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The BEST Creamy Baked Tuscan Chicken Recipe

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This classic Creamy Baked Tuscan Chicken Recipe is delicious and easy. Pour a wonderful garlic-infused cream sauce over chicken breasts and bake in the oven. It’s perfect for mid-week family meals or an elegant dinner party! The chicken is incredibly tender and soaks up the Italian herbs and the Tuscan flavor of the luscious sauce.

Serving platter of Tuscan Chicken

I love having dinner guests, but it’s always a lot of work for the hosts. One of my favorite recipes is Tuscan Chicken, a Mediterranean-style recipe you can prepare before the event. The heavy lifting is done once it’s in the oven bubbling away! If you love easy chicken recipes, you might also enjoy Mediterranean Chicken Stew or our Gluten-Free Turkey Lasagna!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • Delicious Dinner Recipe
  • One pan casserole-style bake!
  • Has an irresistible creamy sauce
  • Comfort Food
  • Naturally Gluten-Free with a rich flavor
  • It’s an easy dinner idea!
  • You can make this recipe ahead
  • Low-Carb Chicken Recipe

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need simple ingredients from your local grocery store to make this Creamy Tuscan Chicken Recipe.

Ingredients for Baked Tuscan Chicken
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning blend – We used this organic Italian Seasoning Blend
  • Paprika
  • Ground black pepper
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Heavy cream
  • Dry parsley
  • Cornstarch
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Chopped sundried tomatoes – We used this brand of sun dried tomatoes by Trader Joes
  • Fresh baby spinach (optional but so delicious)

Ingredient Notes for Baked Tuscan Chicken Breast Casserole

  • If you have sun-dried tomatoes in oil, put them on a paper towel to absorb some of the oil.
  • You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken quarters. Time and final texture will vary.
  • The creamy spinach is optional, but we highly recommend it for taste and color!
  • You can also use fresh cherry tomatoes if you don’t have dried tomatoes.
  • You can also add a handful of fresh basil with the spinach.
  • If you want this dish extra cheesy, add a cup of grated mozzarella cheese at the end when adding the spinach.

How To Make Creamy Baked Tuscan Chicken Recipe- Step by Step

Full instructions are in the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pour the olive oil into a 9×13-inch baking dish. It will help coat the chicken and prevent it from sticking to the bottom. Set aside.
  3. Mix the salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Paprika, and ground black pepper. Set it aside. NOTE: I like mixing my ingredients in a small bowl before adding them to my dish. This way, you will have a more even distribution of all the flavors.
  4. Place the chicken breasts in the oiled pan. Use a fork and poke each breast a few times. NOTE: For this recipe, my chicken breasts were even thickness, so I poked each chicken breast 4-5 times with a fork.
  5. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture on the chicken. Set aside.
    NOTE: If you like to do meal prep, you can do this step in the morning or even the night before. Place the chicken back in the fridge until ready to use.
  6. Whisk the heavy cream, dry parsley, garlic powder, cornstarch, salt, pepper,  and Parmigiano cheese in a bowl.
  7. Add the sundried tomato to the heavy cream mixture.
  8. Mix until combined. The mixture will be thick.
  9. Add the thick cream sauce to the chicken.
  10. Spread the creamy parmesan sauce evenly on the chicken.
  11. Place the chicken in the preheated oven.
  12. Cook for 35 minutes or until the chicken has an internal temperature with a meat thermometer of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. NOTE: Remember the thickness of the chicken breasts will directly impact your cooking time.
  13. Once cooked, take the chicken out of the oven.
  14. Add the spinach to the top of the chicken and cover the baking dish for 10 minutes. This will allow the chicken to rest and the spinach to wilt.
  15. Serve and Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • Serve with Pasta, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies or Warm Bread.
  • Re-warm covered in the oven at 325 degrees
  • Serve with a simple salad and french bread
  • Add Artichoke hearts or additional spinach.

Storage and Reheating

Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Additions and Substitutions

  • Add red pepper flakes if you like it spicy!

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This classic Creamy Baked Tuscan Chicken Recipe is delicious and easy. Pour a wonderful garlic-infused cream sauce over chicken breasts and bake in the oven. It’s perfect for mid-week family meals or an elegant dinner party! The chicken is incredibly tender and soaks up all that Italian herbs and Tuscan flavor of the mouth-watering sauce

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Diet
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

FOR THE CHICKEN

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon Paprika

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 1/2 lbs (4) skinless, boneless chicken breasts

FOR THE TUSCAN CREAM SAUCE

1 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon dry parsley

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1/2 cup chopped sundried tomatoes (or you can get them already julienne in oil)

1/2 cup fresh spinach (optional but so delicious)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pour the olive oil into a 9×13-inch baking dish. It will help coat the chicken and prevent it from sticking to the bottom. Set aside.
  3. Mix the salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Paprika, and ground black pepper. Set it aside. NOTE: I like mixing my ingredients in a small bowl before adding them to my dish. This way you have a more even distribution of all the flavors.
  4. Place the chicken breasts in the oiled pan. Use a fork and poke each breast a few times. NOTE: For this recipe, my chicken breasts were even in size and thickness, so I poked each chicken breast 4-5 times with a fork.
  5. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture on the chicken. Set aside.
    NOTE: If you like to do meal prep, you can do this step in the morning or even the night before. Place the chicken back in the fridge until ready to use.
  6. Whisk the heavy cream, dry parsley, garlic powder, cornstarch, salt, pepper,  and Parmigiano cheese in a bowl.
  7. Add the sundried tomato to the heavy cream mixture.
  8. Mix until combined. The mixture will be thick.
  9. Add the thick cream sauce to the chicken.
  10. Spread the creamy parmesan sauce evenly on the chicken.
  11. Place the chicken in the preheated oven.
  12. Cook for 35 minutes or until the chicken has an internal temperature with a meat thermometer of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. NOTE: Remember the thickness of the chicken breasts will directly impact your cooking time.
  13. Once cooked, take the chicken out of the oven.
  14. Add the spinach to the top of the chicken and cover the baking dish for 10 minutes. This will allow the chicken to rest and the spinach to wilt.
  15. Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

o   If you have the sun-dried tomatoes in oil, put them on a paper towel to try to absorb some of the oil. 

 

o   You can use chicken thighs or chicken quarters. Time and final texture will vary.

It’s delicious served with pasta, veggies, or even mashed potatoes. Bread is also great for dipping in the luscious sauce! Enjoy! 

Leftovers are wonderful sliced into a salad or a sandwich. 

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