Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake

For the Magazine Monday series and Presto Pasta Nights I am making another Italian dish from the magazine of the same name, Italian.

Pre-Qualifiers for a work day meal: Easy. Healthy. Appetizing and Flavorsome.

That is how I would describe this dish. I work full-time as a Government drone; I get home in time to walk the shibas and dive right into meal prep….if we are going to eat before 8 that is. So here is another recipe that I will be saving since it met the aforementioned pre-qualifiers.

Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake
Pre: 30 minutes Bake: 30 minutes

Ingredients............. (And Do NOT let what appears to be lengthy list of ingredients fool you....this is super easy)

3 cups bow-tie pasta
1/3 cup chopped onion (1 small)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ¼ cups milk
1 TB fresh snipped oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
½ cup oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup coarse dried bread crumbs
½ teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cook pasta and drain.

In medium skillet, cook onion in I TB butter until tender.

In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, herbs, salt, red and black pepper. Stir in cooked pasta, chicken, onions, Monterey jack cheese, artichokes, spinach, dried tomatoes and 2 TB Parmesan cheese.

Transfer to ungreased 3-quart baking dish.

Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. In small bowl combine 2 TB Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and paprika. Drizzle with melted butter; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle crumb mixture over pasta mixture.

Bake uncovered about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

From Italian Magazine, Fall/Winter 2010 issue.

I will be sending this to CreamPuffs in Venice for her roundup of Magazine Monday. Surf over to visit the Creampuff...see what's cookin'

Also, this is a candidate for Presto pasta Nights. An easy meal to toss together when you are craving pasta and want a healthy bite for dinner! Check out
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monicajane said...

mmmmm....yum!!! and yes, delightfully easy!!

will make it soon...(or some it, really!)

Pierce said...

Thank you Monica Jane. It's a keeper!

Brenda said...

Tina, what a great recipe and you're right, you can tell how quick and easy it is. I didn't realize how much I loved artichokes until just a few months ago. I can't believe what I've been missing. Thanks for the reminder of Magazine Mondays, I almost forgot!! And I'm a Government drone too. A Canadian Government drone. :o)

Cathy said...

I love anything with artichokes...going to try this next weekend :)

Pierce said...

Brenda - What sector do you work in? We'll have to compare notes :-)

Cathy - Your mouth will thank you!

Drick said...

you are right, this sounds easy and it looks so delish - chicken and artichokes are just perfect together and this recipe rocks...

Kim said...

Tina- Weeknight/work day meals are my favorite kind to prepare. For the most part I like easy and quick, especially meals like this one.
Holy cow...pasta, cheese, chicken, artichokes(which I love), spinach and tomatoes! Those are some of my favorite things. You sure wouldn't have any leftovers if I was around ;-)

Katerina said...

If you say this is supper easy then I believe you. This is ideal for a weekday meal. It looks very comforting. I am always at a rush during week days. I run like crazy to arrange everything in time. Thanks for sharing!

girlichef said...

Why did I never think of something like this? Some of my favorite flavors to pair together all in one dish...YUM!!! Sounds addicting ;)

Joanne said...

I'm a big fan of quick and easy one casserole dish meals as well. I haven't had florentine-esque anything in TOO LONG. This looks fantastic.

Rita said...

What a lovely recipe; I am a pasta lover and always looking for a new way to prepare and serve. Flrentine makes it even nicer; thank you.

Magic of Spice said...

That looks wonderful...loads of flavor :)

Pierce said...

Thank you all for such very nice comments! I haven't been able to update lately as things got crazy at work.....will be "visiting" soon :-0

creampuff said...

Looks delicious and if it's quick and healthy ... sounds good to me!

The Food Hunter said...

great recipe!

Ruth Daniels said...

I am in heaven! Awesome dish, thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm bookmarking this one. It sounds fabulous!

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