Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken is a quick 30 minute restaurant quality meal that you can make any night of the week. Keto and Low Carb.
Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
Several of you have written to me requesting that I convert your favorite recipe.
Today, I am bringing to you this Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken.
The recipe is from Alyssa at The Recipe Critic. Alyssa says that this is a restaurant quality meal and boy, is she right!
What is Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken?
- Chicken cooked in a creamy garlic sauce.
- Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes are added in at the end.
Kathy says this Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken is always a hit at her housand is a “restaurant quality meal.”
I made a few changes to adapt Alyssa’s recipe to the Pressure Cooker, which include adding more spices.
Since we are not using cast iron, you don’t get a nice crusty sear, but you will have very flavorful chicken.
What are the Ingredients for Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken?
- Italian Herbs and Spices
- Fresh Garlic
- Sun Dried Tomatoes
- High Quality Olive Oil
- Heavy Cream
- Parmesan or Asiago Cheese
Kathy and my testers from my This Old Gal Cooking Group tell me that this Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken is definitely a restaurant quality experience.
If you are Low Carbing it, use a Tabletop Spirazlizer to make Zoodles!
What makes this Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Recipe Low Carb?
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.
The amount of beneficial nutrients from the sodium, potassium and homemade bone broth, help with keeping electrolytes in check.
As the recipe moves quickly, it is a good idea to have all your ingredients, chopped, diced, mixed and ready to go.
Slice through the thick part of each chicken breast, so that each piece of chicken is about the same thickness.
Using a Meat Tenderizer, pound the chicken to make it flat.
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 and pop into the freezer for future meals.
How do you cook Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken?
Spices are rubbed into the chicken and are quickly seared in the hot oil.
After releasing the pressure, shredded Parmesan cheese and spinach is added.
The full recipe and nutritional information is on the Recipe Card below.
A homemade cream sauce is easy to make.
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.
Keep a big batch of my This Old Gal Seasoned Salt next to your stove, as it is a great multi-purpose seasoning.
Sun Dried Tomatoes come packed in oil or in just the dried state. If the oil based tomatoes are your preference, there is no problem using them instead.
For stand alone Pressure Cookers use one of the preset buttons with the highest temperature.
Using a good quality olive oil is key to starting with good flavors.
UNSALTED Chicken Bone Broth/Stock is recommended, so that you can be in control of the salt content.
It’s very economical and will work very well. 1.5 teaspoons per cup of Fresh Water is a good ratio.
Mushroom lovers love my Instant Pot Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushrooms Chicken recipe.
How do I Thicken the Sauce for Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken?
The following is an optional step and not necessary at all. The only purpose is to thicken the sauce.
With my Low Carb or Non Low Carb Starch Protection Method, there is no need to use a slurry or thicken the starch.
- The Potato Starch and/or Coconut Flour will protect the Chicken and keep it nice and juicy.
- I’m not a fan of doing Slurries.
- My Potato Starch / Coconut Flour trick, will not only keep the Chicken tender and juicy, it will eliminate the slurry altogether and the raw taste that sometimes is detected.
- For Low Carb and Keto People, use a very light dusting if Coconut Flour instead!
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.
Why Grate 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.
Parmesan and Asiago cheese both work really well for this meal.
With my Starch Protection Method, your sauce will be nice and thick.
Spinach wilts quickly.
I used a very full cup of fresh spinach. If you want more, add more.
Kale works very well in this recipe too.
Sun Dried Tomatoes are quite strong, so if you add more, do so at your own risk. 😉
Strict Keto eaters, may want to omit the Sun Dried Tomatoes.
This makes a beautiful and colorful presentation!
How do I serve Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken?
You will have a lot of the sauce, which will be delicious over Spaghetti Squash, potatoes or noodles.
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.
Tips and Tricks.
- 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.
Thank you for the recipe, Alyssa!
What are other Delicious Italian Recipes to Try?
- 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 DUO Plus 60
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (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
- Alpha Armour Salt Box with Spoon
- Eukein Electric Pepper Mill
- 6 oz Porcelain Ramekins
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- Microplane Artisan Ribbon Grater
- Rachael Ray Italian Seasoning Grinder
- Jill’s House Seasoned Salt Recipe
- Pressure Cooker Bone Broth (Stock) or
- Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
- Sun Dried Tomatoes
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
- 2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts halved and pounded thin
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 cloves Fresh Garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon House Seasoning Recipe
- 1/4 cup Chicken Stock/Broth low sodium
- 3/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 3/4 cup Parmesan or Asiago 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 place the chicken into pressure cooker cooking pot.
Brown the pieces of chicken for 10 seconds on each side.
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.)
If you like Mushrooms, add 6 ounces of Cremini Mushrooms to the cooking pot after adding in the Chicken Broth.
*For a creamier sauce, add 2 Tablespoons of cream cheese when you add the cream.
For extra sauce, simple double the seasonings, liquids and Parmesan cheese.
To make this a Tuscan Chicken Pasta Dish, double all seasonings, add two cups of chicken broth and 8 ounces of pasta prior to setting pressure cook time. Reduce cook time to two minutes.
Optional Step for a Thicker Sauce
Before placing chicken into pot for a quick sear, dredge through coconut flour or potato starch.