Tuscan Garlic Chicken

I would order this Tuscan Garlic Chicken every time I went to Olive Garden.  It was my favorite!  And then one sad day I went to order it and they didn’t have it anymore.  I felt so lost.  What would I order now?  You can imagine my excitement when I found this delicious copycat recipe.  I absolutely loved it!  I loved that the sauce was thick and savory.  It was so delicious over my chicken and noodles.  It really tasted like the real deal and I am so happy I can make it at home!tuscan-garlic-chickenfinal1
Rating: 4 stars  Difficulty of Recipe: 4 stars

 

Review: Since I like a little more sauce I doubled the sauce recipe.  The original recipe below probably would have been enough but I wanted to have extra.  If you double the sauce recipe I would suggest doubling everything but the spinach.  There was so delicious and close to the real thing, we will definitely make it again.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Tuscan Garlic Chicken
 
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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ Tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips or chopped
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound fettucini noodles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine the flour, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Dip each chicken breast in the flour mixture and coat well.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 3 Tablespoons oil until hot. Carefully place the breaded chicken in the oil until each side is golden brown. Don't cook all the way through.
  3. On a cookie sheet, line with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the chicken breasts on the cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes until cooked through. Set aside until ready to use.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, in a large pot cook the fettucini noodles according to package directions. Wipe the skillet with some paper towels and add the remaining 2 T olive oil. Cook the chopped red pepper and garlic for about 2-3 minutes. Stir in 1 T of flour and stir constantly for one minute.
  5. Add the chicken broth and bring to a light simmer while whisking constantly until it is starting to thicken. This takes about 3-4 minutes.
  6. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and cornstarch. Add the spinach, cream, and milk to the skillet. Bring this to a simmer and continue to cook until spinach starts to wilt. Stir in the parmesan cheese.
  7. Add half of the sauce to the coating the cooked and drained fettucini noodles. Top with breaded chicken and spoon more of the sauce on top. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen

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