Need an easy recipe for dinner tonight?
Look no further than this pressure cooker chicken Alfredo!
It's one of those easy Instant Pot pasta recipes you're going to come back to again and again.
I actually created this recipe after one of my friends brought me dinner when I had my first baby.
Her Alfredo was soooo creamy. I was obsessed!
She sent me the recipe and I was shocked. It was made with cream cheese (and cream of chicken) in the crock pot!
I knew I needed to recreate it, but with a few healthier swaps and a bit faster process, too.
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Simple ingredients: besides chicken and broccoli, you only need 4 ingredients and a few seasonings.
Creamy Alfredo sauce: better than the jar sauce and easier than the traditional Alfredo sauce but just as rich and creamy.
Healthier ingredients: with a few simple swaps, this Instant Pot chicken Alfredo recipe has less sodium, less saturated fat, and more protein than traditional Alfredo.
Kid friendly: this is an easy dinner the whole family will love! My baby devoured it!
One-pot meal: all you need is an Instant Pot pressure cooker. No extra dishes!
Macro friendly: this means the ratio between carbs, protein, and fats is balanced, so you stay fuller longer and get all the nutrients you need.
Gluten free: thanks to plant-based pasta and a simple no-roux cream sauce
Step 1: saute the chicken and broccoli. Pour a bit of olive oil in the Instant Pot and press "saute mode." Set the timer to 10 minutes and give it a minute or two to heat up.
Add your chicken pieces and broccoli florets, spray with cooking spray, and cook until the timer goes off. Remove and set aside.
Step 2: cook the pasta. Add the chicken broth to deglaze the pot, making sure to scrape off all the browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
Pour the noodles into the broth, making sure the top of the pasta is covered in as much liquid as possible.
Close the lid, switch the valve to "seal," then cook on HIGH pressure for 2 minutes. This will give you al dente pasta.
Pro tip: set the table and do a quick clean up while the pasta cooks!
Allow for 5 minutes natural release, then switch the valve to "vent" to release the remaining pressure.
Pro tip: it is very important to you DON'T do the quick release right away. It dramatically affects the texture of the pasta, especially because this recipe calls for gluten free pasta. Follow the directions exactly!
Step 3: make the creamy sauce. Once the pasta is finished cooking, stir in the rest of the ingredients: the cream cheese, shredded cheese, almond milk, and seasonings. Then, fold in the cooked chicken and broccoli.
Et voila! The easiest chicken broccoli Alfredo!
I haven't tried it with vegan cream cheese or vegan parmesan, but I'm sure it would work. Please leave a comment below if you try it!
Of course! Any pasta will work, including wheat pasta, as long as you use 8 ounces per recipe. However, each shape has a different cook time, so read this blog post to know exactly how long you should cook your pasta.
This recipe was developed using an electric pressure cooker and has not been tested in a slow cooker.
Most food bloggers and recipe developers use the standard 6 qt. Instant Pot pressure cooker for their recipes, but I'm sure the 8 quart will work just fine.
For the best results, store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. To reheat the next day, add 1 tablespoon water to your serving, then microwave until warmed through.
Yes! Let the pasta cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to 3 months in the freezer. When ready to eat, let thaw overnight in the fridge or submerge the container in hot water until thawed.
If you want to make more than one batch of this Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo, you'll have to cook the chicken and broccoli in batches. However, you can double the noodles and cook all of them at once. I do not recommend making more than a double batch at once.
I know this Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Alfredo will be a family favorite! It's made in just a few easy steps, it's a perfect "busy weeknight dinner," and it's a pasta dish you can feel good about.
Be sure to leave a star rating and review below if you try the recipe so other readers know how you liked it!
Made with just 7 simple ingredients, this Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Alfredo is so easy to make, high protein, and tossed in a creamy no-roux sauce. It's also naturally gluten free. It will be your new favorite weeknight dinner recipe!
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