When you only have 10 minutes to prep a meal, let this Chicken Marinara be your go-to! Beyond easy to make and oh so tasty.
This is a set-it-and-forget-it recipe. Toss everything in an instant pot or even a slow cooker and you don't have to think about it again till it's time to eat.
Ingredient lists don't get much simpler than this one. You need some chicken breasts, homemade or jarred marinara sauce, a can of diced tomatoes, and a box of pasta.
A little parmesan tops everything off, and if you have some around you can throw some basil on there too. And don't be picky with the pasta, you can use ANY pasta you have on hand or personally love. Or something fun like you see above that I picked up at Trader Joe's.
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I told you this recipe was BEYOND EASY, toss everything except the parmesan and the pasta into the bowl of an instant pot. Cook on manual high pressure for 12 minutes and let it naturally release for 20 minutes. Then pull the chicken out of the pot.
Shred it up and then toss it back into the pot to get all saucy. You can make it really easy to shred if you put it in your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. It will be done in like 30 seconds and perfectly shredded.
Cook your favorite pasta according to the package directions and serve the Chicken Marinara over it. Top it with lots of grated parmesan cheese and a little basil if you have it. I love how easy this recipe is, and how elegant it can look. Showing off with ease!
Notes & Tips
Be sure to season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. This is your one opportunity to add flavor to the actual meat so don't skimp on it. Also, flavors are dulled when cooked in an instant pot, so season the meat generously.
If you want to use a slow cooker as opposed to an instant pot, cook the mixture on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
Chicken breasts are my go-to for this recipe. You could also use chicken thighs, and those can be bone-in or boneless, either work. I would just suggest they be skinless. Take the skin off and use it for THIS RECIPE.
My personal favorite jarred marinara sauce is Victoria Sauce. But if you make your own marinara you can use that too.
You could bulk up your marinara if you don't have or want to use diced tomatoes. You can also use any style of diced tomatoes, I just like the added flavor of the fire-roasted tomatoes.
I love a fun pasta, I picked this funky one you see in my images up at Trader Joe's. But you can serve this Chicken Marinara over ANY pasta. Keep the recipe gluten-free by using your favorite gluten-free pasta.
And finally, if you need to keep this recipe dairy-free, don't serve it with cheese or keep it on the side for anyone who might like it.