Tuscan chicken macaroni and cheese in a saute pan.
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Tuscan Chicken Mac and Cheese

Tuscan Chicken Mac and Cheese is a creamy, cheesy one pan meal that's ready in just 30 minutes. This cheesy dish is filled with macaroni, chicken, and classic Italian flavors like garlic, parmesan cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword tuscan chicken mac and cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 694kcal
Author Heather

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 ounces elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped (optional, as a garnish)

Instructions

  • Season cubed chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika. In a saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Once hot, add cubed chicken and saute on all sides until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • Add diced onions and sun-dried tomatoes to pan. Cook for 3 minutes, then add garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds. Add flour, stirring to coat. Cook another 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken broth, milk, macaroni, and Italian seasoning to pan, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook according to macaroni package directions for al dente pasta (should be about 9 minutes).
  • Remove lid and add parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, heavy cream, as well as the cooked chicken back to the pan. Stir until cheese is melted.
  • Add spinach, stirring to incorporate, about one minute. Remove pan from heat and allow to set for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Italian seasoning can be found in the spice aisle of your local grocery store, or you can make your own with my recipe here: https://thetoastykitchen.com/italian-seasoning/
  • Other pastas can be used instead of macaroni - try penne, bow tie, or cavatappi. 

Nutrition

Calories: 694kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1332mg | Potassium: 1849mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2696IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 449mg | Iron: 5mg