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Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta: A Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe

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Looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love? Look no further than this Instant Pot pesto chicken pasta!

This dish is simple to make and can be on your table in just 30 minutes. Plus, it’s packed with flavor thanks to the delicious pesto sauce. Whether you’re a seasoned Instant Pot user or just getting started, this recipe is a must-try!

Ingredients

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about ½ pound)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Jar of pesto sauce (I like to use homemade pesto, but store-bought will work too)
  • Heavy cream
  • Box of pasta (I used fusilli, but any type will do)
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese

How to make Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta:

Start by seasoning your chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Then, Spread a layer of pesto sauce over the chicken. Next, pour in a cup of water or chicken broth. Place the lid on your Instant Pot and set it to cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.

While the chicken is cooking, start boiling your pasta according to the package directions. Once the chicken is cooked through, use the Quick Release method to release the pressure. Finally, add the cooked pasta and cream to the Instant Pot, and stir until everything is combined. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and serve warm. Enjoy!

Is it healthy?

This Instant Pot pesto chicken pasta is definitely a healthy dish! The chicken is cooked in a healthy sauce made from pesto, and the pasta itself is whole grain. This meal is also low in calories and high in protein. So, it’s perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

What to serve with it?

This dish is delicious on its own, but you could also serve it with a side of roasted vegetables or a green salad.

How to store leftovers?

Leftover Instant Pot pesto chicken pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Just reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop when you’re ready to eat it.

Is it gluten-free?

No, this dish is not gluten-free. But, you could easily make it gluten-free by substituting the pasta for a gluten-free variety.

Pro tips:

-If you want a thicker sauce, stir in a tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in water before adding the pasta and cream.

-You can also add some cooked veggies to this dish for extra nutrition. Try broccoli, asparagus, or spinach.

-Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can make this recipe on the stovetop. Just cook the chicken in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it’s cooked through. Then, follow the rest of the recipe as directed.

Conclusion

This Instant Pot pesto chicken pasta is a quick and easy dinner recipe that your whole family will love. It’s simple to make, and the pesto sauce adds tons of flavor. Plus, it’s ready in just 30 minutes! So if you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal, this is definitely one to try. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This dish is simple to make and can be on your table in just 30 minutes. Plus, it's packed with flavor thanks to the delicious pesto sauce.

Ingredients

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about ½ pound)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Jar of pesto sauce (I like to use homemade pesto, but store-bought will work too)
  • Heavy cream
  • Box of pasta (I used fusilli, but any type will do)
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

    1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
    2. Place the chicken in the Instant Pot and pour in the pesto sauce.
    3. Set the timer for 15 minutes and cook on high pressure.
    4. Once the timer goes off, use the quick release valve to release the pressure.
    5. Carefully remove the chicken from the pot and shred with a fork.
    6. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and add in the heavy cream.
    7. Stir until the cream is heated through and then add in the pasta.
    8. Cook for about five minutes, or until the pasta is al dente.
    9. Return the shredded chicken to the pot and stir until everything is evenly mixed.
    10. Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!

Notes

If you like your pasta a little bit on the softer side, cook it for an additional two minutes.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 600Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 143mgSodium 505mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 41g

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