★★★★★

Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta

Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta recipe, packed with flavor from spinach, garlic, and sun dried tomatoes, your family will gobble this easy dinner right up!

Love easy chicken dinners? This Buffalo Chicken Pasta ranks as one of our reader’s favorite recipes! And who can resist a plate of cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini??

Skillet with Creamy Italian chicken Pasta

Why this Recipe is best

Much like my Tuscan Garlic Chicken Pasta recipe, you’ll have tender chicken with a delicious, creamy tuscan sauce!

  • Restaurant quality, made at home!
  • Tender flavorful chicken
  • Creamy sauce
  • Made in a skillet for easy clean up!

Prep the Chicken

Raw Chicken in a glass bowl with milk

Place raw chicken breast into a bowl and pour milk and lemon juice over the top. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. You can also do this in the morning, so that it’s ready at dinner time!

PRO TIP: Did you know that soaking the chicken in milk and lemon helps it become more tender for cooking?

Step by Step Instructions

The crust.

When ready to cook, create your Italian chicken crust. In a pie plate, or shallow dish, combine flour, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and powdered sugar.

Drain chicken from milk marinade and dip into the flour, coating evenly.

Step by step photo collage on how to bread Italian chicken.

Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium high heat. Place chicken strips in hot skillet for about 3 minutes on each side. Remove and place onto a foil lined baking sheet.

Bake the chicken.

Bake chicken in 350 degree oven for about 18-20 minutes.

PRO TIP: If you smash your chicken with a meat tenderizer before dipping in coating, this helps it become the same thickness throughout, resulting in more even cooking.

Make the pasta and sauce.

While the chicken bakes, cook your linguine (or favorite pasta) according to package.

To make the sauce, using the same skillet as the chicken, add additional olive oil, scraping the bits from the pan. Over medium heat, add garlic and sun dried tomatoes to the pan, heat for several minutes.

PRO TIP: Skip the additional olive oil and use the oil from the sun dried tomatoes instead. Adds a rich flavor to the sauce!

Sprinkle 1 Tbsp cornstarch over the tomatoes, and mix thoroughly.

Add chicken broth, whisk until combined. Cook for about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix remaining cornstarch with milk and whisk. Add to the broth and continue whisking while adding in the cream, spinach, salt, and pepper.

Turn heat to low and simmer until sauce thickens and spinach wilts. Add in parmesan cheese.

Stir and heat on low until chicken and noodles are done.

Serve in a large bowl and enjoy.

Step by step photos on how to make creamy tuscan garlic sauce for chicken.

Serving Suggestions

This Garlic Bread is always a great side dish to pasta. Who doesn’t love a fluffy, flavorful bread? Dinner rolls are great for sopping up that extra sauce.

This Italian Salad is loaded with fresh flavor and the homemade Italian Dressing is zesty and flavorful! The perfect pairing to your weeknight meal.

Looking for a fresh bowl of homemade applesauce for dinner tonight? This Instant Pot Applesauce recipe is super quick and easy!

Don’t forget to finish the evening with a fresh batch of Rice Krispie Treats!

Two silver bowls with creamy italian chicken pasta

More Pasta Recipes

You’ll love this tangy, Lemon Garlic Pasta as a side dish with your favorite chicken or fish! Or enjoy it as your main entree in under 30 minutes!

Cajun Sausage Pasta is a delicious 30 minute dinner recipe! Colorful, spicy, and easy to make, you’ll want to put this dish on your menu!

Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal or a dish to share at a potluck, this Chicken Pesto Pasta is your delicious answer! Packed with flavor from the homemade walnut pesto, you’ll love how tasty this easy dish is to eat!

Whip up this easy Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe packed with flavor and meatballs. Ready in minutes!

Pin this now to save for later

Pin this recipe to your favorite Board
Screenshot of Pinterest

More Chicken Recipes:

PS. If you try this recipe, please leave a STAR rating in the recipe card below. I love your feedback! Connect with me on social media by following me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Yield: serves 6

Italian Chicken

Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours

Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta recipe, packed with flavor from spinach, garlic, and sun dried tomatoes, your family will gobble this easy dinner right up!

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoon olive oil

For the sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and finely diced
  • 3 Tablespoon cornstarch, divided
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper (don’t skimp on this)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 box (16oz) linguine noodles

Instructions

  1. Place raw chicken breast into a bowl and pour milk and lemon juice over the top. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. You can also do this in the morning, so that it's ready at dinner time!
  2. When ready to cook, create your chicken crust. In a pie plate, or shallow dish, combine flour, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and powdered sugar.
  3. Drain chicken from milk marinade and dip into the flour, coating evenly.
  4. Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium high heat. Place chicken strips in hot skillet for about 3 minutes on each side. Remove and place onto a foil lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake chicken in 350 degree oven for about 18-20 minutes.
  6. While the chicken bakes, cook your linguine (or favorite pasta) according to package.
  7. To make the sauce, using the same skillet as the chicken, add additional olive oil, scraping the bits from the pan. Over medium heat, add garlic and sun dried tomatoes to the pan, heat for several minutes.
  8. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp cornstarch over the tomatoes, and mix thoroughly.
  9. Add chicken broth, whisk until combined. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  10. In a small bowl, mix remaining cornstarch with milk and whisk. Add to the broth and continue whisking while adding in the cream, spinach, salt, and pepper.
  11. Turn heat to low and simmer until sauce thickens and spinach wilts. Add in parmesan cheese.
  12. Stir and heat on low until chicken and noodles are done.
  13. Serve in a large bowl and enjoy.

Notes

  • If you smash your chicken with a meat tenderizer before dipping in coating, this helps it become the same thickness throughout, resulting in more even cooking.
  • Skip the additional olive oil and use the oil from the sun dried tomatoes instead. Adds a rich flavor to the sauce!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 695Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 1785mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 50g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta recipe, packed with flavor from spinach, garlic, and sun dried tomatoes, your family will gobble this easy dinner right up!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

Learn more about Aimee.

Affiliate Disclosure:**There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation. However, I only recommend products I love! Thank you for supporting Shugary Sweets! See my disclosure policy for more info**

Get My Free Email Course
Become a Better Baker—no more box mixes! Discovery your new “signature” desserts!

Categories:


Posted on February 28, 2021

Comments & Reviews

    1. As chef and proprietor of a top Italian restaurant in Europe (La Crema)… this is most certainly a traditional Italian recipe, deeply rooted in the dairy-citrus soaked poultry culinary traditions of both Toscana AND Piemonte.

      1. It does indeed originate from a traditional Italian recipe.
        As a pro tip I suggest replacing the cornstarch in the sauce with some of the pasta water and some Parmesan (or Pecorino) for an extra silky and creamy texture… you can add lemon zest as well; it adds depth and enhances the citrusy flavour of the marinated chicken.

        Calling someone a dick is not very nice Bretta..

        1. Those are great suggestions. I will try Meyer lemon zest as a supplement, which I usually pair with truffle oil.

          About Riccardo, we should not be name calling… but it is kind of tragic he doesn’t even seem to know his own country’s cuisine. Perhaps he is actually just Italian-American.

  1. Can I just use tomatoes? I understand the sun dried has a definite flavor but i’m stuck in the house and can’t get any right now!

  2. Is there something I can substitute the cream with? I dont have any cream and the store shelves are empty. Please any suggestions

  3. I substituted broccoli for the spinach, since my little sister hates it. My mom and her loved it❤️ I’m 17 btw????

  4. This is definitely not an easy or quick meal to make, HOWEVER, it is so delicious! Well worth the effort for a good size group.

  5. The taste was great!! It was a little thick for me, so next time I’ll cut back on the cornstarch. I topped it with fresh tomatoes and fresh basil to and it was delicious.

  6. I’ve made this on multiple occasions and it’s so delicious! My fiancé takes it to work as well and wants all the leftovers!

  7. Honestly Aimee, you’ve shared a really scrumptious chicken recipe here and oh my gosh I’m totally drooling over it right now!

  8. The cakes are so fresh, the recipe you made is so great and you have really clever hands, I really like the way you decorate them.

  9. Do you slice the chicken breast into strips before or after cooking? The recipe doesn’t mention when to cut up the chicken, but it is cut in the final pictures. Thanks!

  10. Has anyone substituted a milk alternative, like Almond milk, with the lemon to soak the chicken?  I’d love to make this but we are dairy free and  I don’t want to ruin it.  

  11. It sure was delicious. My husband loved it.
    One thing I would like to point out is that it did not take 30 min but little over an hour and I am experienced cook . Otherwise great recipe thank you for posting it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *