Friday, February 27, 2009

Chicken Breast Florentine with Whole Wheat Angel Hair and Marinara

My older sister shares my love for cooking and good food. Anytime she has an unbeatable recipe that she really loves, she passes it on to me. And I try it, because I totally trust her and have loved everything she sends my way. This is a recipe she shared with me a couple of years ago that I make all the time. I have made it several times when we have had guests for dinner, just because it is really a crowd pleaser. I can't remember where my sister got the recipe. She just emailed it to me and I have been making it ever since. I have made it so many times that I don't even measure the ingredients anymore. I know what it is supposed to look like, so I just proceed. quick sidenote- do you do that with recipes that you know really well? or do you always measure, no matter what?
Back to the recipe. I usually use chicken tenders or thinly sliced chicken breast because that makes it go even faster, but if you have to take the time to pound some chicken breast, it will be worth it. I usually serve green beans and salad with this dinner, but any veggie would be good. I just really like green ones.

1/2 cup flour
2 large eggs
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed
2 tsp italian seasoning
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3 T olive oil
2 whole, boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half and pounded lightly or chicken tenders
1 or 2 jars marinara sauce
shredded mozzarella cheese
whole wheat angel hair pasta, cooked

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the flour in a bowl large enough to dredge the chicken breasts in.
2. Combine the eggs, cheese, spinach, italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl, blending well. The mixture should be the consistency of pancake batter.
3. Place the olive oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Dredge the chicken breasts first in the flour, dusting off any excess and then in the batter and carefully place in the hot oil. Saute, turning once, until golden brown on both sides ( about 3 minutes per side), Pour marinara sauce in a 9 by 13 inch dish. Place the chicken breasts in the marinara. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese and place in the oven for 15 minutes.
4. Serve over warm angel hair pasta.

Come back Tomorrow for Orange Rice Pudding


The Blonde Duck said...

This sounds really good! I'm going to print it out and try it!

Angie said...

Looks yummy. If it's a recipe I have made enough and I am comfortable with it, I don't measure. It almost makes it more exciting!!!

Maria said...

I love whole wheat pasta! Great dinner idea!

Bridgett said...

Chicken florentine is one of my favorites. Yours looks fantastic paired with the whole wheat pasta.

Jessica said...

I'm horrible about measuring in general. This looks yummy, I can't wait to try it. Also, I wanted to let you know that I made your potstickers last night and, ohmygosh, they are so good!!

Alexis said...

I love the idea of pairing it with whole wheat pasta! I don't like the taste that much- but pairing it with the chicken and spinach sounds great! I just so happen to have all the ingredients in my kitchen so guess what I'm making for dinner tonight? :)
Oh and I have to make parmesean bread with it too- with any extra cheese. mmmmm*

Cathy said...

This is exactly the kind of dinner we love. I might make it tonight! How great must holiday dinners be at your house with all of those fabulous cooks in your family?

Anonymous said...

This looks really good! It's only been a couple years since I liked baby spinach and I love it!

Becky said...

I've eaten this at your house and maybe at Audrey's) and LOVED it. I tried to duplicate it once here but it totally stuck to my pan. could it have been the pan? Too hot, too old? (It still tasted yummy.) I'm so looking forward to having you close by. Exciting!!

The Schoolhouse @ Deer Run said...

This looks so good. I would like to try it soon. It uses ingredients I always have on hand. I only have ONE recipe that I don't measure...I'm too anal not to. : )

April ~ Living the Sweet Life said...

I just bought some angel hair pasta. Perfect timing. I am going to make this for dinner tonight.
april~living the sweet life

E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

I tried this last night and it was awesome! Thanks so much!