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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta (pressure cooker pasta)

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Servings 6 servings

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This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta is an easy one pot meal made hands off in the pressure cooker! It’s so creamy, the whole family loves it!

Instant Pot, again?!?

instant pot chicken alfredo pasta in pressure cooker with metal scoop scooping some out

Honestly, it’s just fun having a new toy to play and experiment with! I also love how hands off the Instant Pot pressure cooker is once you get it going — you’ve got no choice but to wait around, which gives me a chance to prep veggies or make the kids lunches for the next day (or help them to do it!).

This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo pasta is a new favorite around our house! It’s easy and soooo creamy, it’s the perfect hearty meal for a cool day.

And if your kids are tired of sandwiches for lunch, the leftovers make a great lunch in a thermos the next day!

instant pot chicken alfredo pasta on grey plate on grey marble background

How to make Instant Pot pasta:

Pasta is actually very easy to cook in the Instant Pot, but you do have to be careful. Here are a few tips:

  • Size and shape do matter: You can definitely use longer cuts of pasta in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker, but I’ve found that there’s more of a chance they will stick together and it’s harder to get them submerged in the liquid. I generally prefer short cuts of pasta in Instant Pot recipes.
  • Cook time: For this recipe, I use a cook time of half the time listed on the box of pasta I used (if it’s an odd number, I go to the lesser half). If you’re getting crazy and mixing up your pasta shapes, keep in mind that the cook time may change.
  • Finishing on saute: Some Instant Pot pasta recipes call for a longer cook time, but when you are finishing the sauce on saute, you really need to make sure that the pasta is on the firmer side when you open it. You don’t want a big mushy mess in the end!
  • Don’t stir: Honestly, I have stirred pasta, and not stirred pasta, and it has all turned out well for me in the end. But as a rule, when you add the pasta, you should press down into the liquid but not stir, as pasta on the bottom can lead to a “burn” message as it gets stuck.

Tips for making Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo:

  • Know your Instant Pot: not all Instant Pots cook the same way. I have a 6 quart Instant Pot, and that’s how my recipes are tested. Keep in mind that the 8 quart may have a different minimum liquid requirement and cook differently. Since we are using a large amount of liquid to begin with, this recipe should work just fine in either.
  • Pick your chicken: you can use chicken breasts or boneless, skinless chicken thighs in this recipe, depending on your tastes. You can also mix it up and swap the chicken for precooked sausage or ham instead.
  • Pick your add ins: This is a basic Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo pasta recipe. Feel free to stir in broccoli at the end, or saute mushrooms with the chicken at the beginning, or stir in a spoonful of basil pesto or even Sriracha at the end to truly make it your own.
instant pot chicken alfredo pasta overhead on marble with two spoons stuck into pasta on plate

Tips for making a healthier version of this Instant Pot pasta:

I use light cream cheese to make my sauce because it makes it thick and creamy. You can also use a thickened milk mixture (whisk together two tablespoons of flour and a cup of milk, and cook in the Instant Pot on saute until thickened.

You can also add a ton of vegetables (try a frozen veggie mix to easily bump up the nutritional value without having to cook veggies — simply heat them on saute until warm), or use a low fat cheese.

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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

4.91 from 11 votes
This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta is an easy one pot meal made hands off in the pressure cooker! It’s so creamy, the whole family loves it!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 520cal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4.5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 375 grams Bowtie pasta or other short pasta (5 cups) — see notes in post
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 8 oz light cream cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Turn Instant Pot to saute. When it reads “hot” add oil.
  • Add the chicken breasts, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and brown on both sides, about 2 minutes each side. 
  • Add the garlic, parsley and oregano and stir and cook 1 minute.
  • 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.
  • Add the pasta — don’t stir — and press down into the liquid. The liquid will just barely cover the pasta.
  • Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 3 minutes. 
  • 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.
  • Stir together the water and corn starch and stir into the pasta. Allow to cook and thicken slightly.
  • Stir in the cream cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Stir until melted. Serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 520cal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Keywords chicken alfredo, instant pot chicken, instant pot pasta, pressure cooker alfredo

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  1. Amy Yates says

    Made this recipe tonight and it was a huge hit with my husband! Quick question: what is the serving size for the nutrition facts? Thanks!

  2. PKing says

    Hello I’ve tried your recipe with chicken, if I opt out on the chicken portion and just do the pasta and everything else, would the timing be the same?

  3. Casey MORGAN says

    I made this recipe. Oh it was delicious one of my favorites! Only difference that added was a little bit of Tony Cajun seasoning and a little extra parmesan which is graded and a little extra parsley at the end

  4. Valerie Peloso says

    Good and easy recipe !!
    Maybe you should add the the pasta amount in cups !
    Will definitely we make again

  5. Jamie says

    This was amazing and so easy to prepare on a busy weeknight! My husband and son both said it was the best I’ve made in a long time. Thank you!!!

  6. Haylee says

    I made this tonight. And it was fantastic. My seven year old is very very picky and she loved it so much she asked to take some leftover for her lunch tomorrow. I forgot to add the salt and pepper in and cut the parsley in half and it came out awesome. This will become a regular dish at my house.

  7. Jill says

    I think this would have turned out great but for my mistake. I used regular chicken broth not low sodium AND I added salt! Huge mistake. It was too salty for me to eat. So I’m going to try it the right way soon. Just wanted to warn everyone to pay attention to the part I didn’t and I’m sure it would be awesome! I think if I used regular broth but alleviated the added salt it would have been fine.

  8. Marilyn Hukill says

    So very good. Used shrimp instead of chicken. After I sauteed it with some cayenne, thyme, sea salt and fresh ground pepper, i set it aside and continued with the recipe. I did use shrimp bouillon in place of the chicken. Then after everything was combined i added the shrimp back with any liquid from the bowl.

  9. Susan R says

    Oh my gosh, this was excellent! It was creamy and goey. I added an extra breast (4 in total) and it was perfect. I also used Epicure chicken broth and wow, the flavor was amazing.

  10. Taylor says

    I’m wanting to cooking this for more people and wanting to double the recipes. I am new to my instant pot. Would I just double the cooking time as well? Can’t wait to try!

  11. Torie Knighton says

    Oh my goodness! I made this tonight for my family & it was amazing!!! My only regret was that I didn’t make breadsticks- it was so creamy we could’ve used them to get every yummy cheesy bit!! Thank you!

  12. Jennifer says

    This looks delisj. Is it possible to make this in a slow cooker. If so are the instructions similar to your most recent post. Thanks a bunch.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You could definitely make it in a slow cooker but I haven’t tried this one yet! I’ve done quite a few other slow cooker pastas so I’m sure it would work fine, and yes, I’d use the Crockpot Chicken and Noodles recipe as a guide! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  13. Kanesha says

    I’m confused. It says to brown the chicken breasts on both sides. Yet, the recipe calls for chicken breasts cut up into cubes. So, do you cut it into cubes after browning the whole chicken breasts?? Thank you!

  14. Cindy says

    Tried this last night, so creamy, easy and delicious! My two year old devoured it and asked for thirds!
    Thank you for sharing!

  15. Jason says

    I’m still new to the instant pot. I made this tonight. I sauté the chicken for about 4 min after it was all cut into pieces in the pot. The chicken seemed a little chewy when done. What could i do different next time? I also made a pot roast and browned the roast for 2 min all sides and cooked for 1hr 10 min. It was also a little dry and the pot was filled with vegetables and beef broth.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Jason! It’s a tricky question! Often a few extra minutes under pressure can help to tenderize meat — if you find it’s a little tough, I would turn it back on for a few minutes (not possible with pasta recipes as it would overcook, but pot roast would be fine!). As for the chicken, I would try cutting into smaller pieces so that it pressure cooks more efficiently in the time it takes to cook the pasta. I hope that helps!

  16. Julie perry says

    I made this tonight it was every easy to make. My first dinner in the Instant Pot so I was worried. Need to learn more about the pot but the dinner was great. Thank you

  17. Savannah Lamar says

    I don’t see oregano in the ingredients list…. how much do I use? I’m new to cooking, and unfortunately will need to find a different recipe to use today.
    But this looks so good!!! I will definitely make it in the future! Thank you for posting it for us that aren’t as adventurous in creating recipes!!

  18. Tamara H. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I am thrilled that I can make this in the Instant Pot. Could you please share with me how you send the leftovers in a lunch thermos? Do you heat up with more liquid and add it to the Thermos?

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