This creamy Chicken Florentine Soup recipe sounds fancy, but it’s down-to-earth delicious. Perfect as a starter, but filling enough to be a main course.
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What is Florentine soup?
The term “Florentine” means a dish containing spinach, meat or eggs, and a cream component. The cream component is usually a Mornay sauce, but in the case of this soup recipe, it’s simply the whipping cream. There’s some debate whether the term originated in French cuisine, or if it’s from the Florence, Italy region. No matter where it came from, it’s delicious!
Why This Recipe Works
- It’s made all in one pot, with just 10 easy steps.
- It calls for basic, easy-to-find ingredients.
- It’s filling and comforting.
- This soup can be served as a first course, or a main course.
- You can have dinner on the table in an hour!
Chicken: what would Chicken Florentine soup be without chicken? I’m a believer in taking shortcuts when possible…and using a rotisserie chicken for this soup definitely works!
Aromatics: onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. The combined flavors of these veggies provides the base for the amazing taste.
Chicken broth: the necessary liquid needed to make soup.
Whipping cream: adds the creamy element needed, and helps thicken the soup.
Spinach: 6 ounces may seem like too much, but it’s not. Don’t be afraid to add all of it!
Substitutions + Variations
- One cup of dry white wine can be substituted for one cup of the chicken broth.
- Rotisserie chicken: shredded chicken breasts, boneless chicken thighs, leftover chicken, turkey.
- Whipping cream: heavy cream or regular whipping cream can be used. Coconut cream, half and half, or whole milk are also good substitutes.
- Dried thyme: fresh thyme or Italian seasoning.
- Chicken broth: low sodium chicken broth, chicken stock, or bone broth.
- Minced garlic: 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic can be used instead of the minced garlic.
- Any other vegetables can be added. Some good suggestions are artichokes, corn, sliced mushrooms, or green beans.
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How to Make
Making this Chicken Florentine soup is gratifying and fun. As you build the soup by adding the ingredients, the most wonderful aroma fills the kitchen. Once started, you don’t have long to wait before you can enjoy a wonderful and hearty meal!
Step 1: Remove the meat from the rotisserie chicken. Chop into bite size pieces. Set aside.
Step 5: Add the flour, and cook for an additional 2 minutes stirring constantly.
Step 6: Add the chicken broth. Reduce heat to medium. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Step 8: Bring to a second boil. Add the chicken and spinach.
Step 9: Turn off the heat, Cover and let sit on the stove for 30 minutes. Taste, and season with salt and black pepper if desired.
It works best to have all the ingredients ready to go before the soup assembly starts. Once you begin, you don’t have much time to collect and measure everything.
Wait until the soup is finished “resting” to season it with salt and pepper. Many times, after the flavors combine, the amount of salt and pepper needed will change.
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Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe
- 1 rotisserie chicken
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup shredded carrots (firmly packed)
- 1 cup celery (chopped – about one celery heart)
- 1/2 large onion (chopped)
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 32 oz. chicken broth
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 6 oz. baby spinach
- shredded parmesan cheese
- Remove the meat from the rotisserie chicken. Chop into bite size pieces. Set aside.
- Chop the onion and celery. Set aside.
- In a large dutch oven, over medium high heat, add the butter and olive oil.
- Add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the flour, and cook for an additional 2 minutes stirring constantly.
- Add the chicken broth. Reduce heat to medium. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Add the whipping cream, thyme, and nutmeg
- Bring to a second boil. Add the chicken and spinach.
- Turn off the heat, Cover and let sit on the stove for 30 minutes. Taste, and season with salt and pepper if desired.
- Serve in bowls or soup mugs, topped with grated parmesan cheese.
If you make this Chicken Florentine soup, and love it, please consider coming back to leave a comment and a 5-star review. I would really appreciate it, and it would help me so much. Thank you!
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