Everyone has those long work days where you get home late and struggle to find something to cook. This Tuscan chicken with tortellini dish is quick, easy, and doesn’t skimp on flavor.
I keep the chicken breast simple, salt & fresh ground pepper goes a long way (I season both sides of the chicken). You can also substitute chicken thighs and get that crispy skin *drool*. You’re going to cook both sides of the chicken about 5-7 minutes each side depending on the thickness, then remove and set aside.
You’ve seen me use this spinach, sun-dried tomato, garlic combo before in my recipes. The flavors just go so well together. I use the Trader Joe’s julienned sun dried tomatoes in oil and they are the best. I actually substituted other sun dried tomatoes before and I noticed the difference in taste.
Once the spinach was just wilted, I added the chicken broth and some heavy cream. When the cream mixes with the garlic, the olive oil released from the sun dried tomatoes, you get a flavorful sauce that’s so great to pour on top when serving.
As far as the tortellini, I used the 3 cheese Trader Joe’s tortellini which works well with the dish. Any cheese based tortellini should work out, or if you’re feeling extra ‘spinach-y’ you can do the spinach and cheese tortellini.
This dinner is quick, easy, and full of flavor. Perfect for a family meal. See the cooking video below.
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Tuscan Chicken with Tortellini
This tuscan chicken with tortellini is made with sautéd garlic, spinach, and sun dried tomatoes in a delicious sauce perfect for a quick weeknight meal
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Poultry
- 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), pound to even thickness
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- Bag of spinach (6oz)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained + 1 tbsp of the oil (used: Trader Joe’s Julienned in olive oil)
- 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream (or milk)
- 8 ounces 3 cheese tortellini (Trader Joe’s)
- Handful of parsley, chopped for garnish
- Salt/Pepper to taste
- Cook tortellini according to al dente package instructions, cover and set aside
- Season chicken breast on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium/high heat, add 2 tbsp of oil and add chicken breast. Cook about 5-7 min each side (depending on thickness) until browned and cooked through. Remove from pan, cover, and set aside.
- Lower the heat to medium. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 tbsp of sun dried tomato oil to the pan and sauté for 1 min. Add in the spinach and cook another 2-3 min until it begins to wilt. Add chicken broth and stir then add heavy cream and stir another 2-4 min until liquid is reduced slightly and creamy.
- Add tortellini and chicken to pan, stir to coat, and allow to cook for a minute to bring tortellini back to temperature. Top with parsley and serve, don’t forget to spoon some sauce over the top!
Keywords: chicken breast, tortellini, spinach, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, cream sauce