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Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

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Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta is an insanely easy dinner recipe that practically cooks itself. Tender, juicy chicken that is creamy and savory. 

Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Olive Garden Chicken Pasta is a complete meal in one. You can pair with a crisp salad, breadsticks or eat as is. 

Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta 

If you are a fan of Olive Garden, you have to try this chicken pasta recipe. You will love the creamy and rich flavor of this dish. 

What Is In This Olive Garden Chicken Pasta Recipe 

  • Chicken – I Used Boneless chicken breast but you could also reach for tenderloins. 
  • Dressing – You can buy Olive Garden dressing at most mass retailers. It will give it that creamy flavor. If you can’t find Olive Garden Italian dressing, you can use another brand of salad dressing, just be sure to get the “zesty Italian” for that same flavor we all love. Or better yet, check out my recipe to make a copycat version of Olive Garden Signature Italian dressing.
  • Cream Cheese – This cream cheese is going to really give it a rich and creamy texture. 
  • Parmesan Cheese – This is going to really amplify the flavor of your chicken pasta, you stir it in at the end on saute. 
  • Pasta – Feel free to use any of your favorite pasta. Whether it be spaghetti style noodles, bowtie, etc. 
Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Can I Make This Without Pasta 

Absolutely. If you would prefer to have just the chicken go right ahead and leave the pasta out. I have done that in the past and it is super tasty as well. 

Sides To Pair With Your Chicken Pasta Recipe 

Feel free to pair any of your favorite sides next to this dish. 

How To Make Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

  • Add in 1/2 of your bottle of Italian dressing into your pot.
  • Place your chicken breasts in next.
  • Pour the remaining half of your Italian dressing over your chicken breasts.
  • Lay your block of cream cheese over the top.
  • Close your lid. Pressure cook (HIGH) for 15 minutes.
  • When the cooking cycle ends, do a natural release for 15 minutes.
  • Remove your lid. Remove your chicken from the pot and place it into a bowl so that it can be shredded. I like to use my handheld mixer for this but you can also use two forks to shred your meat.
  • Turn your pot onto saute (LOW). Add the shredded chicken back in.
  • Add in the grated Parmesan cheese, stir to combine and allow all of the cheese to completely melt down.
  • Add in your cooked pasta and stir to coat the pasta completely.
  • Serve immediately and Enjoy!

How To Store Leftovers 

You can store your chicken and pasta in the fridge for up to three days. Just place properly in an airtight container. 

Then to reheat you can warm up in the microwave or opt to heat up on the stove or even the oven. 

I have used the leftovers to meal prep for lunches for my kids and husband as they head out to work. But, you are more than welcome to save back and eat the next night for dinner.  

Can You Double This Recipe 

If you have a larger Instant Pot you can for sure double if you would like. You just need to make sure that you don’t go over the max fill line. 

Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

So if you have a larger Instant Pot you should have no issues doubling the recipe if you are feeding a larger crowd. 

Add-Ins To This Olive Garden Chicken 

If you are thinking of adding in other ingredients you sure can. Items like broccoli florets could be an awesome idea to stir in at the end. If you cook the entire time it will make your broccoli like mush. 

So mix it in when you saute and then cook to your tenderness. You can also add in other vegetables like green beans, etc. Get creative and make dinner to satisfy yourself. 

Can I make this in my crockpot

Yes you sure can make this as a Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta. To make this in your slow cooker. Follow the directions the same way but slow cook on HIGH for 4 hours or low for 5-6 hours.

For another delicious Olive Garden copycat dish, try my Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta is an insanely easy dinner recipe that practically cooks itself. Tender, juicy chicken that is creamy and savory. 

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add in 1/2 of your bottle of Italian dressing into your pot.
  2. Place your chicken breasts in next.
  3. Pour the remaining half of your Italian dressing over your chicken breasts.
  4. Lay your block of cream cheese over the top.
  5. Close your lid. Pressure cook (HIGH) for 15 minutes.
  6. When cooking cycle ends, do a natural release for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove your lid. Remove your chicken from the pot and place into a bowl so that it can be shredded. I like to use my handheld mixer for this but you can also use two forks to shred your meat.
  8. Turn your pot onto saute (LOW). Add the shredded chicken back in.
  9. Add in the grated Parmesan cheese, stir to combine and allow all of the cheese to completely melt down.
  10. Add in your cooked pasta and stir to coat the pasta completely.
  11. Serve immediately and Enjoy!

Notes

*Some folks find the dressing taste to be a bit strong, you can reduce the dressing to 1 cup.

If you can’t find Olive Garden Italian dressing, you can use another brand of salad dressing, just be sure to get the “zesty Italian” for that same flavor we all love. Or better yet, check out my recipe to make a copycat version of Olive Garden Signature Italian dressing.

**To make this in your slow cooker. Follow the directions the same way but slow cook on HIGH for 4 hours or low for 5-6 hours.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 803mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 19g

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Megan

Monday 28th of December 2020

If i do 1 lb chicken would i only use half bottle dressing and half cream cheese?

Kiera Allabaugh

Monday 28th of December 2020

Can I also cook the noodles in the same 15 minute cooking time?

Melissa

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

No, unfortunately they would be way overcooked that way.

Lara

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

How do I make this without a crockpot?

Melissa

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

https://www.sparklestosprinkles.com/crock-pot-olive-garden-chicken-pasta/

Britney

Thursday 1st of October 2020

So what exactly do you mean by natural release ? Is that sealing it then venting it? And so f you have frozen chicken breasts how does that work

Melissa

Sunday 4th of October 2020

a natural release is when you are finished cooking, you let your pot just sit for at least 15 minutes, allowing it to release the pressure on its own. After 15 minutes if your pin has not popped up allowing you to open your lid, just finish off with a quick release. If you are using frozen chicken, it will work the same, it will just take your pot longer to come to pressure allowing for that chicken o defrost and cook thoroughly.

Selena Jones

Monday 28th of September 2020

Iā€™m trying this recipe but my problem is that with the hours I work, I will be gone for 10-11 hrs! If I put my crockpot on low, will this be too much cooking time for the chicken??

Melissa

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Yes, you should be fine cooking the chicken on low for 10 hours.