Super creamy and loaded with classic Italian flavors, these Instant Pot Italian chicken tenderloins are a quick and easy meal to serve your family.
Served low carb and keto style over spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or shirataki noodles! It also makes a great gluten free dinner over your favorite gluten free noodles!
I have owned my Instant Pot for over 4 years now. It quickly became one of trusty tried and true appliances worth the valuable real estate in my kitchen cupboards! I regularly turn to it now to create all sorts of super fast and healthy dinners for my family. When I originally perfected my Chicken Adobo recipe, I started realizing this same basic method could be used for LOADS of different flavor profiles!
Ever since, I have been experimenting away! We’ve been enjoying this tasty keto Italian chicken for over a year now. It’s one of those recipes I almost ALWAYS have the ingredients on hand for, and with minimal effort and time, dinner is served! It has saved me on busy school sport nights where everyone is running here or there at all different times and all different places (moms….here’s a high five!).
So here’s to a quick dinner to feed the family…..still healthy…and no processed foods required!
Dairy Free Instant Pot Italian Chicken?
I have noted in the recipe notes how to make this dish dairy free for the Whole30 and dairy free peeps!!
These tender chicken tenderloins are served in lots of delicious ways! Here are ideas to get your creative juices going!
- serve it low carb style with either spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or shirtaki noodles.
- served atop some sautéed cauli rice
- with some favorite rice
- with your favorite gluten free noodles
- add in some aged parmesan or pecorino romano at the end….yum!
Additional Low Carb Instant Pot Recipes To Try:
- Kalua Pork – one of the most beloved recipes in my family, feeds a crowd easily and only has a couple ingredients!
- Carnitas – readers LOVE this one, and for good reason!!
- Shredded Chipotle Beef @ Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen
- Veggie Bacon Quiche @The Organic Kitchen
- Creamy Whole30 Chicken
Instant Pot Low Carb Italian Chicken Recipe:
If you try this quick and easy dinner, I want to hear about it! Please take a moment to leave a comment and a rating below!
Instant Pot Italian Chicken
Lean chicken tenderloins are cooked up in an irresistible, creamy, Italian infused sauce!
- 1.5 pounds chicken tenderloins OR chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces, OR chicken thighs
- 1 cup bone broth
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasonings OR 1 teaspoon EACH thyme, basil, oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt to taste, your broth will impact final salt needs
- 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes OR roasted red peppers
Mix in After Natural Release
- 1/2 cup cream cheese OR cashew cream (see note below) for dairy free/Whole30
- 1 tablespoon tapioca starch or any starch OPTIONAL, only if you want to thicken more. 1/2t xanthan gum for keto.
Stir together the 'broth mix' and add it to your Instant Pot along with the tenderloins.
Lock on your lid, set 'manual' timer for 8 minutes.
When the timer beeps, hit 'cancel.' Let the Instant Pot NR (natural release) for at least 10 minutes.
Depressurize if necessary, and using a whisk, stir in the preferred cream cheese or cashew cream. Only add the starch if you want it even thicker and creamier! If you do, run the 'saute' feature for a minute or two to cook and thicken the starch.
You can see how to make cashew cream here. Alternately, you can add 2-3 tablespoons cashews to the broth mixture, remove the tenderloins, and puree the sauce in blender before adding back to coat the chicken. And if you want your sauce thinner, just a touch more broth to thin to desired consistency.
By far one of the easiest, most flavorful dairy free dishes I’ve made. Thank you for this little gem of a recipe.
You did it again !!! Made this dish for dinner. All I had was frozen chicken so I set the cooking time to 45 minutes, added some garbanzo bean GF pasta to go along with the chicken. My whole family absolutely loved it and my hubby went in for seconds ♥️
Can you make this in the crock pot?
Sure. Probably low to 4-6 hours. I would probably reduce the broth a bit too….
This chicken is wonderful! Tender, juicy and has delicious creamy sauce!
Something I will be making tonight. Chicken already out and ready
You have given me one more reason to use my Instant pot. Looks DELICIOUS!
Beth Ann says
Miss Tessa, how long and at what temperature and pressure poundage would this need to be to work in a stove top pressure cooker?
I had a stove top pressure cooker, and I would guess that I could not use as little liquid. But Cook time should be similar (8 minutes full pressure) with a natural release , may seed to simmer off more liquid. Since I haven’t tested, can;t be sure Beth Ann!
can i use chicken stock or veggie stock instead of bone broth?
Yes, always a
Good sub Kary!
Its the time to use our Instant Pot. This recipe is just the one.
My Instant Pot in on a full blast from last week. Thank you for this suggestion. Time to cook
I’m all about instant pot these days and this recipe is something I need to try soon. It’s also perfect with a low-carb diet, too!
Cheryl Malik says
Delicious! Yummy. So excited to make this recipe for my family!
Hope Pearce says
This looks so creamy and delicious – perfect weeknight dinner! I love how you have given dairy free options too!
THis sounds so amazing and comforting, and I love how it is an IP recipe, can’t wait to try it.
I love my Instant Pot. Making this for sure.
STACEY CRAWFORD says
Looks so good & I can’t wait to try this in the IP tonight! It is way too hot today to be using the oven!
This creamy italian chicken recipe looks delicious! We are going to try it out this weekend with the cashew cream… I always need quick and easy weeknight dinners.
Oh YUMMY!!! this is perfect, as it won’t take a lot of hands on time! I am excited to try this tonight
This is the second dish I’ve made that’s supposed to have a sauce….I open up the instant pot and it’s all dried up…nothing. even starting to burn. what am I doing wrong??
I can’t hazard a guess as to why it’s not working for you Lori….BUT if it’s a pattern in your unit, definitely add an extra 1/2 cup liquid. The only reason recipes like this get away with the less that 1 cup standard liquid minimum in Instant Pots is because the chicken releases quite a bit of water on it’s own. So if a recipe is going for a sauce and uses a small amount of liquid like this recipe, I would plan on increasing your liquid minimum to the 1 cup. I wish I had a better answer for you, i’ve Made this loads of times, and had multiple people recipe test it too. Sorry for the frustration!
Three loves – instant pot, Italian recipes, chicken. This looks like a delicious dish for a busy weekenight!
Absolutely spectacular! The tender chicken and the creamy sauce are so delicious! Also great as leftovers!
Raia Todd says
Yum! So easy in the Instant Pot! I how creamy it is.
This looks so good! I’m always on the lookout for yummy IP recipes to try!