Creamy Tuscan Chicken is a deliciously mouth-watering and hearty chicken dish that pairs well with spaghetti or another tasty pasta.
It’s made by quickly searing chicken breast in butter and aromatic spices, then allowing it to bubble away in a creamy homemade sauce. The whole thing will make your kitchen smell like an authentic Italian restaurant!
With its savory flavors of garlic and cheese mixed with tender chicken, this is a recipe everyone will ask for again and again! Serve with pasta or veggies, or just grab a fork and dig right in!
What is Creamy Tuscan Chicken?
Creamy Tuscan chicken is a dish that originates from the rolling hillside of Tuscany, Italy. It consists of garlic, parmesan cheese, heavy cream, Italian seasonings, and more to create this creamy, savory, and tasty chicken dish.
Can You Make Creamy Tuscan Chicken Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can make creamy Tuscan chicken ahead of time. This dish can be made up to three days prior to serving, making it the perfect recipe for a special occasion or a typical Tuesday night dinner.
You’ll want to make the recipe as-is, except be sure not to add the parmesan cheese to it. Let it cool before transferring it into a container and placing it in the fridge. When you reheat the ingredients over the stove, you’ll then stir the parmesan cheese into the dish.
Is Tuscan Chicken Healthy?
While this Tuscan chicken is a thick and creamy dish, you can cut the calories by substituting heavy whipping cream with milk instead. Although using heavy whipping cream will make the sauce creamier and thicker, milk is a suitable alternative. If it’s still not thick enough, just add more flour.
Creamy Tuscan chicken can also be made healthier by the sides you serve it with. Instead of serving pasta with garlic bread on the side, think instead about serving it with veggies.
Tips and Recipe Notes
- Using boneless, skinless chicken breasts will be the best bet for this recipe. You can fillet the chicken for a thinner cut of breast if you’d prefer.
- Use fresh ingredients for an even more flavorful experience.
- Don’t overcook the chicken. Chicken is cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Make sure your pan is good and hot when you put the chicken in. This will sear the outside, locking in moisture, and giving it a gorgeous golden brown appearance.
- Flour – Replace all-purpose flour with a high-quality gluten-free blend to make this recipe completely gluten-free.
- Chicken – Instead of chicken, use salmon fillets for a completely different but totally yummy flavor.
- Add some heat – If you’d like your food spicy, add ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes. You can always add red pepper flakes to each dish individually to make it more family-friendly.
How Do You Serve Creamy Tuscan Chicken?
You can serve this in plenty of different ways, and I’m sure your family already has their favorite Italian side-dishes all picked out. Here are a couple of my favorites:
- Pasta – serve with a bit of butter and parmesan, tomato sauce, or a touch of the Tuscan chicken sauce.
- Garlic bread – you can never have too much garlic bread!
- Roasted veggies – root veggies like carrots, potatoes, and beets always pair well with warm Italian cuisine.
- Salad – Of course, Italian food always makes us wish for a salad.
How Do I Store Tuscan Chicken?
It’s no wonder you’d want to keep the leftovers and not toss this savory, creamy dish! For storing the leftovers you’ll want to place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. This goes the same if you want to make this recipe ahead of time.
Can I Freeze Creamy Tuscan Chicken?
If you’d like to make this recipe and freeze it to serve down the road sometime, you can absolutely do that! Place the recipe in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to three months.
How to Reheat Creamy Tuscan Chicken
When you’re ready to reheat the creamy Tuscan chicken recipe you’ll want to place it on a pan over the stove to warm up over medium heat. You can use more heavy whipping cream to get the consistency you want.
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For the Chicken
- 4 large chicken breasts lightly pounded to even thickness
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
For the Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons + ¼ cup Kerrygold salted butter
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 8.5 ounces sun-dried tomatoes drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- ½ cup parmesan cheese grated or hand shredded
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup baby spinach chopped
- Fresh parsley for garnish
- Season each side of each pounded chicken breast with Italian Seasoning and salt and pepper.
- Combine flour and grated parmesan in a shallow bowl. Dredge each chicken breast in the flour mixture, coating both sides.
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the 2 tablespoons butter and stir/melt.
- Cook each chicken breast for 4-5 minutes per side or until its fully cooked (165F in the center) and browned on both sides. Remove from the skillet and place on a plate..
- In the same pan over medium heat, add remaining ¼ cup butter. Use a wooden spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any bits to add extra flavor to sauce.
- Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
- Whisk in the flour and allow to slightly thicken.
- Gently whisk in the heavy cream, chicken broth, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Add the spinach and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until spinach has wilted, and the sauce has thickened more.
- Add the chicken back into the skillet. Coat with sauce. Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!