Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

As mentioned in the recipe for Bacon Asparagus Pastry Twists, my family and I were hosting guests a few nights ago, and I was in the mood for some new recipes. I found a Three Course Tuscan Dinner article and decided to try my hand at the appetizer and main course. The appetizer was delicious, and this Creamy Tuscan Chicken was, in my humble opinion, even better. It is creamy and very flavorful, and paired wonderfully with whole wheat spaghetti with a side salad. If you’re looking for a new chicken/pasta recipe, I highly recommend this one. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients

  1. 4 chicken thighs (skin on), or boneless, skinless breasts
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 onion, diced
  5. 1 tomato, diced
  6. 2 c. spinach
  7. 2 c. heavy cream (or half-and-half)
  8. 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  9. 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
  10. Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and cook in a sauté pan over medium-low heat with the oil. If you use chicken with the skin on, ensure you cook well enough so the skin crisps up nicely. Remove from the pan when done cooking.
  2. Add the garlic and onion, stirring and cooking for 3-5 minutes, or until onions are softened and translucent.
  3. Stir in the spinach and tomatoes, and cook until spinach is wilted.
  4. Add the cream, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  5. Add the Parmesan cheese and parsley, stirring until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  6. Place chicken back in the pan and spoon the mixture over the chicken.
  7. Optional: Serve with pasta of your choice.

Notes

There were two changes I made to this recipe. One was using boneless, skinless chicken breasts rather than bone-in, skin-on thighs. Also, I went a slightly healthier route and chose to use half-and-half instead of heavy cream. The sauce wasn’t quite as thick, but I don’t think anyone missed out on the flavor. And as mentioned, I served this with spaghetti (which was tossed in marinara sauce) and a side salad, which made a perfect main course. This is really a pretty straightforward recipe that’s sure to please.

Bon Appétit!

 

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