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Instant Pot Chicken Pasta (Penne Pasta)

Instant pot chicken pasta made with penne pasta! This easy instant pot chicken pasta recipe is so simple to make and a great dish to feed the family with. It is delicious and flavourful, very comforting food that is perfect for weeknight dinners.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: instant pot chicken pasta, instant pot chicken pasta recipe, instant pot pasta, instant pot penne pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 550kcal
Author: Ajoke


  • Instant Pot


  • 650 g cubed boneless chicken breast 3 large boneless chicken breasts about 1 ½ lb
  • 500 g penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500 g passata
  • 500 ml low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ tbsp sugar
  • 2 tablespoon tomato puree
  • ½ tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper to season chicken
  • Salt to taste the overall dish

to serve

  • Parmesan cheese to serve
  • Fresh basil to garnish


  • Season the cubed chicken breasts with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Turn on your instant pot and select the saute button, add olive oil to the inner pot and leave until hot. Add the chopped onions and saute until it is soft and translucent.
  • Carefully add the seasoned cubed chicken cubes and stir until it is white. Stirring continuously so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan (this may lead to getting a burn notice)
  • Pour the chicken stock over the sautéed chicken and deglaze the pan so that nothing is sticking to the bottom (this step is vital, so do not skip it)
  • Add the dried penne pasta (or any other pasta of choice), passata, tomato paste, curry powder, thyme, garlic granules, chilli flakes, sugar (Worcestershire sauce) and salt to taste.
  • Finally, add 2 cups of water and gently stir to combine. Lock your instant pot to safety then turn the valve to the sealing position. Select the pressure cook or manual button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once the cooking cycle is completed, leave the pot untouched for another 5 minutes to natural pressure release then carefully do a quick release. Open the instant pot and shred some fresh basil over it.
  • Stir to combine and serve with some shaved parmesan cheese or shredded cheddar cheese.


For instant pot cheese pasta: after opening the instant pot, sprinkle about 1 cup of desired freshly grated cheese evenly on top of the pasta, return the lid and lock for another 2 minutes so that the heat can melt the cheese.
Serve and enjoy with some homemade garlic bread.
For chicken pasta bake: Add 50g cream cheese or more to the cooked chicken pasta and mix to combine, transfer to a baking dish then sprinkle some shredded cheese on the top.
Place it in a pre-heated oven and bake until the cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy


Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 1068mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 4mg