Pesto Chicken
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Creamy Pesto Chicken

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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Courses
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Creamy Pesto Chicken, Instant Pot Pesto Chicken, pesto chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre



For Finishing


  • Place the chicken, onions, tomatoes, garlic, 1 tablespoon pesto, Italian seasoning, water, salt, and pepper in the inner liner of your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  • Cook for 5 minutes at high pressure. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to rest undisturbed for 10 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the pieces of chicken and set aside.
  • Add the whipping cream and pesto to the vegetables in the pot. Using an immersion blender, purée until you have a smooth and creamy sauce. At this point, if you would like a thicker sauce, turn the Instant Pot to Sauté and when the sauce boils, add the Xanthan gum or cornstarch slurry and cook until the sauce has thickened (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add the chicken to the sauce and serve.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g