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Healthy Tuscan Chicken Pasta (One Pot)

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Olena Osipov
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Tuscan Chicken Pasta with healthy creamy garlic sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and chicken. A healthy 30 minute one-pot meal for busy weeknights. Kids will approve!

This chicken pasta is just one of the options on my weekly rotations, along with this chicken healthy alfredo recipe (or Instant Pot alfredo), chicken lasagna roll-ups, chicken parmesan with spaghetti, and healthy chicken whole wheat spaghetti!

Healthy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Whether you have had Tuscan chicken pasta at Olive Garden or White Spot, know you can make healthy restaurant quality meal easy at home. And in one pot in under 30 minutes. I’ve made it my kitchen mission to re-create healthier (tastier too!) versions of my restaurant and take-away classic at home, including healthy chicken parmesanThai Chicken Curry, and this Tuscan chicken pasta.

Cooking dinner in one pot is my next favorite thing to Instant Pot. Besides deconstructing meals into soups.:) I have several one-pot/ one-pan chicken dishes already, including one-pot chicken quinoaone pan Mexican chicken and rice, and chicken and potatoes or chicken and vegetables, on a sheet pan.

It has been a few years since I started making one-pot pasta dinners too (like this Instant pot lasagna, crockpot chicken spaghetti, and parmesan chicken pasta). Kids love them, they are relatively healthy and quick. What not to like?! With house renos, business, and hockey – this is how we avoid processed foods while still being fully satisfied with tons of taste and nutrition.

You can easily cut this recipe in half if feeding 1 or 2 people, too.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta on a spoon

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Chicken breasts or thighs – you could also use leftover baked chicken breast or thighs.
  • Any pasta that can hold sauce
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Bell pepper
  • Kale or spinach
  • Milk and Parmesan cheese
  • Spices

chicken breasts, pasta, pepper, milk, sun dried tomatoes, spinach and garlic

How to Make Tuscan Chicken Pasta

  1. Sear chicken breasts with a bit of salt and pepper on each side for 3-4 minutes. They don’t have to be cooked through.
  2. Cook pasta. Add pasta, broth, bell pepper, Italian seasoning and cook covered for 10 minutes. It is important to bring it to a boil before reducing heat to low. Keep in mind gluten free pasta cooks faster than wheat. Pasta should be al dente (not too soft, so it doesn’t become a mush).
  3. Make creamy sauce by whisking cold milk with cornstarch. Milk has to be cold otherwise cornstarch will lump.
  4. Remove cooked chicken and add the slurry. Stir and bring to a boil just enough to thicken a bit.
  5. Turn off heat and add remaining ingredients: sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, spinach, garlic and cooked chicken. Stir.

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Tips for Best Tuscan Chicken Pasta

  • I like to use my Lodge Dutch oven for one-pot meals. You can also use medium-heavy bottom stainless steel pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Whole wheat or whole foods pasta is more nutritious than white. You can use any though. Good shape pasta to use is short with some cavities to hold the sauce.
  • If using gluten free pasta, cook by a few minutes less as it cooks faster than wheat one.
  • It is important to stir pasta after a few minutes to prevent it from sticking.
  • 3.25% homo milk will make a more creamy sauce but 2% will work as well. Do not use skim or 1% milk or the sauce will be flat.
  • Instead of Italian seasoning, I always use a ratio of dried oregano and thyme.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta in a pot

How to Serve and Store

Tuscan chicken pasta is one of those dishes that tastes best right after cooking. That’s when it’s most saucy, spinach is not too wilted and it’s just fresh. Within minutes, pasta absorbs the sauce as it is sitting. Not the end of the world.

If you are serving later like me (my dinners are always ready at lunchtime because of my job), add a splash of milk and simmer for a few minutes to rehydrate the dish.

Refrigerate for up to 1 day and do not freeze.

Enjoy the pasta alone or with a simple side like garlic bread or a leafy green salad.

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Healthy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Healthy Tuscan Chicken Pasta (One Pot)

Healthy Tuscan Chicken Pasta (One Pot)

30 Minute Tuscan Chicken Pasta with healthy creamy garlic sauce, sun dried tomatoes, spinach and chicken. Kid friendly one pot meal for busy weeknights.
5 from 23 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 549kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless & skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth low sodium
  • 3 cups short pasta like penne fusilli or bow ties
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 tbsp oil for frying
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 large garlic clove grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat large Dutch oven or heavy bottom pot on medium heat and swirl oil to coat.
  • Add chicken and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt and ground black pepper. Sear for 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Add broth, pasta, bell pepper, Italian seasoning and remaining 1/4 tsp salt. Gently stir, cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once after 2 minutes to prevent pasta from sticking. Keep in mind gluten free pasta cooks faster than wheat. Pasta should be al dente (not too soft, so it doesn’t become a mush).
  • Remove chicken onto a plate or cutting board.
  • In a large measuring cup whisk cold milk with cornstarch and pour over pasta. Stir gently, bring to a boil and simmer for a minute until sauce thickens a bit.
  • Turn off heat and add sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, spinach and garlic. Cover for a few minutes to let flavors develop.
  • In the meanwhile, slice chicken into thin pieces.
  • Add chicken to the pot, stir gently and serve immediately. Tuscan chicken pasta is one of those dishes that tastes best right after cooking. That's when it's most saucy, spinach is not too wilted and it's just fresh.

Store: Refrigerate for up to 1 day and do not freeze. If you are serving later, add a splash of milk and simmer for a few minutes to rehydrate the dish.

    Notes

    • I like to use my Lodge Dutch oven for one pot meals. You can also use medium heavy bottom stainless steel pot with a tight fitting lid.
    • Whole wheat or whole foods pasta is more nutritious than white. You can use any though. Good shape pasta to use is short with some cavities to hold the sauce.
    • If using gluten free pasta, cook by a few minutes less as it cooks faster than wheat one.
    • It is important to stir pasta after a few minutes to prevent it from sticking.
    • 3.25% homo milk will make more creamy sauce but 2% will work as well. Do not use skim or 1% milk as sauce will be flat.
    • Instead of Italian seasoning, I always use a ratio of dried oregano and thyme.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 612mg | Potassium: 1393mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2781IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 342mg | Iron: 4mg
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    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      Hi Olena, I love your recipes. I’ve tried about 15 so far and loved every one. I made this one last night and followed it just as written. It was so delicious! My husband said the same. I look so forward to your emails with recipes. Thank you !

    2. 5 stars
      This was SO easy and super yummy… My 11 year old made it for us for dinner…. Only added some diced onion and mushrooms and used low fat mozzarella instead of the parmesan. Really really good!!!

    3. 5 stars
      In the middle of making this and just realized i was supposed to put the chicken in whole then remove it. Well i’ve already chopped it up so hopefully it still turns out hahaha

    4. Love your recipes, We have made many of them, especially the instant pot recipes.

      For this recipe, can you please provide the serving size for the nutritional information?

      Thank you!

    5. 5 stars
      Another winner winner chicken dinner from Olena.
      I Made just as written. Believe me, it doesn’t require any changes. Absolute keeper!
      Thank you for making eating healthy so easy.

    6. 5 stars
      Love the one pot cleanup, and as always, the recipe was delicious! The leftovers have even proved to be quite tasty for lunch!

    7. 5 stars
      This was very good. We will make it again. My son had three helpings! My daughter said it needs to go into our rotation. Now they both want your Alfredo tonight. Might have to wait a couple of days for that. Thank you.

      Oh, and we’ve tried three of your recipes now and all have been big hits.

    8. 5 stars
      This was so good! Very glad I ran across your site from Pinterest. I need to expand my one pot meals / easy recipes as I have two kids under two. Anything that can be done fast and tastes good!

    9. 5 stars
      Oh my goodness! This is amazing! SO yummy! My 18 year old son and I cooked it together and we loved it!

    10. Looks tasty, but I have a question. The ingredient list says 1/2 tsp salt, but the instructions say 1/4 tsp. Which is it?

    11. 5 stars
      Great recipe Olena! I made this for my Dad’s birthday and he had seconds. I am lactose intolerant and swapped out the 2 cups of milk for 2 cups of Silk non-dairy half & half and it came out deliciously creamy. Thank you for this great recipe!! 😀

    12. 5 stars
      I have a high school athlete who is interested in eating healthier but seems to think his only options are grilled chicken and salad. This was tasty and easy to follow, and a great way to sneak in cooked spinach without ‘actually’ cooking spinach! Love the ‘one pot’ to make clean up and serving easier, the Dutch oven made it easy to keep it warm across some crazy schedules.

    13. I just realized I do not have Italian seasoning! What is the ratio of oregano and thyme you use? Thanks!!

    14. 5 stars
      This was AMAZING!!! Great one for weeknights. Only have to chop garlic (we accidentally chopped instead of grated) and chop red bell peppers. Used julienned sundried tomatoes. Sooooo tasty!!

    15. 5 stars
      Omg this recipe was the best and my food came out amazing! My family told me this was one of the best things I’ve ever made!!

    16. 5 stars
      This was one of my favorite recipes so far! It was incredible, we’ll be having this for dinner often. I had 1/2 a zucchini and some mushrooms in the fridge that I needed to use up so I put them in as well, this dish was so delicious! Thank you for the great website and healthy meals!

    17. Hi,

      Quick clarification question, for the Sun Dried Tomatoes, it says “1/2” but doesnt include the measurement.

      Thank you!

    18. My sister cannot eat dairy. What would you suggest I use as a substitute for whole milk? Would almond milk work? Thank you!

      1. 5 stars
        I used almond milk today and LOVED how it turned out. I added an additional teaspoon of cornstarch and a bit more sun dried tomatoes. The kids and Husband loved it too!

    19. I so look forward to your receiving your recipes. I can’t wait to make this, your recipes are simple and delicious, thank you. My grandparents descended from the Ukraine and I unfortunately never met them but I have always felt a kinship with them. I love your authenticity and love for comfort food….it reminds me of my childhood. Thank you.

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