Thursday, September 01, 2005

Chicken Florentine Casserole

Source: a recipe ripped out of some magazine at the gym

4 (about 1 pound) boned and skinned chicken breast halves
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 large clove garlic, sliced
1 pound fresh spinach, rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 ounces neufchatel cheese, cut up and softened
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 pound linguine, broken in half
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Heat oven to 375ยบ. Lightly oil 8x8x2-inch glass baking dish. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to boiling over high heat.

Combine chicken, 3/4 cup water, wine and garlic in saucepan. Bring to boiling over high heat; reduce heat; gently simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Remove chicken from broth and set aside to cool. Measure broth, adding water if needed to make a total of 1 3/4 cups. Tear chicken into about 1/2-inch wide shreds.

Place wet spinach in a large nonreactive pot; cover; cook over high heat until wilted, 3 minutes. Drain, lightly pressing out excess water. Coarsely chop; return to pot.

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute. Stir in reserved 1 3/4 cup broth mixture; cook, stirring until thickened and smooth, 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice, oregano, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in cream cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Add cheese sauce and shredded chicken to spinach in pot.

Meanwhile, add linguine to boiling water; cook until firm but tender, 9-10 minutes. Drain; add to spinach mixture. Turn into prepared casserole. Combine remaining Parmesan cheese, crumbs and paprika in a small bowl. Sprinkle over top casserole. Bake in 375 oven about 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes. Serve.

I talked about this recipe HERE.

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