This Tuscan Chicken Pasta recipe is one you will want to add on your to make list again and again.
The last couple of weeks have been rough around here — if I am honest, the last month has been rough. My mother in law has been in and out of the hospital and when that happens, life gets super busy for me. I run back and forth visiting her, cleaning my home, taking care of everything — and honestly by the end of the day I am wiped out.
When that happens, I am thankful for meals like this one — my Tuscan Chicken Pasta dish. It comes together so quickly and is super easy to make.
This is one of those dishes you come across when you are working on cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator. It’s kind of like a throw together meal — and happens all in the span of 20 minutes. If you love these kinds of dishes, be sure to check out my recipe for Taco Salad in a Jar too!
How to Make Tuscan Chicken Pasta
To make this dish, I grilled off two chicken breasts earlier in the day. I season 2 whole boneless skinless chicken breasts with Salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
I sear them on the grill on both sides and thenlower the heat to 350-degree for about 15 minutes — or until juices run clear and the thermometer reads 160.
Then I make the sauce, cook the noodles, and put everything together in my big skillet for the perfect comfort food meal. It’s quick and easy.
The added sun-dried tomatoes really kick the flavor of this pasta dish up about 10 notches. It is superb! This one is a definite 5-star dish according to my family.
Tuscan Chicken Pasta Recipe
This tuscan chicken pasta dish comes together in 20 minutes or less. This is a definite go to weeknight meal for us when we want comfort food.
- 1 16 ounce box of bow tie pasta
- 4 tbsp butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes with Italian Seasonings
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded Parmesan Cheese (Iprefer fresh)
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 each boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Heat grill and sear on both sides. Lower grill temp to 350 degrees and cook for about 15 minutes or until juices run clear and temp reaches 160 degrees. Remove and let rest.
In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring the whole time to make sure it does not stick and burn.
Add the cream cheese, stirring with a whisk until the mixture is smooth. Don't worry if it looks weird at first. It might look curdled, but just continue to whisk and it will come together and get super creamy.
Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes. Keep cooking over medium heat and add the milk and whisk quickly and constantly until it is blended into the sauce. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, pepper and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the cheese is melted and the sauce is the desired consistency, 5-10 minutes.
While sauce is coming together, boil your noodles according to package directions and cube up your cooked chicken breasts. Set those aside.
Add the chicken into the sauce and mix together (or you can leave the chicken out altogether). Serve over top of bow tie pasta and top with extra shredded Parmesan Cheese.
This Tuscan Chicken Pasta dish is definitely one of those meals you want to make when you need something quick and comforting. This recipe first appeared on my original site at jenaroundtheworld.com.
What is your favorite comfort food meal?