This flavorful creamy chicken is a fabulous low carb dinner that takes less than 15 minutes of cooking time in a pressure cooker. Enjoy juicy and tender bites of chicken, seasoned with Italian herbs and garlic, soaked in a rich white sauce made with cream and cheese. Spinach and sun-dried tomatoes add texture and tartness.
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken With Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Yield: 2 servings
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 pound total)
- 1 cup roughly chopped baby spinach (Note 1)
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese (Note 2)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup
chopped sun-dried tomatoes(Note 3)
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese (Note 4)
For Seasoning Chicken:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried italian herbs (Note 5)
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Season Chicken: Slice each chicken breast in half horizontally to make them thinner. Pat dry with paper towels. Stir all seasoning ingredients (olive oil, garlic, dried herbs, salt, pepper) in small bowl until well-mixed. Evenly spread over both sides of each chicken piece.
- Sauté Chicken: Select sauté mode on
pressure cooker(Note 6) for medium heat. Once heated, add seasoned chicken pieces to pot, arranging in single layer if possible. Cook until chicken is lightly browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Turn off sauté mode.
- Pressure Cook: Add water to pot. Lift up each chicken piece and use sturdy utensil to loosen any brown bits stuck to bottom of pot. Verify that chicken pieces are evenly distributed and that sufficient water covers bottom of pot (if not, add water to cover). Secure and seal lid. Cook at high pressure for 3 minutes (Note 7), then release pressure by gradually turning release knob to venting position.
- Thicken Sauce: Uncover and transfer chicken to plate, leaving liquid in pot. Discard half of liquid, about 1/3 cup, so that remaining liquid barely covers bottom of pot. Select sauté mode for medium heat. Stir in heavy cream and cream cheese until melted. Simmer sauce for a few minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cut chicken into strips. Turn off sauté mode.
- Finish & Serve: Add sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and parmesan cheese to pot, stirring with sauce for a few seconds. Transfer chicken strips back to pot, stirring to soak up sauce. Serve hot (Note 8).
|Makes 2 Servings|
|Amount Per Serving:|
|Calories 750 (58% from fat)|
|Total Fat 48g||74%|
|Saturated Fat 24g||121%|
|Net Carb 6g|
|Total Carb 7.5g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 1.5g||6%|
This was such a great recipe! This was the first recipe I tried in my instant pot and it was a huge success! It goes great over zoodles, as recommended. I doubled the recipe and it worked out very well, even with the 10 cloves of garlic. Thank you!
Awesome dish with great flavor. I used smoked sun dried tomatoes which we loved. First instapot meal and was pretty easy.
Very tasty recipe, we really enjoyed it. I did saute the zucchini noodles and they were a lot like pasta. We will make this again. Thanks for the recipe!
This is one of my favorite “go to” recipes! My family fell in love with this and asks for it all the time. The only change I made was to double the sauce recipe so if we have garlic bread there is extra to soak up. Excellent! Highly recommend!!!!!
Very good.Husband even liked it.
Absolutely delicious!!! Will definitely make this again!
This recipe looks delicious! I would love to make it for a pot luck. What is your best advice for serving 10 to 12? Can it be multiplied that much?
Thank you Annette! Serving 10 people means multiplying the recipe by 5, which can work if your pressure cooker is large enough. It might be too tight of a fit for a 6 quart, but an 8 quart one might be doable. Avoid filling it up past the MAX line. If you have 2 pressure cookers, that would work as well. The other thing is sauteing the chicken. Since you can’t fit them all at once in a single layer in the pot, it would take a really long time to individually brown them all. You might want to use separate skillets to help you with this, to save time. Also, even though you will be multiplying the recipe’s ingredients by 5, the pressure cooking time should remain the same if each chicken breast is about 8 ounces. If your chicken breasts are larger, you may need to increase the cooking time by another minute or two.
This looks very tasty… If I wanted to double the recipe to save enough for lunches for the week, would the ingredients be exactly doubled, or adjusted differently? Thanks!
Yes, double the ingredients but keep the cooking times the same.
I did lighten this up a tad with only one change and that was to use unsweetened, plain almond milk in place of the heavy cream. The cream cheese and the parmesan cheese did a great job of thickening the sauce on their own and I didn’t miss the heavy cream. Very delicious meal and a real keeper! Thanks for posting it!
Thanks for sharing! Are the zucchini noodles raw or do they get soaked or cooked?
The zucchini noodles are raw.
This looks really good! I’m excited to try it!
This was my first Instant Pot meal. The flavor was very good! But I doubled the sauce and served it over pasta. I also used 3 cloves garlic (instead of 5) and used 1.5 tsp Italian seasoning(dried herbs) instead of the 1 tsp. Will make again, but will make over the stove, as I’m not a fan of the Instant Pot yet.
Thanks for your feedback! I do have a stovetop version of this recipe that you might like better.