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Tuscan Chicken Pasta – One Pot!

This Tuscan Chicken Pasta recipe is an easy ONE POT recipe that you can make using any kind of pasta, from pappardelle to penne! You’ll love the creamy sauce, seasoned chicken, sundried tomatoes, and spinach.

A white plate topped with creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta with spinach and chicken.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

If you are looking for a creamy one pot pasta recipe that’s easy to make and full of flavor, you’ve come to the right place. I have been making this recipe for years, but just recently made some improvements to up the flavor even more. 

Scroll down to see how this meal comes together, read through my PRO tips, storage info, and more!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Season/Sear the chicken in olive oil on each side until golden and cooked through. Set aside and let it rest for 5 minutes, then dice into bite-sized pieces. 

Slices of Chicken breast before and after being seared and cooked.

In the same pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add white wine, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom of the pan. Reduce by half, 3-4 minutes.  

Add chicken broth, then stir in the half and half and sundried tomatoes. Bring to a boil.

A pot with a tomato sauce, cream, chicken broth, and seasonings for making Tuscan Chicken Pasta.

Add the uncooked pasta and let it return to a boil. Cook according to package instructions. (Taste test a noodle before proceeding.)

Pappardelle pasta in a pot before and after being cooked.

Reduce heat to low and gradually sprinkle in the cheese. Stir to combine. Add the chicken back, along with the spinach. Stir and heat through for 1-2 minutes. Serve!

Adding Parmesan Cheese, Chicken, and Spinach to pasta to make Tuscan Chicken Pasta.

Pro Tips

  • Grate the cheese from a block if possible as it will melt much better than packaged grated cheese. 
  • Make sure the base isn’t too hot when you add the cheese, otherwise the dairy can separate and create a grainy consistency.
  • Any kind of pasta can be used in this recipe, I used pappardelle.

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Cream based pastas don’t always reheat quite as well, but I like to freeze and reheat this for easy lunches.

A white plate with Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta with noodles, chicken, sundried tomatoes, and spinach.

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Tuscan Chicken Pasta

4.98 from 34 ratings
This Tuscan Chicken Pasta recipe is an easy one pot recipe that you can make using any kind of pasta! You'll love the creamy sauce, seasoned chicken, sundried tomatoes, and spinach.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast, equal to 1 lb.
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt/Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup dry white wine, see notes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato Paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ¼ cups half and half, (half cream/half milk)
  • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • ½ lb. pasta, any kind. I used pappardelle
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup Romano cheese, grated
  • 2 cups spinach

Instructions

Season and sear the chicken:

  • Slice the chicken into 3 thinner slices and pat completely dry. Season each side with Italian seasoning and salt/pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear on each side for 4-5 minutes, until a golden brown crust has developed. Set aside once cooked through. Remove any leftover oil but keep the brown remnants in the pot. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Add any juice from the chicken plate to the pot.

Prepare the sauce and cook the pasta in it:

  • Melt butter over medium heat. Add the garlic, wine, tomato paste, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom and sides of the pan to incorporate more flavor into the sauce. Cook until thickened and reduced by half, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth. Slowly stir in the half and half. Add the sundried tomatoes and bring to a gentle boil. Add the pasta and submerge it into the liquid. Let it come to a boil again and cook according to package instructions. Stir a few times throughout cooking to ensure pasta doesn't stick to the bottom. Taste test a noodle for doneness before proceeding.
  • Reduce heat to low. Slowly sprinkle in the cheese and stir to incorporate until smooth.

Finish the Meal:

  • Add the chicken and spinach and stir to combine. Heat 1-2 minutes, until chicken is heated and spinach is wilted. Serve!

Notes

  • Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay are good wine choices for this recipe. Chicken broth may be used if you don’t cook with wine.
Pro Tips: 
  • Grate the cheese from a block if possible as it will melt much better than packaged grated cheese. 
  • All Parmesan cheese may be used if needed.
  • Make sure the base isn't too hot when you add the cheese, otherwise the dairy can separate and create a grainy consistency.
  • Any kind of pasta can be used in this recipe. I used pappardelle. Other options include penne, fettuccine, linguine, or even shell pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 583mg, Potassium: 624mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1409IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 258mg, Iron: 3mg

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88 comments on “Tuscan Chicken Pasta – One Pot!”

  1. The sauce here is amazing and I haven’t even added the chicken back in yet! I wonder how much better it would have been if I used wine.

  2. I made this recipe for the first time yesterday. Now, I was exhausted and did not feel like cooking and when I cook when in that mode it doesn’t go well. For example, I read the recipe and still proceeded to cook the pasta….so when I realized I had a lot of liquid in my pan, I grabbed a new box of pasta and continued on. And all worked out perfectly!! This recipe is super easy, fast and delicious!! There are no leftovers! Bonus for my error in cooking the pasta, tonight all I have to do is cook the creamy tomato pasta and dinner is done!! Stephanie, Thank you for all your recipes!! I finally ordered your cookbook and can’t wait to receive it!!

  3. This sounds and looks so delicious! I just have a quick question. Is there a specific reason you don’t cut the chicken into small pieces before cooking it? Is it for more flavor, to keep it more juicy, or just your personal preference? Thanks!

  4. I can’t wait to make this! Looks incredible! Question; it says 3 teaspoons of dried oregano, but how much do I put on the chicken and how much in the sauce? Also, could you estimate the amount of salt you use on the chicken? Thanks!!

    • Hi Mary, it’s 3 tsp Italian seasoning and 1 tsp oregano. The Italian seasoning goes on the chicken and the oregano goes in the sauce. I’d use probably 3/4 tsp salt on the chicken but try to use your judgment based on surface area, it’s just a light sprinkle. There is also a video that shows this recipe being made in the blog post as well. Enjoy!

      • Hi Stephanie! Thanks so much for your reply! One last question! If I want to double the recipe, should I just buy a bigger Dutch oven? One with a larger surface area? Looks like the 4 quart Dutch oven only has surface room for the 3 breasts. Thank you!! 🙂

      • Hi Mary! Yes, I do think that would be very helpful for doubling this recipe!

  5. WOW…delicious! I was too “lazy” to make the chicken(this time) so I bought Perdue Chicken Patties and cut them into strips(after baking in the oven). I omitted the sun-dried tomatoes(I don’t like them). Used 4 cups chicken broth and uses the tomato paste that had basil, oregano & garlic in it.  DEFINITELY will make this again and will make the chicken per the recipe. Wish I could attach my photo. 

    • Using those chicken patties is such a great time saving hack! Nice work Tiffany, I’m so happy you’ll be making this one again. Thanks so much for the great review!😃

  6. Delicious

    • Thanks so much Stephanie, I’m so happy you enjoyed it!😀

    • A winner! So delicious! We had it last night and can’t wait to make it again. Used fettuccini and replaced the spinach with sautéed onion, red pepper and mushrooms. Next time I’ll cook the pasta in a separate pot and add it later to the sauce to save time I think the pasta took too long to get soft when cooked in the sauce.Otherwise A++++! Thank you!

      • I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it!! I would just be aware for next time that a large portion of the chicken broth is absorbed by the pasta while it cooks in the sauce, which gives it plenty of flavor, if you cook pasta on the side in water, you will want to use less chicken broth as there will be no pasta to absorb it.

  7. Followed the directions exactly. Good flavors! I used linguine which I broke in half before putting it in the pan. I was thinking that artichokes might be a good addition to this, as well.

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