Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Crispy Chicken Florentine Melt

Crispy breaded chicken topped with melted mozzarella, tomatoes, and spinach.

Honestly, I cannot get enough of foods with grape tomatoes and when you throw spinach into the mix, it's going to be a favorite. This recipe is also a Ree Drummond recipe, so I can bank on it being a favorite. So that's two things going in that I knew would be working in my favor. What's even more fabulous about this recipe is that the chicken is breaded and nice and crispy. Then topped with melty mozzarella. I mean it really cannot get better than that. In the original recipe, the chicken was served with buttered English muffins. I love English muffins but thought it was a little strange with dinner. But it really sealed the deal. It's a keeper all around!

What you need:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Sliced mozzarella
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  1. In separate shallow dishes, combine flour with salt and pepper, mix egg with milk, and then combine panko with salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge chicken through flour, then egg mixture, then coat with panko.
  3. Melt 4 Tbsp. butter and 4 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Brown chicken for 3 to 4 minutes on the first side, then flip and cook another 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Remove to a rack on top of a sheet pan and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and top with cheese. 
  7. Broil until cheese has melted.
  8. In a small skillet, melt 1 Tbsp. butter with 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat.
  9. Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and cook for about 2 minutes or until tomatoes break apart.
  10. Add spinach and garlic and cook until spinach wilts, while stirring, for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  11. Serve chicken topped with tomato mixture.
Recipe from The Pioneer Woman

More chicken with tomatoes and spinach in this 20-Minute Chicken Spinach Parmesan recipe that is great. I never thought I'd see this recipe, but this Chicken Florentine Flat Bread Pizza from Creme de la Crumb looks insanely delicious and I want to try it immediately.

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