Chicken Tenders Florentine

 Chicken tenders ‘all dressed up’ with a creamy Parmesan and baby spinach sauce, brightened with a hint of fresh lemon.  Wonderful served over rice!

“Tenders” are small pieces attached to chicken breasts – one on each side. They’re aptly named because they’re so tender & flavorful. 

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Chicken tenders are usually under 2″ wide and about 5″ long.

Chickens are HUGE now compared to when I was growing up in the 50s & 60s, therefore the ‘chicken tender’ part of the breast is also much bigger.  So, when I prepared this recipe using two – 1 lb. packages of chicken tenders, I had A LOT of chicken.

If you’re cooking for 3 – 4 people, depending upon appetite, 1 pound of chicken tenders should do it.  Want more chicken, buy a 2nd package of chicken and fry in 4 batches instead of two.

++  Recipe makes enough sauce for either 1 lb. or 2 lbs. of chicken tenders.

++  Don’t have chicken tenders?  Cut skinless, boneless chicken breasts into 1 1/2″ slices.

 INGREDIENTS

I highly suggest getting all the ingredients ready before starting because once you begin cooking, everything moves along pretty quickly.  So grate that fresh Parmesan, juice the lemon and grate a tiny bit of the peel, mince your garlic & onion, measure the cream and water all before you start.    ; o )

  • 1 (or 2) 1 lb. packages chicken tenders – OR – chicken breast sliced 1 1/2″ thick
  • flour…. for dredging chicken pieces
  • 3 Tbs olive oil – divided
  • 1 bag (5 oz.) baby spinach
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. minced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 bullion cube  ++ If using Knorr brand, use 1/2
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan – plus 2 Tbs. for topping
  • 1/4 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste

METHOD

Get all ingredient measured and ready. Place about 1/4 cup flour in a ziplock bag. Dredge a few chicken tenders at a time, setting aside on a plate once covered with flour.

With heat on medium, place 1 Tbs. olive oil in a large skillet. Cook baby spinach with 1/8 tsp. salt until just wilted… less than a minute.  Remove spinach & set aside.  Add 1 Tbs. olive oil to pan. Cook one layer of chicken tenders at a time, turning once.  ++  About 4 minutes a side should do it.  Not sure, cut a tiny slit in chicken to check. Remove cooked chicken to plate and tent with aluminum foil.  Add another 1 Tbs. oil to pan. Cook rest of chicken.  ++  Bits of cooked chicken will remain, which adds flavor to the sauce.

Now for the sauce.  Add the last 1 Tbs. olive oil and briefly cook 2 Tbs. minced onion and 1 minced garlic clove until softened.  Whisk in 3/4 cup hot water, 1 bullion cube and 1 cup heavy cream, scrapping up any browned bits. Bring to a boil. Lower heat a bit. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes to reduce sauce, stirring occasionally.  

Remove pan from heat.  Add 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, 1/4 tsp. grated lemon peel, 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice and cooked spinach.  Cook, stirring, about a minute. Serve chicken on individual plates or a serving platter. Pour the yummy sauce over chicken tenders and sprinkle on 2 Tbs. grated Parmesan.    Enjoy!!

++ Recipe adapted from COOK’S COUNTRY

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7 thoughts on “Chicken Tenders Florentine

    1. Did you see the comment I made on your post for German Cherry or Apple Cake? I wrote to tell you I’d included the photo of your delicious cake and a link to your blog at the bottom of my Upside Down Cherry Almond Cake because I used a slight variation of your cake base for it. ; o )

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