Creamy Tuscan Chicken
Creamy Tuscan Chicken
5 from 1 vote
Discover the decadent and elegant Creamy Tuscan Chicken, a dish that promises to transform your dinner into a gourmet experience with its luxurious sauce and tender chicken.
Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Indulge in the flavors of Italy with this delightful recipe for Creamy Tuscan Chicken.

Originating from the picturesque region of Tuscany, this dish combines tender chicken breasts with a rich and creamy sauce infused with garlic, cherry tomatoes, spinach, and Parmesan cheese.

It’s a dish that effortlessly brings together the rustic charm of Italian cooking with the creamy indulgence that we all crave.

While the name might sound fancy, fear not, for this recipe is surprisingly simple to make, perfect for both novice and seasoned cooks alike.

With just a handful of ingredients and straightforward instructions, you can recreate the warmth and comfort of a Tuscan trattoria right in your own kitchen.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, marinate the chicken breasts in olive oil, garlic, and Italian herbs for 30 minutes to an hour before cooking.

Ingredients

Chicken Breasts: Tender and juicy, chicken breasts serve as the hearty centerpiece of this dish, providing protein and flavor.

Olive Oil: Used for cooking the chicken and sautéing the aromatics, olive oil adds a subtle fruity note to the dish.

Onion: Finely chopped onion adds a savory depth of flavor to the sauce, enhancing its overall richness.

Garlic: Minced garlic infuses the dish with its aromatic essence, complementing the other ingredients beautifully.

Italian Herbs: A blend of dried Italian herbs lends a Mediterranean flair to the chicken, infusing it with aromatic flavors.

Cherry Tomatoes: Halved cherry tomatoes contribute a burst of vibrant color and tangy sweetness to the dish.

Spinach: Fresh spinach adds a pop of green and a dose of nutrients to the creamy sauce, wilting down to tender perfection.

Double Cream: The creamy base of the sauce, double cream provides richness and indulgence, coating each bite in velvety smoothness.

Parmesan Cheese: Grated Parmesan cheese adds a salty, nutty flavor to the sauce, enhancing its creaminess and depth.

Salt and Black Pepper: To taste, salt and black pepper season the dish, balancing its flavors and enhancing its overall deliciousness.

Basil Leaves: Fresh basil leaves, used as a garnish, add a touch of brightness and freshness to the finished dish.

Expert Tip: Don’t overcrowd the skillet when cooking the chicken breasts. Cook them in batches if necessary to ensure they brown evenly.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the creamy Tuscan chicken over cooked pasta, such as fettuccine or spaghetti, for a comforting and satisfying meal.
  • Pair it with crusty bread or garlic bread to soak up every last bit of the luscious sauce.
  • Accompany it with a side salad dressed in a light vinaigrette for a refreshing contrast to the richness of the dish.
  • For a low-carb option, serve the chicken alongside steamed vegetables or a crisp green salad.

Expert Tip: Feel free to customize the recipe by adding additional ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, or capers for extra flavor complexity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

Yes, boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be used as a delicious alternative to chicken breasts in this recipe. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly as thighs may require a slightly longer cooking time.

Is it okay to use frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach?

While fresh spinach is preferred for its vibrant flavor and texture, frozen spinach can be used as a convenient substitute. Make sure to thaw and drain the frozen spinach before adding it to the dish.

Can I substitute heavy cream for double cream?

Yes, heavy cream can be used as a substitute for double cream in this recipe. However, keep in mind that heavy cream has a slightly lower fat content, which may affect the richness of the sauce.

How can I make this recipe vegetarian?

To make a vegetarian version of this dish, simply omit the chicken and add more vegetables, such as mushrooms or bell peppers, to the sauce. You can also consider adding a meat substitute, such as tofu or tempeh, for added protein.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the creamy Tuscan chicken ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply reheat it gently on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

by Nabeela Kauser
Discover the decadent and elegant Creamy Tuscan Chicken, a dish that promises to transform your dinner into a gourmet experience with its luxurious sauce and tender chicken.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 573 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 tsp Italian Herbs Dried
  • 200 g Cherry Tomatoes Halved
  • 150 g Spinach Fresh
  • 200 ml Double Cream
  • 50 g Parmesan Cheese Grated
  • Salt and black pepper To taste
  • Basil Leaves Fresh for garnish

Instructions

  • Season the chicken breasts with salt, black pepper, and dried Italian herbs on both sides.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the seasoned chicken breasts and cook for about 6-7 minutes on each side, or until they are fully cooked and have a golden-brown crust. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.
  • Stir in the fresh spinach and cook until it wilts, which should take about 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the double cream and grated Parmesan cheese. Stir well and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken.
  • Return the cooked chicken breasts to the skillet, spoon some of the creamy sauce over them, and let them heat through for 2-3 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving.
  • Enjoy your creamy Tuscan chicken!

Notes

You can serve this dish with pasta, rice, or crusty bread for a complete meal.
Adjust the seasoning to your taste by adding more salt, pepper, or Italian herbs if needed.
This recipe is versatile; you can add sun-dried tomatoes or artichoke hearts for extra flavour if you like.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 573kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 56gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 210mgSodium: 513mgPotassium: 1269mgFibre: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 4675IUVitamin C: 28mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 254mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Creamy, Food, Recipe, Spinach, Tuscan
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