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Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or for Saturday night entertaining, Creamy Tuscan Chicken is a total crowd pleaser! Deliciously seasoned and seared chicken is cooked to tender, juicy perfection in a sauce so good, you’ll want to drink it with a straw.

Cooked chicken breasts are placed in a pan filled with creamy orange sauce.

Winner winner, saucy chicken dinner! I love a perfectly prepared chicken breast. There are about a trillion recipes out there for a good chicken breast dinner, but this one might just be my newest favorite. It’s got it all – mouthwatering flavor, a decadent sauce, and juicy white meat chicken!

The best part is that this Tuscan chicken dinner is SO easy to make. You really just have to sear the chicken, whip up the creamy, cheesy, robust sauce of your dreams, then let the chicken cook through in it. Be sure to serve it with rice or pasta so no drop of sauce goes to waste, or you just might end up licking the plate.

Let’s talk about the sauce, shall we? It’s made with ingredients like whole milk, sour cream and evaporated milk… So I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s seriously creamy in the best way! Artichoke hearts and spinach give it a bit of fresh flavor and texture as well. With that being said, my favorite ingredient of all is likely the sun-dried tomatoes that add that signature Tuscan flair.

Five cooked chicken breasts are placed in a pan with sauce and fresh parsley.

What You’ll Need

For the chicken, you should have:

  • Chicken – Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  • Paprika – Use plain, not smoked paprika.
  • Onion Salt – This adds a wonderful onion flavor to the chicken.
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Oil – You can use olive oil if you’d prefer, but this oil really infuses the meal with Tuscan flavor.
  • Italian Seasoning – For that herbaceous note every Italian dish must have!
  • Salt and Pepper – Just a pinch of salt, and freshly cracked pepper is best.
  • Basil – Fresh, not dried.

Let’s get saucy:

  • Spinach – It needs to be roughly chopped.
  • Artichoke Hearts – Also roughly chopped.
  • Parsley – Fresh, not dried.
  • Dairy – You’ll need evaporated milk, whole milk, and full fat sour cream to make this decadent sauce!
  • Garlic – This recipe is best when made with fresh, not pre-minced garlic.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes – Buy them in oil, then use that oil for the chicken.
  • Dijon Mustard – Do NOT substitute this with plain yellow mustard.
  • Salt
  • Parmesan – Freshly grated is the way to go for both flavor and consistency.
Sun-dried tomatoes and fresh herbs are on top of cooked, sauce coated chicken.

How to Make Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Scroll to the bottom of this post for more detailed instructions.

Sear the chicken. Clean and cut the chicken before seasoning on both sides. Then, cook the chicken in oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the chicken’s been seared for about 5 minutes per side, remove it from the pan.

Sauté. Sauté the garlic until fragrant, then add the tomatoes and continue to cook for another minute. Reduce the heat to low.

Add more ingredients. Stir in the mustard, followed by the artichokes. Stir in the cream and milk. Add the spinach after that, followed by the freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Cook the chicken. Place the chicken back in the pan and cover with sauce. Simmer until cooked through.

Chicken breasts with vibrant orange sauce are presented in a silver skillet.

Common Questions:

How long will Creamy Tuscan Chicken stay fresh? In an airtight container in the fridge, your leftovers will stay fresh for about 2-3 days. I don’t recommend freezing this sauce, as it’s so loaded with dairy.

Can I use chicken thighs? You can, but the cook time will be different as chicken thighs tend to cook through at a faster rate and chicken thighs are more moist and juicier. I find them to be more flavorful too.

Chicken is served on a pile of white rice on a square white plate.

How to Serve Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Serve this entrée with a side dish like pasta or rice that’ll really soak up every last drop of that delicious sauce. Cheesy Garlic Bread will also get the job done!

A wooden plate is topped with rotini noodles, chicken, sauce, parmesan cheese, and a slice of lemon.

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Deliciously seasoned and seared chicken is cooked to tender, juicy perfection in a sauce so good, you'll want to drink it with a straw.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 900 grams boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 2 tablespoons sun dried tomato oil, (you can use regular olive oil but this gives it a delicious flavor)
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh basil

For the sauce:

  • 1 ½ baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 ½ cup evaporated milk
  • ½ whole milk
  • ¾ cup full fat sour cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 sun dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Clean the chicken breasts and cut them in half horizontally to make fillets.
  • Season the chicken on both sides with the paprika, salt, pepper and other seasonings of your 
choice.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat until hot.
  • Add the oil and when it’s hot add the chicken. Sear for about 5 – 6 minutes and flip to the other 
side. Sear for another 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Set aside on another plate.
  • Add the remaining oil to your pan with the garlic and sauté until golden brown. Be careful not to 
let your garlic burn. Add the tomatoes and sauté for a minute more before reducing the heat to 
low.
  • Place the mustard in the pan and mix until combined, then add the artichokes.
  • Add the cream and milk, continuing to stir occasionally.
  • Add the spinach and let it cook down for a couple of minutes. Stir occasionally. Then add in the
  • parmesan cheese.
  • Put the chicken back in the skillet with the sauce.
  • Spoon the sauce over the chicken and let it simmer for a few minutes until the chicken is 
warmed through and cooked completely.
  • Serve with pasta, rice or steamed veggies.
  • Optional: To serve, top with fresh basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 577 kcal | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Protein: 63 g | Fat: 28 g | Saturated Fat: 13 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 210 mg | Sodium: 1886 mg | Potassium: 1418 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 11 g

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken breast meals, chicken skillet recipes, easy chicken recipe
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