Burrr…winter has us firmly in it’s icy grip and I am looking for comfort food. And easy stuff that makes me think of summer. This recipe for chicken is my new fav. Tasty, quick to throw together, done in my Instant Pot and it does make me think of an Italian summer. Winner winner, chicken dinner!
I use chicken thighs; bone in and skin off. Use whatever cut you like. You might go a minute less for breast meat. If you hate artichokes; leave them out. Any pasta will do or make potatoes to serve with this entrée. I have used heavy cream, milk or half and half; all will work; less calories for milk, richer flavor for cream.
Tuscan Chicken with Pasta
4 chicken thighs, bone in, skin removed
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil, EV if possible
1 large onion diced
1 carrot cut up into dice and/or 1 stalk celery diced
4-8 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms
3-4 garlic cloves minced
1 -2 tsp. Italian seasoning; I did half basil and half oregano
1 cup chicken broth
¼ cup white wine
½ cup sundried tomatoes cut in half
1 small jar marinated artichokes, drained
1/3-1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half (I used half/half)
1 1/3 cup uncooked pasta
2 Tbsp. corn starch dissolved in ¼ cup cold water
¼ cup finely chopped parsley and/or kale (use ½ cup of that)
Directions. Heat IP on sauté feature. Add oil then onions, cook about 3 minutes until getting soft. Add the carrot/celery and cook 2=3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 2-3 minute later. Add garlic in last minute of sauté. Push veggies aside; fit chicken pieces in and pile veggies on top of the chicken; brown them on top and bottom; 3 minutes a side. Add the Italian seasoning; stir; then add wine; cook one minute; add broth and half the sun-dried tomatoes. Lock lid on and cook 8 minutes. Natural release for 10 minutes. Add cornstarch mixture; cook a minute; kale (if used and actually I would add that first; cook it 1-2 minutes before then adding the rest of the sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, cream and pasta (which you cooked but for 2-3 minutes less than package suggests.) I used rigatoni this last time and liked it for this recipe. Other pasta (ziti works well) will probably be great too. Cook it on sauté for a minute or two; don’t let it boil. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. You can guild the lily with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese; it is a nice touch but if you want to cut calories; leave that off and you can use whole milk rather than cream. I have done this with kale; great with spinach. Last time I just used fresh parsley. Enjoy!
PS: I used my IP but you could simmer the dish on your stove top in a big pan; so… after the adding of the broth; maybe 25 minutes to cook the chicken. Rest of recipe stays the same. If you use chicken breasts cook them shorter either method of cooking; they take far less time than thighs.