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Instant Pot Chicken Pasta with Parmesan

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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!

We love pasta dishes like Instant Pot mac and cheese and Instant Pot spaghetti around here.

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

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 21 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 23 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.
    Instant Pot Chicken Pasta with Parmesan
  • 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.
    Instant Pot Chicken Pasta with Parmesan
  • Add chicken and pour tomato sauce on top. Do not stir!
    Instant Pot Chicken Pasta with Parmesan
  • 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.
    Instant Pot Chicken Pasta with Parmesan
  • 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.
    Instant Pot Chicken Pasta with Parmesan
  • 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!
    Instant Pot Chicken Pasta with Parmesan

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.

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      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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