Creamy Tuscan Chicken With Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Creamy Tuscan chicken with fresh garlic, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes is a meal worthy of entertaining or special occasions, yet it can be on your table in under 30 minutes.

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Close-up of a bowl filled with fresh pasta and creamy Tuscan chicken.

I don’t know about you, but one thing we nearly always have in the freezer, or can easily pick up from the store, is a few chicken breasts. They are endlessly versatile and so easy to make a meal from, even when you’re in a hurry. So, it stands to reason that I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to make full use of this humble staple!

Besides the chicken, there is a LOT to like about this meal. A rich, flavorful cream sauce, infused with fresh garlic, Parmesan, and Italian seasoning. Colorful spinach and sun-dried tomatoes perk everything up and ensure there’s some nutrition. 🙂 And, while you could serve this plain or alongside nearly anything, I mean, pasta goes with it so well. Why fight it?

Skillet full of creamy Tuscan chicken, surrounded by freshly-cooked pasta and chopped spinach.

You’ll also love that this tastes like a special occasion dinner, without being a huge amount of work. In fact, it’s pretty easy to get on the table in about 30 minutes, prep work included, and without dirtying a huge volume of pots and pans.

Now that is a winning combination!

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Tips To Set This Tuscan Chicken Apart

Now, although I understand that many online recipes for “Tuscan chicken” are inspired by a dish that is or used to be served at The Olive Garden, full disclosure: I have never personally eaten this dish. In fact, I’m not entirely sure I have ever even been to an Olive Garden. So, I can’t say whether this is close or not to that dish.

I can say with confidence that it’s absolutely delicious, and I’d wager it’s much better than the restaurant version – especially when home-cooked and served around your very own table to grateful family and friends.

A plate of creamy Tuscan chicken paired with thick tagliatelle, fresh basil, and a glass of chilled white wine.

A few things set this recipe for creamy Tuscan-style chicken apart:

  1. Flavorful Chicken – however flavorful the sauce is, you do not want to spoon it over bland chicken breasts! Taking 30 seconds to season the chicken with kosher salt and black pepper does wonders, as does a light dredge in flour, which gives the chicken the tiniest little “crust.”
  2. Fresh Garlic – In a real pinch, you could sub garlic powder for the minced cloves, but fresh really does a make difference here.
  3. Just Enough Cream – You want the sauce to be rich but not too heavy. And really, do any of us need more heavy cream just for the sake of it? 🙂 I’ve tried it with more, I’ve tried it with less, and I really believe this ratio is best, with 3/4 cup as written.

Close-up of a bowl filled with fresh pasta and creamy Tuscan chicken.

What To Serve With Creamy Tuscan Chicken

If you’re looking for side dishes to pair with this recipe, I’d suggest a five-minute arugula parmesan pine nut salad or roasted lemon pepper asparagus. Ina Garten’s roasted parmesan broccoli would also be amazing with this – it’s truly the best broccoli I’ve ever prepared or eaten!

And now for the recipe. ♥

Close-up of a bowl filled with fresh pasta and creamy Tuscan chicken.

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken With Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Creamy Tuscan chicken with fresh garlic, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes is a meal worthy of entertaining or special occasions, yet can be on your table in 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly-sliced (about 1-1.5 pounds) (see note 1)
  • 2-3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • a few turns of freshly-ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (see note 2)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth 
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream 
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1-2 cups spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped (see note 3) 
  • pasta, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, warm olive oil over medium-high heat. Place flour in a small bowl or plate. Lightly sprinkle each side of the chicken breasts with kosher salt and black pepper, then dredge each side lightly through the flour. Shake off any excess, then place chicken breasts in the warm pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, just until browned and no longer pink in the center. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside. 
  2. If the skillet is dry, add a tiny bit more olive oil, followed by the garlic. Cook for about 1 minute, just until fragrant. Add chicken broth, and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Add cream, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese. Cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce visibly thickens.
  4. Stir in spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, and simmer for 1-2 minutes, until spinach wilts.
  5. Add chicken back to the skillet, spoon a bit of sauce over each piece, and serve with pasta or other sides as desired.

Notes

This is a rich and very flavorful sauce, so even if serving with pasta, we find a little goes a long way, and don't typically coat all of the pasta in sauce as you might want to with, say, a lighter marinara or the like.

Note 1 - If possible, take your chicken breasts out of the fridge and let them rest at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before you start cooking. This helps them to cook more evenly, so the inside is done just as the outside gets nice and browned.

Note 2 - In a pinch, you could sub 1 teaspoon garlic powder for the freshly minced cloves.

Note 3 - If using oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drain and try to pat a little bit of the oil off of them before chopping and mixing in with the sauce.

Recipe inspired by The Recipe Critic, Damn Delicious, The Kitchen Magpie, and Life Made Simple.

Courses Dinner

Cuisine Italian

And, once you make this, if you’re in the market for more simple weeknight chicken dinners, try my one-pot curry cashew chicken and rice, lemon thyme chicken, bourbon chicken, or cast-iron chicken piccata!

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29 Comments

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    75 Easy Chicken Recipes - Foodtastic Mom
    April 20, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    […] Creamy Tuscan Chicken […]

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    Cori - Sweet Coralice
    March 6, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I love any chicken dish, especially Italian ones! Just need a side of breadsticks and I’m good to go! YUM!! 💕

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    Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins
    March 6, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    This looks so so good! My husband is picky with cream sauces but I think this would win him over.

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    Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy
    March 6, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks fabulous!!!

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    Lindsey
    March 6, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Oh my goodness gracious this looks delicious! Pinning for later!

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    Katie
    March 6, 2018 at 1:27 am

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it! I always have chicken in my fridge too!

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    Bethany
    March 6, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Too bad I just came back from grocery shopping and don’t have the main ingredients! Looks so yummy!!!!

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    Christine
    March 6, 2018 at 12:17 am

    That looks amazing! I think this is going on my dinner list for the week. Yum!

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    Mimi
    March 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Oh yum. In the 80’s I was so put off with sun-dried tomatoes, because pesto and sun-dried tomatoes were used on everything. I guess I thought they had come out of nouveau cuisine of the decade, not realizing that zillions of Italians had been making pesto and drying tomatoes for a thousand years!!! Anyway, fortunately I got over it and I can’t get enough of sun-dried tomatoes. LOVE this dish.

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    Jewels
    March 5, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Yum! I need to try this for dinner this week. Whiat heavy cream do you use?

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      Monica
      March 5, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Jewels! The cream that’s I buy here in Belgium is labeled “creme a fouetter” or “slagroom” and is 40% milk fat. (That’s a bit more fat than standard “heavy cream” sold in the U.S.) If you are shopping in the U.S., either heavy cream or heavy whipping cream should work fine in this recipe – here is an article I’ve found helpful for differentiating a little more between the two, if you’re interested in learning more!

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    Janet
    March 4, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Looks delicious! What kind of pasta did you use?

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      Monica
      March 4, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Janet! I used tagliatelle in these photos!

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    Richard Benchimol
    March 2, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    I appreciate the fact the recipe is quick and easy. Thanks.

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    Chris
    March 1, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Ugh, now THIS is the kinda comfort food I need in this cold, snowy weather! Such an elegant combo of flavours! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

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    Lizzie
    March 1, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Wow, that sauce looks so tasty, and my son would agree with you on the pasta! I know what you mean about tasty Chicken, I’m so lucky I can get local free range chicken

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    Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
    March 1, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Love the colours and flavours in this dish! I think my family would love this – must try it soon!

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    March 1, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious – that sauce has my mouth watering. I can see this dish being very popular with my family!

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    Danielle
    March 1, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    This looks so creamy and comforting. I love anything with sundried tomatoes, so this sounds good to me!

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    Allison Mattina
    March 1, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I have been experimenting with sun dried tomatoes recently. I REALLY like the idea of using them in a recipe like this! YUM!

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    Leslie
    March 1, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    To my mind, there is nothing as satisfying as a bowl of perfectly cooked pasta with a rich, creamy sauce. This looks delicious!

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    February 28, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I would never pass up a great pasta dish…and I LOVE those thick noodles. This sounds perfect for a nice easy weekend meal….add a bottle of wine and enjoy with your friends.

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      Monica
      February 28, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Yes – you just described my ideal evening! 🙂 Thanks so much, Gloria!

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    February 28, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    That sauce looks absolutely divine! I adore sun dried tomatoes!

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 28, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Becca! They’re one of my favorites, too – I love them in pesto, on pizza, in sauces, dips, you name it!

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    Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
    February 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I LOVE the sound of this!!!
    Firstly it is pasta and I am pastas biggest fan, secondly it has sun dried tomatoes in it and I just can’t get enough of them!!!

    This pasta is so elegant, perfect for entertaining or a mid-week meal. JUST LOVE IT (Did I say that already!!)

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      Monica
      February 28, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      I am with you all counts – pasta and sun-dried tomatoes are pretty much irresistible to me! Thanks so much, Claire!

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    Emily
    February 28, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    This looks to die for, I’m seriously drooling. Love all your tips too, so helpful!

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 28, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Emily!

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