Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Paleo + Whole30)

This Paleo + Whole30 creamy tuscan chicken is an easy one pan meal. It’s full of creamy, dairy-free goodness that will hit the spot when you’re in the mood for comfort food.

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Creamy + Dairy-Free

You guys always ask how we make creamy, delicious recipes without dairy. Well, we rely on full fat coconut milk A LOT. We get the brand Aroy-D on Amazon, and we find it works best because it is all coconut milk. Most other coconut milks have some water or other ingredients added. Get the pure stuff. It’s a game changer! Just try this creamy tuscan chicken and tell us what you think!

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Don’t Knock Coconut Just Yet

Don’t love coconut…well, just give one of our creamy, dairy free recipes a try before you knock it. Just about everyone, even those who don’t love coconut (maybe even despise it), have said they can’t even taste the coconut. We get sneaky with the other flavors of this creamy tuscan chicken to mask the coconut flavor, so you give it a shot even if you don’t like coconut flavored anything. Just try before you knock it.

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One Pan Meal – Kind Of

We always love it when we can make dinner in one pan! This creamy tuscan chicken has less dishes and is still big on flavor, all while being made in 30 minutes! Now, if you decide to eat this creamy tuscan chicken over zucchini noodles or cauli rice…yes, you will have one more pan to wash but that one is pretty easy to clean!

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Need a quick dinner, craving some comfort food? Make this creamy tuscan chicken! It’s creamy, dairy-free and comes together in just 30 minutes! Leave a comment below and let us know how it goes. Also, take a pic to share on Instagram. Tag us @realsimplegood so we can see and maybe share in our stories too. Make sure to give us a follow if you don’t already. We’d love to stay connected!

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Paleo + Whole30)

4.41 from 239 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Justin Winn
This Paleo + Whole30 creamy tuscan chicken is an easy one pan meal. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and will hit the spot when you want comfort food! 
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  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts (or chicken thighs, see notes)
  • 2 tbsp ghee (can sub avocado oil if needed for dairy-free)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth see notes
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch see notes
  • 1.5 cups full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup basil chopped
  • 3 cups spinach
  • Chopped parsley optional topping


  • Prepare shallot and garlic as noted. Place Italian seasoning, sea salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix.
  • Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of parchment paper and pound them down to make them even in thickness. Sprinkle each side of the chicken with the Italian seasoning mix.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add ghee.
  • Once hot, add the chicken to the pan (you may have to cook the chicken in 2 batches depending on the size of your pan). Cook, without disturbing for 3-4 minutes, until a nice brown crust has formed. Flip and cook another 3-4 minutes on the other side, until the chicken is mostly cooked through.
  • While the chicken is cooking, whisk together chicken broth and arrowroot starch.
  • Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside. Lower the heat to medium.
  • Add more ghee if needed and add the garlic and shallot to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, chicken broth, sun dried tomatoes and basil to the pan. Stir to mix, scraping up any browned bits remaining in the pan from when you cooked your chicken.
  • Add the chicken breasts back to the skillet with the sauce. Cover and turn heat down to low. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  • When the chicken is almost finished, add in the spinach. You might have to add it in in batches. Stir the spinach in until wilted.
  • Serve with vegetables, potatoes, rice or cauli rice. Spoon some sauce over everything for serving. Sprinkle with chopped parsley (optional).


  • You can use chicken thighs instead of breasts for this recipe. You should not have to pound the thighs (step 2). Adjust cooking time if needed to ensure the chicken is fully cooked.
  • If your sauce is too thick, add in more chicken broth to get the consistency you want.
  • If you don’t have arrowroot starch, you can substitute tapioca starch or corn starch. Corn starch is not considered Paleo or Whole30.
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Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Paleo + Whole30)

157 thoughts on “Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Paleo + Whole30)

    • Hi Lisa, I do a lot of canning & freezing & I think this will freeze just fine. Any meat dish that has a sauce like this usually does well. I just made a double batch of it tonight & that’s what I plan on doing with half of it.

    • Possibly, but we haven’t tried it. Honestly, it would probably take longer to cook it in the Instant Pot and I’m not sure how the creamy consistency would turn out. If you want to cut down some time on the recipe, you could sub chicken thighs for breasts, as they are usually a more uniform thickness and you wouldn’t have to pound them out.

  • So yummy! I just made this for my daughters family and everyone loved it! I served it over rice. This recipe is a keeper!

  • This was great however, mine came out a bit too thick and I was picturing as a thinner sauce. I added more chicken broth along with more Italian seasoning, garlic and onion powder. Ate this over spaghetti squash! It was great.

  • OMG this was so good! After I devoured dinner, I had to recheck the ingredients to make sure it actually was W30 compliant because it was so creamy and so good and tasted like real “cream” lol. The only things I did differently was I filleted my chicken and marinated it in the seasonings plus olive oil and then grilled them. With the sauce, I added 2 extra tablespoons of italian/chicken seasoning and a light sprinkle of salt. (I could initially taste the coconut flavor; that’s why I added the extra seasoning.)
    SO GOOD. You won’t regret making this!!!

    • We’re so thrilled you enjoyed this one so much! Bet the grilled chicken was a nice touch! Yum! Thanks so much for trying our recipe and taking the time to come back and share. We appreciate it! 🙂

  • It was easy, but for my taste, way too much basil. Thinking to reduce greatly next time and add Oregano; if it wasn’t for that, would’ve been amazing.

    • We do love basil! But that’s an easy fix if you’re not as big of a fan as us! Thanks for trying our recipe and coming back to share. We appreciate it! 🙂

  • Oh man we loved this recipe! I used 1/2 tsp pepper because my family is a bit wimpy about any spice but I honestly think the 1 tsp wouldn’t have been too much. Not following any specific diet so I also used butter and cornstarch. We loved the thick, creamy sauce and although it was thick, it was the perfect consistency for serving over rice. Definitely one we will make again!

    Thanks so much!

  • Wow this recipe is DELICIOUS!

    I did a rough calculation on my LoseIt! App.

    Calories for 1 serving 514

    Total fat 29.7g
    Sat. Fat 16.2g
    Cholest. 79.9 mg
    Sodium 350mg
    Carb 28g
    Fiber 7.9
    Sugars 9g
    Protein 43.8g

    *I also added Riced Cauliflower to this recipe which is included in the calculation. I omitted a lot of the salt as well.

    I hope this was helpful!

  • Can I use Paleo flour instead of arrowroot? I already have that flour and just trying not to buy something if I don’t need to. This like the first dish my job has posted that looks good and I really wanna make it.

    • Hey there – not sure which paleo flour blend you’re referring to, but it would probably work. We haven’t tried so I can’t say for sure. It might not thicken up the sauce quite as much as arrowroot flour does. If you have cornstarch (not paleo) or potato starch you could use that as well. We’d love to hear how it goes!

      • It went great. I put too many onions in it tho so next time I either gotta go less or just cut them bigger. I also like things spicy so I did add peppers and cayenne peppers to it.

  • I am vegan, however a good friend of mine needs a total knee replacement & she is quite overweight. The surgeon wants her to lose 30-40lbs before surgery & highly recommended she do the Whole30 diet. I’m trying to do everything I possibly can to assist her & so have been making some recipes for her. The spices in this were heavenly, I love basil, & the coconut milk sauce was just to die for.
    I’ll recreate this for myself one day soon using tofu or seitan

  • This recipe was so delicious! I am newly gluten and dairy free and I didn’t even miss the heavy cream. Even my husband who usually dislikes all of my whole30/paleo recipe attempts devoured this. Best part is, it freezes well too so I can easily divide it up into meal prep containers and have a quick dinner or grab and go lunch for work. The Creamy Tuscan Chicken is great over roasted spaghetti squash or zoodles too for an extra serving of veggies!

  • I bought sun dried tomatoes in olive oil. Is this what the recipe calls for it should I have bought the dry ones?

  • I will try your brand of coconut milk. Recently I have been using almond milk for the more savory dishes and Trader Joes coconut milk for sweet dishes. I’d love to have one that I can use for both as it always seems I have the one opposite of what I am cooking. Thanks for the tip

  • My whole family loved this meal! The coconut milk adds a great creaminess, but definitely doesn’t have an overpowering coconut taste. Loved the thickening of the sauce that the arrowroot provided. So many great flavors. Thank you!

    • Hi Sarah, as part of our real food/paleo lifestyle we don’t track any nutrition information personally, and it has been really liberating for us and helped us find food freedom. For that reason we don’t post the nutrition info on our recipes, with the only exception being the Keto specific recipes on our site. You could plug the ingredients into an online nutrition calculator if needed though.

  • Everything about this meal was amazing! Definitely saving this recipe! Love being able to cook with whole, natural foods.

  • This is absolutely delicious! My husband doesn’t eat paleo, but he requests this recipe about once a week. Thank you!!!

  • We’re on day 5 of whole30 and made this tonight for dinner and absolutely loved it! Chicken is so juicy and we paired it with asparagus

  • Omg
    …I love this dish. I’m making it for the 3rd time and can’t wait for the potatoes to get done. Thanks so much.

  • This was delicious! Even the kids loved it. Served it over homemade mashed potatoes, with fresh green beans on the side. This will definitely be in my rotation. Might even add some mushrooms next time. Yum!

    • We’re so happy to hear it was a hit, especially with the entire family! We love hearing that! Thanks so much for coming back to share and leave a comment! We really appreciate you trying our recipe and taking the time to come back and also to have you following along on Instagram, too! 🙂

  • OMG This recipe is sooooo good! I make it at least once a week. Even my four-year-old and non-paleo husband love this chicken! I’ve served it on it’s own, over roasted spaghetti squash, and over zoodles. Delicious either way!

  • I made this two nights ago. Wow, Delicious! I served it over cauli rice. It’s definitely going into the rotation.

  • This was really yummy! I had a ton of leftover kale so I subbed that for the spinach but it’s really good with kale or next time I might even do broccoli. Trying to stay dairy free can be really tempting sometimes so this was a perfect answer for my cravings for something savory and creamy. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • This was delicious and one of my favorites! The coconut milk pairs so well with the sun-dried tomatoes and basil. And it’s so easy to make!!

  • Love this meal! So simple and quick to make, and the flavors are amazing! I can picture myself in Tuscany when I eat this meal ?

  • This was an Italian inspired meal I had been craving without the dairy and gluten to make me feel bad after! So yummy!

  • I don’t think I have made a recipe that I haven’t liked! This was another good meal that tasted like a treat!

  • This is on regular rotation for us. My husband (who eats all the cheese and milk) said he didn’t even miss the dairy!

  • Made for the first time tonight and it was amazing!! My fiancé even commented that this Whole 30 thing isn’t bad lol Thanks for sharing and providing great recipes, I will be trying more of yours!

  • We loved this meal! And the leftovers were so good the next day. Thank you for all of the amazing recipes!

  • Absolutely loved this recipe! It was so easy to make and the coconut milk made the sauce soo creamy! With just a few ingredients this is the perfect meal to whip up for dinner. I served mine over zucchini noodles and it was delicious! 10/10 would recommend!

  • Sent this to my fried and we are both making the dish tonight!
    It keeps us feeling close while social distancing.
    Thanks for an exciting recipe!

  • Really excited to try this recipe and I have a question about the coconut milk. I don’t have the brand you recommended. As a sub, could I use canned full fat coconut milk? Or is a different carton with 4g of fat per cup better. It doesn’t say anything about being full fat or low fat, so I’m not sure how it compares. Thanks!

    • Yes, you can use canned coconut milk. I’m not sure about the carton, so just go with the can and mix it well so it’s as creamy as possible before adding it in.

  • This recipe is fabulous! I’ve made it as recommended and also in the crockpot! I served it for dinner last night and all of our guests requested that I email them your recipe! It was a huge hit – thank you! XO

  • This is a fantastic recipe! I have tweaked it a bit each time based on what I have on hand but each time it’s tasty! Just made it for the 5th time tonight!!
    We are dairy and sugar free so this is the perfect creamy dinner. I’ve added extra veggies and served over rice or pasta. I was able to Increase the sauce by adding bone broth, as needed. Used roasted bell pepper instead of tomatoes and onion rather than shallots the first time and prefer the combo! Regardless of what you add you Can’t go wrong with this

  • This is without a doubt the best chicken dish I have ever had. Even my daughter who does not follow whole 30, thought it was great. I make this once a week. This is a company worthy Dish. I just add a side of green beans and salad. I’m excited to make it again.

  • Holy smokies this recipe is incredible. I was dubious about the coconut milk, but you can’t taste it when it cooks down. It is amazing & tastes delicious!!!!!

  • This recipe is just SO good. We like a lot of sauce so if you’re like us I recommend doubling the recipe minus the amount of chicken. Make this and you won’t regret it!

  • Made this one for my husband and I this week and it was a total win! Healthy, easy and comforting! He especially loved it!

  • This was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! It was even better the next day once the flavors marinated even more. I don’t like coconut so I was a little nervous but could hardly taste it (and I couldn’t taste it the next day at all). I added chopped artichoke hearts…fantastic! I will be adding roasted red peppers next time. Served over zoodles….DEFINITELY going in the regular rotation. Thank you for the recipe!!

  • I have made this recipe a few times now and every time it shocks me! It is so easy and so delicious!!! It is my husband’s favorite!

    • That’s great! We’re so happy to hear your family enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for coming back to leave a rating/review. We really appreciate your support! 🙂

  • Even nonpaleo family members Absolutely loved this dish.One thing about Paleo is always wanting comfort food at least for me in this really delivers. It’s also just as quick and easy as it promises to be.

  • Love this recipe so much! So much flavor layered and I love that just one replacement (oil for the ghee) makes it dairy free! I added some shredded carrots for extra veggies and cubed the chicken, so I needed less of it. I also added cooked egg noodles as it was finishing up for a “one pan” meal! My picky family of 5 loved it!

    • What a great review! We’re so happy your entire family loved it! Thanks for sharing on IG and for coming to our site to share your review! We really appreciate it! 🙂

  • I just made this dish 10 minutes ago and my fiancé and I ate the entire thing. This is now one of my most favorite dishes and I would suggest this 100%

    It’s quick, easy to follow, and tastes like you have to spend hours on it. It’s that good!

    • Thanks so much for trying our recipe and for sharing on IG! And thanks for coming to our site to leave a review. We’re so grateful! And we are thrilled this one is a new favorite now! 🙂

  • This was delicious. I added artichoke hearts and served with cauliflower gnocchi. Everyone loved it. It’s now in my top ten meals and will be served at our annual Christmas party in 2021.

  • I absolutely LOVED this recipe! It was our first dinner on our third round of Whole30 and let me tell you, I don’t think anything else we make will be as delicious. It was full of flavor and was so easy to make. We served it over some smashed red potatoes and it was perfection.

  • This was delicious. Mine didn’t come out as pretty as your picture. Yours was more yellow and creamer for some reason. I was worried mine wouldn’t taste good but it was delicious. I used chicken thighs and cauliflower rice. Yummy! Thank you! ❤️

  • This was absolutely amazing! Was looking for a simple recipe that i had most ingredients to. So fast, delicious and My whole family LOVED it! Highly recommend!

  • Made this recipe as part of my Whole 30 and it was just what I needed – the flavors were delicious. I made it with cauliflower gnocchi and it was the perfect meal!

  • This was Ahhmazing. I served over cauliflower gnocchi.
    Day 8 of Whole 30 and not missing our “normal” meals at all.

    I’ve made a version of this dish for years with heavy cream and parmesan cheese and don’t see any reason to go back to that version.

    Super easy prep and only 1 pan a big +.

    • Thanks, Dawn! We are so happy this one was a big hit for you! Thanks for giving it a try and for sharing on IG too. We appreciate you coming back to our site to leave your review!

  • Great recipe !!!! I made this tonight for dinner and served with sweet potatoes. I also added extra spinach 😉

  • I made this recipe for my family last night and everyone loved it! I’ve been trying the paleo diet for awhile now and this is my favorite meal I’ve had on the diet so far. Thank you!

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