Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Primavera—pasta and chicken with lots of vegetables in a creamy parmesan sauce.
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Primavera
I don’t know about you but I love dinners like this! An all in one pot meal with lots of different ways you can clean out your produce drawer and freezer. Plus the fact that it tastes so flavorful is a major win.
For this Instant Pot creamy chicken primavera I used what vegetables I had on hand at my house: frozen carrots, canned green beans, diced canned tomatoes and frozen peas. It could have easily been made with cauliflower, bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms and corn. Really this is a mix and match meal that doesn’t have many rules.
You might be wondering why I only used a 1 minute pressure cooking time. The reason is because the pot is so full that it takes a while to come to pressure. The whole time the pressure is building the pasta is cooking. My pasta was cooked perfectly with the 1 minute pressure cooking time.
How to build your own Instant Pot creamy chicken primavera:
- Saute onions and chicken in a little butter. Add in seasonings to coat the chicken.
- Add in broth.
- Add in pasta. I used rigatoni pasta but you could easily use penne pasta, rotini, cavatappi or macaroni.
- Add in vegetables that can be pressure cooked in layers. Start with heartier vegetables and end with the most tender on top. Some examples of vegetables you can use are sliced carrots, mushrooms, fresh green beans, corn and cauliflower.
- Add cream cheese on top. Pressure cook for 1 minute with a quick release.
- Stir in any other vegetables that are too tender to pressure cook (peas, canned green beans, zucchini, peppers, etc.)
- Thicken the sauce with a cornstarch slurry and parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste and top with fresh basil.
More Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Love…
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Instant Pot Chicken Florentine–flavorful orecchiette pasta, chicken and spinach in a parmesan cheese sauce made quickly with only a handful of ingredients and all in one pot.
Instant Pot Greek Spaghetti–spaghetti with a Greek flare with lemon, feta, cucumber, yogurt, tomatoes and more!
Instant Pot Zucchini Linguine–watch me demonstrate how to make this delicious pasta meal.
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Primavera
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 minute
- Total Time: 16 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
Pasta and chicken with lots of vegetables in a creamy parmesan sauce.
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 8 oz rigatoni
- 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
- 2 cups sliced frozen or fresh carrots
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
- 1 (14.5 oz) can green beans, drained
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch + 1/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the butter and melt. Add in the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes. Then add in the chicken cubes and toss. Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the salt, Italian seasoning and garlic.
- Turn off the Instant Pot. Pour in the broth and scrape the bottom of the pot. Add in the the rigatoni, then tomatoes, carrots and cream cheese. Don’t stir.
- Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 1 minute. When time is up move valve to venting and remove the lid.
- Turn Instant Pot to saute and stir in the peas and beans. In a small bowl stir together 3 Tbsp of cornstarch with ¼ cup milk, until smooth. Then pour the mixture into the Instant Pot. The cornstarch mixture will thicken up contents of pot quickly. Stir in the parmesan cheese.
- Salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. Make in the 8 quart pot with no changes. Halve the recipe in the 3 quart pot.
- Category: Chicken
- Method: Instant Pot
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Do you put the pasta in cooked or uncooked??
If you are using gluten free or quinoa pasta for these recipes how much time would you cook it for? ( even if you haven’t used it) to prevent it from getting all mushy?? It’s hard to tell 🙁
Abby C says
This turned out fabulous!!! I made a few changes to make it lower in calories, fat, sodium, and to make it wheat free/ gluten free, but there is still SOOOO much flavor. Thanks for sharing this.
2 Tbsp butter
½ cup diced onion
1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup Pacific Foods Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
8 oz dry Simply Nature Red Lentil rotoni (from Aldi)
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 (1.25-1.5 lb) bag frozen vegetables (I used Flav-R-Pac large cut Pacific Blend)
4 oz Neufchâtel cheese
3 Tbsp cornstarch + ¼ cup unsweetend almond milk
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup chopped baby spinach
1/4 – 1/2 cup water if necessary
Looks like an awesome version! Thank you for sharing. 😊
Excellent recipe. I didn’t have any carrots so I added frozen broccoli instead. The family loved it!
That sounds great to me Esme!
Richard Criswell says
Karen scores another winner! I made this last week and it really was excellent. I followed your recipe to a tee with no changes. I ate leftovers for three days. After cooling it gets rather thick with all the cheese in it but all I had to do was add a little chicken broth and that made it just right
Thanks so much Richard! So glad you liked it!!! 😊
I thought you’re not supposed to pressure cook cream cheese because it splatters everywhere trying to pressure release ? I thought you’re supposed to put it in at the end so it doesn’t do that ?
I haven’t found that issue. If it starts to foam then move valve back to sealing. Wait 20 seconds and try again to release pressure.
How would you add bacon to this recipe?
Yum! I would add in cooked and crumbled bacon after it has pressure cooked. After the slurry.
Kathleen Tripp says
can the chicken primavera be made without the cream cheese?