This easy chicken dish is perfect for a busy weeknight. Instant Pot Pesto Chicken can be served with pasta, veggie noodles, or steamed veggies for a perfect easy dinner. The leftovers are amazing, too! Gluten-free with a dairy-free option.

pesto chicken with pasta and tomatoes

Four ingredients and an Instant Pot are all you need for this delicious pesto chicken. The best part about the Instant Pot is how all the flavors marry together in such a short time. Add on to that the fact it’s a one pot meal, and you may just fall in love with the Instant Pot too!

For this recipe, chicken thighs or chicken breasts are cooked in chicken broth with tomatoes and pesto for the easiest but equally delicious one-pot meal.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Four ingredient recipes are not only easy to make, but the ingredients are easy to remember. This is great if you’re at the store without a clue what you plan to make.
  • Alternatively, if you love to meal prep, this recipe is perfect for that too. Since it makes excellent leftovers it can also account for a second or third day lunch.
  • Pesto is naturally gluten-free which makes this the perfect recipe if you’re avoiding gluten. Just be sure to check the label on the chicken broth you buy and make sure it’s labeled gluten-free.
  • As written, this recipe is appropriate for low-carb, Whole30, and paleo diets.

Key Ingredients

Chicken broth cooks the chicken thighs and makes them tender while adding flavor to the dish. Just be sure to check the ingredients label if you are Celiac or gluten intolerant.

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs have dark meat which makes them moister and juicier than chicken breasts. They’re also a bit more budget friendly as the price per pound is usually less than chicken breasts.

Cherry tomatoes add a sweet acidity that works really well with the richness of the pesto and chicken.

Pesto is usually made with basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. You can find it in the same aisle as pasta sauce. Make your own pesto using my dairy-free pesto recipe if you need to avoid dairy.

Seasoning is always important. Don’t underestimate the power of salt and pepper in a dish as it brings out all of the other flavors.

ingredients for pesto chicken

Recipe Steps

Step One

Pour the chicken broth into the instant pot and then place the chicken thighs into the pot. Top with tomatoes.

Step Two

Pour the pesto sauce on top of the chicken but don’t stir. Set the cook time to 10 minutes at high pressure.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

how to make pesto chicken in the instant pot

Step Three

Once the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes then use the quick release to get rid of remaining pressure.

Step Four

Remove the lid and use a spoon to transfer the pesto chicken with tomatoes to a serving dish.

Step Five

Serve warm with pasta, zucchini noodles, steamed vegetables, or cauliflower rice. Don’t miss my round-up of the best gluten-free pasta brands.

pesto chicken with pasta

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • If you are on a dairy-free diet, then be sure to buy pesto sauce without cheese. Or, you can make my Vegan Pesto recipe.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to 4 days.
  • The total cooking time includes approximately 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. The total time also includes 10 minutes of natural pressure release.

FAQs

What can I serve pesto chicken with?

Serve pesto chicken with pasta, white rice, steamed or roasted vegetables, zucchini noodles, salad, or rolls. It will taste delicious alongside most anything.

two plates of pesto chicken served on top of gluten-free pasta

Other Instant Pot Recipes You Might Like

Or, see my round-up of the best healthy Instant Pot chicken recipes.

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pesto chicken

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken


Description

This easy chicken dish is perfect for a busy weeknight. Instant Pot Pesto Chicken can be served with pasta, veggie noodles, or steamed veggies for a perfect easy dinner. The leftovers are amazing, too! Gluten-free with a dairy-free option.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  1. 1/2 cup chicken broth (I like to use reduced-sodium to cut back on the salt)
  2. 1.25 pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  3. 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  4. 6 ounces prepared or homemade pesto sauce (about 3/4 cup)
  5. Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In the base of a 6-quart Instant Pot, pour in the chicken broth.
  2. Place the chicken thighs or cutlets in the pot, along with the tomatoes.
  3. Pour the pesto sauce on top of the chicken, but don’t stir.
  4. Lock on the lid and set the time to 10 minutes at high pressure.
  5. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Then, use the quick release to get rid of any remaining pressure.
  6. Carefully remove the lid and use a serving spoon to transfer the cooked chicken, tomatoes, and sauce to a serving dish.
  7. Serve warm, with your choice of steamed vegetables, cooked pasta, cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles.

Notes

  1. If you are on a dairy-free diet, then be sure to buy pesto sauce without cheese. Or, you can make my Vegan Pesto recipe.
  2. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to 4 days.
  3. The total cooking time includes approximately 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. The total time also includes 10 minutes of natural pressure release.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: instant pot pesto chicken thighs, instant pot healthy chicken recipe

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