Monday, March 9, 2009

Chicken Florentine Casserole

Blaine just requested this to be our anniversary dinner next year. Bentley gobbled up a whole bowl full. Gwen asked for seconds. That's good enough for me!

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 (13.5 ounce) cans spinach, drained
  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2/3 cup bacon bits
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the chicken breast halves on a baking sheet; bake 20 to 30 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  2. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, mix in the garlic, lemon juice, cream of mushroom soup, Italian seasoning, half-and-half, and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Arrange the spinach over the bottom of a 9x9 inch baking dish. Cover the spinach with the mushrooms. Pour half the mixture from the saucepan over the mushrooms. Arrange chicken breasts in the dish, and cover with the remaining sauce mixture. Sprinkle with bacon bits, and top with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes in the 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.
I changed this recipe a bit.... I cooked four pieces of bacon on a big pan, the cubed the chicken and sauteed it in a little leftover bacon grease with garlic (okay, this isn't the healthiest recipe). I removed the chicken and then cooked the mushrooms and spinach in the same pan. Then layered the spinach/mushroom mixture, then the chicken, then the sauce.

Twas good.

3 comments:

Courtney said...

Yummy! How many points do you think this is??

Robin said...

I made this tonight, using Kristi's modifications plus this one: omitting butter from the sauce. If I were brave enough, I'd have substituted skimmish milk for the half-and-half. But, come on ...

Laurie said...

So I made this once and it was delicious. Then I made it again and had to throw it away because it was so GROSS! I really don't know what went wrong, but I was super sad about the whole thing.