Looking for something quick, easy and delicious for dinner tonight? – Creamy Tuscan Chicken is your answer! This delicious, quick and easy recipe only takes 30 minutes to make, uses just a handful of basic ingredients and is incredibly versatile!
This dish is actually not from Italy, but originally created by the Olive Garden and called Tuscan Garlic Chicken! True story. I’ve never actually ordered the dish from there, but definitely remember seeing it advertised on tv years ago. While the original dish uses lightly sautéed strips of red bell peppers, we swapped ours out for thin strips of sun dried tomatoes for a brighter punch of flavor.
How to Make This Creamy Tuscan Chicken
Ingredients Needed for Our Recipe
- Slice each breast in half lengthwise, so you have 4 thinner breasts. Season with salt and pepper.
- Dredge each piece of chicken in flour, shaking off any excess.
- Melt some butter to a skillet.
- Add coated chicken and sear for a few minutes on each side.
- Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
- Melt remaining butter and add onion and garlic. Sauté until onions just begin to cook down. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add sun-dried tomatoes and continue to sauté.
- Stir cream into skillet and simmer until cream reduces slightly.
- Stir Parmesan into sauce and stir until combined and sauce has slightly thickened.
- Add spinach to skillet. Gently stir spinach into sauce until wilted. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add chicken back into skillet.
- Spoon sauce over chicken pieces and simmer until sauce has thickened and chicken has just cooked through. Serve.
Tools You Will Need
Can Creamy Tuscan Chicken be Made Ahead of Time?
Yes! The recipe can be made up to 3 days ahead of time.
Fully make creamy tuscan chicken as instructed, except don’t add the Parmesan cheese. Cool and transfer dish to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
Best Way to Reheat
Pour sauce into a skillet and gently simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Stir Parmesan into sauce and continue to simmer until sauce slightly thickens, about 2 minutes. Nestle chicken breasts into the simmering sauce and continue to simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken has warmed through.
What to Serve with Creamy Tuscan Chicken
Pasta is most commonly served with creamy tuscan chicken, but there are a variety of other serving suggestions:
- steamed rice – either white or brown taste delicious.
- other grains – some of our favorites are quinoa, farro, bulgar, or a combination!
- over a baked potato – that’s right! Give that chicken a quick chop, stir it back into the sauce and ladle everything over the baked potatoes.
- steamed or roasted vegetables – and keep it low carb!
- a crusty baguette – to soak up all the delicious cream sauce.
We love the versatility of this recipe. You really can customize it to fit your taste exactly! Some of our favorite variations are:
- Sautéed wild mushrooms can be incorporated into the creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach sauce to bulk it up.
- Torn kales leaves are a heartier alternative to spinach.
- Thinly sliced and sautéed strips of red bell pepper (or roasted red bell pepper) can used used instead of the sun-dried tomatoes.
- Fresh diced tomatoes can also replace the sun-dried tomatoes.
- Swap the boneless, skinless chicken breasts out for large seared shrimp for a protein alternative for this dish.
- Add some heat to the dish with a couple pinches of crushed red pepper flakes.
- Make this recipe gluten free by swapping gluten free flour in for the all purpose flour.
More Easy Chicken Recipes You Will Love
- Oven Baked Chicken Thighs
- Garlic and Ginger Braised Chicken
- Cashew Chicken
- Spatchcock Chicken
- Crispy Chicken Thighs in a Mushroom Cream Sauce
- Baked Honey Hot Chicken Sandwiches
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Creamy Tuscan Chicken
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 yellow onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil) thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 3 ounces Parmesan grated
- 2 1/2 ounces spinach leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- Slice each breast in half lengthwise, so you have 4 thinner breasts.
- Season each breast on each side with salt and pepper and dredge in flour, shaking off any excess.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter to a skillet over medium heat.
- Add coated chicken and sear for about 3 minutes on each side.
- Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
- Melt remaining butter and add onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 to 6 minutes or until onions just begin to cook down. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add sun-dried tomatoes and continue to sauté for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
- Stir cream into skillet and simmer until cream reduces slightly, about 4 minutes.
- Stir Parmesan into cream mixture until smooth creamy.
- Add spinach to skillet and stir until spinach leaves have just wilted. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add chicken back into skillet, spoon some sauce over each pieces and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Serve.
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I used 1/2 &1/2 instead of the heavy cream. Stirred the cheese and was not able to get a creamy sauce. Is this because of the 1/2 & 1/2 ?
So incredibly good!!! This was super easy to make, this came out so good. I will be making again and definitely share with friends!
I make this often, my family loves. I generally roast grape tomatoes since I never have sundried and throw cooked gnocchi in the pan at the end as well. Big hit
Absolutely Love ❤️
However, we used a dollop of cream cheese with the ingredients- you must try… it gives it an amazing flavor!
Made this tonight. Instead of the tomatoes, I used roasted red pepper since we have a tomato allergy in the house. Everyone loved it. Thanks!
Very good. I followed recipe just how it was with no changes. Came out phenomenal.
Omg I made this. Soo delicious. It was a hit. Can’t stop eating it cause it tastes so darn good
What kind of Sun Dried Tomatoes do you use? I have seen them just dried, packed in herbs and oil, et al.
Hi! We state in the ingredient list that we use the ones packed in oil.
Thank you! I did see that AFTER I had commented!! I made this last evening and it was superb. I have always wanted to make a Tuscan Chicken recipe and glad I waited until I found yours! The creaminess of the sauce was luscious!
Absolutely phenomenal and so easy to make!
How does the flour help? Thinking of making without flour.
It helps to thicken the sauce. You can omit it and the dish will still be great, but the sauce wont have as much body to it.
This was wickedly delicious! Rich and creamy, yum. Not too difficult to make.