Creamy Tuscan Chicken Recipe

This creamy Tuscan chicken, cooked in one pan, combines sweet cherry tomatoes, rich cream, savory chicken stock, and fresh spinach for a healthy twist. Serve over freshly cooked pasta or rice for a delicious family dinner any night of the week. Let’s get cooking!

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken thighs in a grey frying pan.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Ingredients

Ingredients needed to make Creamy Tuscan Chicken.

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken. Tuscan chicken is usually made with chicken breast, but I used boneless chicken thighs with skin on. I found the neat juicier and more tender than chicken breast.
  • Tomatoes. To make classic Tuscan chicken you sun-dried tomatoes. However, I prefer cherry tomatoes for this recipe, they add a lot of flavor and sweetness to the sauce.

How to make it

To make creamy Tuscan chicken is very straightforward. Follow these simple steps to make it. You can also watch the video in the recipe card for more visual guidance.

Uncooked chicken thighs in a frying pan.

Step 1: Heat some olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the chicken thighs skin-side down in the skillet and season with salt, garlic powder, and sweet paprika. Cook until the skin is golden brown.

Golden chicken thighs frying in a pan.

Step 2: Flip the chicken thighs and cook until browned on the other side. Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside.

Crushed garlic frying in a pan.

Step 3: In the same skillet, add crushed garlic and sauté until fragrant, being careful not to burn.

Cherry tomatoes in a frying pan.

Step 4: Add cherry tomatoes and cook until they start to blister and release their juices.

Creamy sauce in a pan, hand is adding shaved parmesan cheese.

Step 5: Pour in cream and chicken stock, then stir in grated Parmesan cheese.

golden chicken thighs in a creamy sauce with baby spinach leaves cooking in a frying pan.

Step 6: Return the chicken thighs back into the sauce along with fresh baby spinach.

Step 7: Cover the skillet with a lid and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and the spinach has wilted.

Expert Tips:

For perfectly cooked chicken: Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken thighs reaches 165°F (74°C) at the thickest part of the meat.


Tuscan chicken thigh on a plate served with tomatoes and spinach.

What to serve with Creamy Tuscan chicken

A bed of fluffy basmati rice or a tangle of al dente fettuccine provides a perfect canvas for the rich sauce, while a side of crusty bread is ideal for sopping up every last drop.

For a lighter option, try peppery arugula with grilled pears, grilled zucchini slices or Mediterranean eggplant.

❄️ How to Store

Refrigerate:

Leftover creamy Tuscan chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freeze it:

For longer storage, freeze the chicken and sauce in airtight containers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Avoid reheating the dish multiple times to maintain its quality and flavor.

Reheat:

To reheat, gently warm on the stovetop over low heat, adding a splash of chicken stock or cream if the sauce has thickened.

A slice of chicken thigh on a fork.
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Creamy Tuscan Chicken thighs in a grey frying pan.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Recipe

Elena Elliott
This is your new favorite weeknight family dinner. Cozy, wholesome and delicious. With golden-brown chicken thighs, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes, ready in 30 minutes.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 6 chicken thighs boneless, skin on
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (drained)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian dried herbs
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup pure cream
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup baby spinach

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the chicken thighs in the skillet skin down. Season with salt, garlic powder, paprika and Italian dried herbs. Cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove chicken and set aside.
  • Add minced garlic to the same skillet and sauté for 30 seconds, until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add cherry tomatoes and cook for 5-7 minutes, until they soften and release their juices.
  • Pour in cream and chicken stock, then stir in Parmesan cheese.
  • Return chicken to the skillet along with spinach and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover the skillet with a lid and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and spinach is wilted.
  • Your Creamy Tuscan Chicken is ready to be served. Enjoy!!

Notes

For perfectly cooked chicken: Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).
Serve with freshly cooked rice or fettuccine pasta.
 
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4 Comments

  1. This recipe is so delicious that I know I will make it again. The sauce is addicting. It’s not difficult to make. I’ve sent this recipe to friends and family.

  2. I made this chicken on the weekend. It was amazing. Very easy to prepare and my whole family enjoyed it. Thank you so much for sharing!

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