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Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta Recipe

Dinner in 30 minutes with this Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta recipe. Packed with flavor from spinach, garlic, and sun dried tomatoes, your family will gobble this easy dinner right up!

Skillet with Creamy Italian chicken Pasta

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This was one of those recipes that was meant to be. I had taken out 6 chicken breasts and the plan was to make homemade chicken nuggets…similar to Chick-fil-a.

However, as I was staring into my refrigerator I noticed my big container of fresh spinach and it said, “use me.” Okay, really it said Use by April 6. But, regardless, I knew then I had to come up with something to do.

I got right to work making this delicious, EASY, dinner recipe!

How to make Italian Chicken

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

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!

Raw Chicken in a glass bowl with milk

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

When ready to cook, create your 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.

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 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.

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.

Large black skillet with creamy italian chicken pasta.

What to serve with Italian Chicken Pasta

These No Knead Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls are always a great side dish to pasta. Who doesn’t love a fluffy, flavorful bread?

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

Shopping List

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Linguine (or favorite pasta noodles)
  • Milk (any style)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Garlic
  • Sun dried Tomatoes (in oil)
  • Cornstarch
  • Chicken Broth
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese

More Pasta Recipes

Our favorite pasta recipe is Chicken Tetrazzini. It’s pure comfort food, and great for a crowd too!

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!

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Yield: serves 6

Italian Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Dinner in 30 minutes with this 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 flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil

For the sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch, divided
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp 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. PRO TIP: Did you know that soaking the chicken in milk and lemon helps it become more tender for cooking?
  3. When ready to cook, create your chicken crust. In a pie plate, or shallow dish, combine flour, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and powdered sugar.
  4. Drain chicken from milk marinade and dip into the flour, coating evenly.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake chicken in 350 degree oven for about 18-20 minutes.
  7. 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.
  8. While the chicken bakes, cook your linguine (or favorite pasta) according to package.
  9. 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.
  10. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp cornstarch over the tomatoes, and mix thoroughly.
  11. Add chicken broth, whisk until combined. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  12. 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.
  13. Turn heat to low and simmer until sauce thickens and spinach wilts. Add in parmesan cheese.
  14. Stir and heat on low until chicken and noodles are done.
  15. Serve in a large bowl and enjoy.

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.

Recipe originally published April 7, 2011. Photos updated August 2019.

Dinner in 30 minutes with this Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta recipe. Packed with flavor from spinach, garlic, and sun dried tomatoes, your family will gobble this easy dinner right up!

Aimee

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Posted on August 9, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.  

  6. 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.

  7. Couldn’t help but leave a comment here. Made this yesterday for my BF. I’ve NEVER made any sort of cream sauce before. Marinated the chicken for ~3 hrs – it came out super juicy and tender. It was the first time I’ve seen him load up his plate with more than he could eat xD. Surprisingly simple and low-prep for how well it turned out! Thank you! This recipe lives on our fridge now 🙂

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