Impress guests and family with this creamy Crock Pot Chicken Florentine recipe.
Chicken florentine sounds and looks as impressive as it tastes. Nothing beats chicken breasts that have been stuffed with mozzarella cheese, bacon, and spinach and then topped with a creamy alfredo sauce! Cooked long and slow in the Crockpot and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese, this dish is so good served on a bed of noodles.
Crock Pot Chicken Florentine
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Easy Chicken Florentine
- Chicken florentine is comfort food at its best!
- The best thing about this spinach stuffed chicken is the flavor. Creamy alfredo, bits of crispy bacon, melted cheese, and juicy chicken breasts are superb matches.
- This recipe is so easy to make. Just butterfly the chicken, stuff, and then add to the crock pot!
What Is Chicken Florentine?
Although the title suggests that this dish is from a region in Italy, it is actually referring to a style of French cuisine. This style usually includes protein, in this case, chicken, and some spinach. It also calls for a creamy white sauce, otherwise known as a mornay sauce.
Ingredients And Variations
CHICKEN: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the best option for this dish. They have less fat, are easy to butterfly and simple to stuff. To butterfly chicken, simply cut horizontally and open like a book.
STUFFING: Make some bacon bits by crumbling cooked bacon. For the cheese, the best option is mozzarella, although Monterey could also be used.
ALFREDO: Make a homemade Alfredo sauce with just a little cream, butter, and parmesan cheese, or purchase any Alfredo sauce at the supermarket.
How to Make Crock Pot Chicken Florentine
The Crockpot does most of the cooking for this easy-to-make recipe.
- Butterfly the chicken (as per the recipe below).
- Stuff with spinach, bacon, & cheese. Secure with toothpicks.
- Season. Add to slow cooker.
- Add alfredo sauce. Cook.
- Garnish with cheese.
What to Serve With Chicken Florentine
With its creamy Alfredo sauce, this entree would go great with a long noodle such as linguine or even spaghetti. Serve it with a salad, like a pesto Caprese salad, or this spinach and strawberry salad. Try it with a side of roasted broccolini or oven-roasted asparagus. Or serve with crispy smashed potatoes and add a little cheese bread to soak up all the extra sauce.
Tricks and Tips
- For more tender chicken, pound it with a mallet after it has been cut butterfly style.
- While cutting try to make sure that the breasts are an even thickness. This will make sure that they cook evenly.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- There are two options for making ahead:
- Prepare and stuff the breasts and then freeze them. Then they will be ready to add to the Crockpot.
- Another option is to cook them, and then freeze in an oven-safe dish for future meals. They will keep for up to 3 months. To reheat simply place in a pan in a preheated 350°F oven, cover and bake until heated through.
Savory Chicken Entrees
- Creamy Chicken Dijon – easy & so delish!
- Tuscan Chicken Pasta – perfect for any occasion.
- CrockPot Chicken Alfredo – a classic favorite.
- Chicken and Egg Noodles – comfort food in a bowl!
Crock Pot Chicken Florentine
- 1 pound chicken breasts
- 2 ounces mozzarella cheese sliced
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 3 tablespoons bacon cooked and crumbled
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 jar Alfredo sauce 400 ml
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- Butterfly chicken breasts and fill with 1 mozzarella slice, spinach, and bacon bits. Secure with toothpicks.
- Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Place in the slow cooker and top with Alfredo sauce.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 hours.
- Remove toothpicks, top with parmesan cheese and serve over pasta.
- Any chicken product should be cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165˚F.
- Cut chicken breasts to an even thickness to cook evenly.
- After butterflying chicken, pound with a mallet to tenderize.
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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