Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken

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Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken is a creamy red tomato parmesan sauce with delicious italian spices. The chicken gets smothered in melty parmesan cheese and will be one of the most delicious meals you eat! 

Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken in a large pan.

One pan meals have saved me this summer. I mean they are pretty amazing because you don’t have to heat up your house with the oven. BUT they are so quick and easy and on the dinner table in 30 minutes. It feels so much better when I make a delicious meal for my kids even though we are so busy. It is amazing what you can create with common ingredients and incredible spices.

I recently discovered McCormick’s new Herb Grinders and I am o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d. They contain larger herb pieces that are gently dried that lock in the fresh herb flavor that are released upon grinding. They are perfect for getting the fresh herb taste without having to chop anything!

McCormick Brand Italian Blend Grinder.

McCormick Brand Italian Blend Grinder being used to add seasoning to a pan of sauce.

The Italian Seasoning was just what this Creamy Tomato Parmesan Sauce needed. The sauce was a delicious twist on the classic tomato sauce and made it ultra rich and creamy. The chicken simmers in the sauce and gets topped with freshly shredded parmesan cheese. Its gets nice and melty…

Close up photo of Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken.

The thing that I love the most about the new Herb Grinders is that they also make a nice garnish for serving your meal and add extra flavor. A few twists on the top of your food right before serving and you are good to go!

Overhead photo of Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken in a large pan with a metal spoon.

We all know and love McCormick for their high quality herbs and spices and you guys are going to love these new Herb Grinders just as much as I do! They also have other favorites that I love using in the kitchen like Basil, Oregano, and Parsley. And you better believe I am fully stocked and ready to use them!

Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken in a large pan.

I promise that you guys are going to love this delicious 30 minute meal! From the creaminess of the sauce to the tender and juicy chicken topped with melty parmesan cheese. We loved it served over some pasta and it became a favorite with the very first bite!

Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken over noodles in a white bowl and a metal fork.

Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken

4.50 from 4 votes
Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken is a creamy red tomato parmesan sauce with delicious italian spices. The chicken gets smothered in melty parmesan cheese and will be one of the most delicious meals you eat!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 4 chicken breasts*
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Italian Seasoning Herb Grinder plus more for garnish or 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  • In a large skillet add 1 Tablespoon olive oil and salt and pepper the chicken. Cook the chicken on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown on each side and cooked until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil to the skillet and add the onion and garlic. Sauté for a couple of minutes until tender. Add the tomato sauce, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and italian seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a simmer and add the chicken back to the skillet. Top with shredded parmesan cheese. Serve over pasta of desired.


*I like using thin chicken breasts so they cook quickly and evenly.


Serves: 4

Calories462kcal (23%)Carbohydrates4g (1%)Protein51g (102%)Fat26g (40%)Saturated Fat10g (50%)Cholesterol191mg (64%)Sodium371mg (15%)Potassium899mg (26%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A559IU (11%)Vitamin C5mg (6%)Calcium109mg (11%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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A McCormick Brand Italian Blend Grinder next to a pan of Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken.

This post was sponsored by McCormick®. I love working with brands that I am passionate about and use in the kitchen for myself. All opinions expressed are my own.


Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this tonight, and my 9 year old son said it was “Carrabba’s good” – so that’s about as high of an honor as you’ll hear at my house. I followed the recipe pretty closely, but may have gone a little heavier on the cheese at the end. We will definitely have this again!

  2. Yummy! I followed it to the letter, no tweeks except I cut the large breasts in half and pounded them thinner. The Hubs loved it.

  3. This is a really good recipe but, I cook Italian food a lot and if you have more time you should do this for a more flavorful result:

    Heat olive oil in pan on high heat, season chicken with salt and pepper then sear them on all sides (no need to cook them all the way) put on plate and set aside.

    Dump juices in the sink (after it cools down a bit) then heat a little more olive oil and sauté onion until it becomes translucent (about 4 min) then add in garlic and seasoning, I used 4 cloves of garlic and a tablespoon of seasoning. Cook for 1 min. Then add in sauce (I used 24 ounce jar for more sauce, Cento Passata) Stir then add in cream (I used 3/4 cup light cream for a little healthier substitute), and Parmesan , stir to combine. Then add the chicken back submerging it in the sauce. Bring to a simmer, turn to low, and simmer for 45 min.

    You’ll end up with very tender and flavorful chicken. You can still melt the shredded Parmesan on top at the end.

  4. Made a mistake of not checking for my ingredients first. Had tomato sauce in pan, thought I had parmesan but not! Had jar of 4 cheese so used that in the mix! Came out great. Had mozzarella so sliced and placed on top chicken. Loved it. Next time will check my ingredients to make it! Quick and easy, delicious!

  5. Hi Alyssa,

    This is such a delicious sauce and meal. Everyone loves it. This meal is only one of the many meals that I have prepared using your Recipe Critic website. I want to thank you for your awesome recipes! I am a very good cook now – much improvement (per my family). Shake and Bake – no more!
    Best, Tina

  6. I tried this tonight, cooked it with my daughter…We loved it! Do you happen to have nutritional information for this? I am trying to rate it 5 stars but it doesn’t seem to want to let me.

  7. Dinner tonight was delicious! What a great recipe! I used a jar of marinara instead of canned sauce, it didn’t need extra Italian seasoning. Followed the recipe and OMG this was so delicious and easy to make. All plates were clean:)
    Thanks for sharing this recipe it made dinner very easy tonight.
    This one is a keeper!

  8. This is amazing!!!!!! I didn’t have enough parmesan, just enough to stir in so I topped it with mozzarella and broiled it. It had a delicious cheesy bubbly crust on top that was to die for. All the kids loved it! I made everything else as stated and it was perfect. Don’t know why it won’t allow 5 starts but that’s what I give it.

  9. (For a lighter reduce fat made) CREAMY TOMATO ITALIAN PARMESAN CHICKEN but used roasted pepper tomato soup with 1/2 cup 1% milk and light sour cream and used emolison blender
    Added the fat free parma cheese and it was so delicious. My wife loved it

  10. How did you get the cheese to melt on the chicken? I assumed you put it in the broiler but there was no mention of it in your instructions. Thank you!

  11. Love your blog! Made this recipe with my boyfriend last night and we LOVED it! Will definitely make this again, for sure a favorite! Thanks for the easy and yummy recipe!

  12. Haven’t made this yet but would like to. Just a bit confused over one ingredient- “can of tomato sauce” ?? Sauce like you would put on a hot dog? or is it something like a pizza sauce, tomato paste, passata ????

      1. Thanks for that, I think that’s an American product as it’s not something I’m aware of(I’m in Australia) I’ll use a passata which seems to me to be an equivalent.
        Thanks again!

  13. I made this tonight. Only change was I used 6 chicken breasts and doubled the sauce. I served it with angel hair pasta. It was delicious! My family of 5 devoured it. Will definitely make again!!!

  14. Looks delicious!! Do you have nutritional info available? I’m a Bariatric patient and have to track everything. Thank you!!

    1. Trudi, I have the same problem because of a different health problem. I went to the SparkPeople site and calculated the calories. This is 270 calories per serving.

  15. Made it tonight. Was excellent. Might have used a bit more of the McCormick’s blend while cooking the chicken but all in all followed the recipe. Good sauce.

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