Tuscan Chicken Pasta

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Creamy Tuscan chicken pasta brings together tender chicken breasts, fresh tomatoes, fresh spinach, and crispy bacon in a simple creamy alfredo sauce to make the perfect dinner for pasta night!

Chicken and pasta recipes are great to have on hand for those nights you want a quick and easy dinner to serve the family. Chicken and alfredo pasta is our go to when I crave simplicity.

On the days I want to enjoy vibrant flavors, I love making our Copycat Olive Garden chicken piccata recipe that has a zesty lemon based sauce and small chunks of sun-dried tomatoes throughout.

A plate of food on a table, with Chicken and Pasta

What is Tuscan chicken pasta?

Our easy Tuscan chicken pasta recipe is inspired by the Mediterranean. Tuscan food consists of fresh vegetables, lean proteins, and is overall fresh and healthy.

This Tuscan chicken pasta recipe is made with chunks of chicken breast, fresh spinach leaves, juicy grape tomatoes and crispy crumbled bacon. It is folded into perfect al dente linguine and tossed with a creamy white sauce that is made with garlic, ricotta cheese, Parmesan, and heavy cream.

TOTAL. COMFORT. DISH.

Is Tuscan chicken pasta healthy?

For a healthy Tuscan chicken pasta recipe, swap out the linguine and replace it with a whole grain pasta, or forego the pasta and replace with zoodles for a low carb Tuscan chicken recipe!

We’ve also been LOVING Banza pasta. It is made with chickpeas so is gluten free, high in fiber and high in protein.

A table full of food, with Chicken and Pasta

How To Make Tuscan Chicken Pasta

To make Tuscan chicken pasta, we’re going to make use of having more than one burner by cooking the pasta and making the Tuscan chicken at the same time.

  • Start by cooking your pasta according to package and reserve a cup of the water before draining. Set pasta aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a small mixing bowl whisk together the cream, Ricotta cheese, and ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Mixing this in a bowl instead of adding it all at once keeps the the sauce smooth and lump free!
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  • Place a large skillet over medium heat with the olive oil. Add the garlic, tomatoes, and spinach and cook for about 2 minutes.

Remember, the spinach, as it cooks will shrink (in case you’re worried there is too much).

lettuce and tomatoes in a skillet
  • Stir the cream and cheese mixture into the skillet with about ½ of the reserved pasta water. Season with salt and let simmer for 3 minutes. (If sauce seems thick add a bit more pasta water to get a desired consistency).
lettuce and tomatoes in a skillet with cream
  • Once the creamy Tuscan sauce has simmered and you’re happy with the consistency, taste for seasoning. Adjust with salt and pepper, if desired.
creamy Chicken and Pasta in skillet
  • Now, toss in the pasta into the creamy Tuscan pasta sauce. We used linguine, but you can also use any pasta you have on hand!
creamy pasta skillet
  • Fold in the crumbled bacon and the chopped cooked chicken breast. Garnish with fresh basil and serve right away!

You can use shredded chicken from a rotisserie for this creamy chicken pasta. (And you can switch it for shrimp if you’re in the mood for seafood!)

**Pro Tip: If you are not using leftover chicken, and need to cook it, I suggest you cook the chicken before making the Tuscan chicken pasta.**

skillet with bacon and chicken

How To Cook Chicken Breast

Making chicken breasts is pretty simple. There are endless ways to cook chicken breasts, here are some tips for success:

  • Cook until chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

Here are three ways to make chicken breast:

Cook chicken breast in the oven– 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes (depending on how thick breasts are).

Cook chicken breast in Instant Pot– Add chicken breast to a trivet or basket with ½ cup of water. Set on high pressure for 10 minutes and then do a quick release.

Cook chicken breast in a slow cooker– Grease slow cooker, line chicken on bottom of slow cooker and cook on low for 3 hours.

Cook chicken breast on a grill– Heat grill to medium high, and cook chicken for 6-7 minutes per side, until chicken is done.

A pan filled with food, with Chicken and Pasta

What To Serve With Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Here are some great recipes to serve with chicken pasta:

And maybe this delicious crack cake recipe for dessert!

A dish is filled with pasta and vegetables

Can you freeze leftover Tuscan chicken pasta?

It is best to refrigerate leftover chicken pasta, than it is to freeze.

To reheat chicken and pasta, you can either microwave it in a minute increments until hot or warm in a pan over medium to medium high heat with melted butter until warmed through (about 3-5 minutes).

A bowl of food, with Pasta and Chicken breast

More chicken breast recipes to make:

skillet of Tuscan Chicken Pasta
skillet of Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

5 from 2 votes
Creamy Tuscan chicken pasta brings together tender chicken breasts, fresh tomatoes, fresh spinach, and crispy bacon in a simple creamy alfredo sauce to make the perfect dinner for pasta night!
Servings 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups cooked & sliced chicken breasts
  • 16 ounces dry linguine pasta
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 8 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan
  • Freshly torn basil (for garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Cook the linguini pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining. Set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a small mixing bowl whisk together the cream, Ricotta cheese, and ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat with the olive oil. Add the garlic, tomatoes, and spinach and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Stir the cream and cheese mixture into the skillet with about ½ of the reserved pasta water. Season with salt and let simmer for 3 minutes. (If sauce seems thick add a bit more pasta water to get a desired consistency).
  • Add the cooked pasta tossing to coat fully.
  • Stir in the sliced chicken and bacon and heat for 2 minutes adding more pasta water if needed.
  • Season with black pepper and garnish with basil and additional Parmesan cheese.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 8, with 1 serving being ⅛ of the pasta dinner. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2194IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 567
Keyword chicken dinner, easy pasta dinner, orzo pasta recipe

Photography by Siân C Photography

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Karen Ray
2 years ago

Delicious but will adjust proportions next time. Not enough sauce for 16 Oz of pasta. 8 Oz would be better and I will add more pasta water to the sauce. Should break linguine in half. Used fresh garlic but will add some garlic powder.