Sometimes you just need to have comfort food. I try to eat healthy most of the time, but sometimes (after a rough day) you just need to be comforted as my husband, Glen says. And when you’ve had a rough day you don’t want to get dressed to go to dinner. You just want to do a Netflix and chill night.
I don’t know about you, but I love one pot meals. The obvious reason is there’s way less to clean up when you have a one pot meal like this Instant Pot chicken pasta recipe. I like that I don’t have to keep my eye on multiple things too like something on the stove and another dish in the oven. With the Instant Pot and this IP Cheesecake Factory chicken pasta it is just a matter of chopping and getting my ingredients together.
2 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1″ chunks
1 box of penne pasta
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup honey
3 tbsp. chipotle pepper sauce from canned adobo peppers
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 tbs. minced garlic
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup frozen peas
1 pound fresh thin asparagus, chopped into 1/4’s
6 oz shredded parmesan cheese
One of the things I do love about this recipe unlike many Instant Pot recipes is that you do not have to do a natural pressure release. Often times when you are making recipes in your Instant pot a natural pressure release can add an addition 10 to 15 minutes to your cook time. So I like that with this, you get to do a quick release and then voila – dinner is served!
Press the saute button and then press the adjust button to set saute to “less”.
In a bowl add your chicken add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and let sit as you cook the rest of the dish. Once it displays hot, add the butter and melt Add the bell peppers and onions and cook until just translucent. Add your garlic and toss to combine.
Remove pepper mixture and set to the side.
Now add your olive oil. Add the chicken to the pan and brown the chicken on both sides. Add in the honey and stir, cooking an additional 5 seconds.
Remove the chicken mixture and set to the side.
Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the Instant pot. Now add 8 oz penne pasta, 2 tbsp. of adobo sauce, chopped asparagus. Do not stir especially if your Instant Pot model gives the BURN message. Close the pot with its lid.
Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Quick release the pressure by manually moving (be careful) the pressure valve from sealing to venting position. Open the pot, add the chicken mixture, and stir everything together. Press the saute button. Add in the heavy cream, and parmesan cheese and stir. Top with cilantro.