Keto and Low Carb Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken is a restaurant quality meal that you can make any night of the week, in your own Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker, in less than 30 minutes, start to finish.
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 Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken.
Kathy Betit Gallagher, from my This Old Gal Facebook Cooking Group, asked me to create an Italian meal with some of her favorite ingredients.
She had been making a similar recipe and wanted to be able to use her new Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
What is Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken?
- Chicken cooked in a creamy garlic sauce.
- Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes are added in at the end.
Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken is a truly decadent meal.
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 Kathy’s recipe to the Pressure Cooker and added more spices.
Since we are not using cast iron, you don’t get a nice crusty sear.
Therefore, I thought the original recipe needed a pick me up for the transition to the Pressure Cooker
My testers tell me that this Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken is definitely a restaurant quality experience.
I’m not a fan of white meat chicken or cream sauce, but everyone else loved this dish.
You are all invited to join my This Old Gal Cooking Group!
If you are Low Carbing it, use a Tabletop Spirazlizer to make Zoodles!
First things first. Chicken cooks super fast and can be tricky.
Make sure you 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.
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
Place the Chicken into a Small Mixing Bowl.
How do you cook Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken?
Heat up the Pressure Cooker before adding in the Oil!
Massage and rub spices into the Chicken.
Allow the Chicken to marinate for 10 minutes.
For a thicker sauce, I have posted an optional step in the notes section.
A quick sear in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
The Chicken will cook half way, under pressure with Chicken Broth.
More yummy ingredients are added and after a quick simmer, you will have a very decadent and delicious meal.
Watch the steps below and get the full recipe and nutrition information on the Recipe Card below.
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 recipe for Homemade Seasoned Salt, started out as a Lawry’s Seasoned Salt Copycat recipe, but over time, I have changed the recipe to one I like better.
I keep my This Old Gal Seasoned Salt next to my stove, as I use it on everything.
Wash and rough chop the spinach.
If your Sun Dried Tomatoes are large, cut them in half, if you like.
I always buy blocks of cheese and use a Microplane Grater to grate it myself.
Companies usually put a flour dusting on packaged grated cheese, so that it doesn’t stick. That also causes the cheese to dry out.
It is much better and cheaper to buy a chunk of cheese and grate it yourself.
Okay, all your ingredients should now be ready to use.
We love Asiago Cheese in this house and have found that this Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Chicken recipe tastes even better with Asiago, rather than Parmesan.
Try it each time with a different cheese and let me know your thoughts.
Select the Sauté or Browning button on your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
Allow it to heat up completely.
Make sure to use a Good Quality Olive Oil.
Allowing the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker cooking pot to heat fully before adding the fat, helps to make a stainless steel pot, non stick.
When the pot is fully heated or registers “HOT” on you Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker cooking pot, you are ready to start cooking.
Make sure to use UNSALTED Chicken Bone Broth/Stock, otherwise, your food will be too salty.
It’s very economical and will work very well. Add 1.5 teaspoons per cup of Fresh Water.
If you love mushrooms, check out 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 Coconut Flour instead!
After the cook time is up, carefully turn the knob on your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker and release the Pressure Valve.
The chicken may still be slightly pink inside. It will cook more during the simmer stage.
Pour in the cream mixture and whisk until combined. Simmer for about five minutes until the sauce has reduced a bit.
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.
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!
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.
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:
Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
- 2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts halved and pounded thin
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3/4 cup Chicken Stock/Broth low sodium
- 4 cloves Fresh Garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt cut in half if using salted broth
- 3/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 teaspoon House Seasoning Recipe cut in half if using salted broth
- 3/4 cup Parmesan or Asiago Cheese
- 1.5 cup Fresh Spinach chopped
- 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 3 minutes. When Beep sounds, push Cancel and carefully do a controlled Quick Release.
Select Sauté/Browning on your Pressure Cooker and simmer to thicken, if desired. Mix in cheese and sun dried tomatoes. Stir in spinach.
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.