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This Creamy Tuscan Chicken Recipe is an easy weeknight meal that can be made in 30 minutes! Enjoy this low carb chicken dinner with a side salad, or serve over pasta for the whole family!

Skillet with creamy tuscan chicken garnished with fresh parsley.

*Originally published August 2014, recipe, text, and photos updated.*

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Recipe

If you’ve ever ordered the Tuscan Chicken from Olive Garden and fell in love, then you will love this dish!

I made some changes because that is just how I do things, but it is still super flavorful and definitely comfort food! This Tuscan chicken skillet is one pot dish that will leave you begging for the next bite!

You can enjoy this creamy Italian chicken as is for a low carb meal, or serve it over pasta to feed your whole family.

If your family is like mine and loves chicken recipes, you aren’t going to want to miss my Easy Orange Chicken, Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs, and Chicken and Swiss Skillet.

Why You’ll Love Tuscan Chicken Skillet

  • Simple 30 Minute meal
  • Delicious Olive Garden copycat recipe
  • Basic ingredients
  • The entire family will love it
  • Only 9 ingredients
Bowl filled with pasta and topped with creamy tuscan chicken.

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken: I used chicken breasts for this Tuscan chicken recipe, but boneless, skinless chicken thighs would work great too. If your chicken breasts are really thick, cut them in half horizontally to make them thinner. This way, they will cook much faster.
  • Garlic and Onion: A must for any great dish because they add so much flavor!
  • Sundried tomatoes: These are packed in olive oil and have a lot of flavor. They also come with herbs or without. I have used both and they are tasty either way. You can find them in the grocery store in the produce section or the canned vegetable aisle.
  • Cream: I know, I know, it’s a bit indulgent but so good!! If you would rather, you can substitute with half and half or even whole milk. It will, however, change the sauce slightly. It will be a little less rich and a little thinner.
  • Spinach: I add this at the very end of cooking since spinach wilts very quickly. You can also substitute with baby kale.
  • Pesto and Parmesan cheese: Both of these add so much flavor, and the cheese helps thicken the sauce. I do prefer to use a homemade pesto over store bought versions. It tastes so much better!
tuscan chicken in a skillet

Tuscan Chicken Recipe Directions

BROWN CHICKEN: Add chicken to a hot skillet with olive oil. Heat until cooked all the way through and set aside.

PREPARE SAUCE: Cook the onions in the skillet until soft. Then, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the heavy cream, cheese, sundried tomatoes, and pesto. Simmer and stir in spinach.

ADD CHICKEN: Place the chicken back into the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Serve and enjoy!

Creamy tuscan chicken in cast iron skillet ready to be served.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you serve with creamy Tuscan chicken?

A simple side salad
Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
Simple Roasted Green Beans
Cooked pasta of choice
Garlic Bread

How long does creamy Italian chicken last?

You can store leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days. After the Tuscan chicken skillet cools down, place it in a sealed container.

How do you reheat sun dried tomato chicken?

I find it heats better in a skillet over low-medium heat. Heat it slowly and stir often. If the sauce is too thick, you can add a tablespoon or two of heavy cream to thin it back out.

What else can I add to the creamy Italian chicken?

Feel free to add in whatever you like. Mushrooms, asparagus, and pasta are some of our favorite additions. You can also sprinkle in a few red pepper flakes to boost the flavor even more.

Can you use chicken thighs?

Yes, it’s fine to make sun dried tomato chicken using chicken thighs. Just go for boneless and skinless so you aren’t trying to eat around the bones.

Close up of Creamy Tuscan Chicken in a bowl on top of pasta.

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken Recipe

Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 minute chicken dinner, creamy tuscan chicken, one pot meal
This Creamy Tuscan Chicken Recipe is an easy weeknight meal that can be made in 30 minutes! Enjoy this low carb chicken dinner with a side salad or serve over pasta for the whole family!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 480kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
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  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in half horizontally to make them thinner
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (235 ml) heavy cream, half and half OR whole milk
  • ½ cup (60g) grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup (80g) sundried tomatoes
  • 2-4 tablespoons pesto
  • 8 ounces (215g) baby spinach


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken breasts on each side until no longer pink in center and juices run clear (about 10 minutes). Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  • Add onion and cook just until soft (add a little more oil if needed). Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in cream, cheese, sundried tomatoes, and pesto. Bring to a simmer and stir in spinach.
  • Return chicken to skillet and cook for 1 minute to reheat chicken.


  1. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate. Nutrition calculated using heavy cream and 4 tablespoons pesto. 
What to serve with Creamy Tuscan Chicken:


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 1144mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6592IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 3mg

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