Tuscan Garlic Chicken: Creamy LowCarb Recipe

This easy, low carb Tuscan Garlic Chicken recipe is a taste of Italy, keto style! Tender chicken breast is simmered in a luxuriously creamy garlic sauce then black olives and spinach are stirred in just before serving. Bright color and a lush texture come together to create a dish that’s brimming with garlicky goodness.

For this recipe you’ll need: chicken breast, salt, garlic, heavy cream, spinach, olive oil, Italian seasoning, black olives, chicken stock, Parmesan cheese

Closeup of low carb Tuscan garlic chicken, tender pieces of chicken, olives, and spinach in a creamy sauce - on a vintage white platter with a blue rim. title image

While I truly love food in most forms and flavors I have to admit a special place in my heart for Italian dishes, followed closely by French and Tex-Mex.

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Of course, there’s always Asian, African, Indian, and classic Southern to consider, as well. ????

I grew up thinking that Italian food was characterized by tomatoes and pasta with plenty of gooey Mozzarella – and I love those things – but honestly there are so many other ingredients, flavors, and textures that make up Italian cuisine that it will make your head spin around like a moth in a mitten.

This Tuscan garlic chicken recipe is a good example, although I’m not sure where Olive Garden decided it was Tuscan chicken. The dish is more authentically from the Lombardy area of Northern Italy where there’s an abundance of dairy products. I guess Lombardy Garlic Chicken didn’t sound as good?

Whatever you want to call it, this low carb spin on the Olive Garden Tuscan Garlic Chicken recipe is definitely ready to become one of your favorite meals. The creamy sauce is infused with garlic flavor and the chicken just about falls apart. The spinach adds color, nutrients, flavor, and texture but you could use broccoli or asparagus if you like.

In many ways this is a similar dish to my Chicken Asparagus Alfredo that’s so popular. I think this recipe is a little bolder and less delicate in flavor, though.

a platter of creamy Tuscan garlic chicken on a table with wine and wine glasses in the background

Tips for Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

This is such an easy dish! There’s not really much to it so it’s hard to go wrong but here are some tips and trick to make it even easier.

  • If you have cooked chicken just use that to make this dish literally instantaneous! Or, stop and pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store.
  • Plain American black olives work in this dish but try any of the more flavorful imported olives like Kalamata, Aglio, or Alfonso.
  • If you marinate the chicken breast in some garlicky dill pickle brine for 30 minutes before cooking it will have a great flavor and be even more tender.
  • The more flavorful the chicken stock is the better the finished dish will be.
  • Substitute shrimp for the chicken in this dish. So good!
  • Like Alfredo sauce, it’s important not to let this sauce come to a boil. Just simmer it.
  • Capers are a nice garnish and add a little tang.
  • You can’t freeze this dish. Make just as much as you need because it doesn’t warm up well, either.
  • If you’re drinking wine a Chardonnay or this White Wine Spritzer will go really well.

Tender pieces of Tuscan garlic chicken in a creamy sauce with spinach and olives- parmesan cheese is sprinkled on top

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Low Carb Tuscan Garlic Chicken Recipe

Creamy Tuscan garlic chicken on a vintage platter with an antique silver spoon -parmesan is sprinkled on top

When you need a quick dinner that tastes like comfort food this easy, low carb Tuscan Garlic Chicken recipe is the perfect taste of Italy, keto style! A luxuriously creamy garlic sauce envelopes chicken breast, black olives, and spinach. Serve with a buttery Chardonnay for a restaurant quality dinner at home.

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Low Carb Tuscan Garlic Chicken Recipe

This easy, low carb Tuscan Garlic Chicken recipe is a taste of Italy, keto style! Tender chicken breast is simmered in a luxuriously creamy garlic sauce then black olives and spinach are stirred in just before serving. Bright color and a lush texture come together to create a dish that's brimming with garlicky goodness. A low carb version of the Olive Garden favorite!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 619kcal
Author Marye

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup spinach chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives

Instructions

  • Salt the chicken.
  • Add olive oil to a large, heavy skillet.
  • Heat until oil begins to shimmer.
  • Add the chicken and turn down the heat to medium.
  • Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic.
  • Turn chicken and cook for 2 minutes more.
  • Remove chicken and garlic- set aside on a plate.
  • Add the chicken broth to deglaze the pan.
  • Cook at a strong boil for 2 minutes using a wooden spatula to loosen the stuck on particles of chicken.
  • Add the cream, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Whisk until it starts to thicken.
  • Add the chicken, spinach, and olives.
  • Simmer until heated through and sauce has reduced enough to coat a spoon.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 203mg | Sodium: 2380mg | Potassium: 943mg | Vitamin A: 29.4% | Vitamin C: 13.6% | Calcium: 34.3% | Iron: 9%

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Last Updated 04/14/2019

4 Responses to “Tuscan Garlic Chicken: Creamy LowCarb Recipe”


  1. Marye, this looks great….will definitely be making. But I think there is a error in your app input. With 1/2 lb chicken, I think this will generously serve 2 and then be only 310 cal per person.

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  2. Am I missing the spinach in the recipe but it is pictured? I just didn’t know when to add it

    Looks delicious

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    • Just toss in a handful at the end.


  3. I made this last night. It was FANTASTIC! The only change I made was to substitute kale for the spinach. I think next time I will add some sliced mushrooms. Everyone asked me to make this recipe again….SOON!

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