Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta (Xander’s Babar Pasta Copycat)

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Get ready for a treat – I’m sharing my most requested recipe: the mouthwatering Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta, inspired by the famous Babar Pasta from Xander’s Pakistan!

This pasta is a winner – incredibly delicious and surprisingly easy to make! I’m eager for you to try it and experience the same amazement I did when I first tasted it.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta (Xander’s Babar Pasta Copycat)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 6



  • 1/2 package of Linguini pasta 8 ounces or 225g
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  • About 3-4 chicken tenders around 1/2 pound; you can also use chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2-3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sundried tomatoes from a jar crushed or chopped, including the oil/juices
  • 8 cherry tomatoes roughly chopped
  • Salt pepper, and chili flakes to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups milk 360g
  • 1/2 cup cream 120g
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • Handful of chopped spinach leaves
  • 3-4 basil leaves chopped (plus more for garnish)



  • Cook the pasta until it’s al dente following the package instructions.
  • Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water. Drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water.


  • Coat the chicken with the seasonings thoroughly on all sides.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the chicken until it’s cooked through and seared (around 3-4 minutes per side). Let it rest for 5 minutes, then slice it into strips against the grain.

**Tuscan Sauce:**

  • In the same pan, add butter and sauté garlic until fragrant (medium-high heat).
  • Add sundried tomatoes and chopped cherry tomatoes, cooking for about 5 minutes until tomatoes soften.
  • Add seasonings and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Pour in milk and cream, stirring until the mixture boils and becomes cohesive.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese and reserved pasta water, cooking until the sauce thickens. It should still be runny as it will thicken more when you add the pasta later.
  • Turn off the heat, then stir in chopped spinach and basil leaves. Adjust seasoning as needed.


  • Mix the chopped chicken and boiled pasta into the sauce until combined.
  • Serve fresh and warm, garnishing with chopped basil leaves, parmesan cheese, and fresh tomatoes. Enjoy your delightful Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta!

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