rich but we felt that it was kind of "soupy", and therefore would make an AWESOME topping (sauce for egg noodles or on a bed of rice. Not for the diet-conscious, for sure! It does not "present" well, meaning I would've been embarrassed to serve this to guests, it just ain't purty! Final comment....make it for the family and serve over noodles, rice, or even a few spoonfuls over a baked potato would be awesome.
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