An Italian pasta dish loaded with a creamy Parmesan and cream cheese sauce, with bites of spinach, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and tender chicken. A single pot meal prepared quickly in the Instant Pot®. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.



Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine paprika, salt, and pepper in a bowl and season chicken tenders on both sides.

  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add olive oil. Brown chicken tenders in the hot oil for about 2 minutes. Remove to a plate. Add butter to Instant Pot®. Stir in onion and garlic; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in chicken broth, scraping off browned bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon. Mix in penne pasta, half-and-half, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

  • Return chicken tenders back to the pot; close and lock the lid. Select High pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes.

  • Remove chicken to plate and cover with foil. Immediately stir penne to separate them from the sauce. Mix in cream cheese, stirring until sauce is smooth. Add Parmesan cheese, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes, stirring well. Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces, return to the pot, and stir to combine with the sauce. Toss basil in right before serving.

Cook's Note:

This may be reheated on the stove top on low temperature by stirring in some milk to the chilled pasta mixture.

Nutrition Facts

763 calories; 37.5 g total fat; 154 mg cholesterol; 1100 mg sodium. 55.6 g carbohydrates; 52.3 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
My family all had second helpings! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was very good! Reminded me of something you could get off the menu at Olive Garden. It was pretty easy to make as well. Definitely will be making this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made the recipe as is except I made it on the stove. It tastes delicious. The only change I would make is try to cut calories like using light cream cheese or something like that. Maybe someone can give me suggestions on how to cut some calories on this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Had a gaggle of picky eaters drop in unannounced for lunch today, had the ingredients on hand so just rolled with it. The only thing that I did differently was substituted radiatore for the penne, I find that to be my go to noodle for the pressure cooker. Long story short, dinner on the table in a half hour and even my pickiest eaters went in for seconds. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Didn't Change a thing. Very very good! Read More