by Olena

Instant Pot Chicken Pasta with Parmesan

Olena Osipov
5 from 19 votes

Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta is 30ish minute one pot meal with tomato sauce, chicken breasts and gooey cheese on top. Full of staples, kids favorite and so easy!

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Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Pasta

I created this Instant Pot chicken pasta last week out of exhaustion. Chicken and pasta are always in my kitchen and I know 100% kids will love dinner. Can you relate? 🙂

So, you know chicken Parmesan? This is kind of that but in a form of a one pot meal – 30ish minutes, easy and simple.

Pasta in Parmesan flavored sauce, flavorful chicken pieces and gooey cheese on top.

Instant Pot Chicken Pasta coated in melted cheese and sauce and garnished with herbs

Ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken Pasta

Are you new to Instant Pot? Check out my Instant Pot guide. Also if you don’t have one, see which one suits you best.

  • Chicken: You will need 2-3 large boneless and skinless chicken breasts or about 1.5 lbs thighs. Bone in chicken won’t have enough time to cook and pasta will overcook.
  • Pasta: Any pasta works! White, whole wheat or gluten free (shorter cook time). What matters is the shape – grooves and holes to scoop up the sauce.
  • Tomato sauce: I am using simple affordable low sodium tomato sauce from a can. I always have it on hand – it’s just easy.
  • Cheeses: Parmesan cheese adds flavor to the sauce and mozzarella is more of a topping to entice children and husbands.

Tip: You can always add veggies at the end like finely chopped broccoli, peas or edamame.

Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta scooped on a long spoon

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Pasta

Please keep in mind, pasta dish doesn’t freeze well and recipe serves 6. I share how to cut recipe and adapt to 3 quart Instant Pot in the recipe notes.

  • Brown chicken: Sprinkle chicken breasts with spices and saute for 4-5 minutes per side. Please note it takes 4-5 mins for your pressure cooker to preheat and it is important to wait until display says Hot.
  • Add pasta, sauce and chicken: Deglaze pot only with 1 cup broth to save time and avoid Burn. Then add pasta, seasonings and stir to help pasta not stick. Return chicken to the pot and add tomato sauce on top. Now you do not stir to avoid the dreaded Burn.
  • Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes and release pressure immediately to avoid overcooked pasta. Super important!
  • Slice chicken, add cheeses and garlic: Remove chicken, slice it and return to the pot. Add Parmesan and half of mozzarella cheese, grated garlic and stir very gently. Sprinkle with more cheese and let it melt for a few minutes while Instant Pot is closed.

Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta in a pot

More Tips

  • Gluten free pasta: I would cook it for 3 minutes at first. If it comes out uncooked, close the lid and let it sit while you are slicing chicken. Pasta absorbs liquid fast!
  • Your favorite sauce: You can use any jarred sauce and skip seasonings and salt, then adjust to taste at the end.
  • Different cheese: Instead of mozzarella feel free to use any cheese that melts like white cheddar, swiss, gouda etc.
  • “Too runny” when you open: Do not worry if you see a lot of liquid when you open the pot. Pasta will soak it up like a sponge – trust me.
  • Grated garlic vs. minced: Grated garlic is way more flavorful than minced. Amount depends if you are a garlic loving family. And adding it after results in way more flavor than adding it before cooking.
  • Fresh herbs: Parsley or basil would be awesome. I was out and as a true Ukrainian I always have dill on hand.
  • For 3 quart Instant Pot: Cut ingredients in half and keep same cook time.
  • Double the recipe: You can do so only 8 quart because there is enough room, double ingredients and keep same cook time.

Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta served in blue bowl

How to Store and Reheat

Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 day. Unfortunately, pasta becomes mushy very fast. My kids don’t mind but if you are like me and do, you can cut recipe in half – tips on recipe notes.

Freeze? And please do not freeze. Pasta doesn’t freeze well. Cut recipe in half rather.

Reheat: Honestly microwave is the best option. Any further cooking on the stove or Instant Pot will make pasta more mushy. It is possible, just being honest. I mean food is food. This is more of quick and easy dinner for same night.

I hope you enjoy and would love to hear in comments below if you did. 🙂

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Instant Pot Chicken Pasta with Parmesan {30 Min One Pot Meal}

Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta is 30ish minute one pot meal with tomato sauce, chicken breasts and gooey cheese on top. Full of staples, kids favorite and so easy!
5 from 19 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 377kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

For Chicken:

  • 3 large boneless & skinless chicken breasts or thighs 1.5 lbs
  • 1 tsp basil or oregano dried
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For Pasta:

  • 5 cups chicken stock low sodium
  • 12 oz 4 cups any tubular pasta, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano or basil dried
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce low sodium
  • 1-2 large garlic cloves grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese grated & divided
  • Fresh parsley or basil for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Press Saute on 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot and wait until display says Hot. Takes about 4-5 mins.
  • In the meanwhile, sprinkle chicken breasts with basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Swirl oil in Instant Pot and add chicken breasts. Cook for 4-5 mins per each side. Helps to tilt the pot to distribute oil as its bottom isn't flat like a skillet.
  • Remove chicken on a plate, add 1 cup stock and deglaze the pot. Press Cancel.
  • Add remaining 4 cups of stock, pasta, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper and stir.
  • Add chicken and pour tomato sauce on top. Do not stir!
  • Close the lid, set valve to Sealing and Press Manual or Pressure Cook on High for 5 minutes.
  • Release pressure immediately by turning it to Venting (to avoid pasta overcooking) - quick release.
  • Open the lid, remove chicken onto a plate and cut into small pieces. Return to the pot.
  • Add 1-2 cloves grated garlic, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese and stir.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Mozzarella, close the lid and let cheese melt for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parsley or basil and preferably serve immediately. The best tastes is fresh!
  • Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Pasta does not freeze well.
  • Reheat in a pot with a splash of water or broth by simmering on low heat covered and stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.

Video

Notes

  • Gluten free pasta: I would cook it for 3 minutes at first. If it comes out uncooked, close the lid and let it sit while you are slicing chicken. Pasta absorbs liquid fast!
  • Your favorite sauce: You can use any jarred sauce and skip seasonings and salt, then adjust to taste at the end.
  • Different cheese: Instead of mozzarella feel free to use any cheese that melts like white cheddar, swiss, gouda etc.
  • "Too runny" when you open: Do not worry if you see a lot of liquid when you open the pot. Pasta will soak it up like a sponge - trust me.
  • Grated garlic vs. minced: Grated garlic is way more flavorful than minced. Amount depends if you are a garlic loving family. And adding it after results in way more flavor than adding it before cooking.
  • Fresh herbs: As a true Ukrainian I always have dill on hand.
  • Hood fan tip: I saute in Instant Pot under a hood fan. I am good with remembering not to turn on the stove.
  • Broth shortcut: Instead of broth I use organic low sodium bouillon cubes diluted in water.
  • To cut recipe in half: If you would like less servings, cut ingredients in half and keep same cook time for 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot.
  • For 3 quart Instant Pot: Cut ingredients in half and keep same cook time.
  • Double the recipe: You can do so only 8 quart because there is enough room, double ingredients and keep same cook time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 193IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2mg
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My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have been cooking many of your recipes for several months, and they are all delicious! I came home from work this evening and didn’t feel like cooking…sat down to my email and realized that I have all of these ingredients on hand! It is cooking as I write this. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Very easy recipe to follow
    I think there was a lot of liquid left… or maybe thats what its suppose to do.. Will definitely do this again.

    1. Hi Josey. I am so happy to hear that! Yes, that’s on purpose as pasta absorbs liquid like crazy. I would rather have some saucy pasta than dry. If you want less, just let it sit for a bit covered, like 5 mins. OR next time use 1 cup less water/stock and see how you like it. 🙂 Cheers!

  3. Is it okay to cook the pasta separate > . I don’t like soggy pasta and I have cooked separate with some of my dishes. D

    1. In 5 minutes this pasta is not soggy, I don’t like soggy pasta either. However, it becomes soggy after an hour or so. You can reduce cook time to 4 minutes.
      But if you want to cook pasta separately, go ahead and remove it and 4 cups of stock and follow recipe for the rest and then serve over pasta. No problem. Basically, you have to deconstruct it and put it back after. Enjoy!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve been using my 8 qt instant pot for about 1.5 years and am always looking for somewhat healthy recipes that will appeal to my family. This one is a gem! Thank you! Super easy, quick, and delicious. The seventeen year old said this is her favorite IP dish so far! Kudos to you. (Also love that this served my husband and I, two hungry teens and my toddler- everyone had seconds (or thirds) and there is at lease one lunch leftover!!! Win-win-win!!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this one night when three of my grandchildren were here (5, 10, 12). It was easy and everyone, adults and kids loved it and came back for seconds!

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was scrumptious and easy to make. I love watching you guys. You and hubby are very talented. Thank you for all you do to make my hectic life easier?

  7. 5 stars
    This was so good and easy to make. My entire family enjoyed this very much and I will be making it again very soon and can’t wait to show it off to my family!

  8. 5 stars
    This is so good just doesn’t describe well enough how much my husband and I enjoyed this meal. I always do a new recipe just as it is. Then if I want to make an adjustment I do the next time I make it. No adjustments on this one. Thank you. Your videos are so pleasant to watch. You cover so many of the little extra things that make the difference in cooking. Yet you always keep it simple.

  9. 5 stars
    made this tonight and it turned out more liquidy than i had hoped. I did add a little more pasta sauce thou, and some heavy cream to give it a little extra kick but the entire family loves this and wants it added to the rotation. I will measure my sauce a little different to add in the cream as it gives it that little extra kick. To thicken I added more cheese and a slurry of cornstarch. DELICIOUS.

  10. 5 stars
    I grew up in the 70’s with 2 working parents and we ate ‘mainly’ boxed foods, a lot of processed snacks. I don’t judge. My parents did their best with what they knew. But I’ve always struggled cooking for myself and my young family. And I’m now a hockey mom, so bye-bye any free time or life as I knew it. I found your blog in March and have made my own resource with your video links that i wanted to try. I crossed my fingers because I’ve done this before with food blogs and people who make it look so easy, but for me, it becomes overwhelming and expensive.

    My instant pot has been in the bottom of my pantry, still in the original box for 2 years. I’ve been working through your videos, shopping and planning for 4-5 dinners a week for about 6 weeks now. My 5 year old twins don’t eat everything, they are still a smidge picky, but they smell it cooking and are interested and say it smellssss so good momma! I say, ‘you should taste it, then!’ My husband now asks ‘what’s for dinner’ and helps in the kitchen! We’ve actually been eating real dinners. And my husband is a meat and potatoes and does not eat visible vegetables! He eats what i serve and loves it. It’s all off of your website! I’m no longer scared of my instant pot and gaining some confidence in meal planning for my family. My 5 yr daughter has been watching your videos with me and now she say ‘easy peasy’! You are hilarious and your videos and writing make my laugh! Thanks for not creating more mom-anxiety with your blog!

    1. Jennifer! Thank you for sharing your experience with cooking my recipes. It made my day to hear how much you and your family are enjoying
      the meals you are cooking. So happy that you are using your instant pot too!

  11. 5 stars
    I just made this for dinner tonight and it was SO good! I only had two chicken breasts left but thankfully they were pretty large and worked out great. I also found out I only had gf rotini pasta left so I just cooked the chicken and extra minute and reduced the total pasta time to 4 mins. The pasta held it’s shape but was a tiny mushy. But omg the chicken was so moist and juicy! I mixed in a little spinach at the end and I’m really happy with everything and will definitely make this again!
    Thank you and I hope you and your family are well!! 🙂

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