|

One-Pan Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Well-seasoned bone-in chicken (drumsticks and thighs) paired with fresh leaf spinach and cherry tomatoes nestled in a creamy, rich sauce make this easy One-Pan Creamy Tuscan Chicken the perfect anytime meal idea!

Looking for more tasty chicken dinner ideas? You should check out my Creamed Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast, Classic Crispy Chicken Parmesan, Sicilian Chicken & Spinach Saute, and Creamy Chicken Marsala.

one skillet creamy tuscan chicken with wooden serving spoon

It doesn’t get any better than a one-pan meal. And while it has many positives, there is one that really stands out for me — and that is flavor! Building on flavors is a huge plus when using the same pan for the entire job.

In this recipe, the seasonings and drippings from the chicken stay behind to make the sauce even more flavorful. In the end, everything comes back together to bake in the oven. It’s the reason this One-Pan Creamy Tuscan Chicken recipe is so good. And don’t get me started on the sauce.

close up up a chicken drumstick in a creamy tuscan sauce with spinach and cherry tomatoes

The Tuscan flavor profile shines in the sauce with herbs and spices like oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.

Ingredients you’ll need to make this one-pan chicken meal:

creamy tuscan chicken ingredients
  • You’ll need three (3) whole chicken quarters where the thigh and drumstick (leg) are attached. I find purchasing quarters easier since I like a combination of both in this recipe. Plus, it’s less expensive.
  • To season your chicken, you’ll need paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, ground thyme, sea salt, and you’ll lightly coat the chicken with all-purpose flour.
  • Fresh spinach and cherry tomatoes play double duty as your “veggies” and will provide some additional flavor and color.
  • The sauce brings everything together. It’s a combination of heavy whipping cream, grated parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and butter. And because the sauce must be seasoned as well, you’ll add in oregano, parsley flakes, ground thyme, onion powder, black pepper, and sea salt.

How to make Creamy Tuscan Chicken:

Preheat the oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare the chicken. Cut the chicken leg quarters at the joint to separate the drumstick from the thigh. Season both sides with paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, ground thyme, and sea salt. Coat evenly with flour.

using chef's knife to cut chicken leg quarters

Cook the chicken. Heat large skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil and cook chicken for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set to the side.

browning chicken in stainless steel skillet

Prepare the sauce. Add butter and garlic to the pan and allow to cook for 1 minute. Add cherry tomatoes to skillet and cook for 1 minute before adding the spinach. Cook spinach until it begins to wilt. Add heavy cream, parmesan cheese, oregano, parsley flakes, ground thyme, onion powder, black pepper, sea salt, and stir. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 3 -4 minutes. Add chicken back into the pan. 

sautéing fresh spinach and tomatoes

Bake. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes. 

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Tips

  • Since you will brown your chicken on the stove and finish baking it in the oven, make sure to save those chicken drippings. This will add more flavor to your sauce.
  • Your cherry tomatoes will “burst” while baking in the oven, so don’t overcook them beforehand on the stove.
  • Make sure your pan or skillet is oven-safe as you transfer your pan from the stove and directly into the oven.
  • When placing your browned chicken back in the skillet before baking, ensure the top of your chicken drums and thighs remain out of the sauce so the skin can stay crispy. If you use a boneless chicken breast, you can submerge the chicken in the sauce.

What can I serve with creamy Tuscan chicken?

This recipe is excellent alone, especially since it’s already made with vegetables. Still, it is equally great with a side of rice, mashed potatoes, or even pasta for a heartier meal. You could even pair the chicken with steamed or roasted veggies to go the lighter route.

pan filled with creamy tuscan chicken

When you want to add some great flavor to your dinner table, give this Creamy Tuscan Chicken a try! It’s easy, and it can be ready and on the dinner table in 30 minutes.

Tips

Tips when prepping and cutting your chicken:

  • Sharpen your knife: You should use sharpening/honing steel (a steel rod with a handle) that has a higher hardness factor than the knife you are sharpening. A dull knife will make cutting through a bone joint challenging, so don’t skip this step. Pull the knife down and across the sharpening steel from the knife’s heel to the tip, switching sides and easing off the pressure with each stroke. Repeat 3-10 times.
  • Use a cutting board: To avoid cross-contamination of your chicken, use a separate cutting board. Place a damp cloth under a cutting board to prevent the board from slipping-.
  • Prep the chicken: To separate the drumstick from the thigh, turn the leg quarter skin side down and cut through the joint to separate the two pieces of chicken.
  • Cutting the chicken: A sharp knife will cut through with ease, and since it will be sharp, you’ll want to make sure your hands are positioned correctly and safely. Always hold a knife in your dominant hand and make sure to curl your fingertips underneath in a claw-like position.
Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
one skillet creamy tuscan chicken with wooden serving spoon

One-Pan Creamy Tuscan Chicken


  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Well-seasoned bone-in chicken (drumsticks and thighs) paired with fresh leaf spinach and cherry tomatoes nestled in a creamy, rich sauce make this One-Pan Creamy Tuscan Chicken the perfect anytime meal idea!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 3 whole chicken quarters
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper, divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground thyme, divided
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 15 oz fresh organic leaf spinach
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the chicken leg quarters at the joint to separate the drumstick (leg) from the thigh. Season both sides with paprika, 1 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Coat evenly with flour.
  3. Heat a large skillet to medium. Add olive oil and cook chicken for 5 to 7  minutes, skin side down, until the fat renders and they are golden brown on top. Flip them and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  4. Add butter and garlic to the pan and allow to cook for 1 minute. Add cherry tomatoes to skillet and cook for 1 minute before adding the spinach. Cook spinach until it begins to wilt. 
  5. Add heavy cream, parmesan cheese, oregano, parsley flakes, 1 teaspoon ground thyme, onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, and stir. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 3 -4 minutes. Add chicken back into the pan. 
  6. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tuscan

Nutrition

  • Calories: 804
  • Sugar: 1.7g
  • Sodium: 592mg
  • Fat: 58.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.2g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Protein: 62.4g
  • Cholesterol: 323mg

Keywords: Creamy Tuscan Chicken, Tuscan Chicken, One Pan Tuscan Chicken, One Skillet Tuscan Chicken, one pan meal

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

19 Comments

  1. I’ve made this a few times and continue to tweak it to my family’s preferences. I now usually add diced chorizo sausage to give it a kick and sometimes chilli flakes. I also use whatever chicken we have and it’s always good. Everyone loves it and it goes great with rice, potatoes, or pasta or just extra veggies.






    1. Eric Jones says:

      Sandra this is great to hear! Glad you are able you create it to your liking and still enjoy it!

  2. I was searching for skillet recipes, and this popped up. Only when I started cooking, I realized that it also requires oven. So if you don’t have access to oven or a skillet that can easily go into oven this is a little problem. Also I felt like the chicken at the end didn’t come out as soft and falling if the bone as I would prefer. Otherwise the recipe is great and tasty!






    1. Eric Jones says:

      Hi, Natalie! We do clearly state in the recipe tips to “make sure your pan or skillet is oven-safe, as you will transfer your pan from the stove and directly into the oven.” Sorry the recipe didn’t turn out 100% as expected, but glad you still enjoyed it! 🙂

  3. the ingredients list just says “2 tbsp minced” (between butter and cherry tomatoes) – is this supposed to say minced garlic?

    1. Eric Jones says:

      Hello, Debbie. Yes, this should say “minced garlic”. The recipe instructions have been updated. Thanks!

  4. I love this Tuscan Chicken recipe! I normally throw in a bag of cavatappi to cook and soak up all the flavors. Truly a one-pot meal and ALWAYS A WINNER at my house.

  5. Deborah Lynn Dixon says:

    I made this the other night with a few adjustments to reduce the caloric and fat content. It was delicious!
    BUT it can not be made in 25 minutes.
    If you add all of the recommended minimum times listed in the recipe the minimum total is 33 minutes WITHOUT prep time.
    It is a disservice to say it can be made in 25 mins.
    At sea level the minimum time for this recipe is somewhere between 45 mins – 1 hr.
    Please change the time on this recipe.
    I have been cooking for at least 45 yrs. my chicken was larger and I am at altitude so the bake time was longer. It took 1.5 hours for me to complete this dish.
    Again, it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe.






    1. Eric Jones says:

      Thanks Deborah for giving this recipe a try and glad you enjoyed it! I’m sorry the cook time took longer than expected. I will take a look and see what adjustments need to be made on the timing to help forecast total cook time a lot better. Thanks again!

      1. Love the flavors and creaminess of this dish! Used half and half instead of heavy cream, but was still great! Easy cleanup too. Would definitely make again.






  6. Delicious, easy and beautiful dish. The burst tomatoes and spinach are so good in this and add great color and flavor. Used boneless chicken thighs because that’s all we had, so it shortened the cooking time. Served over pasta. Everyone raved.






    1. Eric Jones says:

      Maggie thanks so much for sharing! Boneless chicken I’m sure was just as great. Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Beck & Bulow says:

    This recipe was perfect! We didn’t have time to marinate but these didn’t need it. The flavor was perfect! My son loved them!! Thank you for sharing!






    1. Eric Jones says:

      When the kiddos love it, you know it’s a hit! Thanks for trying out the recipe. 🙂

  8. This looks amazing but what gives it such a deep yellow ? Looking thru list I don’t see what it could be unless I missed something.

    1. Eric Jones says:

      The color comes from the combination of the ingredients.