Literally my new favorite dinner. Chicken sits in a bubble bath of dairy-free cream sauce that is bursting with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. The sauce is so rich and so creamy you’ll almost die. Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut and tree nut free. Free of the top eight allergens.
There are some original recipes that are so laden with dairy, that I wonder if I’m a pure lunatic to even try replacing them. But, try I do! And, this one seriously blew me out of the water. Yay for an easy, dairy-free chicken dinner. You can never have enough of those!
I think my husband is a bit accustomed to my cooking, so when I was basically moaning at how good this was he was giving me little to no feedback. I finally bursted out, “I seriously need a high five for how good this is! I have to put this on the blog!” So, will you all do me a favor and give me an Internet high-five? Thanks! Men just aren’t as dramatic as women, and most of the time that’s a good thing. 🙂
Time Saving Tips
What to serve with creamy Tuscan chicken
Tuscan chicken can be a dish all on its own if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time for side dishes. It has protein, carbs, and veggies all included. (Remember, the veggie can be romaine, kale, or spinach, so use up what you have.) If you want to stretch the meal, you can always serve it with some gluten free breadsticks or even some roasted veggies. I always love to serve asparagus with my Italian-themed dinners. I have a great oven roasted balsamic asparagus you will love. And if you have time, don’t forget dessert! I have tons of delicious allergy-friendly bakes to end your night on a sweet note.
How to store Tuscan chicken
To store any you have left, put the cooled leftovers in an airtight container and place in the fridge. Leftovers should keep 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave when you’re ready to eat again.
Why I Love this Recipe
I was super excited for my parents to come in town because I wanted to make them this to show it off. I ended up not being able to and I was super bummed. I only see my parents twice a year (tears! I could seriously write a book on my feelings of living away from family when you have medically challenging children–ug! I’ll save that for another post) so I guess this dinner recipe will have to wait until I see them at Christmas. Sigh.
Onto happier things–can I just take a moment to declare my love for sun-dried tomatoes? These are pretty much a vegetable candy. They are so bursting with flavor that I look forward to any bite I get that has them in it! Whoever thought to sun-dry tomatoes should be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. I salute you, whoever you are!
This dish is quick and easy to make, yet so decadent. I know what I’m going to make the next time we have company over!! And yet, it’s fast enough to make on a weeknight. Thirty minutes is probably even being generous, but that’s in case you have thicker cut chicken breasts. Remember, if you ever want to decrease the cooking time, have thinner cut chicken breasts so they cook even faster.
It’s on my bucket list to go to Italy, but until that day, this dairy-free Tuscan chicken will certainly appease me.
Be sure to make it when you’re not so sure what to do with all that chicken in your freezer! #ThisIsNotAnotherPlainChickenDish Because, if you’re like my house, chicken dinners are a staple, and we need all the variation we can get on allergy-friendly chicken dinners.
**Also, if you need this to be grain free or paleo friendly–it’s great on it’s own, you don’t need gluten-free pasta underneath it. Or, you could do zoodles too!
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- 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons of oil from the sun-dried tomatoes with herbs jar
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- ½ cup chicken broth (or, 1/2 cup water + 1/2 teaspoon allergy-friendly chicken bouillon
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 cup romaine, chopped*
- ½ cup sun dried tomatoes with herbs, diced
- One 12-oz box of gluten-free spaghetti, cooked according to directions
Open the jar of sun-dried tomatoes with herbs, and measure out 2 Tablespoons of the oil that they're packed in. Add it to a large skillet and heat over medium heat.
Add the chicken and cook 3-5 minutes on each side until browned. Remove the chicken to a plate.
Add the coconut milk, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and nutritional yeast to the pan and turn up the heat to medium high. Allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
Turn down the heat to medium and add the romaine (or spinach), sun-dried tomatoes and chicken. Allow the chicken to simmer in the sauce until the romaine (or spinach) has wilted and everything is heated through (being sure your chicken is cooked thoroughly).
Serve plain, or over gluten-free noodles of your choice.
Stores wonderfully for leftovers too--just be sure to store the noodles separate so they don't get too soggy.
I also have a printed cookbook that has raving reviews on Amazon full of easy dinner ideas.
*When I developed this recipe my son couldn't do spinach, so we used romaine hearts instead. I've done it with both and both are fabulous. Do whatever you have in the fridge, or whichever one you prefer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 514Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 285mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 43g
Adapted from: The Recipe Critic
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Do you need other easy allergy-friendly chicken dinner ideas? If so, here are some of my favorites, or check out my recipe index.
Hi! I’m Megan, a mom to four kids, two with multiple food allergies & one with EOE. I’m a published cookbook author that constantly tweaks recipes to make them allergy friendly–it’s an addiction. I share every recipe & tip with you, to help you eat like you did before food allergies & dietary restrictions. You can still be awesome, even with food allergies!