Chicken and Spinach Rice Florentine

Experience the taste of Italy in just 30 minutes! This simple, one pan Chicken and Spinach Rice Florentine dish is made with Minute® Instant Brown Rice, tomatoes and Parmesan.

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Chicken and Spinach Rice Florentine

Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 20 mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 30 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 30 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups Minute® Brown Rice
  • 1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • This one-skillet Chicken and Spinach Rice Florentine dish with Minute® Instant Brown Rice combines baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan cheese for a savory dinner in just 30 minutes!

  • Step 1

  • Heat oil in a large, deep skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook for 8-10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through, stirring frequently.

    Step 2

  • Add rice, tomatoes and broth; mix well. Bring to a boil.

    Step 3

  • Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

    Step 4

  • Stir in spinach until wilted.  Stir in the cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes.

    Recipe Tip

    Leftover rice? Save it for dinner and use it to make a whole grain version of classic Egg Fried Rice.

From the Streets of Florence

Making this one-pan meal of Spinach, Chicken and Rice Florentine with brown rice is so easy, the dish practically cooks itself. The simple combination of tomatoes, spinach, rice and chicken makes for a tasty, whole grain meal that’s ready in just 30 minutes.

Chicken Perfection

To give your chicken an extra touch of Italian flavor before cooking, coat it in a bit of ground rosemary, salt and pepper before tossing it into the pan. To cut down on the cook time, cut your chicken into small pieces so the heat will take less time to distribute evenly through each slice. Leave the chicken in the skillet when you add the rest of the ingredients to make for less clean up. Also, be sure to add the broth to the pan along with the chicken to infuse the rice with lots of added flavor.

Though it looks like this recipe calls for a lot of spinach, it will cook down fairly quickly. While your Chicken and Spinach Rice Florentine is simmering, throw together a quick Caprese Rice Salad with some lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, to serve alongside.

Top this dish off with additional shredded Parmesan and add in any Italian seasonings you have on hand, such as dried basil or rosemary, to draw together all the flavors. Buon appetito, a tutti! If you are looking for a vegetarian option try our stuffed eggplant parmesan recipe.

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