Tuscan Chicken Skillet

Dive into the simple joy of our Tuscan Chicken Skillet. It’s easy, quick, and full of flavor, with cannellini beans adding a healthy boost to this comforting, one-pan dinner.

Tuscan chicken skillet on a table.

You won’t believe how quickly this Tuscan Chicken Skillet comes together, which makes it a go-to option when you’re short on time but not willing to compromise on flavor. The aroma that fills your kitchen as you sauté the garlic and sear the chicken is simply heavenly.

The best part? Those cannellini beans. They soak up all the herby goodness and give you that protein punch we’re all looking for. It’s a one-pan wonder that’s got everything you need. Just toss it together, let the skillet work its magic, and bask in the glory of a dinner well done with minimal cleanup. Serve it with rice or pasta for an extra satisfying meal. Win-win! Craving more Tuscan delights? Be sure to check out my 30-minute Tuscan White Bean Skillet recipe.

Tuscan chicken in a skillet with mushrooms on top, garnished with parsley.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • A rich blend of herbs and sun-dried tomatoes infuses every bite with a zesty, deep Mediterranean flavor.
  • Easy prep and cleanup make this one-pan meal perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Packed with protein from chicken and beans, it serves as a hearty, balanced meal.
  • Offers the heartiness of comfort food without feeling too heavy, ideal for a satisfying yet light meal.

Recipe Ingredients

Tuscan chicken in a skillet.
  • Chicken Breast Tenderloins: Chicken adds lean protein to the meal, soaking up the spice mix to become tender and flavorful.
  • Mushrooms: They bring a satisfying chew and a natural, herby taste.
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes: These bits add a sharp, sweet tang, giving the dish a bold tomato taste that really stands out.
  • Cannellini Beans: Soft and slightly nutty, these beans thicken the dish and make it creamier.
  • Fire-Roasted, Diced Tomatoes: Their slight char adds a cozy, smoky layer to the sauce.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Creamy Garlic Variation: Simmer chicken in a creamy sauce made with heavy cream, fresh garlic, and Italian seasoning for a thicker, richer taste.
  • Butter Mushroom Chicken: Sauté mushrooms in butter before adding to the skillet for a deeper, nuttier flavor.
  • Spinach and Tomato Skillet: Add fresh spinach and let it wilt in the tomato sauce for an extra veggie boost.
  • Rustic Potato Chicken Skillet: Cube potatoes and cook them in the large skillet before adding chicken for a hearty, one-pan meal.
  • Wilted Spinach Addition: Add a few handfuls of baby spinach at the end of cooking until just wilted for a fresh, nutritious boost.

How to Make Tuscan Chicken Skillet

Step #1: Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, then add the chicken and brown it for 3 minutes on each side.

Step #2: Remove the chicken and set it aside on a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the sliced mushrooms in a single layer and brown them, working in batches, for a few minutes per side. Remove them from the pan and set them aside.

Step #3: Add the onion and sauté it for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the oregano, thyme, beans, diced tomatoes, and sugar.

Step #4: Transfer the chicken back to the pan and spoon some of the sauce and vegetables over the top of the chicken. Cook, covered, on the stovetop until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is bubbling about ten minutes. Return the mushrooms to the pan. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot, garnished with parsley.

Tuscan chicken skillet with mushrooms and flavorful herbs.

Expert Tips

  • Sear Chicken Well: For a flavorful crust, pat the chicken dry before searing it in hot oil until golden—this locks in juices and adds depth to the dish.
  • Deglaze the Pan: After searing the chicken, pour chicken broth into the skillet and scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan
  • Quality of Ingredients: Use high-quality olive oil for a richer flavor, and consider organic chicken for better taste and texture. Sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil can add more depth than dry-packed.
  • Sautéing Vegetables: When sautéing onions, let them cook until they’re just beginning to caramelize for a sweeter, deeper flavor. For the garlic, be careful not to burn it; it should be golden, not brown.
  • Taste and Adjust: Always taste your dish before serving and adjust the seasoning as needed. You might find it needs a bit more salt, a pinch of sugar, or a splash of acidity (like lemon juice or balsamic vinegar) to balance the flavors.
Tuscan chicken skillet served on a table.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tuscan Chicken Skillet spicy?

No, it’s rich and herby but not spicy.

Is this recipe suitable for children?

Absolutely, its mild flavors are generally kid-friendly.

How do I know when the chicken is cooked?

The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Storage Info

To store your Tuscan Chicken Skillet, place cooled leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate, ideally within two hours of cooking. For freezing, cool it completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container, label it with the date, and freeze it for up to three months. Reheat refrigerated leftovers in the microwave, stirring occasionally, until hot. Thaw frozen portions in the fridge overnight before reheating. Properly stored, the dish will last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator or up to three months in the freezer.

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Tuscan Chicken in a skillet.

Tuscan Chicken Skillet Recipe

Dive into the simple joy of our Tuscan Chicken Skillet. It’s easy, quick, and full of flavor, with cannellini beans adding a healthy boost to this comforting, one-pan dinner.
4.4 from 93 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil - divided
  • 12 ounces brown mushrooms - sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2/3 c. sun-dried tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 14.5 oz can Cannelini Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 14.5 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Fresh Parsley for garnish
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Instructions

  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, then add the chicken and brown it for 3 minutes on each side.
  • Remove the chicken and set it aside on a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the sliced mushrooms in a single layer and brown them, working in batches, for a few minutes per side. Remove them from the pan and set them aside.
  • Add the onion and sauté it for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the oregano, thyme, beans, diced tomatoes, and sugar.
  • Transfer the chicken back to the pan and spoon some of the sauce and vegetables over the top of the chicken. Cook, covered, on the stovetop until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is bubbling about ten minutes. Return the mushrooms to the pan. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot, garnished with parsley.

NOTES

Storage Info:
To store your Tuscan Chicken Skillet, place cooled leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate, ideally within two hours of cooking. For freezing, cool it completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container, label it with the date, and freeze it for up to three months. Reheat refrigerated leftovers in the microwave, stirring occasionally, until hot. Thaw frozen portions in the fridge overnight before reheating. Properly stored, the dish will last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator or up to three months in the freezer. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 828mg | Potassium: 1616mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg

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Comments:

  1. I found it easy to make and quite good. but my wife whose tastes run to a blend of Cantonese and Filipino finished with a comment “it’s nice” Code for don’t make it again. For me. if I were to make again, I’d add just a little spice to liven it up a bit. That would reflect having down all of my real cooking in Texas and Arizona.

  2. this dish looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Question: I may have missed this in another comment (there are soooo many!!). What type of sun-dried tomatoes do you use? I have seen them several ways, dried in a bag, stored in olive oil, etc. thanks!