This creamy Italian chicken is bursting with delicious flavors that the whole family will love! It can easily be made as we did below in the Instant Pot or can be adjusted for the slow cooker.
Italian Chicken in the Instant Pot
It is so simple to make and tastes great. In our nearly 12 years of marriage, my husband says that this Instant Pot creamy Italian chicken is his favorite meal I make him.
He loves that it is full of great flavor, plus it’s creamy and comforting. It is especially great during the winter months because it is warm and filling.
This recipe actually came from my amazing step mama Sheila. It was my favorite recipe she made for me whenever I came to visit. She was so sweet after my celiac diagnosis to adapt it gluten-free for me.
I have gone a step further here and made sure that instead of using the dry Italian salad dressing mix, which can be very hard to find, we used fresh herbs and spices to achieve the same delicious taste.
Can I make this in the slow cooker instead?
Yes! I used to make this recipe in my slow cooker and let it do it’s thing for 6-8 hours or so. Just put everything in the pot making sure the cream cheese is on the top and cook on low for 7 hours.
I love that with this creamy Italian chicken in the Instant Pot I can now do that same delicious recipe in under 30 minutes.
What size Instant Pot should I use?
I personally LOVE my 9-in-1 6 quart Instant Pot because it makes big family meals so much easier. Especially for this busy mom who almost always forgets to prepare ahead of time…oops. Anyone else struggle with that?
Luckily with recipes like our 10 minute Instant Pot gluten-free Mac n’ cheese, I can have meals in minutes. I simply put in some canned chicken, leftover ground beef or even tuna for extra protein.
How to make creamy Italian chicken
Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot except cream cheese. Layer starting with water, chicken and seasonings then lastly the cream of chicken soup.
Seal lid and close vent. Cook for 25 minutes on manual or pressure cook. Naturally release pressure for 7 minutes then quick release.
Pro Tip: While you can do a dump and start for this meal. For a smoother sauce, simply put all the ingredients into a pot EXCEPT the cream cheese and cook.
Once it has cooked and you have let it naturally release, stir in the cream cheese then re-seal the lid and let it sit for 3 minutes. Then use a fork or small whisk to combine everything.
What gluten-free cream of chicken soup do you recommend?
I always recommend our homemade gluten-free cream of chicken soup recipe because you can make a big batch for much cheaper than buying it. Plus, it tastes so great!
It is made with good quality ingredients and works great in recipes but you can also enjoy it on it’s own.
Can I make this a dump and start Instant Pot meal?
Yes, you absolutely can. In our video, I put everything into the pot at once to cook. I will say though, this method curdles the cream cheese so it doesn’t look smooth. It still tastes great though!
I have since recommended a slightly different method that doesn’t take much longer. Those directions are in the recipe below.
What are some other great Instant Pot dump and start meals?
Aren’t they the best?! Our dump and start Instant Pot hamburger soup is so good and will be a new family favorite in your home if you make it!
It’s a classic 30 year old recipe from my mother-in-law that we adapted for the Instant Pot.
If you are looking for gluten-free Instant Pot recipes specifically, be sure to check out our roundup of 50 gluten-free Instant Pot recipes!
This instant pot creamy Italian chicken is such a crowd pleaser, everyone will love it! It is best served hot over rice or potatoes with corn and cottage cheese.
- 2 lb. chicken breasts, cut in half or pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
- 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
- 1 (12 oz.) box Pacific (or another gluten-free brand) cream of chicken soup
- 1 1/2 C water
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 T dried oregano
- 1 T salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp. celery salt
- 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
- Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot except cream cheese
- Layer starting with soup then chicken going in first and lastly the seasonings
- Seal lid and close vent
- Cook for 25 minutes on manual or pressure cook
- Naturally release pressure for 7 minutes then quick release
- Stir in the cream cheese and seal lid again
- Let it just sit for 3 minutes
- Remove lid and use a fork or small whisk to combine everything
- Stir and serve over rice or potatoes with more salt and pepper to taste
You can put everything into the Instant Pot and just cook it all together but it will make it a bit more clumpy. If you want a smoother sauce, be sure to add the cream cheese after everything else has cooked.
Really the taste isn’t affected whichever way you decide to do it, it’s more just about the texture of the sauce.
Keywords: Instant Pot, weeknight dinner, kid-friendly
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*Video from Amie Pendle
Originally published on November 21, 2017