Creamy Tuscan Alfredo Chicken – an easy, delicious, and craveable dinner that everyone loves and is budget friendly!
I don’t know many people who don’t love tucking into a rich, deliciously creamy dish filled with garlic, tomatoes, chicken and spinach – it’s
You don’t need to fret over this recipe if you’re sticking to a diet either – I’m providing some healthy (and still completely delicious) swaps to lighten up this creamy, indulgent dinner:
-Use Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese – Neufchatel has 560 calories per package, vs. 800 calories in cream cheese – as well as only 48 grams of fat vs cream cheese’s72.
-Use Skim Milk instead of heavy cream to save a whopping 700 calories and 86 grams of fat per cup.
-Use skinless chicken breasts, in place of chicken thighs. This recipe calls for 5 chicken thighs, so swap 3 medium sized chicken breasts (or 2 large chicken breasts). You can cut the chicken into cubes and cook, or cook whole (this may add a bit of cooktime to the recipe below- keep a thermometer handy and get the chicken to 145 degrees internally before adding other ingredients to pan.)
-Serve with Zucchini Noodles, instead of pasta, for a lower calorie and lower carb option! (I recommend this vegetable spiralizer – it is my favorite!)
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This doesn’t need to be cooked in an electric skillet, but if you have one (and maybe don’t have a great stove, or you’re throwing a big dinner party and already have too much on the stove) it works well!
Creamy Tuscan Alfredo Chicken
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil, garlic infused
- 4-6 chicken , thighs, skin on (around 1lb, depending on size of thighs)
- 8 oz mushrooms, sliced (I prefer button or cremini mushrooms)
- 8 sundried tomatoes, sliced into small bites
- 1/2 cup spinach, frozen
- 1/2 cup beef stock, or chicken
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1/2 tsp white pepper, optional
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- red pepper flakes, to garnish
- Add oil to pan on medium high heat, until it is thin and shimmery (with no smoke).
- Add chicken thighs to pan, flipping every five minutes, until 145 degrees internally (chicken thighs will be firm and should look browned and crispy.)
- Add mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, and spinach to pan and cook until lightly browned.
- Add herbs and spices, stir.
- Slowly add in stock, scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Add in cream cheese, and let it slowly melt, stirring to help mix it around the pan.
- Slowly add in cream and parmesan, stirring well.
- Let sauce thicken and reduce slightly, about five minutes, until it is smooth and creamy instead of runny.
- Remove from pan and pour over pasta or zucchini noodles, or even rice.
- Top with red pepper flakes or cilantro, if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416 Saturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 112mg Sodium: 470mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Protein: 12g