Creamy Tuscan Chicken Florentine

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Here is a creamy sauce cooked all one skillet with the most tender delicious chicken and super easy made in minutes.

The sauce is made with heavy cream, butter,  of course, garlic, then with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes, the sauce packs a powerful flavor that makes this fork-tender chicken dish spectacular.

In the end, a bit of Pecorino Romano cheese just adds that bonus to the whole dish and compliments all the sauce ingredients.

If you love creamy sauces, you're going to love this just scroll down to our printable recipe so you don't lose this one.

creamy sauce with chicken tuscan olive garden style

Tuscan Recipes

If you were looking for an authentic Tuscany from Italy recipe this isn't one of them.

Tuscan cooking is characterized by having simple food, not covered in heavy sauces.

Cooking is done with olive oil (not butter, as is used further north.)

Olive oil is used as a salad dressing, is poured over bread, and is used in soups and stews.

Beans are a staple in Tuscany using basil, oregano, peppers, fennel, garlic, and rosemary.

Using the heavy cream and thick sauces isn't one of the ingredients you'll usually find in an authentic Tuscan meal, instead of in some parts they will use butter and garlic style lighter sauces.

This Americanized Tuscan Chicken is basically a copycat from a popular Olive Garden restaurant and slightly adapted without the pepper strips with added spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.

The recipe dish is perfect for any weeknight for the busy work week and can still get a delicious meal to serve quickly on your table.

seared chicken

Other Additions and Substitutions

  1. artichoke hearts
  2. kale or escarole or another green you prefer
  3. diced plum tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  4. chopped peppers in red or green
  5. sliced mushrooms

chicken coated in flour

Ingredients You Will Need (scroll down to the bottom for exact measurements)

  • boneless skinless chicken breast
  • spinach leaves
  • heavy cream
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • salt, pepper
  • optional: mushrooms
  • garlic cloves
  • Italian parsley fresh or dried
  • grated cheese
  • butter
  • granulated garlic powder

sliced chicken breasts

Other Recipes To Try

Chicken Francese

Baked Taste Like Fried Lemon Chicken Cutlets

Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken

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Easy Chicken Dishes

This creamy Italian/American version for Tuscan Chicken is a delicious addition to any chicken lover especially with so many adaptions, the sauce is really quite yummy!

You can add whatever you really like to this dish with some of the suggestions I have for you above, don't be afraid to make this your own with this basic cream sauce.

We would love to know if you tried the recipe and if you liked or changed it, leave us a comment.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Florentine

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Florentine

Yield: 4
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 40 Min
This is a Tuscan dish made with a rich cream sauce, fresh spinach leaves, and sun-dried tomatoes


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil) thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese grated
  • 3 cups of fresh spinach leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder divided
  • Optional: 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms ( I did use these) or you can use red or green sliced bell peppers for an additional change up of flavors


  1. On a cutting board slice the chicken in half the long way.
  2. Shake each piece in a mixture of flour, 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a large skillet (that can accommodate 4 pieces of chicken comfortably), melt the butter.
  4. Once the butter is melted add the chicken.
  5. The chicken should sear for around 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  6. Set the chicken aside in a dish and keep warm.
  7. In the same pan add the rest of the butter with garlic.
  8. Saute this for 3 to 4 minutes.
  9. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, (mushrooms if using) the other 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  10. Stir in the cream and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes.
  11. Add the cheese, mix then stir in the fresh spinach leaves.
  12. Place the chicken back in the pan and warm gently for 4 minutes then serve.


Other Additions and Substitutions

  1. artichoke hearts
  2. kale or escarole or another green you prefer
  3. diced plum tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  4. chopped peppers in red or green
  5. sliced mushrooms

These can be a substitution for sundried tomato or addition to this dish to it from any of the above

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Serving Recipe Side Dishes

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