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Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta is rigatoni pasta tossed in cream sauce with spinach, cheese, and tomatoes and topped with baked seasoned chicken.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Keyword: Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 471kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iamhomesteader.com

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, approximately 1 pound
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Pasta

  • 8 ounces rigatoni pasta noodles, cooked al dente according to package instructions
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick, 57g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (40g) shallot, finely diced
  • ¼ cup (27.5g) sun-dried tomatoes, softened in hot water and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • cups (357g) heavy cream
  • cups (245g) milk
  • 1 cup (30g) fresh spinach
  • 1 cup (100g) parmesan cheese, grated (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 cup (149g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • fresh parsley, for garish
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Chicken

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over chicken on all sides and rub it in.
  • In a small bowl combine paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Sprinkle seasoning mixture over chicken on all sides.
  • In a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil. Once hot, add chicken. Sear for 3 minutes on each side (or until browned). The chicken will not be cooked through at this point.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Place the chicken onto a plate and tent to keep warm as you prepare the pasta and sauce.

Pasta

  • Add rigatoni to a pot of boiling salted water. Cook al dente according to package instructions (about 14 minutes for rigatoni).
  • In the same large skillet as you cooked the chicken, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots and sun-dried tomatoes. Cook until the shallots are softened (3-5 minutes). Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add tomato paste, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Add heavy cream and milk. Stir to combine.
  • Add spinach, parmesan cheese, and tomatoes. Toss to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer until cheese is fully melted and spinach is wilted, 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat.
  • Slice or cube the chicken and add to the pasta and sauce.
  • Serve topped with more parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste.