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 248 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

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!

Video

Ingredients 
 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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490 Comments

  1. Lisa, we love all of your recipes! I’m planning to make your Tuscan chicken for 12 people next week … can you tell me how to go about reheating it, since I will need to make it in batches well before the party. Thank you!

    1. Hi Deb – You could reheat it either in the oven or microwave. But with such a large batch, I’d reheat in the oven at 300F covered with foil in a casserole pan, until warmed through. Enjoy!

  2. I ADORE this recipe! It is so easy to make, I always have these ingredients on hand and it tastes like Italy ❤️ Even my boyfriend, who is a beginner in the kitchen, was able to prepare it for Valentine’s day dinner and it was so delicious! It’s definitely our new favorite recipe.5 stars

    1. Yay, I’m so happy you both love it! And how lovely of him to cook it for you for Valentine’s Day. Now that’s some love! ;)

  3. I made this tonight for my family for Valentine’s Day. We loved it!! I made a little extra sauce and served it with fettuccine and a side of yellow squash and zucchini. This has definitely been added to our list of favorite recipes. 5 stars

  4. Lisa, another great recipe!  Thank you for sharing.  I made a DF version, had to modify based on what I had in pantry.  Used 3/4 cup serving of coconut cream and added 3/4 chicken stock to get to volume.  Also added some extra oil from sun dried tomatoes to up the fat content.  Was a delicious, lighter sauce. Wonderful Valentine’s dinner with family!   Love your new cookbook too! 5 stars

    1. That sounds like a great modification Kelly! I’m happy you were able to serve it up as a delicious Valentine’s dinner. :)

  5. Very, very good and simple! I didn’t anticipate it would be as delicious as it was for such a simple recipe. I used thighs which is our preference and was a huge hit!

  6. Absolutely delicious. I made this for my wife and 3 kids at home. It was very easy to make. I love the flavorfulness!!! 5 stars

  7. Absolutely amazing!!! Will definitely be added to food rotation. I followed the recipe and it turned out perfect. So easy too!5 stars

  8. OMG the Creamy Tuscan Chicken is delicious! I had some roasted red bell pepper I added plus is thickened the sauce with a rue served it over rice with a Mediterranean salad and a glass of red wine.5 stars

  9. I made this last week for the first time, and I loved how easy it was to make. The house smelled amazing, and it was the first time I had cooked with sun dried tomatoes. My family loved it! I have been making several of your recipes and they are all easy to follow and my family is so excited with the new dinners I am serving!4 stars

  10. The best tuscan chicken recipe I’ve tried ones from pinterest that taste like absolute dump. This one uses specific carefully curated ingredients. Thank u to whoever made this!!

  11. This recipe is AMAZING! We only had two chicken breasts in the fridge so I made about 6 strips of bacon in the oven, diced it, and added it near the end to up the protein in the recipe (and of course it made it even more rich, even if a little less healthy!). The kids (ages 8 and 5) also raved about it. The only downside was we had no leftovers! :)5 stars

  12. Hi, what did you pair the chicken with in the video? Lentils? If so, can you share the recipe please? Thank you🙂

  13. This wonderful creamy chicken meal is so delicious . With only a few ingredients and a short amount of time you can have this yummy meal on the table to serve. 
    This is an elegant meal that I have served at many dinner parties. I have always been complimented but I always recommend your website.  Thanks Lisa. 

  14. This chicken is a big hit at our house, love the combo of roasted tomatoes and the sauce. They will think you spent all day making it but everything came together quickly during the work week.

  15. I wish there were more than five stars to rate this dish. It has become a favorite at our house.  So much flavor for so little effort. Another winner from Lisa. 5 stars

  16. So very delicious! and easy. The ingredients are things I already have on hand. I like to add cremini mushrooms sometimes, and then serve it over polenta, spaghetti squash, asparagus, or rice. I make this at least twice a month, and my family can’t get enough of it!5 stars

  17. This was an extremely tasty as well as easy to prepare recipe! It has become a regular recipe in my household now after making it the first time. Deliciously moist, flavorful and freezes very well. I’ve never been a fan of sun-dried tomatoes in the past, but this recipe called for it, and I decided to try it again ~ i’m so glad that I did as it added another layer of flavor to this delicious recipe. 5 stars

  18. The Tuscan Chicken was delicious, chocked with loads of flavor that you would expect in a fancy Italian restaurant!  I served it over cauliflower pasta with roasted green beans….delish!  Next time I will try with boneless chicken thighs, since I am disappointed with the flavor and texture of the organic chicken breasts I can buy locally!   5 stars

  19. I’m not ” a cook” but I was able to suucessfully create this wonderful dish.
    It was delicious.! Thanks Lisa for this great recipe. It was easy to follow and I plan to make again! Love your website!5 stars

    1. Haha! I haven’t planned anything yet. But when I do, I’ll be sure to announce on social and my email list :)

  20. I LOVE Creamy Tuscan Chicken! Will be a fave from here on out!
    I added shitake mushrooms to the onion and garlic saute. This recipe is great served over spaghetti.
    Super delicious. Thank you!5 stars

  21. Hi Lisa,
    this is not the first recipe of yours that I have tried, but my family agrees it is one of the best and unbelievably good! This deliciousness is loved by all members of the family between the ages of 4 and 69! And that’s saying something. Thank you so much for this and many other great recipes. I am really looking forward to many more from your cookbook.5 stars

    1. Thrilled to hear your family loves this recipe Sabine! Can’t wait to see all the recipes you prep from the book as well :)

    2. Made the creamy chicken many times. I added artichoke hearts, sliced avocado at the end. This recipe is so good, I could eat the plate. Fantastic recipe!

  22. AMAZING!!! I tried it with coconut cream instead of heavy cream and omitted the cheese entirely (couldn’t find any nutritional yeast at the grocery store either), and I paired it with orzo pasta. I had high hopes for this dish, and it exceeded my expectations. As someone who is not normally a fan of dairy-free alternatives, I don’t even miss the cream in this recipe. And it reheats beautifully! This will most definitely be joining the regular rotation!5 stars

  23. The recipe was easy to follow and the dish turned out amazing. I will add garlic powder to season the chicken bfr cooking and add 1/4 cup more parmesan cheese cheese.

    1. I haven’t tried this with oat milk, but I think you’d need a heavier cream to make it a bit more saucy.

    2. To replace it with Oatmilk you would want to thinken up your oatmilk first with some cornstarch. So in a separate pot or pan, you will heat your Oatmilk and if you want a little vegan butter or even olive oil. Once the milk is hot but not boiling pour about a 1/4 cup out into a bowl and add 1 tsp-1 tbsp cornstarch, depending on how thick you want it. Whisk the cornstarch and the hot milk together in the bowl till its as smooth as you can get it. Then put this back in the pan with your heated milk and continue to heat it until it boils and gets creamy/thick like a pudding. Then use that in place of the heavy cream in the recipe.

  24. Love love love this recipe my husband can’t get enough. Thank you for sharing it and having your YouTube channel it’s helped me become a healthier person. 5 stars

  25. I think this may be one of the best dishes I’ve ever made. I used the coconut cream as I’m trying to reduce my dairy…..it turned out soooo good! I only just discovered your website, and I cannot wait to try more recipes!5 stars

  26. Thank you for this delicious recipe. I just made minor changes: after searing the chicken, I transferred to a baking dish & deglazed the pan w/bit of dry white wine after sautéing the shallots. Added spinacj & al dente cooked zitti pasta after chicken & the sauce was baked at 375F for 35-40 mins (temp the chk). It was a hit at Christmas Eve dinner w/friends; thank you & Merry Christmas.5 stars

  27. I took a chance on this recipe for Christmas dinner as an alternative to traditional holiday dinners and it was amazing!! My whole family loved how flavorful and comforting this chicken was! I served it on top of spinach fettucine. Definitely adding to rotation!5 stars

  28. Delicious!! I do have a question about reheating. I don’t have a microwave and I reheat meals in a skillet on the stove. When I reheated these leftovers it was extremely oily. Was that oil coming from the sun dried tomatoes? Is that what happens to cream when it’s reheated? Any tips anyone? We loooved this recipe and I want to make big batches in heavy rotation, but need to figure this issue out. 5 stars

  29. I want you to know that I tried your Tuscan Chicken recipe. I don’t consider myself a cook as I only will cook for my husband. My parents owned a restaurant while I was growing up; my dad was the chef. Everyone in our extended family loves to cook except me. I think I do ok but lack confidence. I have followed you for a couple of year and just tried the chicken recipe. It turned out great and I was really proud of it. I loved the pictures I could follow that gave me confidence that I was doing the right thing. I purchased your book and hopefully will try more recipes. Thank you for putting this book together. Helen. 

  30. Wow! My husband and I just made this tonight for dinner and we were so impressed! I had tried a different recipe a couple of weeks ago which was underwhelming but this one was delicious. We used the sun dried tomato oil with the chicken and with the garlic and it added a lot of flavour. Thanks for this quick and easy addition to our rotation! 5 stars

  31. Lisa, I just made this recipe using chopped chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. It was STILL amazing. My entire family loved it! Thank you for such a delicious, simple, yet “fancy” dinner for my family!5 stars

  32. So good. I didn’t add the salt as there’s enough salt in the tomatoes and parmesan for me. My boyfriend said it was delicious to add it into our rotation lol.5 stars

  33. DELICIOUS!!! I was going to make it with a dairy alternative but I’m sooo glad I used to original recipe first but I WILL be making this again with dairy-alt. The family wants it to be a staple on our menu! 😘👌5 stars

  34. Fantastic! Thank you!!
    I made it

    VEGETARIAN using Daring Original “chicken” seasoned with some poultry seasoning and instead of regular old EVOO I used some leftover EVOO infused with herbs (basil, oregano, parsley, cracked black pepper) from dinner a couple of nights prior. I also added baby bella sliced mushrooms and as the sauce was about finished I added a tablespoon (I made 6 servings) of vegetarian chicken seasoning (McKay’s Chicken Style Seasoning). It was so good I made it again the next night! It was met with rave reviews all around and is now part of the rotation.5 stars

  35. So unbelievably flavorful!!! My entire family (including my 5 and 8 year olds) LOVED this chicken and completely cleaned their plates. Thank you!! I have been struggling to find really delicious recipes that the whole family can enjoy since having to go gluten free about 4 months ago and your website is a life saver. ❤️5 stars

    1. You’re more than welcome, Kelly! I’m so happy you and the kiddos love this Tuscan chicken, and my other recipes as well! :) x

  36. LOVE this recipe! I didn’t realize how much I loved sun-dried tomatoes till I ate this! Of course I used the alternative ingredients. Thank you for sharing and all you do for us! I stumbled upon you a few months back and just love watching your videos!5 stars