On busy weeknights, a quick, easy dinner is a must. This Instant Post linguini dinner is perfect for those nights when you have sports, school events, meetings, or need relief from mid-week burnout.
This single-pot dinner will be a huge hit for your entire family. It will likely become one of your regular go-to’s.
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Why You’ll Love This One
I typically hit my mid-week burnout on Thursdays. I’ve made dinners the previous four days. We’ve had after-school activities. The clutter in the house is begging to be cleaned up.
The laundry needs to be done. Tired parents know what I’m talking about. We all hit this burnout at some point in the week, and deciding what’s for dinner, preparing it, and then cleaning the kitchen sounds like the last thing you want to do.
You will love this easy one-pot dish because of minimal cleanup. You can make it as fresh as possible byusing freshly grated cheese, freshly pressed garlic, and freshly chopped herbs.
Or, if you’re hitting that burnout, pre-packaged everything makes this dish equally as delicious. The only dirty dishes from cooking you will end up with are- a knife (to cut the chicken and onion- cut the onion first to save some time on washing the knife), a cutting board, a spoon for stirring, and your instant pot.
If you like to measure, you will also have measuring cups, but I pour with love, and it always works out.
Where It Came From
The first time I tasted this dish was at a Pampered Chef Party. If you have ever attended one in person, you know the dishes the hosts prepare tend to be simple and quick.
The ingredients you need are things you likely already have around the house. Or, if you’re a meal planner, grab everything on your weekly shopping run.
You can also remove or add other ingredients to make this a meal your family will love.
Step by Step
To save time on dishes, start by chopping your onion. One of the best things about this recipe is adding as little or as much as you want. I will list the measurements in the ingredient list below, but I prefer to save myself more dishes and eyeball most items.
Next, cube 1-4 chicken breasts, depending on how many people you feed. You can season it to your liking. I like using garlic powder, seasoning salt, and a sprinkle of pepper.
Add a drizzle of olive or avocado oil to your instant pot- on the sautee setting. Once your pot is heated, toss the chicken and cook for 4-8 minutes. Once the chicken begins to brown, add the diced onions, and mix until soft and fragrant.
Add 1/4-1/2 cup of white wine. It’s okay if you have kids under 21, the alcohol in the wine will cook off, and you will be left with delicious flavors.
This also helps to remove the flavors of the chicken and onion from the bottom of the pot. Cook the chicken and onions in the wine for 3-5 minutes.
Next, add one can of diced tomatoes and garlic. I like to use jarlic (garlic from a jar), but if you prefer fresh, the flavor will be lovely- 1-2 cloves will be perfect.
While your Instant Pot is still on sautee, add in one cup Chicken Broth. You can use the prepackaged broth if that’s what you have around. I keep the powdered chicken broth in the house and mix it with water. While this step adds a different dish to wash, it’s a less expensive option if you’re on a budget and has a longer shelf life.
After adding the stock, you will want to add your noodles. Linguine noodles are best for this recipe. However, fettuccini noodles can be substituted if you’re in a pinch.
You will have to break the noodles in half to fit them into your Instant pot. Give the noodles a quick stir to ensure they’re all covered in liquid.
Time for pressure. Place the lid for your Instant Pot on, and cook for four minutes under manual pressure. If you’re using your Instant Pot for the first time, it takes several minutes for your pot to go under pressure.
The Finishing Touches
For this recipe, I manually release the steam. Remove the lid from your instant pot, then add flavor and toppings before serving.
Add in 1/4 cup real bacon bits, 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, and 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan. Mix using a pasta serving spoon until everything is thoroughly combined, and serve with french bread.
Parents know the struggle of getting their kids to eat vegetables. This recipe is an excellent way to incorporate veggies into your meal. However, if your kids can sniff them out, this dish is equally as delicious without spinach.
Mozzarella is a great flavor substitute if you don’t have grated parmesan cheese.
Simple and East Cleanup
One-dish dinners are great when you’re tired and don’t have the energy to clean a bunch of dishes after dinner. Most parts of the Instant Pot can go directly into the dishwasher. Check out other great tips for cleaning your instant pot to save yourself some time.
Great Multi-Day Meal
If you like to meal prep or make a dish with enough leftovers for lunch the next day or two, this dish is easy to adjust, so you have enough leftovers.
When reheating this pasta the next day or two days later, cover it with a damp paper towel and microwave it for 30-60 seconds.
Easy Instant Pot Chicken Linguine
- Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot
- cutting board
- Measuring Cup and Spoons
- Mixing Spoon
- 2-4 Chicken Breasts Cubed
- ¼-½ Cup Diced White or Yellow Onion
- ½ Cup White Wine
- 1 Cup Chicken Stock
- 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
- ½-¾ Cup Fresh Baby Spinach
- ¼ Cup Bacon Bits
- ½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1-2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 TBSP Garlic Powder
- 1 TBSP Garlic (fresh or jar)
- ½-1 Box Linguine Noodles
- Dice Onion and set aside
- Cube Chicken Breast season to your liking
- Drizzle Olive Oil into Instant Pot
- Turn Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker to Saute
- Add Chicken Breast and cook for 5-7 minutes stirring regularly
- Add onions to Instant Pot stir and cook for 3 Minutes
- Add Wine and Mix. Using a Plastic mixing spoon scrap the bottom of the bot to remove all the stuck on flavors
- Add can of diced tomatoes
- Add Chicken Stock
- Break Linguine Noodles in half and add to the Instant Pot
- Mix everything and ensure all noodles are covered in liuid
- Add lid to Instant Pot and manually put under pressure for 4 minutes
- Manually release pressure
- Stir to combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot
- Add Fresh Spinach, Bacon bits and grated parmesan cheese and stir
- Serve with fresh bread and enjoy
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Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.