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Creamy Italian Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Servings 4 servings

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These Creamy Italian Instant Pot Chicken Breasts are so moist and flavourful! They cook in just minutes and are coated in a creamy sauce of Italian herbs, chicken broth, cream, and roasted red peppers. Perfect over pasta, rice or potatoes!

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Ever since I first made these frozen chicken breasts in the instant pot, I’ve been hooked. Instant Pot chicken breasts are so much better than out of the slow cooker, and so much easier than anything on the stove top or oven. Especially from frozen!

Find more Instant Pot Chicken Recipes here!

creamy italian instant pot chicken breast on a white platter with noodles

I’m still sharing plenty of basic Instant Pot recipes (like this Instant Pot Shredded ChickenInstant Pot Pulled Pork and this Instant Pot Whole Chicken from a couple weeks back!), but every now and then I like to branch out and add in some big flavour.

Can you blame me??

instant pot chicken breasts sliced on a plate with pressure cooker in background

Ever since Stella was born in November, I’ve been trying to get back to healthier eating (but, as you know, it’s all about balance!), and cooking real dinners, and keeping my freezer well-stocked.

This Creamy Italian Instant Pot Chicken Breasts do have a bit of cream in them, but a little goes a long way and I like to tell myself a little fat is part of a healthy diet 😉

The herbs and roasted red peppers in here add so much flavour, that you really don’t need much cream at all, and I didn’t even add any cheese. As hard as that is to believe!

It’s been a struggle to get our 5 year old to eat (and not complain about!) any kind of chicken for dinner for the last 2 or 3 years, but in spite of her skepticism she loved these chicken breasts over egg noodles. Even the 3 year old ate her dinner! I’m counting that a win 🙂

chicken breasts in instant pot sliced and sitting in creamy italian sauce

How to cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot:

If you have frozen chicken breasts and you want to use those to make this in your Instant Pot, follow the directions here, and add in your sauce ingredients after cooking, or see my recipe notes.

Keep in mind that frozen chicken breasts will release significantly more liquid during cooking, so you’ll want to drain some out before adding in the cream and all of that delicious flavour, otherwise it will be diluted significantly.

Tips and Tricks for Making these Creamy Italian Instant Pot Chicken Breasts:

  • Feel free to add in additional vegetables to make this a one pot meal — mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli would be great in here! Or serve it with a side salad to round things out.
  • We love this over egg noodles, but the options for serving are endless! You could serve it over rice, potatoes, or use it to make quesadillas, pizza or sandwiches!
  • You can use a lighter cream or even evaporated milk in this recipe, but it’s a small amount so I usually use 30% or heavy cream if I have it.
  • You can easily freeze any leftovers you have for another day, so go ahead and double the recipe if you like! The higher the fat content of your cream, the better it will freeze and thaw, so keep that in mind as you’re cooking if you’re planning to freeze.

Make these Creamy Italian Chicken Breasts in the Slow Cooker:

To make these chicken breasts in the slow cooker, add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker.

Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken, then cook for approximately 2 hours on high or 3-4 hours on low, until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Make these Creamy Italian Chicken Breasts on the Stove Top:

To make this chicken breast recipe on the stove top, add the chicken breasts, broth, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to a large, deep pan. Cover and simmer over medium heat until chicken reaches 165 degrees F.

Whisk together the cream, red peppers, corn starch and pesto and gradually stir into the broth in the pan. Stir continuously until thickened.

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Creamy Italian Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

4.84 from 71 votes
These Creamy Italian Instant Pot Chicken Breasts are so moist and flavourful! They cook in just minutes and are coated in a creamy sauce of Italian herbs, chicken broth, cream, and roasted red peppers. Perfect over pasta, rice or potatoes! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 238cal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (see notes above)
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon basil pesto

Instructions

  • Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add broth and sprinkle with garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Place lid on the Instant Pot and turn valve to sealing. Select Manual, high pressure (the default), and set the timer to 8 minutes (for frozen chicken breasts, add 2-3 extra minutes). The pressure cooker will take about 10 minutes to build pressure and begin counting down. 
  • Once the cook time is over, turn the Instant Pot off and let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then do a quick release and open the lid.
  •  Remove the chicken breasts and place on a cutting board or serving platter. Turn the Instant Pot to saute. (OPTIONAL: strain the broth if there is fat or unappetizing chunks left over)
  • Stir together cream, red peppers, corn starch and pesto and add to the pot. Whisk and cook for 3-4 minutes, until thickened. Add chicken back to the sauce or serve with the sauce over top if desired.

Notes

*Please Note: if you want a lot of extra sauce to serve over pasta, potatoes or rice, you will want to double the sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 238cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 497mg | Potassium: 500mg | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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  1. Roxanne says

    Did this twice now! I prefer substituting the roasted peppers for sundried tomatoes 🙂 also, the second time i sautéed sliced mushrooms in garlic butter before (i reserve on the side before cooking the chicken). Also, on top of the chicken, i add a trivet and cook brown rice at the same time. (Frozen chicken breast has the me cook time as brown rice ; 10 minutes). Delicious!

  2. Diane Woodworth says

    I am planning on trying this recipe tonight but wanted to know if doubling the sauce means doubling the broth, cream and spices or just the cream? Thanks.

  3. David says

    Hi there, tried this once already and it was amazing! I would like to make it for someone who is vegetarian. Any advice on how to keep the chicken separate from the sauce? Do I need to substitute something for the juices etc?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Thanks David! I would probably make the sauce on the stove and just cook the chicken breasts in some plain chicken broth in the Instant Pot, then serve sauce with them individually

  4. Kim says

    I made this for dinner tonight – it was a hit. I added chopped spinach to it instead of pesto (I didn’t have any), it was great. Thank you.

  5. Julie Daniels says

    Tried this tonight and it’s great! My eight year old daughter helped and it so easy even for her to follow. This one is a keeper!

  6. Rebecca Coovert says

    I made this in the Instant pot last night and it was so good. I did double the sauce and still could’ve used some more. I loved that I could do it all in the i stand pot. Thank you for the substitution suggestions. I used condensed milk for the sauce as I did not have cream and it worked great. I will be making this again.

  7. Caitlyn says

    Hello!

    If I were to add some veggies into the pot, would I cook them with the chicken or would it be better to do it afterwards?

  8. Noelle says

    I am planning to make this tomorrow, the only thing is my husband doesn’t like peppers so want to omit the red peppers but not lose all the flavor. Do you have any recommendations of a flavor substitution? Also have you ever added sautéed onions?
    Thank you! Looking forward to creating this tasty dish!

  9. Elise says

    Can I omit the pesto because I don’t have it available at home? Will I use the same amount of evaporated milk if I don’t have heavy cream? Thank you!

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