Giada De Laurentiis Creamy Italian Chicken Florentine Dish Is Effortless Yet Elegant

Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis’ Chicken Florentine is the best kind of dish: a crowd-pleasing showstopper made with the simplest of ingredients.

Easy to make and delicious, the chef’s recipe is a perfect anytime meal.

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis wears a floral print dress in this photograph.
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De Laurentiis’ Chicken Florentine features ingredients you likely have in your kitchen

The culinary personality’s dish includes boneless skinless chicken breasts, all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, shallots, chopped garlic, dry white wine, whipping cream, chopped fresh Italian parsley, and thawed frozen cut-leaf spinach.

On her food and lifestyle blog Giadzy, De Laurentiis described this effortless but elegant “classic Tuscan Italian dish” as “a quick, delicious way to get dinner on the table. The creamy Florentine sauce comes together in a pinch, and gives this easy weeknight meal a bit of decadence. If you have it on hand, you can use fresh spinach in lieu of frozen.”

Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe is simple and satisfying

The chef starts by dredging salted and peppered chicken in flour, then cooking it in melted butter in a “heavy, large skillet” until it’s browned. Move the chicken to a plate, and cover it with foil to keep it warm.

In the same pan, cook minced shallots and garlic in more melted butter, “stirring to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet.”

De Laurentiis at this point adds the wine, boiling the mixture on medium-high for about three minutes so that the liquid reduces.

The cream is stirred in and continues cooking until the sauce thickens and is reduced by half. De Laurentiis says to stir the parsley in now, returning the chicken to the skillet and covering it in the sauce.

Get the complete recipe, video, and reviews on Food Network’s site.

The chef’s easy chicken dish has over 700 five-star reviews on Food Network’s site

You know a recipe is a hit when reviewers try it and take the time to sing its praises, as home cooks did on Food Network’s site. With hundreds of high ratings, De Laurentiis’ dish is an absolute success.

“Cook this! Just cook it and thank Giada later for one of the best weeknight meals ever. Then add it to your rotation so your family can thank you too!,” one person wrote.

Another flavorful chicken recipe from Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis

Quite a few home cooks shared that De Laurentiis’ recipe gave them confidence in the kitchen.

“Excellent. If you want people to think you can really cook. This recipe tastes like a professionally prepared meal. I’m just a novice to immediate [sic] cook but this recipe made me a star with the wife. Seriously, it’s on my regular rotation,” one person said.

Another home cook added, “This was easy yet delicious! I followed the directions exactly and, once again, decided that I could make dishes better than in a restaurant. This is one of Giada’s gems.”

Lastly, a reviewer urged other home cooks to “TRY THIS. I’ve been making this recipe for years, with a few adaptations. … I top each piece of chicken with fresh spinach, prosciutto, and mozzarella cheese and into the oven until melted and delicious. Take my word for it, this is a winner.”

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