INSTANT POT TUSCAN CHICKEN PASTA



Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika , smoked or regular
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup yellow onion , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 12 ounces penne pasta (or farfalle)
  • 6 ounces cream cheese , softened and cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces sun-dried tomatoes , drained and chopped
  • 4 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


Instructions

  1. Turn Instant pot to saute.
  2. Season chicken breasts on both sides with paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the hot instant pot.
  4. Add chicken breasts and cook for 2 minutes on each side, until browned, but not cooked through. Remove to a plate.
  5. Add butter and onion to the pot and sauté for 2 minutes.
  6. Add chicken broth, (scraping the bottom of the pot to deglaze it), seasonings, milk, pasta, and chicken breasts back to pot.
  7. Close IP lid and turn release valve to sealed. Cook on manual (high pressure) for 5 minutes.
  8. When the timer beeps, turn valve to quick release, to release the pressure.
  9. Carefully open lid. Remove chicken to a plate and tent with foil. (Don’t skip this step. The chicken will continue to cook under the foil).
  10. Stir in cream cheese, stirring gently until it’s melted and the sauce is smooth.
  11. Stir in parmesan cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  12. Chop chicken and return to pot.
  13. Sauce will thicken as it cools. Serve warm, garnished with extra parmesan cheese, if desired. 

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