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Instant Pot Olive Garden Italian Dressing Chicken

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved going to the Olive Garden for soup, salad and breadsticks.  At one point in my life, this was my weekend ritual.  Literally, every weekend I found myself at the Olive Garden!  I know, I know, I know…..the Olive Garden is not real Italian food.  You’re right, it’s not!  But, the salad is real good, thanks to the salad dressing!

Imagine my delight when I came across the Olive Garden salad dressing at the grocery store!!!!  How could this be??  Yes!  Now, I can make my own “Olive Garden” salads at home.  :). Before grocery stores sold the Olive Garden Italian salad dressing, I would buy it from the restaurant!

This recipe combines the deliciousness of the Olive Garden Italian salad dressing with boneless skinless chicken breasts.  You can really use any type of chicken that you prefer.  We mostly eat boneless skinless chicken breasts, so that’s what is used in this recipe.

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Once you have prepared the chicken, feel free to serve with your favorite side dishes.  I chose to serve with some pasta and green beans and I poured some of the additional sauce right on top of everything.  In all honesty, I thought that this was going to be Italian dressing overload and I was pleasantly surprised that it was not!  Not at all!

Tips for this recipe:

  1. You can use whatever kind of chicken you prefer.  I used boneless skinless chicken breasts but you could use bone in chicken breasts, chicken thighs, legs or wings.  If you choose to use bone in chicken breasts or dark meat chicken,  you will need to increase the cook time by a couple of minutes.
  2. If you would prefer a milder Italian dressing flavor, you can substitute 1 cup of chicken broth for 1 cup of salad dressing.
  3. You can increase the number of chicken breasts to 4 or 5 without needing to increase the amount of salad dressing used in this recipe.  Since you need liquid in the Instant Pot to pressure cook the chicken, there tends to be a lot of dressing/cheese sauce leftover.  So, if you want to cook more than 2 or 3 chicken breasts, you can do so, without having to increase the amount of liquid in the pot.  Just make sure that there is enough liquid in the pot to cover the chicken breasts about halfway.

How to make Olive Garden Italian Dressing Chicken in the Instant Pot:

  1. Pour one cup of Olive Garden Italian Dressing into the Instant Pot.
  2. Place 2-3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts into the Instant Pot.
  3. Mix remaining 1 cup of Olive Garden Italian Dressing with 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese.
  4. Pour dressing/cheese mixture over chicken breasts.
  5. Close lid and move valve to “seal position.”
  6.  Turn Instant Pot on.
  7. Select “pressure cooker” setting and cook on high for 10 minutes.
  8. When timer beeps, allow pressure to natural release for 5 minutes.
  9. Quick release remaining pressure.
  10. Remove lid.
  11. Serve with your favorite pasta and vegetables!

Olive Garden Italian Dressing Chicken in the Instant Pot:

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Instant Pot Olive Garden Italian Dressing Chicken

4.27 from 56 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 382kcal
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Ingredients

  • 2-3 Large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Cups Olive Garden Italian salad dressing
  • 1/3 Cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Pour one cup of Olive Garden Italian Dressing into the Instant Pot.
  • Place 2-3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts into the Instant Pot.
  • Mix remaining 1 cup of Olive Garden Italian Dressing with 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese.
  • Pour dressing/cheese mixture over chicken breasts.
  • Close lid and move valve to "seal position."
  •  Turn Instant Pot on.
  • Select "pressure cooker" setting and cook on high for 10 minutes.
  • When timer beeps, allow pressure to natural release for 5 minutes.
  • Quick release remaining pressure.
  • Remove lid.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta and vegetables!

Tips for this recipe:

Tips for this recipe:
1. You can use whatever kind of chicken you prefer.  I used boneless skinless chicken breasts but you could use bone in chicken breasts, chicken thighs, legs or wings.  If you choose to use bone in chicken breasts or dark meat chicken,  you will need to increase the cook time by a couple of minutes.
2. If you would prefer a milder Italian dressing flavor, you can substitute 1 cup of chicken broth for 1 cup of salad dressing.
3. You can increase the number of chicken breasts to 4 or 5 without needing to increase the amount of salad dressing used in this recipe.  Since you need liquid in the Instant Pot to pressure cook the chicken, there tends to be a lot of dressing/cheese sauce leftover.  So, if you want to cook more than 2 or 3 chicken breasts, you can do so, without having to increase the amount of liquid in the pot.  Just make sure that there is enough liquid in the pot to cover the chicken breasts about halfway.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 1360mg | Potassium: 318mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg
Have you tried this recipe? Let us know how it turned out in a comment below!

 

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8 Comments

  1. 3 stars
    Taste was good, but chicken breast were very tough! Followed the recipe so I don’t know what happened to make the chicken so tough.

    1. You don’t need to add any additional time. The pot will just take longer to get up to pressure. They will thaw while the pot reaches pressure and then continue to cook. :). I use frozen chicken all the time and it turns out great!

  2. Loved this! The kids did too! Had plenty extra to make additional dishes later in the week! Thank you!
    How long would you recommend for thin chicken breasts?

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