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This 25-minute Tuscan chicken recipe is so easy and totally irresistible. You will love the restaurant quality creamy sauce with all the best Italian-inspired flavors!

For more inspiration, try my Creamy Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Soup and Creamy Tuscan Orzo with similar flavors next.

closeup of creamy tuscan chicken in a skillet

Why you’ll love it

This creamy Tuscan chicken is a favorite in my home. I mean, what’s not to like about melt-in-your-mouth chicken that’s pan-fried to golden perfection and slathered in a creamy sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh spinach and basil? It’s a simple way to make a quick weeknight dinner feel really special, and that flavor combo is so good.

For those unfamiliar, this Tuscan chicken recipe is inspired by the one at Olive Garden, but I have to say this one is even better with my own twist! As with most of my creamy chicken recipes, it elevates pantry staples for a dish that’s good enough for serving company. You’ll make this comfort food meal again and again. I know I do. 😉

What you’ll need

  • ChickenI cut two chicken breasts in half lengthwise. The cutlets cook faster and more evenly so that they remain tender. You can use four smaller chicken breasts, but you will need to cook them a bit longer.
  • Garlic powder – along with salt & pepper, this infuses savory flavor right in the chicken
  • Flour – for that irresistible golden pan-seared exterior on the cutlets
  • Olive oil and butter – for sautéing
  • Chicken broth – another layer of flavor and the base of the sauce. Feel free to use a dry white wine like sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, or chardonnay to fancy it up a little bit!
  • Dijon mustard – it’s a tried and true way to add an extra savory note to the sauce. Don’t worry, it doesn’t make the sauce taste mustardy. I use Dijon in many of my recipes to enhance the flavor.
  • Heavy cream – to make the sauce luxurious
  • Spinach – fresh baby spinach is what we’re using here
  • Sun-dried tomatoes – I buy the kind packed in oil
  • Basil – it’s the ideal complement to tomatoes and rounds out the “Tuscan” flavor profile
ingredients in prep bowls for creamy tuscan chicken

Pro tip

  • Use an instant read thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked to 165F in the thickest part. They’re inexpensive and the best way to guarantee that chicken is neither overcooked nor undercooked. Every home chef should own one to take the guesswork out!

How to make Tuscan chicken

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

pan frying chicken and making creamy tuscan sauce in a skillet

Cut the chicken into 4 thinner cutlets, season with garlic powder and salt & pepper, and dredge in the flour. Pan sear in the oil and butter until golden, and transfer to a plate. Pour the chicken broth into the skillet, add the Dijon, and scrape up the browned bits.

adding cream and spinach and chicken back into a skillet

Pour in the cream, and add the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Return the chicken to the pan, and fully cook it through while the sauce thickens. Stir in the basil, and season with additional salt & pepper if needed.

Substitutions and variations

  • I don’t recommend subbing the heavy cream for something else like milk or half-and-half because there’s a chance the sauce may curdle, and it will end up thinner and less flavorful. With that said, you can always experiment, especially if you’re used to tweaking sauces.
  • If sun-dried tomatoes aren’t your thing, you could substitute them for fresh tomatoes. I suggest using a handful of grape or cherry tomatoes or cut up one medium tomato.
  • For more herb-forward flavor, try adding in 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning.
  • Garlic lovers out there, go ahead and throw in a couple of cloves of minced garlic if you want to amp up the garlic flavor.
a plate with mashed potatoes and creamy tuscan chicken

What to serve with creamy Tuscan chicken

Leftovers and storage

  • This Tuscan chicken will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container.
  • Reheat in a saucepan over a low heat slowly until warmed through. Be careful to not reheat it too quickly or with a high temperature, or the sauce could separate.
  • Our kitchen doesn’t recommend freezing leftovers of this one.
a cast iron skillet with creamy tuscan chicken

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or if you’ve tried this easy Tuscan chicken recipe! You can also tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram with your creations.

closeup of creamy tuscan chicken in a skillet
4.87 from 61 votes

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

This 25-minute Tuscan chicken recipe is so easy and totally irresistible. You will love the restaurant quality creamy sauce with all the best Italian-inspired flavors!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 large chicken breasts sliced lengthwise
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or dry white wine
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 2 cups (loosely packed) fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes see note
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped

Instructions 

  • Cut the chicken in half lengthwise. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and garlic powder on both sides. Coat in flour.
  • Melt the oil and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes/side or until golden. Take the chicken out of the pan and set aside.
  • Deglaze the pan with the chicken broth and Dijon mustard. Scrape up any brown bits and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Stir in the cream, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes. Add the chicken back to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through and the sauce reduces a bit.
  • Stir in the basil and season with extra salt & pepper if needed. Serve immediately. 

Notes

  • If the sun-dried tomatoes are not packed in oil, you may want to add a bit more – the oil-packed ones taste more concentrated. I drain the oil prior to adding them to the pan.
  • If you have particularly small chicken breasts, I recommend leaving them whole and cooking them for a few minutes longer.
  • Chicken is safe to eat when it’s reached an internal temperature of 165F. Use an instant read thermometer to test for doneness. 

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 161mg, Sodium: 266mg, Potassium: 675mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2518IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on April 27, 2018. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!


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189 Comments

  1. Diana A. says:

    5 stars
    I made this, and I honestly feel it was the best meal I’ve ever made! One bite in, and my roommate said, “Oh my God, make this as often as you want!”

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s amazing!! 😀 Thank you, Diana!

  2. Victoria Williams says:

    I love this recipe! My kids say they wish it had more of a kick. What would you add to do that?

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad it was a hit! You could add in some crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

  3. Debi says:

    5 stars
    This was so yummy. Thanks Natasha❣️

    1. Natasha says:

      You are very welcome, Debi!! 😀 Thanks for your review!

  4. Carol A Gilbert says:

    5 stars
    So flavorful and delicious!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you!!

  5. Cortney says:

    5 stars
    One of my favorite go-to recipes!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s great!! Thank you for your review, Cortney!

  6. Deborah says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is awesome. I fix it two or three times a month. My husband loves it and trust me he’s very picky.

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s very nice to hear, Deborah!! 😀

  7. Ashley says:

    Can half & half be used as a substitute for heavy cream?

    1. Natasha says:

      I don’t recommend it but you’re welcome to try. The sauce may not thicken up as well and there’s the chance it could curdle.

  8. Linda says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! Served this over fettuccine. I used one large breast and did not halve the sauce. Glad I had plenty of the delicious sauce, which I made with sherry. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad you liked it!! Love the sherry addition. Thanks for your review!

  9. Monty Lowther says:

    5 stars
    Just fabulous!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Monty! 😀

  10. Abigail says:

    4 stars
    We LOVE this meal! Was just wondering if this can be frozen ahead of time?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! I’m so glad you like it! See the “storage & leftovers” section of the blog post.