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I don't claim to be Italian, and I'm sure many Italian nonnas would cringe at a pressure-cooked chicken Alfredo, but this recipe is kept simple to ensure the integrity of the classic dish. Please note this recipe uses heavy whipping cream, and I cannot guarantee the same success with any other liquid. I recommend Savory Spice Shop® cantanzaro herbs instead of Italian herbs. This uses an elevated steam rack, which can be found on Amazon.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
3 servings
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Slice chicken breast into 3 thin filets. Sprinkle all sides with 1 teaspoon garlic salt and cantanzaro herbs.

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  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add chicken breasts and sear on both sides until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  • Wipe out the pot. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter, and cook garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add pasta and stir to coat in butter. Pour in cream and stir to thoroughly combine with pasta.

  • Place an elevated steamer rack inside the Instant Pot®. Wrap chicken breasts in parchment paper and place on top of the steamer rack.

  • Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Remove rack with chicken. Stir remaining garlic salt and Parmesan cheese into sauce.

  • Divide pasta into 3 serving bowls and top each with 1 chicken breast filet. Top with additional Parmesan and freshly ground black pepper if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1118 calories; protein 47.2g; carbohydrates 43g; fat 85.3g; cholesterol 318.8mg; sodium 2068.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2020
Soooo good! Made this last week. My husband hates when I try new recipes and he had two bites and said, "This is good. You need to make it again." That's a five-star review from him! Cooking the penne in the cream worked much better than I expected. My Instant Pot doesn't take very long to build or release pressure so I added five minutes and because of that I did add about a quarter cup of extra cream. Perfectly al dente! The chicken was awesome, tender and almost flaky! Making it again tonight! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2020
Those of us not in the know may error in using 16 oz of penne for 2 cups of pasta. Turns out that dry pasta is not measured the same when you are looking for amount at serving time. Also this recipe becomes greasy and burned without enough liquid. Trying again in a couple weeks. Read More
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2019
yummy good. even wife loved it. hero!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2019
I didn't have the catanzara spice so left that out. Otherwise did as suggested except did have to add a little more whipping cream. Excellent. Even my picky husband liked it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2020
Soooo good! Made this last week. My husband hates when I try new recipes and he had two bites and said, "This is good. You need to make it again." That's a five-star review from him! Cooking the penne in the cream worked much better than I expected. My Instant Pot doesn't take very long to build or release pressure so I added five minutes and because of that I did add about a quarter cup of extra cream. Perfectly al dente! The chicken was awesome, tender and almost flaky! Making it again tonight! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2020
Those of us not in the know may error in using 16 oz of penne for 2 cups of pasta. Turns out that dry pasta is not measured the same when you are looking for amount at serving time. Also this recipe becomes greasy and burned without enough liquid. Trying again in a couple weeks. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/12/2020
I don't know what happened but it was greasy and very under cooked. I won't make it again. Read More