Tuscan Chicken Skillet

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Tender Tuscan Chicken in a skillet with creamy decadent sauce and bacon bits. An easy weeknight meal to enjoy. 

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Why Make This Delicious Tuscan Chicken Skillet


Tuscan Chicken Skillet is a delicious and easy-to-make one-pan dish that features the flavors of the Italian region of Tuscany. It typically includes ingredients like chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, spinach, and a creamy sauce. You will love the flavors of this dish, they truly are unmatched!

Since its all made in one pan, there is little cleanup which makes for a great weeknight meal to enjoy. Easily make this into a dairy free recipe if needed. You can customize it with extra veggies as well. Another easy one pan dish to consider, One Pan Chicken And Veggies or One Pot Lasagna Soup.

Ingredients Needed

Chicken Breasts. Use high quality boneless/skinless chicken breasts for this recipe.

Sun Dried Tomatoes In Oil. These can be found in the condiment aisle at the store. They add a huge flavor to the dish.

Bacon. This is optional but highly recommended, it adds a great richness to the dish. You will use the leftover bacon grease to cook the onions so be sure to reserve some!

All Purpose Flour. This is what thickens the sauce and makes the roux.

Seasonings. salt, pepper, dried thyme, oregano, dried basil

Heavy Cream. This is the base of the sauce for this recipe.

All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card below. 

Recipe Variations

Chicken Breasts. You can also use chicken thighs. If using chicken thighs you won’t need to butterfly them before cooking.

Bacon. Use turkey bacon to make it a bit more calorie friendly.

Bacon Grease. Use olive oil or butter instead if needed.

Spinach. You can sub kale or collard greens.

Heavy Cream. Use half and half or 2% in place of the heavy cream to cut some calorie.

Steps To Make This Recipe

Step One. Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and butterfly them in half (use a knife to slice the breast in half horizontally). This makes the breast thinner and cook quicker. Place the chicken on a plate. Add the seasoning to a small bowl, mix it together and sprinkle it over both sides of chicken. Pat the chicken with flour on both sides. Set aside (photo 1-2).

Step Two. Slice the bacon into small bits and add to a large heavy bottomed skillet. As the bacon cooks add it to a paper towel on a plate. Set aside (photo 3-4). Drain the excess bacon grease into a jar, leave a little behind in the skillet and you may need some more to help cook the aromatics. You can also use butter or olive oil.

Step Three. In the same skillet as the bacon with the leftover bits of grease, add the chicken breasts. Cook the chicken for 7-9 minutes on each side or until 165º internally (photo 5). Once the chicken is cooked through, pull it off the skillet and onto a plate, set aside.

Step Four. In the same skillet pan, add the onions, garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Sauté for about 2 minutes on medium heat, add the heavy cream to the skillet let it come to a low simmer. Add the chicken back into the skillet with the sauce for about 4 minutes. Bring the chicken to temp and the sauce should thicken as it simmers. Add the spinach in and cook just until it’s softened.

Step Five. Add the parmesan over everything in the skillet. Take it off the heat and serve in bowls or on plates. Add the crispy bacon to the top and enjoy!

Skillet with chicken and cream sauce and spinach.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use bone-in chicken instead of boneless chicken breasts?

Yes, you can use bone-in, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts if you prefer. Adjust the cooking time accordingly as bone-in chicken may take a bit longer to cook.

Is there a substitute for heavy cream?

Yes! Make this dairy free by using dairy free heavy cream or use half and half.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

While it’s best served fresh, you can prepare some components ahead of time. Cook the chicken and make the sauce separately, then combine and reheat when ready to serve.

Recipe Tips

Don’t Overcook Chicken. Be cautious not to overcook the chicken breasts, as they can become dry. Use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach an internal temperature of 165°.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes. If using sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, you can use some of the oil for sautéing garlic to infuse more flavor into the dish.

Add Greens at the End. Add delicate greens like spinach towards the end of cooking to avoid overcooking. They should be just wilted into the dish.

Customize with Vegetables. Feel free to add more vegetables like mushrooms, artichokes, or olives for added flavor and texture.

Recipe Pairings

This Tuscan Chicken Skillet is great served over rice or pasta of choice. It also pairs great with a fresh salad or steamed veggies.

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White bowl with chicken and sauce in it, and a gold fork. Bread on the side.
5 from 5 votes

Tuscan Chicken Skillet

Tender Tuscan Chicken in a skillet with creamy decadent sauce and bacon bits. An easy weeknight meal to enjoy. Ready in 30 minutes!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • large skillet
  • small bowls

Ingredients 

  • ½ lb bacon
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, boneless & skinless, About 3-4 breasts
  • 1 tsp salt, more as needed
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • cup sun dried tomatoes, sliced, *in oil
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • cup heavy cream , *see notes
  • 3-4 Tbsp fresh parmesan , *more as needed

Instructions 

  • Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and butterfly them in half (use a knife to slice the breast in half horizontally). This makes the breast thinner and cook quicker. Place the chicken on a plate. Add the seasoning to a small bowl, mix it together and sprinkle it over both sides of chicken. Pat the chicken with flour on both sides. Set aside. 
  • Slice the bacon into small bits and add to a large heavy bottomed skillet. As the bacon cooks add it to a paper towel on a plate. Set aside (photo 3-4). Drain the excess bacon grease into a jar, leave a little behind in the skillet and you may need some more to help cook the aromatics. You can also use butter or olive oil.
  • In the same skillet as the bacon with the leftover bits of grease, add the chicken breasts. Cook the chicken for 7-9 minutes on each side or until 165º internally. Once the chicken is cooked through, pull it off the skillet and onto a plate, set aside. 
  • In the same skillet pan, add the butter, onions, garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Sauté for about 2 minutes on medium heat, add the heavy cream to the skillet let it come to a low simmer. Add the chicken back into the skillet with the sauce for about 4 minutes. Bring the chicken to temp and the sauce should thicken as it simmers. Add the spinach in, let it just soften.
  • Add the parmesan over everything in the skillet. Take it off the heat and serve in bowls or on plates. Add the crispy bacon to the top and enjoy! 

Notes

*some grease reserved for cooking the chicken.
*use half and half or 2% milk to cut calories or you can use a plant based heavy cream.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze these for up to 2 months.   

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 763kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 1094mg | Potassium: 732mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2971IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2mg

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

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 763
Keyword: 30 minute, Chicken
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4 Comments

  1. This is a meal prep must. The flavors are on point and it is packed full of protein. I cannot recommend this dish enough.

  2. 5 stars
    Everyone needs to make this! Omg the bacon and the creamy sauce was fantastic, so so good.

  3. 5 stars
    This was so delicious. I used heavy cream to make it thicker and boy did it please everybody’s pallets.

  4. 5 stars
    This skillet is delicious and now in our regular rotation. It’s definitely a keeper.