Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken with a garlic sauce you will want to drink. Restaurant quality meal that will impress. Keto and Low Carb too.
Delicious and tender chicken cooks up quickly in a creamy and garlicky sauce. Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken is so easy to make and is naturally a low carb meal. Perfect for company and any night of the week.
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Ingredients for Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
- Chicken Breasts
- Italian Herbs and Spices
- Fresh Garlic
- Sun Dried Tomatoes
- High Quality Olive Oil
- Heavy Cream
- Chicken Stock/Broth
- Parmesan or Asiago Cheese
Tenderizing the Chicken
- Slice through the thick part of each chicken breast to make two pieces. Cut each piece in half.
- Pound the chicken so that each piece of chicken is about the same thickness. I recommend this Meat Tenderizer to easily pound the chicken.
Pro Tip: As the recipe moves quickly, it is a good idea to have all your ingredients, chopped, diced, mixed and ready to go.
To Marinate or Not to Marinate Chicken
- While it is not necessary to marinated the chicken prior to cooking, note that doing so will help to plump the chicken, rendering it even more juicy.
- The marinade will also give the chicken more of the Italian flavors.
- After adding the marinade ingredients, place the chicken in the refrigerator overnight or for a few hours.
Pro Tip: For a recipe such as this, consider grabbing chicken when it is on sale. Use your FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System and prepare several bags with the chicken and marinade ingredients and pop into the freezer for future meals. The chicken will marinate right in the bag while defrosting.
Making a cream sauce is super easy and only takes a few ingredients. Whisk a little This Old Gal Seasoned Salt into the Cream and set aside. My Homemade Seasoning boosts the flavor to a whole other level!
If you don’t have this Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk, think about getting it. It’s my most used Kitchen Tool.
My This Old Gal Seasoned Salt makes a great every day multi-purpose seasoning. It can be used on so many recipes. I LOVE to use it when eating my super easy and unique Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs recipe. It is fantastic on Air Fryer Seasoned French Fries, NY Style Coffee Shop Home Fries too!
Make Stainless Steel Pot Non-Stick
- Whichever brand of pressure cooker you own, it is important to heat the cooking pot fully before adding any fat.
- For Instant Pot, Mealthy, GoWise and other multi-cooker pressure cookers, push the “Sauté” button and wait for the control panel on the pot to say “Hot.”
- For stand alone pressure cookers (non multi-cookers), push whichever button gives the hottest temperature. Some pressure cookers use a knob, rather than a button. Whichever brand you have, do what is needed to heat the pot so that you can use it to sauté, just as you would a fry pan on the stove top.
Pro Tip: Using a good quality olive oil is key to starting with good flavors.
If you do not have Homemade Chicken Broth, grab yourself a jar of Better than Bouillon Chicken Base. It’s very economical and will work very well. 1.5 teaspoons per cup of Fresh Water is a good ratio.
Mushroom lovers, try my Instant Pot Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushrooms Chicken recipe.
Pro Tip: To better control the salt, use UNSALTED Chicken Bone Broth/Stock .
The chicken may still be slightly pink inside, but will quickly finish cooking to perfection while simmering.
For a thicker sauce, whisk and simmer for about five minutes or until the sauce has reduced.
Grating Your Own Cheese
- Companies usually put a flour dusting on packaged grated cheese, so that it doesn’t stick. That also causes the cheese to dry out.
- As the blocks are whole, they have not been subjected to air and bacteria and therefore fresher.
- Blocks of cheese are cheaper than pre-shredded. Try buying blocks of cheese and use a Microplane Grater for perfectly shredded cheese.
Asiago cheese can be used in place of Parmesan cheese. The flavor is a bit creamier and the texture is usually softer.
Experiment with both to see which you prefer.
The sauce is a thinner and dreamy sauce. It is perfect for adding pasta and turning this into Tuscan Chicken Pasta! Directions are in the notes below.
Can Kale be used in Place of Spinach?
- Yes, it can. Kale works very well in this recipe too.
- Spinach wilts quickly and kale takes just about a minute longer.
- Use as much greens as you like.
Another idea is to add mushrooms to increase volume and add some vegetable nutrients.
This makes a beautiful and colorful presentation!
Tips and Tricks for Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken.
- Allow the Chicken to marinate for 10 minutes.
- Make sure your cooking pot is screaming hot. Only sear for a couple of seconds on each side.
- Use heavy cream, as anything with less fat, will break during cooking.
- Fresh spinach is best.
For a Mexican themed meal, try this Pressure Cooker Salsa Lime Chicken with Cilantro Lime Rice for an all in one pot meal! Happy cooking.
More Instant Pot Italian Recipes to Make:
- Pressure Cooker Lemon Piccata
- Pressure Cooker Zuppa Toscana Italian Soup
- Instant Pot Italian Chicken Marsala
- Pressure Cooker Bruschetta Chicken with Zoodles
For another creamy and yummy recipe, try my Pressure Cooker Pork Chops in Homemade Mushroom Gravy, which is a one pot meal!
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker.
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Simply Gourmet (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk– a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- Rachael Ray Stoneware EVOO Oil Dispensing Bottle
- Porcelain & Bamboo Salt Box with Spoon
- Gravity Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder
- My FANTASTIC Teak Cutting & Charcuterie Board & Compartments
- Microplane Artisan Ribbon Grater
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- 2 pounds Chicken Breasts Boneless/Skinless halved and pounded thin
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Butter (optional)
- 4 cloves Fresh Garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning Blend
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon TOG House Seasoning
- 1/4 cup Chicken Stock/Broth (or 1/4 cup water + 1/2 tsp Better than Bouillon Chicken Base)
- 3/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 3/4 cup Asiago or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 2 cups Fresh Spinach
- ½ cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
- Slice the chicken breasts in half and pound so they are even.
- Add the chicken, Italian seasoning, salt and garlic to a mixing bowl. Massage marinade into the chicken. (see note)
- Select Sauté or Browning on your pressure cooker and allow to heat.
- When hot, add oil and butter and place the chicken into pressure cooker cooking pot. Brown the pieces of chicken for 10 seconds on each side. (See notes section for a thick sauce option, rather than a cream sauce.)
- Pour in chicken broth, cream and seasoned salt. Quickly deglaze the cooking pot, making sure nothing is stuck on the bottom of the pot.
- Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook at High Pressure for 1 minute.
- When Beep sounds, wait 2 minutes and then carefully release the rest of the pressure.
- Select Sauté/Browning on your pressure cooker and bring to slow simmer. Mix in cheese and sun dried tomatoes.
- Simmer to thicken sauce, if desired. Stir in spinach right before serving.
- Enjoy over zoodles or pasta. (See notes on how to cook pasta at the same time.)
Tuscan Garlic Chicken Pasta
- Double all seasonings, add two cups of chicken broth and 8 ounces of pasta to the cooking pot after browning the chicken breast.
Low Carb Tips
- Heavy cream is used, which gives it a nice and healthy fat content.
- White meat chicken is a very nice protein.
- Butter, rather than flour, helps to thicken the sauce.
Thickening Sauce for Low Carbers/Keto
- Add 2 Tablespoons of cream cheese after pressure release and mix in to thicken the sauce.
Side Dish Ideas
- Spaghetti Squash is always a nice side dish for low carbers.
- I prefer to use DeCecco Farfelle (Butterfly) Pasta as I love the presentation and DeCecco holds up so well!!
- To keep this recipe, Low Carb and Keto, these Low Carb Miracle Noodles are a great choice.
- A side of my Pressure Cooker Mashed Turmeric Cauliflower is perfect, as it will sop up all the yummy Sauce.
- Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken pairs nicely with my Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Soufflé.
Optional Step for a Thicker Sauce
- In Step 4, before searing the chicken, lightly dredge the chicken with Potato Starch and shake off and excess Then add the chicken pieces to the pot and continue with the directions.
- My Potato Starch trick will not only keep the chicken tender and juicy while under pressure, it will eliminate a slurry (assuming you want a thick sauce and not a cream sauce) altogether and the raw taste that sometimes is detected.