Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken Recipe

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This Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken will be your new fave! It’s a recipe for a classic comfort food made in little time with little effort!

Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken Recipe From Val's Kitchen

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I have found myself really in the mood for pasta in vodka sauce recently. It’s one of my favorite pasta sauces. Ironically, it’s also a pasta sauce that I’ve never tried making from scratch. Now being that it’s summer, it’s been pretty hot out. This means that I loathe to turn on the stove and oven, and avoid doing so whenever possible. This means the Instant Pot is getting a workout. Instant Pots are terrific for preparing comfort food. I would definitely consider pasta in vodka sauce comfort food. Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken coming right up!

Once I decided I was going to make pasta with vodka sauce, all I had to do is select the pasta I was going to use. For a special sauce like this, I had to go with Academia Barilla. If you’ve been reading From Val’s Kitchen for a while then you may recall Academia Barilla. It is a line of ultra-premium restaurant-quality pasta of 100% Italian Origin. Two things make this pasta so special. First, the pasta is made with Italian Aureo durum wheat, a single high quality grain variety developed by Barilla. Second, the pasta is extruded with 100% bronze dies, instead of more commonly used teflon. This gives the pasta a rough, homemade texture that allows sauces to cling to the it, delivering maximum flavor in every bite. The line consists of four of the most common Italian pasta cuts – spaghetti, linguine, penne rigate, and farfalle.

The Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken came out even better than I expected. I started off with my friend Karen’s stove top recipe and made adjustments for cooking in the Instant Pot. The creamy sauce really clung to the thick pasta, resulting in a delicious combination that immediately became one of my favorite dishes. Here’s how I make Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken.

Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken

Equipment Needed

  • Instant Pot
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • silicone cooking spoon
  • knife
  • cutting board

Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 lb uncooked Academia Barilla penne pasta
  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (I used the variety seasoned with basil, garlic & oregano)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (divided into 1 tsp and 1 tsp)
  • shredded parmesan cheese

Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces approximately the same size as the penne.

Cover the bottom of the Instant Pot with a thin layer of olive oil.

Saute the chicken until it’s white and no longer raw.  Be sure to stir frequently.

Add the vodka and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the penne, chicken broth, seasonings, and crushed tomatoes. Be sure to cover all of the pasta.

Place the cover onto the Instant Pot. Set to cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.

As soon as the cooking cycle has finished, do a quick pressure release.

Stir the contents of the Instant Pot well.

Add the cream and Italian seasoning and stir thoroughly.

Serve immediately, sprinkling parmesan cheese to taste.

Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken

Instant Pot Penne Alla Vodka With Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb penne
  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • shredded parmesan cheese
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces approximately the same size as the penne.
  2. Cover the bottom of the Instant Pot with a thin layer of olive oil.
  3. Saute the chicken until it's white and no longer raw. Be sure to stir frequently.
  4. Add the vodka and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Add the penne, chicken broth, seasonings, and crushed tomatoes. Be sure to cover all of the pasta.
  6. Place the cover onto the Instant Pot. Set to cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
  7. As soon as the cooking cycle has finished, do a quick pressure release.
  8. Stir the contents of the Instant Pot well.
  9. Add the cream and Italian seasoning and stir thoroughly.
  10. Serve immediately, sprinkling parmesan cheese to taste.

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53 comments

Robin Rue July 26, 2017 - 6:56 am

I am always looking for new Instant Pot recipes! I am excited to try this one. My family will love it.

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Alli Smith July 26, 2017 - 7:04 am

I tried a dish similar to this while on vacation last week and I’m excited to see that I can make it at home! The sauce looks so creamy and delicious!

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candy July 26, 2017 - 7:45 am

I would have to make this the old fashion way no instanta pot in my house. We love this type of pasta but since we don’t drink I would leave out the alcohol and add something else.

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Jeffrey July 26, 2017 - 7:56 am

I’m a fan of plain old spaghetti and meatballs!

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Stephanie Phelps July 26, 2017 - 8:06 am

I would love to make ziti with this wonderful products!

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Heather Gallagher July 26, 2017 - 9:09 am

um…did you say vodka? 🙂 MY FAV! and yes it belongs in sauce it’s SOOOO good! I love my instapot and this recipe looks fantastic – can’t wait to try it!

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Jeanette July 26, 2017 - 10:02 am

This looks amazing! We are always looking for tasting ways to eat pasta because it can get so boring sometimes.

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Doria July 26, 2017 - 10:50 am

Oh my gosh, this sounds amazing!!! I love a good vodka sauce and I really need to get on the instant pot wagon because the recipes always look so good!

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Leela July 26, 2017 - 12:23 pm

I’d love to make pasta al forno with meatballs..

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lisa July 26, 2017 - 1:32 pm

This looks so easy and delicious! I really need to invest in an instant pot to try all of these recipes.

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Ellie Wright July 26, 2017 - 2:12 pm

I would like to make goulash with it.

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Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen July 26, 2017 - 2:46 pm

YUM!! Vodka sauce is my favorite. I still haven’t jumped on the instant pot bandwagon, though. This sounds really easy to make either way. Will have to give it a go.

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cyndi br July 26, 2017 - 3:08 pm

I would make broccoli Alfredo with the noodles

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Pam July 26, 2017 - 6:59 pm

Wow, that looks good. I have neve made vodka sauce myself, but I always order it at restaurants.

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Mimi Green July 26, 2017 - 7:14 pm

I’m naturally a pasta lover so I was already sold. Then you add vodka in the mix and I’m totally sold.

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Andrea v July 26, 2017 - 9:31 pm

Spaghetti and meatballs is still our favorite

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Victoria Heckstall July 27, 2017 - 4:41 am

Oh my goodness! This is really tempting and mouth-watering! I wanna grab it right now. I’ll make sure to make it tonight.

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pat. July 27, 2017 - 6:15 am

Red sauce, white sauce, in-between sauce–so many different tastes for pasta.

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Our Family World July 27, 2017 - 10:41 am

This looks like a really delicious dish to make. I don’t have an Instant Pot (yet) but I will still try to make this the usual way. Thank you for sharing the recipe. My family will thank you for it. 🙂

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Ellen Casper July 27, 2017 - 1:18 pm

I would make this recipe – it looks so yummy!

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Jillian Spellman July 27, 2017 - 1:49 pm

I keep hearing about these instant pots. This recipe looks so delish. I have always been a fan of vodka sauces.

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Kita Bryant July 27, 2017 - 3:35 pm

That penne is cooked to perfection. This looks delicious.

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Margot C July 27, 2017 - 3:53 pm

I make a penne thing with mushrooms and shrimp and peas that I should convert to Instant pot. I am in love with my Instant Pot.

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Amanda July 27, 2017 - 10:35 pm

I am absolutely DROOLING over this recipe. It’s like I am at the authentic Italian cafe down my street but without the live music!

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Kate | Life of a Ginger July 27, 2017 - 11:45 pm

Oh yum! Vodka sauce is one of my favs and this looks delicious and sounds so easy!

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David Elliott July 28, 2017 - 4:57 am

The sauce here looks marvelous. It looks like it goes perfectly with the pasta you have here as well as the chicken. I know that I would love this dish.

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Gina M July 28, 2017 - 11:39 am

I would love to make fettuccini alfredo!

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Kelly D July 28, 2017 - 1:04 pm

I would make baked ziti.

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Steve Weber July 28, 2017 - 4:31 pm

I would use fettuccine noodles with shrimp and a white wine sauce.

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Carolsue July 30, 2017 - 5:06 pm

I would make Lemon Roasted Garlic Pasta (using spaghetti or angel hair pasta)

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Latanya July 30, 2017 - 10:11 pm

cajun chicken pasta

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Lauren July 31, 2017 - 9:43 am

I would like to make eggplant rigatoni.

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Donna L July 31, 2017 - 10:38 am

I would like to make spaghetti and meatballs. Yum!

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Jessica To July 31, 2017 - 3:54 pm

I would make baked spaghetti.

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Amanda July 31, 2017 - 3:58 pm

Who knew it was so easy to make vodka sauce? Can’t wait to try this out!

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Rosie July 31, 2017 - 4:54 pm

I would like to make pasta salads!

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Madonna July 31, 2017 - 9:36 pm

We don’t have an instant pot here but we make a lot of pasta dishes. Today for lunch we had pasta salad.

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Tim July 31, 2017 - 10:19 pm

I would make oven baked macaroni and cheese, with that golden brown layer of cheese on top.

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Kimberly August 1, 2017 - 12:25 am

Vodka pasta sauce is my absolute favourite but I always buy it already jarred. I have been looking for a recipe so thank you for sharing this. It looks creamy and tasty! Super easy to make too!

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Terra Heck August 1, 2017 - 6:51 am

I’d like to make fetuccine alfredo with broccoli and chicken. Thanks.
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Geoff August 2, 2017 - 4:53 pm

I’d like to make a pesto pasta salad

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Tina W August 3, 2017 - 6:01 am

I would love to make some Spaghetti Carbonara.

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Sandra Preti August 4, 2017 - 3:35 pm

I would make a pesto pasta with fresh seasonal cherry tomatoes and parmesan…yum!!

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Brigitte Bauman August 5, 2017 - 1:09 pm

I would make Academia Barilla penne pasta and cheese with bacon. Made the same way I prepare mac and cheese just with penne pasta instead of macaroni .

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LeAnn Harbert August 5, 2017 - 7:21 pm

I’ll make Italian sausage and pasta.

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Danielle Jones August 5, 2017 - 7:38 pm

I would use this pasta to make chicken parmesan chicken. I love to make it on top of a good pasta.

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Katrina Angele August 5, 2017 - 10:13 pm

I’d love to make my family’s favorite. I just call it noodle bake. IT’s so good.

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Heidi August 6, 2017 - 1:46 pm

Just wondering if the tomatoes needed to be seasoned with something. It looks like your ingredient list is cut off (“28 oz can crushed tomatoes seasoned with”). Also, do the seasonings get added before coming to pressure or after. Your recipe says to add them with the penne, chicken broth, etc and then also with the cream. Just looking for clarificaiton.

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valmg August 7, 2017 - 8:27 am

I apologize, I clarified the recipe. I use canned tomatoes seasoned with basil, garlic & oregano. I add 1 tsp Italian seasoning when I add the penne and the other 1 tsp Italian seasoning when I add the cream.

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Tj January 20, 2019 - 7:22 pm

Pressure cook with 4 minutes wasn’t enough to fully cook the pasta! I feel like this would have been just as quick on the stovetop.

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valmg February 17, 2019 - 6:33 pm

The pasta used in this recipe was a very thick pasta but that being said cooking for 4 minutes was sufficient to make it al dente. Just plain pasta takes as little as 4 depending on if you like it al dente or 5 if you like it more tender.

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Jackie March 5, 2019 - 7:44 pm

I made this recipe tonight and It was so good. I couldn’t find the tomatoes that had the garlic, basil, and oregano added to them so I just added a little bit of minced garlic in with the oil and the chicken. 4 mins was perfect amount of pressure cooking time time to make the pasta a softer al dente. I turned it back to saute for just a min after I added the cream and it thickened into a creamy sauce. The chicken was bite size and so tender. My kids loved it and are fighting over who gets the leftovers tomorrow! Thank you for posting!

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valmg March 8, 2019 - 7:31 am

Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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