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Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

5 from 14 reviews

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta with golden brown chicken, baby spinach, and sundried tomatoes in a luscious garlic Parmesan cream sauce.  This dish will please all the pasta lovers in your life.

Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ¼ lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut in bite size pieces
  • 12 ounces fettuccine pasta noodles
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ⅔ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • ⅔ cup sundried tomatoes (packed in oil but drained and chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the chicken and cook until browned on both sides and cooked through; approximately 3 minutes each side.  Plate the cooked chicken.  Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to boil. 
  2. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil to the skillet over low heat. Add the garlic, oregano, parsley, basil, marjoram, and red pepper flakes cooking for 1 minute while stirring constantly.
  3. Raise the heat to medium low and add the chicken broth and heavy whipping cream. Simmer and reduce for about 8 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. While it is simmering cook the pasta al dente (according to box directions) and drain well.  
  5. Reduce the heat as low as it goes and slowly add the parmesan cheese stirring to melt. Add the spinach and continue cooking until wilted. Add the sundried tomatoes, cooked chicken, and cooked pasta stirring to warm.  For best results serve promptly. 

Notes

  • Cut your chicken in fairly thin uniform pieces as opposed to cubes so it cooks all the way through as it browns.
  • Any medium pasta that holds sauce well will work. Think fettucine, rigatoni, penne, pappardelle, or rotini.
  • Don’t throw all the pasta water down the drain. Reserve some for thinning the sauce. If you are in the habit of always forgetting this than simply put a large bowl under your colander. Store a small amount of pasta water in a mason jar for heating leftovers.
  • Use freshy grated Parmesan Cheese for superior melting and the finest taste.
  • Don’t boil the chicken broth and cream. Let it simmer and reduce for about 10 minutes stirring frequently.
  • Store leftover in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Heat leftovers in the microwave at a reduced power stirring in a little pasta water to thin the sauce if needed. 

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