Chicken Florentine Flat Bread Pizza – This Chicken Florentine Flatbread is much easier than you think and is crazy delicious!
This recipe is inspired by something I ordered at TGI Friday’s over a year ago when my husband and I took a trip down to Las Vegas for a few days with his family. I’m fairly certain that is actually the only time I’ve eaten at TGI Friday’s but I must say is was delicioussssss. I’d go back. If I had one near me. But I don’t. So all of you who do live near a Friday’s – have a bite for me will you? Thanks
Now let’s go back to that big fat bolded word I mentioned before. I said this recipe was inspired by something I had at TGI Friday’s. It is not a copycat recipe. Basically I ordered a flatbread I found on the appetizer menu, but I ordered it as my main dish. Am I the only one who does that? I do it all the time. I love appetizers. I’d probably rather have five appetizers every night for dinner instead of a main dish and two sides.
But this flatbread I ordered, it was mind-blowingly tasty. Like, I just craved it for weeks afterwards. All I remember is that it had florentine in the title, there was obviously flatbread involved, and there was chicken, spinach, and a touch of cheesiness. That about sums up the delicious experience that was happening in my mouth. If you could turn Italy into edible fireworks, that’s what it tasted like. An explosion of flavor from a simple dish. And that is what inspired this Chicken Florentine Flatbread recipe.
This recipe could be used as an appetizer, if that’s what you’re going for. But once you taste it, you’re not going to want whatever’s on the menu for the main course. You will want more and more and more of this flatbread until, alas, it is gone and you are stuffed like a Thanks Giving Turkey. So just save yourself the wasting of a perfectly good manicotti and make this for dinner.
Oh and I’m about to use a term I’ve never before said on this here foodie blog. But I feel it is necessary that you know this dish is man-pleasing. You would not believe the compliments I got from my husband after making this. There were oohs and awes and mmmmmmmms, all through dinner.
Here’s the thing. This recipe sounds, looks, smells, and tastes fancy but, I promise you this flat bread is a piece of cake. You can use store bought naan or flat bread which cuts out about 90 percent of the preparation time, and all you have to do is cook some chicken on the stove and pop this baby in the oven for a few minutes to get that cheese all melty. No need to pay thousands for tickets to Europe, bring the taste of Italy into your kitchen with this easy 30 minute dish!
- 2-3 store-bought or homemade flat breads OR naan (you can find this at most grocery stores in the bakery area - I've seen it at Walmart, Target, and Harmon's. THIS ONE is my favorite.)
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 teaspoons italian seasoning (not italian dressing- just an italian blend of seasonings you find in the spice section)
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to ½ inch thickness and diced/chopped into bite size pieces
- ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (you can also use thin slices of a roma tomato)
- ½ cup spinach leaves, thinly sliced or chopped
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- optional: 1 tablespoon fresh basil(chopped), ¼ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with nonstick foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of italian seasoning. Cook in a large pan over medium high heat for about 6-8 minutes until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Set chicken aside.
- Whisk together melted butter and 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning. Brush over naan/flat bread. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese. Scatter chopped spinach over cheese. Add tomatoes and chicken. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. (If including optional basil and sun dried tomatoes, add now) Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning over the parmesan cheese.
- Bake flat breads 6-8 minutes until cheese is melty. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!