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.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

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

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

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  • 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; protein 52.3g; carbohydrates 55.6g; fat 37.5g; cholesterol 153.6mg; sodium 1100.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2020
Chicken is rediculously tender and flavorful. I've made this several times, and my wife asks me to make it all the time. Read More
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2020
This was delicious and easy. I used chicken breast and cut it into bite-sized pieces before browning so that I didn't have to separate it at the end and cut it up. I added the sundried tomatoes before cooking to help reconstitute them and improve their texture and I used fat-free half-n-half to reduce calories. This recipe is great as is but next time I'll reduce the Italian seasonings by half as I thought it overpowered the sundried tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2020
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
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2020
Didn't Change a thing. Very very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2020
I made this recipe as is and it was AMAZING. So much flavor and creaminess. I use sun dried tomatoes that are in a jar with seasoning (its just my favorite kind) which I think gave it a little more depth of flavor. I will absolutely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2020
I didn’t take the chicken out after pressure cooking and just left it in when stirring the cream cheese, Parmesan, etc. Family loved it! It was a huge hit! Oh, I used chicken thighs (as that’s what we had) instead of breasts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2020
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
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2020
Wow! This was so good! I made as is and followed directions exactly. Left overs, I sprinkled some chopped bacon on top. My family said it taste like it came from a restaurant. This is a keeper and will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2020
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
02/07/2020
Amazing! Read More
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