One-Pot Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese

One-Pot Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese in the pot

One-Pot Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese in the pot

This One-Pot Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese is what ooey, gooey comfort food dreams are made of (at least mine!). I’d say this dish is a “grown-up” twist on mac and cheese, but I think kids will love this too. Besides, what adult doesn’t love traditional mac and cheese? This one is a delicious varying though. With a rich cheese sauce made from sharp Parmesan and creamy Mozzarella, this pasta tastes decadent. You’d never guess it’s just 310 calories or 8 Green, 7 Blue or 4 Purple WW SmartPoints per cup. To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here! Plus, it comes together in just one pot for easy clean up! What’s not to love?

One-Pot Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese in a bowl

If you’re wondering why I called this “Florentine,” in culinary terms that basically means “with spinach.” So if you see Chicken Florentine or Eggs Florentine on a menu, it generally just means the dish includes spinach. Sometimes I’ll just say spinach in the title, but today I decided One-Pot Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese sounded better than One-Pot Chicken and Spinach Mac and Cheese. I know, “what’s in a name?” and all that, but I thought I’d explain quickly in case you were unfamiliar with the term!

Looking for more tasty one-pot comfort food recipes like this One-Pot Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese? Check out my One-Pot Barbecue Chicken Mac and Cheese, One-Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta with Chicken and Spinach, One-Pot Turkey and Veggie Spaghetti, One-Pot Cheesy Chili Mac, One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta, One-Pot Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, Lemon Garlic Chicken and Beans Skillet, One-Pot Creamy Garlic Chicken Pasta, One-Pot Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage, Spanish Chicken and Rice Skillet, White Chicken Chili, Turkey Sloppy Joe Pasta, Chicken Pot Pasta , Beef Enchilada Pasta Skillet, Mexican Chicken Cauliflower Rice Skillet, and so many more in the One-Pot Meals category of my recipe index!

One-Pot Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese

This One-Pot Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese is rich, hearty, flavorful, and great for the whole family!

  • 1 ½ lbs raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into dick-sized chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons light butter, I use Land O’Lakes light stick butter
  • 1 ½ cups skim milk
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 10 ounces dry whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 3 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 ounces shredded 2% Mozzarella cheese
  • 3 ounces fresh spinach leaves
  • Season the chicken pieces with ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and the ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder. Drizzle the oil in a 5 QT Dutch oven or large pot and bring to medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the hot oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and browned. Remove the chicken to a side plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

  • In a small dish, stir together the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper with the flour. Place the butter into the pot and bring over medium heat. When the butter is melted, whisk the flour mixture in a little bit at a time until smooth. Slowly whisk the milk into the butter/flour mixture a little at a time, until combined and smooth. Add the water and whisk to combine, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot from cooking the chicken.

  • Increase the heat to med-high and stir occasionally until boiling. Reduce the heat to med-low and add the macaroni. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent sticking, until pasta is cooked.

  • Reduce the heat to low and stir in the Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses until melted into the sauce. Add the spinach leaves and stir until wilted. Return the cooked chicken pieces from step 1 to the pot and stir together. Cook for another few minutes until heated through and serve.

To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
Nutrition Information per (1 cup) serving:
310 calories, 27 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 10 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 29 g protein, 5 g fiber, 298 mg sodium (from
MYWW SMARTPOINTS PER (1 cup) SERVING: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on
Green: 8 SmartPoints/ Blue: 7 SmartPoints/ Purple: 4 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per (1 cup) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)


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