Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Creamy Chicken Florentine (Kraft Foods and My Thoughts on Dinnertime)

Thank you to Kraft Foods for offering me the opportunity to recreate a recipe with PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme. Please click here to learn more about all the PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme flavors and recipes.

I was pleased to be selected to test out one of Kraft Foods' new products, a cooking creme. I accepted the challenge...I'm always looking for inexpensive ways to simplify our dinnertime routine!

Kraft supplied me with a recipe for Creamy Chicken Florentine; it was up to me to customize it and create a meal my family would enjoy. Here's what I came up with!

Creamy Chicken Florentine


1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup fire roasted, diced tomatoes
1 tub (10 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Savory Garlic Cooking Creme
1 pkg. (6 oz.) baby spinach leaves
2 cups hot, cooked penne pasta
2 Tbsp. slivered almonds, toasted


1. Cook chicken and tomatoes in a large, non-stick skillet on medium heat, 5 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

2. Add the cooking cream to the chicken and tomato mixture.

3. Cook and stir for 3 minutes.

4. Stir in spinach and pasta. Top with slivered almonds before serving.

Notes: If you use frozen chicken breasts (which are what I had on hand) be sure to defrost them well before you begin. You can even defrost in the microwave if you are in a rush! I used canned tomatoes to speed up the dinner prep, and I carefully toasted the slivered almonds in the microwave with a tablespoon of butter. I also chose to top the pasta with the chicken and cream topping, rather than mixing it all together.

Variations: Is your husband a fan of sea food like mine is? Substitute shrimp for the chicken! You could also try red pepper strips instead of the diced tomatoes. My husband and kids don't care for red peppers, so I opted for the tomatoes. Or try toasted Italian pine nuts in place of the slivered almonds.

The PHILADELPHIA cooking cream is as simple to use as opening the tub and adding it to the skillet! The cream blended easily and added a lot of flavor to the meal. It was easy to customize the recipe to fit my family's needs.

I served our meal with a side of warm, whole wheat French bread...delicious!

With dinner taken care of, all I had to do was enjoy the meal with my family! When we have the opportunity to sit down to dinner together, we make an effort to connect. No TV or cell phones around...just us. We do our best to include the kids in our conversation, even if it's as simple as asking them to share the very best thing to happen to them that day. Feeling relaxed at the table helps me to enjoy the meal more, to be present....rather than being cranky about extra trips to the store or feeling guilty about spending too much on ingredients we didn't really need.

We're all busy...homework, practices, work, family commitments. Dinner should be about nourishing our families: not just physically, but in spirit as well!  

Here's a little video testimony I put together (you'll have to click over if you're viewing this in a reader or email):

Thank you again to Kraft Foods for sponsoring this blog post. I was selected as one of 20 bloggers by Technorati Media and Clever Girls Collective to participate in the Kraft Foods PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme signature recipes campaign. While I have been compensated for my time and received the product, my opinions and experiences are my own.

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  1. you did great on the video!

    & the dish looks yummy. i'm looking forward to trying it(with the red peppers & maybe the shrimp. the pine nuts sounds like a good addition too)

  2. That really does look so good! I am totally adding it to my shopping list this weekend.
    Chicken & pasta are staples in my family so I love finding new variations!


  3. That photo you have of the finished meal looks delicious! It seems like the two hours before my husband comes home and I'm trying to figure out dinner are always the craziest. Everyone is crabby and hungry and all of a sudden "needs" me, haha. This looks quick and easy, but GOOD. I've been wondering how the cooking cream was, thanks for the review!

  4. Amanda, that dish looks delish!!! Thanks for sharing. And it was so nice to see your smiling face and hear your voice on video! Can't wait to meet you IRL.

  5. This looks great! As soon as I get a coupon for the cream I'm gonna try this out:-)

  6. Great job on the video! I love Phili cooking creme! I am so going to try this recipe :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. That looks AMAAZING. I was just telling co-workers I need to start using spinach and tomatoes more in my pasta. Looks like something I would get at Carrabas! YUMMY!!!!

  8. u take amazing picures ! and recepie is amazing!

  9. Yummy! I tried a few of the different cooking cremes last year and liked them. Super handy. Any type of cream cheese is alright by me. =)

  10. If you would like to come over and cook tonight I would love it! ;p

    Great video!!

  11. Great video! You looked super cute in it ;)

    Dinner looked great, too.
    Have an excellent day!

  12. Awesome job on the video, Amanda!! I HATE hearing myself! So I don't know if I'd ever do a video. You seemed so composed and at ease. And that meal looks really good. Definitely something we would eat. Thanks for sharing! =)

    ~ Catie

  13. Oh my gosh, this looks soooooo good! So did you end up using the entire tub of cooking creme or just some of it? I was wondering b/c I'm not usually cooking for more than 2 people since its just the hubs & I & I wondered if you could use part of it & refrigerate the rest for another meal. I've got to try this sometime! Love the video too, you look great! :-D

  14. First of all, you look really pretty. :) Thanks for the recipe and the review. I have been wanting to try that but somehow keep forgetting to do it. I agree with you that dinner is more than just food you eat in the evening... It's re-connection with your family and a time to build memories too.

  15. Amanda, this dish look delicious! I've seen the Philadelphia cooking creme and wondered if it was good. I should have known--I am such a fan of Kraft foods! (Am I the only one who always thinks in jingles? "America spells cheese. . . K-R-A-F-T.")

    You did a great job on the video, by the way! It's so nice to hear your voice again. Makes me want to see you in person again. :)

  16. Hmmm, I had no idea there as a cooking cream. Thank you and what an adorable smile you have!

  17. Looks yummy! Definitely a recipe I would love. And you did a great job on your video! I see more vlogs in the future! :)

  18. I have been eyeing this stuff for awhile now, wondering if it was worth it to try it out! What you made looks delicious! It's making me consider some experimentation of my own.

  19. I've used these before and they are a great thing to grab on a busy night.

    I have found that the Pampered Chef rice cooker is awesome for boiling chicken in the microwave. It comes out perfect every time and is so easy.

  20. Your dish looks so very good and I love that it is is an easy meal option.

    You are a great public speaker and produced a very nice video!

  21. Eccellente ricetta!!!! Mi piace la pasta da morire, poi con Philadelphia si possono ottenere dei piatti semplici ma magnifici... Complementi per il blog!

  22. That sounds so yummy! I tried the same cooking creme a few months ago and it didn't turn out so great....I think I did something wrong because your's looks wonderful!

  23. Sounds so good.,.,will have to try this new cooking cream.
    Thanks for the recipe

  24. This looks amazing Amanda! Putting this one on my "to make" list!!!

  25. Hi, Amanda! I just found you via Home Stories. Your chicken florentine dish looks soooo yummy (Pinned!!). Also, I am in Virginia, too!


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