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Instant Pot Chicken Pasta

This is the best Instant Pot chicken pasta recipe. Chicken breasts, pasta sauce, rotini and cheese are cooked together in a pressure cooker in this one pot dinner idea.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Time to Pressure10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cheese, dinner, easy, instant pot, pasta, pressure cooker, quick
Servings: 4
Calories: 579kcal
Author: Tonje



  • 12 oz rotini (or penne, fusilli, farfalle)
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3 cups pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 sun dried tomatoes


  • Dice the chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • Turn on the SAUTE setting on the Instant Pot, and add diced onion and olive oil. Saute for a few minutes until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add garlic and the seasoning, and saute for another minute.
  • Add chicken pieces, pasta, pasta sauce and water to the Instant Pot. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pot to loosen up bits of onion that might have gotten stuck.
  • Turn off the SAUTE setting, and seal the lid on the Instant Pot. Cook on PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL setting, using high pressure, for 5 minutes.
  • Quick release the pressure according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Add spinach and shredded cheese, and stir it into the pasta. Seal the lid on the Instant Pot, and leave it for a minute. Even though the pressure cooker is off, the heat inside the pot will allow the cheese to melt and the spinach to wilt.
  • Serve immediately while the pasta is still hot.



  • Store leftovers in a sealed container for up to 4 days. Reheat in a microwave for a few minutes.
  • The recipe has only been tested in a 6 qt Instant Pot.


Calories: 579kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1592mg | Potassium: 1451mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2490IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 4mg