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Let me just start by saying this; I make this for dinner once a week. I would make it twice but I’m afraid the prisoners would revolt. Also, this is easier than dialing take out, or ordering it on your Ipad, which I also do once a week. Don’t tell anyone that. I make this so much because someone thought Cheerleading practice for 7 year olds should last until 8:00pm twice a week. I don’t have time to feed everyone by 5:30 when we need to leave so we end up eating at 8:30 when we go home. Did I say my ideal bed time is 8:30? 8:30= Goodnight. This Weeknight Crispy Chicken Florentine bake is about all I can muster on those late nights.
The only reason I am able to muster it on those nights is because I pour frozen spinach into a casserole dish. Zero effort here. Less effort than pulling through a McDonalds drive through, ear drums blazing, from the cacophony of cheeseburger requests from the back seat. Jesus, help me on sports nights.
Did I say that I just put the chicken on top and leave it in the refrigerator for my husband to throw in the oven at 7:40? I do that. Zero effort. Actually, let me just tell you how to make this in one sentence or less.
How To Make Weeknight Chicken Florentine Bake
Bags of frozen spinach down, mix it with salt and pepper, put the chicken thighs on top, bake it. Also there is a quick cheese sauce but I couldn’t throw that into one sentence and still prove I graduated second grade.
You really will just empty two bags of frozen spinach into the bottom of your casserole dish. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper and give it a little toss. This is my favorite part of this dish because I feel like I’m cheating the system or something.
You will lay the chicken thighs on top of the spinach and sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. You can scale this to be exactly what you need. I normally would have made five chicken thighs here but life is tough during the week and I only had four in the refrigerator, and I’m not going to the store again.
At this point, I put it in the refrigerator, covered, with a note on temp and time for my husband to put it in the oven. I have him do this so that it is ready for the cheese sauce when we walk through the door. And also because he didn’t drive the kids to sports, and he needs to do something.
The creamy cheese sauce is equally as easy as the rest of it. We are just simmering cream for a few minutes and adding grated Parmesan cheese. Freshly grated is great (best), but I know you don’t have time for that, so just use the parm shaker from the store. You do you, boo. Make it easy because it’s already 9:00 and you yearn for the sounds of silence children make when they are sleeping in their beds.
I make the cheese sauce when I get home and pour it over the top. Doesn’t it look like there was some effort to be had here? There wasn’t. If I can do this on a busy sports night, you can do this too on any busy night. You know what? Maybe you aren’t having a busy night but your fingers are poised on the GrubHub app, ready to spend $72.00 on Gyros. You can do that…I do sometimes. But this is just as easy.Print
This is the easiest dish you have made all week! It’s just a matter of throwing the ingredients together ahead of time.
4–6 chicken thighs
2 packages of frozen spinach
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (fresh is best)
If baking immediately, preheat oven to 400°
In a casserole dish, arrange frozen spinach
Toss with half salt and pepper
Top spinach with chicken thighs, salt, pepper, and sprinkle with garlic powder
——————–It can wait in the refrigerator now or bake immediately——————–
Bake for 1 hr uncovered
In a small sauce pan, heat the cream until is it steaming and looks like it may boil.
Slowly stir in the parmesan cheese and allow the sauce to thicken (about 3 minutes)
Pour over chicken and spinach
*Optional but good: Return the casserole to the oven and allow it to bake another 10 -15 minutes more
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: chicken spinach casserole, creamy parmesan sauce, chicken florentine, easy weeknight dinner recipes, easy casserole, chicken casserole, make ahead meal
*When I put the ingredients in to Nutrifox, the chicken macros kept coming out wrong (higher fat). The chicken should have much less fat for one thigh and it should be around 30g total. Please use your own calculations for this.