Creamy Tuscan Chicken


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Win over dinner guests with this simple Tuscan chicken recipe! Juicy chicken breasts are seasoned with Italian spices and seared until golden, then simmered in the most luxurious cream sauce filled with parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, onions and plenty of spinach.

A skillet of tuscan chicken

What is Tuscan Chicken?

I’ll admit, I had to do a bit of research on where “Tuscan chicken” actually originated from. But it seems like there’s no one strict answer. My two cents is that it’s a spin on a classic Italian Florentine sauce, which is made from white wine, cream, and spinach. Then it was given a Tuscan twist by adding garlic and sun-dried tomatoes to the warm cream and spinach base.

But what really popularized this dish (at least in America) was Olive Garden’s Tuscan Garlic Chicken, a dish with a similar flavor profile, served over fettuccine.

Either way, I’m glad this Tuscan chicken became a trend because it’s literally the best thing ever. Especially when you’re craving something rich and cheesy, with an Italian flair.

Ingredients for tuscan chicken on a table

Tuscan Chicken Ingredients

There’s a few ways you can go about making the Tuscan sauce – with fresh cherry tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes and with dairy or dairy-free. For this version, I’m using sun-dried tomatoes since it has a deeper, bolder flavor that just makes this dish pop. And going classic using dairy. But you tweak to your liking! Here’s the ingredients, plus a few substitution ideas:

  • Chicken: This dish is typically made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. But you could also use chicken thighs as well if that’s more your thing.
  • Italian Seasoning: You can usually find Italian seasoning at the market. If not, just use a mix of mix of individual spices such as oregano, thyme, basil, and rosemary.
  • Garlic and Onion: Lots of garlic is always welcome. And for onions, you can use white, yellow, or even shallots.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes: After trying several jars from different brands, I came across this jar of sun-dried tomatoes that tasted so fresh and delicious. Plus, it’s the perfect amount for this recipe!
  • Spinach: Feel free to go heavy on the baby spinach (I really pack it in the measuring cup) since it wilts down to teeny bits as it cooks!
  • Heavy Cream: While dairy-based heavy cream is traditionally used, you have dairy free options as well. You can use a can of coconut cream (not to be confused with coconut milk) or you can make cashew cream at home.
  • Cheese: Freshly grated parmesan is the way to go here. For a dairy-free option, nutritional yeast mimics a similar cheesy, nutty flavor.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

A close of up a skillet with creamy tuscan chicken

How to Make The Best Tuscan Chicken Recipe

Season and cook the chicken. Season both sides of each chicken breast in Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Then warm up a large skillet with some olive oil. Add the chicken, sear for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, and transfer the chicken to a plate. If your chicken breasts are on the thicker side, you might need an additional minute.

Cooking chicken breasts in a skillet for tuscan chicken

Helpful tip: You can swap olive oil with the sun-dried tomato oil from the jar to give your chicken extra flavor!

Start the tuscan sauce. In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of oil with the onion, and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic, and saute for another minute, or until it smells incredibly delicious and fragrant.

Sauteing onions and tomatoes for tuscan chicken

Helpful tip: If you want to deglaze the pan a bit more, feel free to pour in a bit of white wine as you’re cooking the onions.

Add the spinach. Pile the spinach in the pan and saute for another minute, until it just starts to wilt down.

Cooking spinach and tomatoes in a skillet for tuscan chicken

Finish the Tuscan sauce. Add the heavy cream and cheese, and stir everything together. Go ahead and let this simmer so all the flavors can meld together.

Adding cream into a pan for tuscan chicken

Tuck the chicken back into the skillet. Using tongs, add the chicken breasts back to the pan. Let the chicken cook for about 5 minutes on the stovetop, or until warmed through, then remove from heat. Just be aware that the sauce will also thicken as it cools!

A white skillet filled with creamy tuscan chicken

Ways to Serve Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Make this a full, hearty meal by adding the chicken (and of course large spoonfuls of sauce) on top of rice, lentils, polenta, mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflower. Any of these options will soak up the sauce beautifully!

Want a side salad? You can whip up this massaged kale salad really quickly, or continue the Mediterranean theme with my Mediterranean Chickpea salad.

A plate of lentils and tuscan chicken

Storage Tips

Not gonna lie, you’ll be hard-pressed to have leftovers of this recipe. Because if there’s a chicken breast left in the pan someone is going back for seconds! But here’s how you can store leftovers:

  • To store: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
  • To freeze: Freezing is also a smart idea if you want to enjoy this again in the near future. You can store leftovers (or a second batch) in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Tuscan Chicken Recipe Video

Trust me, you’re going to want to see a visual of this recipe with how satisfying it looks on screen. I mean, that creamy drizzle is everything! Follow along with the video when you make it yourself! Click below to watch.

More Favorite Easy Chicken Recipes

If a pack of unused chicken is staring at you – here’s some easy dinner ideas I guarantee you’ll love. And if you need more inspiration, check out my roundups of the best chicken breast recipes or chicken thigh recipes.

I can’t wait for you to make this Tuscan chicken. I guarantee you’ll have it on repeat when you need something super delicious and impressive. Once you cook this up, let me know your thoughts in a comment below!

A white skillet of tuscan chicken

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

4.99 from 262 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


This creamy Tuscan chicken recipe is a dinner winner! Seared Italian chicken simmers in a rich and creamy, spinach and sun-dried tomato sauce. For visual reference – be sure to check out the video above!



  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, or a mix of individual spices such as oregano, thyme, basil, and rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream, *see note above for dairy-free options
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan


  • Prep the chicken. Season both sides of each chicken breast in Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
    A plate of seasoned chicken for tuscan chicken
  • Sear the chicken. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and sear for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden. Remove the chicken from the pan to a plate and set aside.
    A skillet with seared chicken for tuscan chicken
  • Cook the onions. In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of oil and the onion. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes, until the onion has softened.
    Cooking onions in a skillet for tuscan chicken
  • Add the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic and saute another minute, until fragrant.
    Sun-dried tomatoes in a skillet for tuscan chicken
  • Add the spinach, and saute another minute, until just starting to wilt.
    Cooking spinach in a skillet for tuscan chicken
  • Add the heavy cream and parmesan cheese, stir together, and bring to a simmer.
    Creamy tuscan sauce in a skillet
  • Let it simmer. Place the chicken back in the skillet and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
    A skillet of tuscan chicken next to a napkin

Lisa’s Tips

  • If you need some help choosing out a jar of sun-dried tomatoes, I’ve been loving this Alessi brand!
  • For dairy-free folks swapping in nutritional yeast, I’d recommend 1 to 2 tablespoons.
  • If you have extra large or super thick chicken breasts, you may need to sear them longer in step 2. You could also pound them evenly flat or butterfly each chicken breast for a faster cook time.


Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 896mg | Potassium: 850mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2994IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Marry Me Chicken, Tuscan Chicken, Tuscan Chicken Recipe
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Thanks for the ideas! Everyone including Dad gave it 5 stars. Really appreciate the time you put into creating these healthy and yummy recipes. They are a weekly inspiration I look forward to recreating in my kitchen!5 stars

  2. Thankyou Lisa for this delicious recipe.

    I sliced two chicken breasts lengthways to make 4 thin pieces.
    I used dried oregano as thats what i had.

    I used a small container of store bought sun dried tomatoes and a small container of roasted capsicums that were marinated in herbs and oil from the deli section.

    I used a 250ml bottle of zymals thickened cream and a splash of beef stock for extra liquid.
    I served with cheese rice. Delicious.
    Thankyou xx5 stars

    1. Hi Caterina – Thanks for sharing and leaving a review! I’m glad this Tuscan chicken turned out beautifully.

  3. Made it tonight for Sunday dinner . Very easy to make yet looks like a very refined dish . Absolutely delicious . Loved it .5 stars

  4. This dish was 🔥🔥🔥 I love fresh meals but don’t like cooking. So knowing what I need to prepare first in the pan makes trying new things pleasant. This would be an easy dish to replicate without a recipe next time. Yum!!!5 stars

  5. I just found your website and I am loving it! I am not confident in the kitchen despite being 48 with a husband and 2 growing boys! The way you present your recipes makes it so easy and fun to follow. Thank you. Made this last night and my husband said one of the best meals I’ve ever made.

  6. Oh, this was delicious! I was told to go gluten free by my dr…and this is the first recipe I tried. Thank you! :-)

  7. Lisa, your recipes are all laid out in an easy-to-follow format, with clear instructions. But what keeps me returning to your site for recipes is the healthy (I was recently diagnosed with MS so healthy is non-negotiable) and oh-so-scrumptious dishes. The variety of ingredient options for different diets are fantastic.
    Whenever I need quick, easy but delicious and healthy new meal ideas, your website is always my first choice. Thank you so much and keep up the great work!5 stars

    1. Aw, thanks so much, Mia! I’m really happy to hear you love my recipes. Thank you for coming back time and again to make them, that means so much! :)

  8. Made this for guests, replaced heavy cream with lighter cream, some half & half and cut back a little on the onion. The liquid only separated a little, barely noticeable. Flavor was intense, amazing, much better than expected, guests loved it with the focaccia bread to soak up the cream. Will make again, was extremely easy in my dutch oven.5 stars

  9. Wow! I made this last night, sans tomato and it turned out beautifully.
    We cook for hubby’s 94 yo mother most every night and she loved this dish, as did we.
    Thank you for sharing this amazing dish.5 stars

  10. This is one of my favorite comfort food recipes. So easy to make and turns out great every time! I’d like to make if for guests , would it work to make ahead of time and reheat? I wouldn’t want it to be overdone.

  11. This recipe is a family favorite. It’s easy to make and full of flavor. I love the sun-dried tomatoes but my kids get picky with them, so I just cut them in small pieces and they don’t complain. I serve it with rice or pasta and it’s always a winner! Thanks, Lisa! :)5 stars

    1. It sounds like you’ve got a perfect approach to the recipe, Ivy! Sometimes a little sneakiness is warranted. ;)

      1. Thankyou Lisa for this delicious recipe.

        I sliced two chicken breasts lengthways to make 4 thin pieces.
        I used dried oregano as thats what i had.

        I used a small container of store bought sun dried tomatoes and a small container of roasted capsicums that were marinated in herbs and oil from the deli section.

        I used a 250ml bottle of zymals thickened cream and a splash of beef stock for extra liquid.
        I served with cheese rice. Delicious.
        Thankyou xx5 stars

      2. Hi Caterina – Wonderful! I’m glad you’re loving this Tuscan chicken.

  12. I love this recipe. The only thing I do differently is cut chicken into nice bite-sized pieces and saute/brown. Remove and follow the rest of the steps, adding chicken back right before serving. Serve over fettuccine and no need for a knife to cut chicken in order to eat!

  13. I was initially intimidated to make this because it looked soo decadent. It was actually simple and tasted amazing with some roasted vegetables. Fortunately, I made it just for me, so I have leftovers and can’t wait to indulge again. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. This looks SO good! I’m making it tomorrow night! Does it make enough of the sauce to serve over pasta for 4 adults?

  15. Absolutely delicious! My husband took leftovers to work and they all wanted recipe! My “I don’t eat leftovers” son also, finished it off! Thank you! This is a new staple in my house!5 stars

  16. I love your Creamy Tuscan Chicken recipe. This is the first time I have tried to make any of your recipes. It was super easy to make and taste delicious. I now have added this to my weekly meal prep plan. I can’t week until next week to try your Classic Beef Stew recipe.
    Thank you5 stars

  17. I made this dish for the first time tonight, for my family. I have been looking high and low for new, easy recipes; we stay busy most days, so rarely want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking. I found this recipe and I knew it was perfect! My husband said it’s so much better than any restaurant would have served! It was a huge success, and so easy to prepare! My next new dish to make will be the chicken Marsala, and better believe this page is where I’ll get the recipe! Thanks for sharing!!!5 stars

    1. Hi Jami – Happy to hear this dish turned out to be a success! How funny, chicken marsala has been on my list, so stay tuned :)

      1. Used this recipe as inspiration for cleaning out my fridge and freezer. I had Italian flavored brats and frozen spinach (thawed and drained). Cooked in a high-side skillet and added a box of farro at the end to make it a bit heartier and soak up the sauce. Otherwise followed the recipe and it was delicious! Thanks for the inspo!