Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.98 from 48 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta is very easy to make, creamy, and delicious with perfect juicy chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach. Watch the short video tutorial below and learn to make this easy and delicious recipe in no time!

We love making easy and delicious pasta in the Instant Pot, like our popular Chicken Pot Pie Pasta, IP Pizza Pasta, and the cheesy Pressure Cooker Cheeseburger Macaroni.

Ultimate Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta is one of my favorites take on the Italian classic dish. This recipe is very easy to make, super creamy, and amazingly hearty. I love that you only have to dirty your pressure cooker and the end result is a very creamy and cheesy pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and spinach.

After you cook the pasta it may look a little runny, don’t worry, you need all that liquid to create the amazingly creamy sauce. Also, I like to use a mix of cream cheese and Parmesan cheese because it combines the most amazing texture and flavor.

The secret ingredient that I am also sharing with you, is adding evaporated milk to the pot. As a result, the pasta turns out perfectly cheesy, rich, and very creamy. The sun-dried tomatoes add a bit of chewiness and tartness, while the spinach adds some freshness and a pop of color. Such a hearty and delicious dinner!

What seasoning can you use for the chicken?

Chicken doesn’t have to be bland if you take a few minutes to mix these dried herbs and sauté the chicken you will end up with a very flavorful Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta dish! Here are the herbs that I used:

How to make Instant Pot Tuscan chicken pasta?

Making this dish is super easy. For the exact steps and ingredient measures, please see the recipe card below. Also, watch the short video tutorial attached for easy step by step guidelines. But the general steps are the following:

  1. Season the chicken: Whisk the herbs above, and coat the poultry well. 
  2. Saute the meat: Then, using the saute function of the IP, saute the breasts until nicely browned. Remove from the pot, and set aside. 
  3. Add the veggies: Next, add some olive oil to the pot, along with chopped onion, sun-dried tomatoes, seasoning, broth, evaporated milk, and pasta. Mix well, and scratch the bottom of the pot. Add back the chicken. 
  4. Cook: Close the lid and cook under HIGH pressure.
  5. Cut the poultry: Once done cooking, open the lid and remove the breasts. Chop them into smaller sizes. Add the cream cheese, and shredded parmesan cheese to the pot, and gently stir together. Then, add fresh spinach and mix together. 
  6. Serve: Add back the chicken and serve warm. 

How long do you cook pasta in the Instant Pot?

Pasta is cooked in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cookers, usually between 4-6 minutes, depending on the recipe and type of pasta. Most of the time followed by a Quick Pressure Release.

Substitutes for this Tuscan Chicken Pasta Recipe:

  • You can use frozen-thawed and drained spinach instead of fresh.
  • Also, light cream cheese will work in place of regular if preferred.
  • Garlic powder could replace fresh, I’d go with about 3/4 tsp.
  • If you have a slow cooker, then try making this Slow Cooker Tuscan Pasta.
  • Replace chicken with Salmon, and make Creamy Tuscan Salmon

How to make Tuscan Chicken Pasta in the Slow Cooker?

Making this delicious pasta in the slow cooker is a great alternative. We have the Crockpot version of this recipe in this link.

How do you reheat this dish on the stove?

Usually, when refrigerated the sauce will thicken because the pasta will also absorb the liquid. To reheat, add pasta to a medium-large saucepan over medium heat and add 1/2 to 1 cup of milk.

Start with 1/2 cup, stir to combine and if needed add more, until you achieve the desired sauce consistency. You can also add cream instead of milk, or chicken broth.

More easy and delicious Instant Pot recipes:

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta Recipe Tips:

  • Preferably use organic chicken for this meal.
  • Also, you can use chicken breast meat or boneless/skinless chicken thighs meat.
  • You don’t have to pre-cook the pasta for this recipe, you add the uncooked pasta to the pot and cook for 4 minutes.
  • In addition, you can make this dish with turkey as well, the cooking time will still be the same if you use the same amount of the other ingredients listed in the recipe.
  • Browning the chicken is strongly recommended. This will lock in the flavors, and make this dish extra flavorful. 
  • For a spicier kick, add red pepper flakes.
  • If desired, use add some basil. Use about 1 tsp dried or fresh basil.
  • You can also add 1 cup of shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese at the end.
  • For a vegetarian version, skip the chicken.
  • Similarly, this meal can be made with other types of pasta, I like to use large shells or fusilli pasta.
  • Instant Pot – I have the 6 quarts one. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Easy Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta is very easy to make, creamy and delicious with perfect juicy chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach.
4.98 from 48 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 513kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet



  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 regular boneless (skinless chicken breasts (or 4 smaller ones))


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes (drained and roughly chopped)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (water or veggie broth)
  • 1 cup evaporated canned milk
  • 3 cups shell pasta
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups parmesan (grated)
  • 4-5 cups fresh spinach


  • Add salt, pepper, dried rosemary, dried thyme, dried oregano, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder to a large shallow bowl and stir to combine.
  • Set Instant Pot to Sauté. Once the IP is hot, add the oil.
  • Toss chicken in the seasoning mix to coat on both sides and add to the hot oil.
  • Cook on both sides for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pot and set aside on a plate, cover with aluminum foil to keep it warm.
  • If needed add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pot still in Sauté mode.
  • Add the diced onion and minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add Italian seasoning and chopped sun dried tomatoes, stir to combine.
  • Add chicken broth and using a wooden spoon, scrape well the bottom of the pot, trying to remove any bits that stuck to it.
  • Add the pasta and evaporated milk. Stir gently and top with the chicken breasts.
  • Cover and seal the lid. Make sure the valve points to Sealed. Change setting to manual and adjust time to 4 minutes on High Pressure.
  • Once Instant Pot beeps to show that it's done, do a quick release, by changing the position of the valve to Vent. Carefully remove cover.
  • Remove chicken from pot, and set aside on a cutting board. Cover with foil.
  • Select Sauté mode and add the cubed cream cheese. Gently stir to combine for 1 minute.
  • Add the parmesan cheese and gently stir to combine for 1 minute.
  • Add the spinach and stir to combine.
  • Turn off the pressure cooker.
  • Cut the chicken into cubes and add to the pot, gently give everything a final stir.
  • Serve immediately garnished with parmesan cheese.



Serving: 0g | Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1047mg | Potassium: 1143mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2618IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 436mg | Iron: 4mg
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Danielle Ross

As a practice, I always add at least 1/2 cup extra liquid, and I give everything one more stir before I add back any protein that sits on top of the rest - it's the only trick I've found to work, and it really doesn't do much to change the taste, especially if you leave the lid off and keep the food warm after it's complete. That extra liquid will either cook off or be helpful when reheating for lunch the next day.



How long did you cook it?



I need to double the recipe to 6 cups of pasta. Do I double all other ingredients and how long would I cook it?


you can double the pasta and the liquid ingredients, cooking time stays the same.


Jane Witney-Taylor

We loved the flavour of this chicken dish. As I am still very new to cooking using my Instant Pot, I am still having to think about what to do. I too got Food Burn once I flicked to Pressure Cooker despite having really made sure after using Sauté the base of the pot had nothing sticking to it, but I have on other things I have tried too and am sure it is my ‘novice’ state and not the recipe our IP. I would definitely make this again and was enjoyed by the whole family, in fact some are looking forward to lunchtime ‘leftovers’!



Hi! Can you clarify whether 1 T of Italian Seasoning refers to the spices you combine in the beginning or if that is a separate pre-made seasoning?


Yes, you can find it in , any grocery store, its called Italian Herbs.



My family LOVED it!


thank you for your feedback!



Also you could use about 3 cups whole milk and simmer it for about 20-25 minutes down to 1 cup. That’s what I did since I was out of evaporated milk and it worked fine! The meal was delicious!


Great! thank you for your feedback!



Can this recipe be used with a 3 quart IP?


May not fit all in



Hi, my instant pot days burn. What am I doing wrong???



I'm making this tonight but wondered if anyone has used ricotta cheese in place of the cream cheese


You can make it with ricotta too!


Denise Attard

Great dish- of course I didn't have everything in the house when I wanted to make it so substituted ricotta cheese for the cream cheese, decreased the chicken broth by 1/2 C and added 1/2 C of dry white wine, and threw in some sliced fresh mushrooms- YUM



I made this with gluten free pasta (I’m the only one GF in my family) and it was a HUGE hit in our house!!! I get requested to make it at least 1x week - it’s so addicting creamy & filling!


Glad you loved it! Thanks for your feedback!



I had that happen one time, you must scrape the bottom of the instant pot after sautéing!



Just made this. I always alter things to lower the fat. I used 2% milk instead of evaporated, half the cream cheese otherwise it would be to rich for me. I cubed the chicken at the start and it turned out just fine. Huge hit at my house, another easy quick dinner. I have made this the stove top way as well. Instant pot is so easy and so much faster.


Karrie S

My family and I loved the recipe. My teen compared it to Olive Garden. For the folks with the burn issues- deglaze with broth or olive oil in between browning pieces of chicken (save the brown bits!) If you add more pasta, add more liquid. Yum


Happy that you love it, thanks for the feedback!


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