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Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

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Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta is very easy to make, creamy and delicious with perfect juicy chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach.

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken PastaInstant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta is one of my favorite takes on the Italian classic dish. This recipe is very easy to make, I love that you only have to dirty your Instant Pot 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 amazing creamy sauce. I like to use a mix of cream cheese and parmesan cheese, for the most amazing texture and flavor. My secret ingredient that I am also sharing with you, is adding evaporated milk to the pot. 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!

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Tips & Tricks on how to make the perfect Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta Recipe:

  • Preferably use organic chicken for this meal.
  • In this recipe 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.
  • 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.
  • You can add red pepper flakes for it to be spicier.
  • You can also add 1 cup if shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese at the end.
  • You can make this meal vegetarian by skipping the chicken.
  • 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

How do you reheat the Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta on the stove?

Usually when refrigerated the sauce will thicken and the pasta will also absorb more of the liquid. To reheat, add pasta to a medium-large sauce pan 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.

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:

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta
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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.

Ingredients

Chicken:
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon 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)
Pasta:
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Add salt, pepper, dried rosemary, dried thyme, dried oregano, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder to a large shallow bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Set Instant Pot to Sauté. Once the IP is hot, add the oil.
  3. Toss chicken in the seasoning mix to coat on both sides and add to the hot oil.
  4. 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.
  5. If needed add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pot still in Sauté mode.
  6. Add the diced onion and minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add Italian seasoning and chopped sun dried tomatoes, stir to combine.
  8. Add chicken broth and using a wooden spoon, scrape well the bottom of the pot, trying to remove any bits that stuck to it.
  9. Add the pasta and evaporated milk. Stir gently and top with the chicken breasts.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Remove chicken from pot, and set aside on a cutting board. Cover with foil.
  13. Select Sauté mode and add the cubed cream cheese. Gently stir to combine for 1 minute.
  14. Add the parmesan cheese and gently stir to combine for 1 minute.
  15. Add the spinach and stir to combine.
  16. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  17. Cut the chicken into cubes and add to the pot, gently give everything a final stir.
  18. Serve immediately garnished with parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

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12 comments on “Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta”

  1. How much spinach if using frozen?

  2. This was a hit at our home. Compared to Olive Garden. Next time will use half the amount of cream cheese. It was pretty rich for me. 

  3. I love pasta out of the Instant Pot! This one looks amazing!

  4. Have you ever tried cubing the chicken before you brown it? I have a large family, and I cook to have leftovers. When I’m cooking with a large amount of chicken breasts it takes forever since I can only sauté a couple at a time. I think I’ll try cubing it beforehand and hope for the best! Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. How much paprika do you use?  I saw it listened in the instructions, but not listed with the ingredients.

  6. Oh my this looks so good and perfect comfort meal!!

  7. This is a great weeknight dinner!

  8. This looks incredibly delicious! Looks like a perfect weeknight dinner! Yum!

  9. Love it! So easy and looks creamy and delicious!

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