Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta

This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta is an easy, one pot meal that cooks in record time! It’s creamy, comforting and hearty!

instant pot chicken alfredo pasta

Hey everyone! It’s Ashley here from The Recipe Rebel back with another Instant Pot recipe, because September is crazy enough without us having to worry about getting a good meal on the table in between after school activities, lessons and sports!

I was a little nervous about making pasta in my Instant Pot for the first time, because I thought it would either all clump together (how could it not when there’s no stirring??), or be totally mushy and overcooked.

But somehow, it just works. And it works so well, especially when you have your hands full with littles or other things because once you close the lid and set the cook time, it’s totally hands off. You can’t fuss over it even if you wanted to!

This is one of our go-to recipes because it’s easy, the kids love it, and the leftovers are perfect for lunches the next day (if there are any!). If you’re looking for more Instant Pot pasta recipes, try this Instant Pot Baked Ziti or this Instant Pot Mac and Cheese!

instant pot chicken alfredo pasta on plate

Tips for making this Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta:

  • You never want to milk, cream, cheese or other dairy products to the Instant Pot before pressurizing. They will clump and foam when you open the valve to release the pressure. You don’t want to try it.
  • The worst thing you can do is cook the pasta too long. You will want to cook the pasta for roughly half the time listed on package, especially because in this recipe, you are going to turn the Instant Pot to saute when you add the rest of your sauce ingredients. If your pasta is well cooked to begin with, it’s going to turn into a gross mess when you’re cooking and stirring the sauce.
  • Feel free to use chicken breasts or chicken thighs, or you can even skip the chicken and opt for a vegetarian meal. You cannot skip sauteeing the chicken in this recipe because the chicken needs a longer cook time than the pasta.
  • Feel free to mix up the flavors by adding in different veggies when you mix up the rest of the sauce: broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, or anything that can cook fairly quickly are great.

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instant pot chicken alfredo pasta on plate

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta

4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 6
This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta is an easy, one pot meal that cooks in record time! It's creamy, comforting and hearty!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 4.5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 375 grams Bowtie pasta about 5 cups
  • 8 oz light cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot to saute. When it reads "hot" add the oil.
  2. Add the chicken breasts, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes total.
  3. Add the garlic, parsley and oregano and stir and cook 1 minute.
  4. Add the chicken broth, and scrape the bottom of the pot with a hard metal spoon to remove any stuck on bits. Turn the Instant Pot off.
  5. Add the pasta -- don't stir -- and press down with a spatula into the liquid. The liquid will just barely cover the pasta.
  6. Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 3 minutes.
  7. When the cook time is over, do a quick release (open the valve all the way) and remove the lid. Turn the Instant Pot to saute.

  8. Stir in the cream cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Stir together the water and corn starch and stir into the pasta. Cook and stir until thickened and season to your tastes. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 503 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 805mg34%
Potassium 608mg17%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 173mg17%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

Ashley Fehr

Ashley loves all kinds of food: easy, healthy dinners, extravagant desserts, baked goods, and homemade breads! She believes in enjoying everything in moderation and strives to find ways to make her favorite foods a little healthier (including sneaking in those veggies occasionally!)

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! I cooked it in my Crockpot pressure cooker on the soup setting for 5 minutes. Added fresh mushrooms at the end. Will definitely make it again!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! My first experiment using my new Instant Pot was a huge success. Used mini penne and added broccoli. Everything was tender and done perfectly. It was delicious!

    1. Yes, you will pre-cook the pasta according to the package ingredients but not all the way through. The worst thing you can do is cook the pasta too long. You will want to cook the pasta for roughly half the time listed on package, especially because in this recipe, you are going to turn the Instant Pot to saute when you add the rest of your sauce ingredients. If your pasta is well cooked to begin with, it’s going to turn into a gross mess when you’re cooking and stirring the sauce.

      1. No! You do NOT have to cook pasta and then put it in the instant pot. Why on earth would you do that, you would be cooking it twice! Every IP recipe I’ve ever tried has you put the pasta in uncooked and it comes out perfect every time.

  3. I did a little spin on your recipe but it worked great!

    I used ground turkey. I put the noodles in uncooked but cooked for 8min with a quick release. Then when I added all the cheeses I added 2 tablespoons of water but left out the cornstarch as much of the broth was absorbed by the noodles.

    Of note, I have celiac and made this with gluten free barilla rotini and it worked great.

    I was able to cook it all in one pot versus having dirty dishes of cooking the noodles beforehand.

  4. 5 stars
    This pasta was great, but I would like to inform you that oregano was not listed in your list of ingredients. So I’m eating it oregano free, still great though.

  5. 5 stars
    Okay, I’ve tried a bunch of chicken alfredo recipes and none of them have ever even come close to this! Not only was it simple, it was delicious!! This is definitely a keeper 🙂

  6. This recipe is very poorly written.It doesn’t tell you to precook your pasat.Thank God I read some of the questions before making it. And there is no mention of Oregano in the ingredients.No amount Neither you should preread these recipes before publishing them. Ty very much. sincerely Bruce Lamere.

  7. 4 stars
    I think the person who answered the question “do i cook the pasta in a pot on the STOVE prior to putting in the instant pot?” misread the question when they answered ‘yes’. NO, you do NOT cook the pasta on the stove prior to adding it, it cooks in the INSTANT POT in step 6. No pre-cooking of the pasta is required.

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