Chicken Florentine Pasta with a White Wine Cream Sauce

      I can’t believe it’s April already!  This past week has flown by because for the first time in my professional career I had a week long spring break.  I’ve had an amazing week filled with Zumba, a massage, chair dancing aerobics, a pedicure, spending lots of time with my husband, visiting my family in Pittsburgh, and having a chance to relax.

     One of the best things was that I had plenty of time to cook.  That made it easy when I went to look at my assigned blog for this month’s Secret Recipe Club.  This month I was assigned to Andrea’s blog Adventures in All Things Food.  Although the title of her blog says it’s all about food Andrea has a wonderful variety of blog post centering around recipes, gardening, food, product reviews, giveaways, and more!  There was so much to look at and I enjoyed looking around.

      When I decided on a recipe I was surprised to notice that it did not have a name.  She made it with a wine she was reviewing and so the recipe was not named.  I did my best to come up with a proper title for it.   Andrea made it by tossing in all of her favorite ingredients along with Pinot Grigio wine.  Considering that many of her favorite ingredients are my favorites as well plus the fact that Pinot Grigio is my favorite wine I knew I was going to love this dish.

       The penne pasta creates a base for the chicken and sauce.  The sauce is made from Pinot Grigio, chicken broth, half and half, and spices.  It’s slightly thick, rich, and creamy.  Then mushrooms, spinach, artichokes, and sun dried tomatoes are added in.  The bright reds and greens look gorgeous next to the pale white sauce.  The chicken is wrapped in flavors that are creamy and delicious.  Both Frank and I enjoyed this dish so much that it will be put on our rotating list of favorites.

Chicken Florentine Pasta with a White Wine Cream Sauce  (adapted from Adventures in All Things Food)
2 boneless chicken breasts, each cut in half
12 oz. penne pasta
1 shallot, sliced thin
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced thin
1 c. Pinot Grigio
1/2 c. sun dried tomatoes, julienned
1 (10 oz) package of frozen spinach
1/2 c. artichoke hearts

3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 c. fat free half and half
1 c. chicken stock
1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. corn starch
1 t. black pepper
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1.  In a large saucepan over high heat boil water.  Cook the penne according to package directions.  Drain and keep warm.  

2.  Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.  Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  Add in the chicken breast halves and cook until they are browned on both sides but not cooked through.
3.  Add in the shallots, mushrooms, and wine.  Stir and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

4.  Add the chicken broth and corn starch whisking quickly to incorporate into the sauce.  Slowly add the half and half while continuing to whisk. 
 
5.  Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, garlic, artichokes, spinach, and sun dried tomatoes.  Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.  Add in salt and pepper.   
6.  Put the penne on a plate, place one of the chicken breast halves on the pasta, and then top with a spoonful of the sauce and vegetables.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

This post linked to: 
What Makes You Say Mmm, Mouthwatering mondays, Mangia Mondays, Making You Crave Mondays

Comments

  1. Your title sounds perfect! Glad you found such a yummy recipe to make. …and I was completely unaware I forgot to put a name to it.
    Thank you for the kind words. Have a great day!

  2. What a gorgeous sauce!

  3. Hello, I’m stopping by from the UBP 12! Please stop by to say hello! http://acostaeveli.blogspot.com/p/5-day-blog-hop.html

    That looks so good! I must be hungry, lol! :)

  4. Hi Heather,
    This is a wonderful recipe that I know we would enjoy! It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen

  5. Mmm looks fancy and yummy, but still manageable to make! great choice!

  6. Spinach and sun-dried tomatoes in anything makes for an awesome combination! I’m stopping by from SRC but be sure to stop by Seasonal Potluck this month. We have peas AND rhubarb link parties open! We’d love if you’d share any recipes you may have http://bit.ly/H9XJGB

  7. Oh My!!! This looks delicious!!! I love to cook. In fact I’m baking a breakfast strata as I type.

    I’m visiting from the UBP!!!

    Here are my links.

    Life Less Brooke Would Be Ordinary

    Tell Me A Yarn

    The Bluestocking Guide

  8. It sounds yummy. I love chicken in a creamy sauce and actually made a much more simple version of this last night.

  9. that looks amazing. I’ve bookmarked this for my growing pile of “I should make this” recipes. My older son is a picky eater so we eat pasta frequently. Not that he’d try the sauce (if he’s not eating Kraft Dinner, he’ll only have butter on his pasta), but I’d like my pasta to have a nice sauce.

    Pino Grigio is one of my favourite white wines as well. I’ve never thought about cooking with it, tho. There usually isn’t any left after a dinner :-)

  10. Looks good Heather. Nice choice for SRC

  11. hang on a second here: chair dancing class?? that sounds like fun!! and kinda hot. ;)

    pinot grigio is also very good.

    Happy SRC reveal from a group D member!

  12. Yummy!! This sounds so good

  13. That is one beautiful dish to be a “thrown together dinner” ooo I think it looks great!

  14. a complete dinner that looks delicious! I would love to make it

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