Instant Pot Italian Chicken Pasta—creamy, saucy chicken and pasta that has lots of flavor with just a few easy ingredients.
Instant Pot Italian Chicken Pasta
Yum! This was creamy and comforting and I had everything I needed to make this recipe at my house. I loved the creamy marinara sauce, I licked my bowl clean. One of my favorite things to do when I’m served an Italian dinner is to mix the tomato and alfredo sauces together for a creamy sauce with a flavor punch. That’s what this reminded me of.
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What type of pasta can I use? Basically use whatever you have on hand. My first choices would be rigatoni, penne, cavatappi, macaroni or rotini pasta. Any long noodle like spaghetti, fettuccine or linguine won’t work quite as well because they tend to stick together. But if you’re in a pinch you can use them. I would just break them into smaller pieces and scatter them in the pot instead of stacking them on top of each other.
What type of chicken can I use? The chicken tenderloins worked magically because they are the exact size that cooks at the same rate as the pasta. If you want to use chicken breasts cut them into chicken tenderloin size first. If you want to use boneless thighs cut them into bite size pieces first. Frozen chicken does not work well with this recipe. Alternately, you can use cooked chicken such as rotisserie chicken in this recipe.
What can I substitute for the cream cheese? If you don’t have cream cheese on hand leave it out and add in about ½ cup of heavy cream after the pressure cooking time is over. Or you can use 1 cup of sour cream or 1 cup of blended cottage cheese (again add it in after the pressure cooking time).
What kind of pasta sauce should I use? I used a can of Hunt’s marinara pasta sauce, nothing fancy or expensive. Really use any tomato based sauce that is in your cupboard.
Can I make my own Italian seasoning? Sure! Here is how I would make it:
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoons dried rosemary
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon red chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in an airtight container. Use in recipes that call for Italian seasoning.
Can I use frozen spinach? Yes! I would place it in a strainer and run a little warm water over it before adding it in.
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Creamy, saucy chicken and pasta that has lots of flavor with just a few easy ingredients.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 8 oz uncooked rigatoni, penne, cavatappi, macaroni or rotini pasta
- 1 1/2 pounds uncooked chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts cut into the size of tenderloins
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 (24 oz) jar or can of tomato-based pasta sauce
- 1 (8 oz) brick of cream cheese
- 3 cups chopped spinach
- 2–3 Tbsp cornstarch + 3 Tbsp water
- 6 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the oil and onion. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Then add in the garlic and saute for 20 seconds. Pour in the broth and scrape the bottom of the pot. Turn off the pot.
- Add in the pasta in a single layer covering with broth as much as possible. Lay the chicken on top of the pasta in an even layer. Sprinkle salt, pepper and Italian seasoning on top of the chicken. Dump the pasta sauce over the chicken. Add the cream cheese brick on top of the pasta sauce.
- Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 2 minutes for rigatoni or rotini or 4 minutes for penne, cavatappi or macaroni. When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Stir the contents of the pot and stir in the spinach. Thicken with cornstarch if desired. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. In a small bowl stir together 2-3 Tbsp of cornstarch with 3 Tbsp of water, until smooth.Then pour the mixture into the Instant Pot. The cornstarch mixture will thicken up contents of pot quickly. Turn off the pot.
- Scoop onto serving dishes and enjoy with a sprinkle 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese on each bowl.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Instant Pot
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