Serving chicken Florentine soup is nothing short of offering a warm delicious hug in a bowl! It’s creamy, savory comfort that gently warms you from the inside out. This chicken Florentine soup recipe is full of wholesome veggies and layers upon layers of incredible flavor. It’s the kind of chicken soup that makes people ask for the recipe.
That hot bowl of steamy creamy goodness is one of the best chicken soup recipes according to yours truly. It’s one of those chicken recipes that fill the kitchen with a rich tasty aroma that people breathe in deep.
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I love that this chicken Florentine soup recipe can be ready in just over an hour and it is so deeply decadent. This kind of wholesome deliciousness is hard to match, especially without an all-day simmer. Here are other yummy reasons to love it!
- Lots of nutritious veggies plus spinach
- Dreamy creamy irresistible goodness
- Makes a hearty satisfying meal
- No complicated processes or crazy gadgets
- Great for potlucks and large get-togethers
Building the layers of flavor in this chicken Florentine soup recipe starts with your roux and your fond but it’s totally easy. Take the time to sauté the onions and garlic first. I know it’s all going in the same pot but adding things in steps helps build the layers of flavor.
Whisking the flour and spices in hot pan perks up the spices to enhance their flavors and release their deep aromas. Plus, it cooks out that flour taste.
These first two steps build an amazing fond that adds extraordinary flavor to your soup. Then deglazing with chicken broth just intensifies it and locks it in.
This extraordinary chicken Florentine soup recipe is gonna’ be your new favorite and believe me – they’re gonna’ want seconds. There’s plenty that goes into it between all the wholesome veggies, fragrant spices, and scrumptious creamy sauce but its mainly trusty kitchen staples. Here’s whatcha’ need to know!
Chicken – You’ll need 3 cups of cooked cubed chicken for this recipe. I use chicken breast and you can feel free to pick up a rotisserie chicken or use last night’s grilled leftovers.
Veggies – A wholesome blend of garlic, onions, and spinach take this soup to a whole new level and you’re gonna’ love it!
Spices – Fragrant Italian seasonings, bold rosemary, salt, and pepper inject some Mmm! Mmm! Good. Plus, the amount of salt you’re adding will enhance the rest of the awesome flavors.
Tomatoes – Technically a fruit, these diced tomatoes will add color and play nicely with the small amount of sugar in this recipe. Don’t drain the tomatoes because you’ll want to add the juices as well.
Broth – I like to use low sodium chicken broth since we’re adding salt. That way the salt can perform without overwhelming the yummy flavor of the soup.
Better Than Bullion – This stuff is Ah-ma-zing! Its concentrated flavor that performs so much better than those salty cubes. It makes such a huge difference, so don’t skip it! I use chicken flavor Better Than Bullion in this one.
Cream – A little bit of heavy cream makes this soup so massively decadent.
Cheese – Parmesan cheese melts nicely into the cream and helps it coat every lovely bite.
Potatoes – Adding some potatoes gives some satisfying substance. Plus, they just taste so good with the creamy base.
Sugar – Just a teeny bit of granulated sugar melts right in there and brings it all together.
If you do have leftovers, which isn’t likely, they’ll store well in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also use gallon-sized Ziplocs to save space if you’re fridge looks anything like mine. It’s packed!
Can You Freeze This?
I’m sorry but this soup just doesn’t freeze well. The cream tends to separate and get grainy when it thaws and the potatoes kinda’ turn to mush. It’s an unfortunate event because this soup is just so good. I guess you’ll just have to eat it all!
Make Ahead Tips
Prepping to make this chicken Florentine soup will definitely save some time. You can always chop the veggies and store them together so they’re ready to go. Measure out the spices and mix them up in a small container. You can also peel and chop the potatoes, too, but you’ll have to store them in water.
When I do have leftovers, which isn’t often, I divvy them up into smaller containers that we can toss in the microwave.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
When stored properly, your chicken Florentine soup will stay fresh and yummy for up to 4 days in the fridge. You’ll want to let it cool completely before preparing it for storage but it’s best to reserve the FDA recommended 2-hour serving rule just to be on the safe side.
This chicken Florentine soup recipe is so flexible you can easily add your own little twist. Some people like to add mushrooms or use different types of onions. Here are a few simple suggestions.
Can I Add Noodles?
Some people do like to add noodles to their chicken Florentine soup recipe, but you have to adjust the liquid to balance it out. You can always make this a chicken noodle soup if that’s more your style.
You can also save some time and turn this into instant pot chicken noodle soup or use up some of those holiday leftovers in a savory turkey noodle soup. This recipe gives you options.
Can I Make This Creamier?
This chicken Florentine soup recipe is pretty decadent as it stands. The heavy cream, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese really do a number on those taste buds! If you go with a creamy chicken noodle soup, you can take things a step further to make creamy chicken tortilla soup. That’s a nice twist!
Opting to make a cream of chicken soup instead will give you some concentrated flavor that you can experience as is or use it to enhance other recipes.
Can I Use Dumplings Instead?
Dumplings are a little thick for this chicken Florentine soup in my opinion, but you can turn this into chicken dumpling soup with some added liquid. It may be easier to just make southern chicken and dumplings. It makes an excellent Sunday meal, especially on a cold dreary day! If you’re short on time, then go with a simple Bisquick chicken and dumplings instead.
Can I Cook This In A Crockpot Instead?
Oh absolutely! I just love using a slow cooker for recipes like this because it helps infuse all those yummy flavors deep into your crockpot chicken soup. You can also do crockpot chicken and dumplings that are ready after a long hard day.
If you want something a little lighter, go with crockpot chicken noodle soup. It’ll still fill your kitchen with all those savory fragrances that call to hungry tummies within smelling distance.
What Other Chicken Soups Can I Make?
This creamy decadent chicken Florentine soup is one of my all-time favorites but there are plenty of other recipes. Sometimes I like to make a savory chicken fajita soup. I’ve also made chicken taco soup and buffalo chicken soup for some nice variety. It’s a fresh myriad of flavors that really please the palate.
Chicken Florentine Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup yellow onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 40 ounces low sodium chicken broth
- 1 heaping tablespoon chicken flavor Better Than Bouillon
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, juices included
- 1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 3 cooked chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 ounces baby spinach
- Heat oil and butter in a large pot over medium-high heat and saute onion and garlic on medium-low heat until onions are translucent.
- Sprinkle flour, Italian seasoning, rosemary, salt, and black pepper over onions and continue to saute, whisking constantly, until spices are fragrant about 1 minute.
- Add chicken broth to pot, stirring to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Add Better Than Bouillon, diced tomatoes, and sugar, simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add the russet potatoes and Parmesan and simmer, stirring often, (so Parmesan doesn't stick on the bottom of the pot) until potatoes are fork-tender about 20 minutes. Stir in chicken cubes, heavy cream, and spinach and heat through. Adjust seasoning and serve.
All chicken soups are not created equal but there are some good ones out there. You can experience a metropolis of flavors simply by trying new recipes. Here are some excellent chicken soups you may enjoy. See which ones you like best!
- Chicken Gnocchi Soup – Creamy savory decadence with little potato gnocchi.
- Chicken Corn Chowder – Savory veggies and chicken with a slightly sweet corn element.
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup – A creamy, zesty brothy version that’s ready fast.
- Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup – That savory salty satisfying flavor in a fraction of the time.
- Chicken Ramen – A tender meat and noodle flavor bomb!
Serving up a big batch of chicken Florentine soup is a fantastic way to dress up a Sunday afternoon or add some variety to a potluck lunch. This is an easy to make recipe that comforts and satisfies in every sense of the word.
Plus, it’s loaded with wholesome nutritious veggies you’ll feel good about feeding your family. You’re gonna’ love this recipe because it’s just that good!