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Tantalizing Tortellini & Chicken Skewers Recipe!

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  • Author: wellness sleuth
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 15 - 18 servings


Tortellini and Chicken Skewers are my ultimate go-to for an easy yet utterly satisfying meal. There's just something magical about the combination of tender, grilled chicken and perfectly cooked tortellini, all threaded onto skewers. The flavors mingle and create a delightful harmony as they soak up any marinade or sauce you choose. 


Chicken Breast Ingredients:*

16 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 T. Italian dressing
1 c. water
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste 

*Skip this step if using leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken

Remaining Skewer Ingredients:

9 oz. package refrigerated tortellini
2 T. extra virgin olive oil 

1 pint large grape tomatoes, cut in half**

1 6-oz. can large black olives, drained
½ c. Italian dressing, divided
15 10-12” wooden skewers

**If using smaller cherry tomatoes, do not cut in half.


  1. Place the chicken in large freezer bag along with two tablespoons Italian dressing. Seal tightly and turn each breast until coated on both sides. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, turning once halfway through.

  2. Add the removable rack to the Instant Pot® cooking container and place the marinated breasts on top. Add water and sprinkle each breast with the garlic and onion powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

  3. Add the lid and lock it into place. Position the vent to “Sealing” and set the “Manual” setting to 8 minutes.

  4. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the tortellini according to package instructions. (Add olive oil to the cooking water as instructed on the package to prevent sticking). Rinse and drain well, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

  5. When cook time is complete on the Instant Pot®, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure. Remove lid and transfer the chicken to a non-permeable cutting board.

  6. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut into one-inch cubes and transfer to the bowl with the tortellini.

  7. Add the olives and tomatoes to the bowl, along with two tablespoons Italian dressing. Lightly season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Gently fold the ingredients with a spoon until thoroughly coated in the dressing.

  8. Using 10-12” wooden skewers, thread 1 black olive, 1 grape tomato half, 1 chicken cube, 1 tortellini, 1 chicken cube, 1 tortellini, 1 tomato half, and 1 black olive. Repeat this process until all skewers are complete.

    Note: The order listed above is just a suggestion. It looks nice if you begin and end each skewer with the same ingredients, but your preferences may vary. 

Tip: When finished assembling the skewers, toss any remaining ingredients in a medium bowl with a little Italian dressing to serve on the side.   


  1. To serve, transfer the finished skewers to a platter and offer the remaining Italian dressing on the side. Enjoy! 


You can save quite a bit of time preparing this delicious appetizer by using leftover grilled or rotisserie cooked chicken breasts. If this is not possible, use the easy Instant Pot® instructions outlined below for quick and tender results.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
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