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Sun Dried Tomato Chicken

This Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce Chicken is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that’s perfect for any occasion. In just 30 minutes, you can create a meal that combines the juicy flavors of pan-seared chicken breasts with a rich and tangy sun-dried tomato sauce.

Close-up overhead image of chicken breasts simmering in sun-dried tomato sauce.


Sometimes called Tuscan chicken, this easy meal promises a burst of flavor in every bite and the convenience of using just one pan, making cooking and cleanup a breeze. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a satisfying meal to impress guests, this creamy, sun dried tomato chicken is going to be a winner.

Why You Should Make This Chicken Recipe

  • Quick and Easy: This easy recipe for chicken breasts is a hassle-free meal that comes together in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Flavorful: The combination of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and fresh thyme creates a robust and tangy sauce that’s absolutely mouthwatering.
  • One-Pan Wonder: With everything cooked in a single skillet, this recipe not only saves time but also makes cleanup a breeze.
Overhead image of a skillet with Sun Dried Tomato Chicken.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Olive Oil: Used for cooking the chicken, and you can substitute it with any cooking oil.
  • Chicken Breasts: You’ll need a pound of chicken breasts, but chicken thighs can be used as a juicier alternative.
  • Salt, Black Pepper, & Fresh Thyme: For seasoning the chicken to enhance its flavor. You can also skip the thyme and use your favorite herbs or Italian seasoning.
  • Yellow Onion: Adds a sweet, caramelized flavor. White onions are a good alternative.
  • Garlic Cloves: Used to flavor the sauce. Substitute it with 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Flour: Thickens the sauce.
  • Chicken Broth: This forms the base of the sauce. Chicken stock also works, and vegetable broth is a great option.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Oil: These come in a jar and can be found at any local grocery store.

How To Make Sun Dried Tomato Chicken

Each chicken breast is seasoned and pan-seared in a skillet, then simmered in a savory sauce made with garlic, onions, and thyme, all thickened with a touch of flour. The sun-dried tomatoes bring a deep, concentrated tomato flavor that’s both sweet and tangy, perfectly complementing the chicken.

  • Sear: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and cook it in the skillet for 4 minutes on each side until browned. Remove and set aside.
  • Make the Sauce: In the same skillet, cook the onions, garlic, and thyme for 3 minutes. Stir in the flour, then add broth and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Finish Cooking: Return the chicken to the skillet, bring to a boil, then simmer covered for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Recipe Tips And Variations

  • Juiciness Tip: To keep the chicken moist, avoid overcooking. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness – the chicken is ready when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Creamier Sauce: Make a creamy sauce by stirring in a splash of heavy cream during the last few minutes of cooking.
  • Spice Level: If you enjoy a bit of heat, add red pepper flakes to the sauce to taste.
  • Herb Varieties: While the recipe calls for thyme, feel free to experiment with other herbs like basil for a more Italian flair, or oregano for a classic Mediterranean taste. Fresh herbs are preferable, but dried versions will also work.
  • Cheese Addition: Sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese over the finished dish.
  • Veggie Boost: To incorporate more vegetables, consider adding spinach, mushrooms, or bell peppers to the sauce. They should be added after the onions and garlic, and cooked until just tender.
  • Wine: For an enhanced flavor, deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine after cooking the onions and garlic. Let it reduce slightly before adding the flour and broth.

Serving Suggestions

To complete the meal, consider adding a side of lemon parmesan risotto or Mediterranean rice to this flavorful chicken. Pair it with your favorite pasta recipe, like spaghetti or this 15 minute fettuccine. A side of roasted radishes or a crisp Jennifer Aniston bulgur salad can balance the dish’s richness. Enjoy it with crusty bread, like a slice of focaccia, to soak up the delicious sauce.

Spooning sun-dried tomato sauce over pan-seared chicken breasts.

Proper Storage

Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Gently reheat in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave, adding a splash of broth if the sauce has thickened.

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Top view of chicken breasts with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce in a skillet

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken

Katerina | Diethood
Sun Dried Tomato Chicken is a quick and delicious recipe with pan-seared chicken and an amazingly flavorful sun-dried tomato sauce. It's a 30-minute, one-pan meal that you can't resist!
4.58 from 7 votes
Servings : 4 Serves
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • cup sun dried tomatoes in oil


  • Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet.
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, add them to the heated oil and cook for 4 minutes; flip and continue to cook for 4 minutes or until browned on both sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  • Add onions, garlic, and thyme leaves to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the flour and mix until combined. Add the broth and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Return the chicken to the skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn heat down to a simmer; cover the skillet and continue to cook for 15 to 18 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 262 kcal | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Protein: 25 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 72 mg | Sodium: 389 mg | Potassium: 620 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 175 IU | Vitamin C: 13.5 mg | Calcium: 16 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken breast dinner, chicken breast recipe
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46 comments on “Sun Dried Tomato Chicken”

    1. Yes, boneless and skinless chicken breasts. I’ve updated the recipe card – thanks for letting me know. 😊

  1. I made it and the sauce never turned red or stayed white. What did I do wrong. I followed the video step but step

  2. I just made this tonight and it was excellent! The chicken was tender and the flavor was incredible! I only had dried thyme on hand and was reluctant to make it without fresh thyme so as not to ruin the meal but it was still delicious. My husband loved it, as well, and so did my daughter. For our picky-eater sons, I fooled them and just served it without any of the onions or tomatoes over the top and they, too, said it was so good.

  3. Sounded fabulous, but it was very bitter and much too rustic tasting. Thank you for posting, and I’m sure that some who have a more hardy palate will enjoy, just no one in my family.

  4. This was excellent!! I did add one can of artichoke hearts that I roughly chopped. It was so delicious!! Will definitely make again!!

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    So, what makes for the “creamy’ part? It seems the sauce is thickened with flour, but it doesn’t say that. Is this the ‘creamy’ part?

    I’m gonna add sour cream at the end – just because everything’s better with sour cream (or bacon)

    Also could use some heat; I’m using red pepper flakes (hot paprika would also be nice)

  6. This looks absolutely delicious! I love sun dried tomatoes. I will definitely be trying this soon.

    PS I really like that book title idea! 😉

  7. Hi, I was wondering if you had the smartpoints or the nutritional information for this recipe? It looks delicious by the way!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! The nutrition facts were there, but they somehow disappeared! So sorry about that and thank you for letting me know! 🙂 I’ve updated the recipe to include all the nutrition facts.

  8. love new chicken recipes, and this is certainly new to me! So thank you, love any chicken that’s not dry!

  9. I almost have no words to describe how delicious this recipe is, and that is really something for me as I am a wordy person in general. I really am not the biggest fan of sun dried tomatoes but I usually have some on hand that are left over from another recipe and the question is, how do I use these up? Now I know the answer to that question. This chicken was so far beyond amazing — I lost track of how many times my husband said it was “really, REALLY good” during dinner last night. He was still talking about it this morning! That rarely happens. So, thank you Katerina for sharing this wonderful recipe. I only wish i had found your blog sooner. Best to you and yours this holiday season.

  10. Looks Yummy and obviously it should taste too :)….i usually prefer adding tomatoes to chicken for tangy taste time i will be surely trying with sun dried tomatoes.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Gale! This isn’t prepared in the oven, and I never have prepared it in the oven, so I can’t say if it will even work. Do you mean to prepare the entire dish earlier in the day and then just reheat it in the oven? The sauce will be thick once it’s cooled down, but the heat will help to make it runny again. I hope this helps! Have a great day!!

  11. Got my husband to make this for dinner, and wow what a winner! (Winner, winner, Chicken Dinner). Actually I wanted to make it; I’m not an accomplished cook, but I thought I could manage this. But he beat me to it. So I ate all the leftovers 🙂 Thanks for the recipe, it’s going on high rotation in our kitchen! Julie

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      OH, I am so glad you enjoyed it!! I LOVE that meal sooo much! 🙂 Thanks for coming by and letting me know!! xo

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