Chicken Alfredo
By :Cooking Under Pressure Cookbook by Matt Pelton
This recipe from scratch is so much better than the stuff in a can. It will make it hard to ever go back especially for how easy it is to make. Serve over ziti noodles.
Votes: 60
Rating: 2.87
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken, Parmesan cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
6 servings
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic whole and peeled
  • 2 lbs chicken breast diced
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 4 Tbsp real butter
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 8 ounces Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 lb cooked ziti noodles optional for 1 pot
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken, Parmesan cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
6 servings
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic whole and peeled
  • 2 lbs chicken breast diced
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 4 Tbsp real butter
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 8 ounces Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 lb cooked ziti noodles optional for 1 pot
Votes: 60
Rating: 2.87
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  1. Pour the oil into the Instant Pot and set it to sauté high. Place the cloves of garlic whole and peeled into the olive oil and cook until they are browned. Remove the garlic from the Instant Pot and set aside. When the garlic has cooled down, mince it.
  2. Brown the chicken and remove. Mince the garlic. Add the flour and butter to the bottom and whisk well until the flour smells like popcorn.
  3. Pour in the milk and add the pepper and sea salt. Add the garlic and the chicken. Place the lid on and set the pot to manual pressure high and set the time for 10 minutes. Quick pressure release.
  4. Fold in the cream and add the Parmesan cheese a little at a time stirring well until it is incorporated. Serve over the noodles or stir them in for a “casserole” style.
68 replies
  1. Kelcee333
    Kelcee333 says:

    Makes beautiful Alfredo sauce. Versatile as can be easily adapted to substitute chicken or make straight Alfredo sauce.

  2. Cwhitaker
    Cwhitaker says:

    Can someone help tell me what I did wrong? My sauce is kind of thin. I thought it would be thicker. This was my first time ever using an InstantPot, and I feel defeated. I think the flour kinda burned, could that have done it? What untensils are ok to use? Thank you for help!

  3. amy.mcdonnell
    amy.mcdonnell says:

    Like Cwhitaker my sauce was also very thin. I had to thicken it with cornstarch and by putting it on saute to cool it a little or else we would not have been able to use it. I’m also wondering what went wrong.

  4. whit1888
    whit1888 says:

    I like the recipe itself, however it didn’t work in the Instant pot. I followed directions exactly and got the “burn” message. Took the lid off to find everything built up a layer on the bottom. Tried a second time and same result. Just ended up putting it on the stove to cook

  5. Wanderingmoose
    Wanderingmoose says:

    Found it needed something.will try again but will add something, just not sure what yet.

  6. Kellyb997
    Kellyb997 says:

    I made this receipe tonight, i followed all the steps listed. After i added float,butter and then milk, chicken & garlic i pressure cooked for 10 mins. It took a while to heat up. Then i did quick release and opened the top and it was curtled. It only got worse once i added the remaining ingredients. Im not sire what i did wrong but i had to throw out the while batch!

  7. charlotterose13
    charlotterose13 says:

    I got the burn message twice. Nothing appeared burned. I finished cooking with the saute setting on low. The sauce was amazing! I didnt like i had to cook the pasta outside the pot however

  8. ErinL78
    ErinL78 says:

    I followed the recipe and kept getting the burn message. I even cleaned out the pot and let it cool and tried again and still got the burn message. I had to finish it off on the stove. It was tasty but thin and yeah…burny.

  9. Lizzie Nagy
    Lizzie Nagy says:

    The process wasn’t great, although I’m used to cooking it from scratch in a pan. Flavor was okay but not overwhelmingly great. I most likely will not be making again.

  10. KatS1966
    KatS1966 says:

    I like my sauce a little bit thicer. That being said this is now a favorite recipe. Amazing flavor. Love it.

  11. Jbrooks9297
    Jbrooks9297 says:

    Mine came out perfect. You just need to know how to make a good smooth roux! No burn errors or clumps etc!

  12. zuoashley
    zuoashley says:

    Worked good for me . No issues . When i did the quick release though sauce was coming out a little bit from the release valve not sure why.

  13. Bombmom253
    Bombmom253 says:

    Good flavor but very thin sauce. I think this would be easier on the stove top. Not what i expected from an Instant Pot recipe.

  14. fletchette
    fletchette says:

    Flavor good, but couldn’t get it pressure cooked (kept getting “burn” msg – because of the milk?). I did everything i could to scrape up the bits at the bottom, & finally got a little pressurized time). I think it’d be a decent stove top recipe. + 5 min prep time is overly optimistic. At least i can’t gather ingredients, dice chicken & peel garlic in that time.

  15. pdr654
    pdr654 says:

    Took longer than 5 min to saute the chicken,but once done everythi g was just fine. Sauce is a tad thin , BUT I think it will thicken as it sits.

  16. Cbru
    Cbru says:

    I prepared this for 4 servings. Sauteing – browning the chicken took at least 10 minutes. Then during the pressure coocking stage i got the ‘Burn’ message. I pressed ‘cancel’ and then restarted – continued pressure coocking for 5 more minutes. Although there was a thin burnt layer at the bottom, (which i didnt touch while adding the rest of the ingredients) the chicken was nice and soft and the result tasted really Great! Overall i think this is best (and quicker?) prepared on a stove top.

  17. Cristy
    Cristy says:

    The flavor was nice. Did need a little something. Also the sauce was a little watery. Next time I’ll use 2 cups of milk instead of 4

  18. Chellyanne
    Chellyanne says:

    This was extremely frustrating for my boyfriend and I to make. I have made alfredo saice many times on the stove, and wanted to try it in the instapot. Took us well over an hour because we got the burn notice twice. We ended up finishing it on the stove, and it was extremely watery. The only nice thing I have to say is that the flavor is good. We will never try to make this recipe again!

  19. Jonclyn
    Jonclyn says:

    First time using the instantpot and felt defeated and thought i did it wrong till reading these. Upon taking off the lid it looked curtled and sauce never thickened up. I wouldnt make this again.

  20. Nancy Masten
    Nancy Masten says:

    Tried this but it was a fail. Kept getting burn message and ended up finishing on the stove. Using saute on high was too hot for butter flour and milk.

  21. Joakman
    Joakman says:

    To be honest- i kinda went commando with this recipe. First. I did 3 chicken breasts with a chicken bouillon cube, 3 cups of water and a box of penne pasta under manual for 8 minutes. I quick released, shredded the chicken, added a pint of cream, did about 6 shakes of garlic powder and 6-8 shakes of pepper. Added approx 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of flour and a cup+ of fresh parmesan. Mixed it and enjoyed— it was amaaaazing and easy!!

  22. DariusKristenNabers
    DariusKristenNabers says:

    Not very happy with this one…had to “fill in the holes” to put this one together. Had to restart it multiple times for burn warning and add milk to it, and a few other things. It did come out really good but that was after almost completly modifying it.

  23. says:

    First time making this and it was delicious and easy. I used minced garlic in the jar and it worked the same, I just put the chicken in first and then garlic with butter. For those that prefer a thicker sauce I recommend using grated parmesan cheese as well as shredded and putting the pasta with the sauce and chicken after the quick release as well. An awesome recipe overall and will definitely be making this over and over again.

  24. cynnamarie
    cynnamarie says:

    The original recipe was hard to follow. I followed Joakman’s recipe in the comments and it turned out delish! Definatley making it again in this specific way!

  25. Clarksonfam09
    Clarksonfam09 says:

    If I could give zero stars, I would. Find another recipe. Got a burn notice so had to try a second time. Sauce was thin as water and looked like it had a bunch of milk curds in it when it was finished pressure cooking. How does this have four stars?!

  26. Joyce Timby
    Joyce Timby says:

    This receipe should get a zero star. Followed receipe and it smelled like it was burning. Did a quick release and ended up pouring it into a pan and cooking on stove. Will not make this again

  27. Acwgrl94
    Acwgrl94 says:

    I have never had so many “burn” notices on my instant pot ever. Wont be making this again.

  28. Jmaxwell18
    Jmaxwell18 says:

    I only put half the milk in and turned out great also didnt know to deglaze the pot after saute but once i did that no issues very tasty!

  29. bevkurtz
    bevkurtz says:

    Wont make this one again. Milk curdled and dish tasted good but looked disgusting. Quick release spewed milk all over my counter. Ended up making our own and draining and rinsing meat and broccoli and then serving.

  30. wecansue
    wecansue says:

    Followed your directions exactly and it was too much liquid at the end so wasn’t creamy like real Alfredo sauce I think next time I’ll cut down all of the milk and add more flour to thicken it up a little

  31. didyougetone
    didyougetone says:

    Very easy! Do have to watch for scorching, but i was able to get all of the scorched portions out and it did not seem to affect the flavor at all. Could be a bit thicker, but the family loved it. I only made on package of noodles and the rest was eaten over steamed broccoli…DELICIOUS!

  32. Ree1983
    Ree1983 says:

    Turned out really well and tastes very good is not a bit to peppery will make again with half the pepper i also used penne instead

  33. says:

    Was great followed the recipe to the letter. Make sure you have bubbling before you put into pressure mode. Also make sure the pressure is on high like the recipe says.
    Thank you made this and cheesecake with my daughter

  34. ccshodges
    ccshodges says:

    I dont know why but it always takes me an hour to make this. My chicken doesnt brown and i have to turn on saute like 3 times before i even get to the next step. It is good though.

  35. Cmm12
    Cmm12 says:

    Really good but I think I would use a little less milk to make the sauce thicker. But other than that really good.

  36. Sarahreise123
    Sarahreise123 says:

    Just made this and it burnt my pot had to move it to the stove… Not very happy with this recipe.. i followed every step

  37. Amandayaj
    Amandayaj says:

    I added 12 oz cheese it made it more thick and used shrimp And lobster instead of chicken. It was so good.

  38. Richard.green1185
    Richard.green1185 says:

    Having the milk in the pressure cooker causes the BURN notice. I have never had a burn notice in all my time using an Instant Pot. I had three burn notices and had to finish cooking it on the stove!

  39. Superdave1980
    Superdave1980 says:

    Taste was ok. Def had better and worse. Way too thin. Got burn notice twice. Will not make again. Easier to juat make on stove.

  40. JamieFiliatreau
    JamieFiliatreau says:

    It burns in the pot and won’t get to pressure. After two attempts at least the chicken is cooked through. Don’t recommend.

  41. Kimmerhd
    Kimmerhd says:

    I had to finish cooking this on the stove as it stuck ti the bottom of the pot and gave a burn notice. The flavour was good but I won’t make it again. I will use another of my recipes and use the stove.

  42. babyangelmelissa08
    babyangelmelissa08 says:

    Horrible recipe. I should have trusted all the other comments about getting a burn notice even though all directions were followed, because thats exactly what happened. This recipe should be removed!

  43. Allison Pizzoferrato
    Allison Pizzoferrato says:

    Definitely not what I was expecting. I adjusted the amounts a little bit as I have the 8 quart (and my honey loves his Alfredo sauce). I kept getting the burn notice and it was super thin. Tried adding cornstarch like some other comments said – that didn’t thicken it. Ended up sautéing it to thicken it – it worked, but I found it doesn’t have much flavor.

  44. Burnsie13
    Burnsie13 says:

    I added a half cup Dry white wine and it was divine. Also served it over fettuccini, which is perfect for Alfredo sauce.

  45. Sandeeboy
    Sandeeboy says:

    Thumbs down to this one. Not the type of meal for the InstantPot. Got a “ burn” error. And the sauce was burning to the bottom if the pot.

  46. Busymom90s
    Busymom90s says:

    I use 1 on pinterest that we love. No milk, equal amts of cream & broth garlic. Pasta chicken cook. Then add parm cheese and its good.

  47. ttalbert75
    ttalbert75 says:

    Not bad. Not great. I used whole garlic cloves pre-peeled and refrigerated. As they began to sizzle and pop, I removed them and finished them on the stove.

    I paid very close attention to the flour/butter mixture and likewise when I added the milk as I recognized “the burn” possibilty. Paying close attention I was safe.

    I added a little extra cream and parm cheese. The cheese thickened things up.

    I think next time I’ll try and add some lightly steamed broccoli when I fold in the cream.

  48. Teresa
    Teresa says:

    Zero stars, no idea how anyone gets anything edible out of this. Meticulously followed the recipe, it won’t even cook because I keep getting the burn message. If husband can’t save it it’s just getting trashed. What a waste.

  49. Katie
    Katie says:

    Sauce was thin like everyone says, and had no flavor to it. Honestly there’s nothing “instant” about this recipe. Most of the work is done before pressure cooking. During quick release the sauce went everywhere somehow as well. Definitely won’t be making this again.

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