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Sun Dried Tomato Chicken

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken is a hearty, satisfying, Italian-inspired skillet dish! Boneless skinless chicken thighs are pan-fried, and then smothered in a creamy sun dried tomato sauce with herbs, garlic, and baby spinach.

close up shot of boneless chicken thighs in a creamy sun dried tomato sauce.

A Low-Carb Chicken Dish with Oodles of Flavor

Sun dried tomato anything is always welcome at my dinner table. There’s just something about that rich, golden flavor that makes a recipe extra special. And, when combined with hearty pan-fried chicken and real heavy cream?! 😲 Oh my goodness, yes! It’s seriously the best food-thing ever.

I love, love, love making chicken with sun dried tomatoes, because it’s a nice change from typical chicken sauces and gravies. Chicken thighs work especially well, because they are moist and extra-flavorful.

The tangy taste of sun dried tomato works very well with dark meat chicken, especially when the right herbs are part of the mix. Thyme and oregano have pungent, earthy notes, which help to balance the richness of the chicken and the cream. This recipe is a real Yum! 😋

overhead shot of a stainless steel pan with boneless chicken thighs in a creamy sun dried tomato sauce.

What You’ll Need

Sun dried tomato chicken is a dish made with only a few ingredients, including a handful of seasonings and herbs that you probably already have in your pantry. That makes it even easier to pull together in a flash! 

  • Olive Oil: For pan-frying the chicken.
  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs: You can cook them whole, or cut them into small chunks for faster cooking. I keep them whole.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste.
  • Herbs: Dried oregano and dried thyme. If you like, you can substitute other herbs, like parsley and basil. 
  • Spices: Paprika and garlic powder round out the seasoning for the chicken thighs. You can use sweet paprika or smoked. Either is fine!
  • Minced Fresh Garlic: To flavor the sauce, I like to use fresh garlic, but you could substitute additional garlic powder if you prefer.
  • Broth: Low sodium chicken broth is my go-to, but vegetable broth is also a good option.
  • Heavy Cream: Half and half will do in a pinch, but I don’t recommend using milk because it is not as thick and rich.
  • Spinach: Baby spinach, or chopped regular spinach, to wilt in the sauce. Make sure it is washed and thoroughly dried. 
  • Sun dried Tomatoes in oil: Measure half a cup of sun dried tomato pieces, and give them a good chop.
  • Parmesan Cheese: A little bit of grated Parmesan adds the perfect finishing touch to this creamy recipe.

Can I Use Chicken Breasts Instead?

You might be wondering if you can just use chicken breasts instead of thighs, and the good news is, yes! Chicken breasts will work just fine. They may cook up faster than thighs, depending on how large they are, so keep an eye on them and don’t overcook. A meat thermometer is the easiest way to make sure chicken is done without overcooking.

cooking boneless chicken thighs in a skillet.

How to Make Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Thighs

Let’s take a look at the process for making this skillet chicken dish. You’re going to love how quickly this savory recipe for chicken thighs in creamy tomato sauce comes together, all in one pan. 

  1. Season the Chicken and Pan-Fry. First, heat a generous swirl of olive oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with salt, pepper, herbs, and spices. Cook the chicken on one side for 6 minutes, flip, and cook on the second side for 5 more minutes.
  2. Cook the Garlic and Deglaze the Pan. Take the chicken thighs out of the skillet and set them aside. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for 15 seconds or so, adding more oil if the skillet seems dry. Then whisk in the chicken broth, while scraping up all the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. (This is known as deglazing the pan.)
  3. Make the Sauce. Now, add the heavy cream, spinach, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese to the skillet. Cook this for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Simmer the Chicken in the Sauce. Return the chicken thighs to the skillet and cook them in the sauce for a few minutes, until chicken is cooked through and sauce is thickened.
  5. Enjoy!
browned boneless chicken thighs seasoned with spices and herbs and set in a skillet.

Tips for Success

When it comes to making this recipe, you really can’t go wrong – it’s very straightforward and also very forgiving. However, I do have a couple of tips to share, just to make sure it’s the best it can be. Read on, and happy cooking!

  • Adjust Tomatoes to Taste: You can add more sun dried tomatoes if you want a more tomato-y sauce, but keep in mind that they have a fairly intense flavor. I recommend starting with the recommended amount and adding a teaspoon more at a time, according to your taste.
  • Tomatoes in Oil: This recipe was written for tomatoes packed in oil, but if you have dried tomatoes that are not packed in oil, be sure to rehydrate them for a couple of hours in water before draining and using.
  • Kitchen Shears: When chopping your tomatoes (and even your chicken, if you decide to cut it up), clean kitchen shears make this task extra easy! Be sure to sanitize them properly after using.
boneless chicken thighs in a creamy sun dried tomato sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Pasta is a natural with this recipe, including your favorite low carb or gluten-free pasta – just cook it according to the package directions, and you’re good to go! But, there are lots of other good options, too. Here are a couple of our favorites;

  • Bread: Fresh bread is a great idea for mopping up all that creamy sauce! Try my Spinach and Feta No Yeast Bread for a quick option that complements the sun dried tomato sauce perfectly.
  • Green Beans: Who could resist a pan of shiny, perfectly green Sautéed Garlic Butter Green Beans? This easy side is a favorite with just about any meal, and very popular, too!
  • Bruschetta: Crisp bruschetta is a delightful starter or side dish, especially when it’s loaded with all kinds of goodies! This BLT Bruschetta with real bacon is especially irresistible. 😍
overhead close up shot of boneless chicken thighs in a creamy sun dried tomato sauce.

How to Store and Reheat the Leftovers

  • To store, just place the chicken and sauce in a food storage container or bag, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, place the desired portion in a skillet over low heat. Cook until the chicken reaches a safe internal temperature (165°F).

Can I Freeze Extras?

  • You can definitely freeze this recipe, although you may find that the sauce separates a little bit after thawing. If you have this problem, whisk the sauce over medium heat to bring it back together, and add a little more cream.
  • To freeze, just pack the cooled chicken and sauce into an airtight container or freezer bag, leaving as little air in the container as possible. Freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
close up shot of boneless chicken thighs in a creamy sun dried tomato sauce.
Print Recipe
4.92 from 12 votes

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken

Boneless skinless chicken thighs are pan-fried and then smothered in a creamy sun dried tomato sauce with herbs, garlic, and baby spinach.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken skillet recipes, how to cook chicken thighs, low carb chicken recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 470kcal



  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Season chicken thighs with salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, paprika, and garlic powder.
  • Add chicken thighs to the hot oil and cook for 6 minutes; flip and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Remove chicken thighs from the skillet and set them aside.
  • Return skillet to the burner and stir in the minced garlic; cook for 15 seconds. Add more oil, if needed.
  • Whisk in the chicken broth while scraping up all the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  • Stir in the heavy cream; add spinach, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese.
  • Continue to cook for 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  • Return chicken thighs to the skillet; and cook for 3 to 4 more minutes, or until chicken thighs are cooked through and sauce is thickened.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Serve.


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 212mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 784mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1690IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 2mg

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  • Chris David
    Apr 27, 2022 at 1:02 am

    5 stars
    Great recipe and really a nice one. Will surely try this

  • Beth
    Apr 27, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    5 stars
    I love all the flavors here, and it just LOOKS so good. I can’t wait to give this one a try.

  • Amanda
    Apr 28, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    5 stars
    This chicken is so flavorful and delicious! It’s perfect for a fancy dinner party.

  • Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert
    Apr 29, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Sounds incredibly delicious! Everyone in our house would love this!

  • Sandra
    Apr 29, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a fantastic meal! It was a huge hit at my house!

  • Sandy
    Jun 4, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    5 stars
    I just made this and it was soooo good! I doubled the recipe because I wanted leftovers for during the week. Sadly there weren’t any left. EVERYBODY loved it.
    Thank you for creating and sharing this recipe. I will be making this again.

  • Jo
    Jan 8, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Love this dish. Its become our favourite treat meal. And passed recipe on to friends and family who I have made it for. We all love it

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jan 9, 2023 at 11:17 am

      That’s wonderful to hear! I’m very glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank you for chiming in! 🙂

  • Kylie
    Feb 4, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    5 stars
    My husband says, “don’t lose this recipe!” ❤️

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Feb 7, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      That’s great! I’m very glad you and your husband enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Ava
    Feb 19, 2023 at 9:09 pm

    5 stars
    Can I omit the cream and make a reduced olive oil, chicken broth, garlic, butter sauce?

    • Katerina
      Feb 21, 2023 at 7:25 am

      Yes, you can, but this will affect the taste and texture and differ significantly from the written (creamy) recipe.

  • Kennadie
    Mar 5, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve made half a batch as a test and I wish I made more. I’m definitely going to be cooking this again and make a little more sauce so I could add some pasta to the sauce as well. Definitely try it, it’s a very quick and easy going recipe.

  • Kaitlyn
    Mar 12, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    5 stars
    BOMB recipe. I followed it to a T and it was perfect. I originally had a different recipe picked out and my husband decided to tell me that he threw away an ingredient right as I was cooking so I was scrambling to find a new recipe. Came across this one and I loved it, probably more than the original one I had picked out

  • Karen
    May 7, 2023 at 9:41 am

    5 stars
    Thank you wanted a change for lunch, made this and had a few awesome lunches!

  • Lin
    Jun 4, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    4 stars
    I made this and followed recipe. It was very good, light, and flavorful. Will make again.

  • Shayna
    Jul 18, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    Will it make much difference if I don’t have Parmesan cheese?

    • Katerina
      Jul 19, 2023 at 10:42 am

      Yes, it will. The parmesan cheese helps to thicken and flavor the sauce.

  • Varnamala
    Sep 25, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    5 stars
    This was very good! I will definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing


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