Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast

With a creamy sauce flavored with dried tomatoes & Italian herbs plus a healthy touch of spinach, Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast is an easy & tasty dinner. With a creamy sauce flavored with dried tomatoes & Italian herbs plus a healthy touch of spinach, Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast is an easy & tasty dinner. 

Happy New Year, a little bit late.  Are you recovered from the holidays? 

With all the cooking I did in December, I am seriously in the mood for food that is simple—but still delicious. Something that’s stream-lined, but not plain. After all, coming down too fast from a food high could be dangerous!

With a creamy sauce flavored with dried tomatoes & Italian herbs plus a healthy touch of spinach, Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast is an easy & tasty dinner. 

A Family Panful

So, I was happy to create a variation on the Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast I’ve seen all over the internet.  My version amps up the flavor slightly and also creates more sauce (without more cream 🙂 ).  I just added some extra herbs and chicken broth plus a little cornstarch for thickening.   

With a creamy sauce flavored with dried tomatoes & Italian herbs plus a healthy touch of spinach, Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast is an easy & tasty dinner. 

Served

Ready in just over a half hour, I even managed to play some of a fun new game, Azul, while I prepped. With young adult and college kids home over the holidays, we needed lots of fun activities and it all came together for a fun evening.  

playing azul

Fun with Azul!

When cooking was done (along with the game), I served the Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast with pasta and chopped salad for a complete dinner.  Easy peasy!  

With a creamy sauce flavored with dried tomatoes & Italian herbs plus a healthy touch of spinach, Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast is an easy & tasty dinner. 

Closeup!

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast
 
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With a creamy sauce flavored with dried tomatoes & Italian herbs plus a healthy touch of spinach, Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast is an easy & tasty dinner.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Chicken Breasts:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 lb total)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
Creamy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed
  • 1 cup cream (or half & half or evaporated milk)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt (reduce to taste if your tomatoes or broth are very salty)
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 package (4-5 ounces) baby spinach
  • Pasta for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil. Cook the chicken over medium heat 3-5 minutes per side, until golden brown on each side and cooked through. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate. Cover to keep (relatively) warm.
  2. Add butter, onion and garlic to the pan. Cook a few minutes until tender, then stir in the cornstarch. Slowly add the chicken broth, blending into the cornstarch/onion/garlic mixture.
  3. Add the heavy cream, seasonings and dried tomatoes. Continue cooking, stirring periodically until the sauce begins to thicken, then stir in the parmesan. Whisk until the parmesan is incorporated, then add the spinach and cooked chicken. Simmer a few minutes until the spinach is wilted and chicken is rewarmed.
  4. Serve over pasta, if desired.
Notes
When I get a large thick chicken breast (approximately 8 ounces), I like to turn it into two thinner, quicker cooking pieces by using a long knife to slice lengthwise. An inch thick breast can become two half-inch thick pieces in an instant.

 

12 thoughts on “Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breast

  1. Juliana

    Happy New Year Inger! This chicken dish looks delicious, and I am loving the creamy sauce…thanks for the recipe.
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    You are so right! Coming down from a food high must be bad for your health. That explains why I’ve been easing into healthy eating resolution 🙂 This chicken dish looks fabulous! It is certainly flavor packed. And any meal I can make in roughly 30 minutes is a winner in my book. Happy New Year Inger!

    1. Inger Post author

      I love them too Grace. I dry my own tomatoes over summer, but the commercial ones are brighter red and really pretty in this.

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