Food & Drink

Chicken Florentine without the guilt

Visitors to the Food Network's Web site apparently can't get enough of Paula Deen's Chicken Florentine.

It's one of the most popular recipes there, but even though that meal contains a generous amount of spinach, it's far from healthful.

Just one serving of Deen's casserole packs in 660 calories and 50 grams of fat. If you ate a Chicken Club sandwich from Wendy's instead, you'd save 120 calories and 25 fat grams.

So I lightened up this dish while keeping the taste that people love by using reduced-fat versions of cream-based soups, mayonnaise, sour cream and Cheddar cheese.

For the topping, I also make my own bread crumbs from wheat bread and mix in light butter and a bit less Parmesan cheese.

My alterations to this recipe cut the calories by 49 percent and the fat by 71 percent. You can have a serving of my Chicken Florentine for 339 calories and 14.6 fat grams.