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Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

This Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta is the ultimate family dinner for when you are time-strapped on a busy weeknight! Tender chicken and al dente pasta are all cooked in one pan with a creamy, garlicky tomato sauce. I love that there is minimal prep with this one so that I can get dinner on the table fast. The vegetables can also be substituted to suit your family’s tastes, or you could add extra if you have some you need to use up. Zucchini, silverbeet, peas, green beans or broccoli all work really well!

Can you add extra veggies to Tuscan Chicken Pasta?

Yes! Add additional vegetables like zucchini, silverbeet, peas, green beans or broccoli (cut into small bite-sized pieces) at the same time as the sun-dried tomatoes.

Can you make Tuscan Chicken Pasta ahead of time?

Tuscan Chicken Pasta is best made fresh and eaten immediately.

Is Tuscan Chicken Pasta suitable for leftovers?

Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight before reheating in the microwave.

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Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

  • Total Time: 28 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500 g chicken thigh fillets or chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp garlic, freshly minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup sundried tomatoes (see note 1 for substitutions)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup thickened/heavy cream
  • 250 g pasta (see note 2)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups spinach leaves

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based, large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the chicken, salt, pepper, paprika and oregano. Cook for 6-8 minutes, then remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. To the same pan, add the butter and garlic and stir for 30 seconds before stirring through the tomato paste.
  3. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, chicken stock and cream. Bring to a gentle boil. Add the pasta and submerge it in the liquid. Cook as per the pasta packet instructions less 1 minute, stirring regularly.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, stir through the Parmesan cheese, spinach and chicken. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Note 1 – The sun-dried tomatoes can be substituted with fresh cherry tomatoes, fresh diced tomatoes, canned crushed tomatoes or can be omitted completely. If you do choose to substitute the sun-dried tomatoes or omit them, you may need to add more salt and pepper at the end to season.

 

Note 2 – A pasta that takes between 8-9 minutes (or less) to cook (according to the packet instructions) is ideal. Penne, fusilli or thin spaghetti all work well.

 

Extra veggies – Want to bulk this out with extra veg? Add additional vegetables like zucchini, silverbeet, peas, green beans or broccoli (cut into small bite-sized pieces) at the same time as the sun-dried tomatoes.

MAKE AHEAD

Tuscan Chicken Pasta is best made fresh and eaten immediately.

LEFTOVERS

Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight before reheating in the microwave.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Pasta, chicken pasta
  • Method: pan
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta, Tuscan Chicken Pasta

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Comments

  1. This one is a family favourite and so easy! We have had this many times now. I haven’t ever made it with the pasta in the one pot (out of habit I just end up pre-cooking it) but I must remember to try this next time!

  2. Great flavour. I will cook the pasta separately because it was too chalky and so i had to add more water and let it cook longer which then changed the taste a bit. Will try it again. Thank you.

  3. Delicious!

  4. An absolute winner in our house! My husband calls it ‘gourmet Mac and cheese’ lol. I added in sliced zucchini and mushrooms after the butter/garlic for some extra and deliciously hidden veg.

  5. I’m sorry I really wanted to love this but it just was not a hit in our house. I didn’t like the cooking process of cooking the pasta in the one pot, I prefer to add it once cooked. I wanted to love this one so much.

  6. So yum! The recipe doesn’t mention veggies but the notes above do. Should it have veg in it?

    • The veggies in the recipe are the sun-dried tomatoes and spinach, thank you so much for mentioning this, I’m going to add a note to the recipe mentioning when to add additional veggies of choice if desired ❤️ x

  7. The BEST Tuscan chicken pasta recipe!!

    • I’m so glad you loved this one! I love it too! 🙏🏻 x

  8. This is fabulous! The family loved it 🙂

  9. This was so so tasty, and also quick and easy to make – will definitely be making again!

  10. I made this tonight and the whole family smashed it! This is the best creamy sundried tomato and spinach pasta sauce I’ve come across and I’ve tried a few different ones. This will be going on our mid week meal rotation 🙂

  11. Amazing flavor and super simple!! LOVE this recipe! Was a winner with the whole family!!

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