Pesto Chicken Florentine

Delicious pesto chicken Florentine is simple, yet packed with big flavors. Pesto and homemade alfredo combine for a tasty combination!!

Pesto Chicken Florentine is made with penne pasta, chicken, spinach, tomatoes, and cheese, covered with a homemade Alfredo sauce and pesto! Add Cheesy Garlic Bread, Homemade Caesar SaladZuppa Toscana Soup for a complete meal of Italian comfort food!

Chicken Florentine served on a white plate

Chicken Florentine Pasta

What exactly is Chicken Florentine, you ask? Well the culinary term “Florentine” or “à la Florentine” refers to a recipe that is made in the style of Florence, the city in Italy. Typically, these Florence-style recipes feature spinach that has been sautéed in butter, and are topped with a cheesy white sauce.

Our recipe does include sautéed spinach and a creamy white sauce, only we threw it in with penne pasta noodles and added some pesto! The combination of Alfredo and pesto on top of the garlic-y, sautéed chicken and spinach really takes this pasta to the next level!

Next time you’re in the mood for an extraordinary pasta dish, try this Chicken Florentine! It’s one the whole family will enjoy.

white bowl filled with penne pasta

PESTO ALFREDO SAUCE

This homemade Alfredo with a hint of pesto is the real star of this recipe. And the good news is, it’s super simple to make. This is how you do it:

GARLIC. Add garlic to a pan and saute for 1 minute.

BROTH. Add chicken broth and let it bubble.

CREAM. Once it’s bubbling, add half&half, whipping cream, salt and pepper and parmesan cheese. Whisk constantly until combined. Allow liquid to heat up and thicken for a few minutes.

PESTO. Once your sauce has reached your desired thickness, you’ll then add 2 tablespoons of pesto sauce (we love to use our Homemade Basil Pesto).

PASTA. Add chicken/spinach mixture to your pasta and stir in the Pesto/Alfredo sauce. Mix well, top with Romano cheese. Serve.

Chicken Florentine garnished with fresh diced tomatoes

Easy Chicken Florentine FAQ

I would recommend using fresh spinach. But if frozen is what you have on hand, it’s perfectly fine to use! Still use at least 2 cups of the frozen spinach—it shrinks a ton as it cooks.

STORE  in an air-tight container and keep refrigerated for 2-4 days.

If you’re feeling ambitious and want to add a little extra something to the pasta, here are a few different options:

  • Bacon – Cook up a few slices of bacon (or use precooked bacon), and chop into smaller bits. Add to the pasta at the same time as the chicken/spinach mixture, OR sprinkle on individual servings.
  • Fresh Tomatoes –  Top individual servings with freshly diced tomato.
  • Fresh Basil – Sprinkle fresh basil on top of individual helpings right before serving.
  • Mushrooms –  Add 8 oz. of sliced mushrooms to the skillet with the spinach and sauté. Follow the rest of the recipe the same way.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes – If you’re using dry sun-dried tomatoes, add ½ cup to the skillet at the same time as the spinach and sauté. If you have oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, simply drain the oil and add ½ cup as you combine the sautéed mixture with the pasta.

If you’re anything like me and love pesto, you could maybe add a little more than 2 tablespoons to the sauce. We decided we want to add extra pesto next time! And believe me, there will be a next time for this recipe – the whole family loved it, even my kids who favor red sauce pastas. 😉

Do you like the chicken Florentine flavors of this pasta? You might want to try the soup version!

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Chicken Florentine Pasta Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Delicious pesto chicken Florentine is simple, yet packed with big flavors. Pesto and homemade alfredo combine for a tasty combination!!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 622 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halved and cut into strips
  • 2 c fresh spinach leaves
  • 16 oz pkg dry penne pasta
  • 1 TB grated Romano cheese

Homemade Pesto Alfredo Sauce

  • 1 c chicken broth
  • 1 c half and half
  • 1/2 c whipping cream
  • 1 c parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 2 TB pesto
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, sauté garlic in hot oil for 1 minute. Add chicken and cook for 7 to 8 minutes on each side. Once chicken is cooked through, add your spinach and sauté together for 3-4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cool water and let drain.
  • Prepare Alfredo sauce by adding garlic to a separate pan and sauté for 1 minute. Add broth, let bubble. Then add half&half, whipping cream, salt and pepper and parmesan cheese. Whisk constantly until combined. Allow liquid to heat up and thicken for a few minutes. Once your sauce has reached your desired thickness, you'll then add 2 tablespoons of pesto sauce; set aside.
  • Add chicken/spinach mixture to your pasta and stir in the Pesto/Alfredo sauce. Mix well, top with Romano cheese. Serve.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I bought all the ingredients to make this. For the alfredo sauce it says 1/2 whipping cream. Is it 1/2 cup? Sorry, I’m a new cook.