Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

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This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo is the perfect one-pot meal! Tender, juicy, aromatic chicken with perfectly cooked penne pasta.

This is the easiest way to make delicious Alfredo pasta. The Instant pot will almost do the entire job. You will just have to cook the chicken as the first step and add the rest of the ingredients. Simple as that.

If you are worried that the pasta may be too soggy, just count on me. I made this recipes a few times and it’s always come out perfectly

The cooking time in this Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo recipe is the perfect amount of the time to get a perfectly cooked al dente pasta.

This pasta with chicken is a great meal for you and the entire family. Speaking from the nutritionist side, the dish has a decent amount of protein from the chicken and the cheese, perfectly balanced with the carbs from the pasta.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes! If you are gluten-sensitive, you can use and gluten-free pasta . Same cooking times.

Can I make this recipe dairy free?

Yes! Instead of milk, use almond milk, whisked with 1 tsp cornstarch.  Moreover, use oil instead of the butter.

And of course, use a vegan cheese instead of the parmesan.

What can I do if the sauce is too thin or watery?

If the sauce is thin after the last step, just simmer the pasta for 3 minutes on saute mode (no need to pressure cook).

How to serve?

This Instant Pot dish is perfect as is!

But if you want to upgrade, feel free to sprinkle some freshly grated lemon zest and extra parmesan on top.

More one-pot pasta recipes

If you like this recipe, you should try the Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese or this pasta primavera.

How To Make Chicken Alfredo

Gather your ingredients:

Heat half the butter in Instant Pot. Add chicken and saute until no longer pink.

Add the rest of the butter, pasta and water.

Close the lid and cook the pasta on High-Pressure Setting for 4 minutes. Perform a quick pressure release and open the lid. Stir in heavy cream and parmesan. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

Open the lid and enjoy.

Serve warm with parmesan on top and try not to eat all at once….

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
4.46 from 11 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Alfredo, heavy cream, penne pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breasts boneless, skinless and cubed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 box penne pasta 16 ounce
  • 2 tbsp butter divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  • Turn on the Instant Pot, select "Saute" and add 1 tbsp of butter.
  • Add the chicken and cook until brown, stirring frequently.
  • Add in garlic powder, salt and pepper and stir well.
  • Add pasta, another 1 tbsp of butter and the water.
  • Close the lid of the instant pot and cook at high pressure for 4 minutes.(Don't forget to set the valve to sealing)
  • When cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid and stir in heavy cream and parmesan cheese.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

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13 thoughts on “Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

  1. Made it tonight. I think it needs some lemon juice and lemon zest. The alfredo sauce, what there was was good, but although very thin and not as much as I would have expected. Flavor-wise, it’s very good and easy to make. I’d give it a 7.5. it’s great for a mid-week meal, especially for children.

    Going off from the recipe, I’d consider adding and using frozen broccoli or peas, in with the mix. I might even consider pre-cooked bacon bits, as well.

    1. Hmm, it could be because the pasta was slightly undercooked. Try adding a couple more minutes to the cook time next time. Also, make sure the pasta is completely submerged in the liquid for even cooking! Hope that helps!

  2. Thanks for the recipe Corrie!
    That’s a beautiful (stainless?) flatware pattern in the picture. What is the name of the pattern?
    Thank you 🙂

  3. Did you use a 6qt pot for this recipe? The water didn’t quite cover the pasta, so it didn’t cook all the way. So, I set it to pressure cook for a couple extra minutes. Not sure if you are really supposed to do that or not, but it seemed to help. Very, very good – will definitely make again!

    1. Yes, I used a 6 qt for this recipe and used enough water to just barely cover the pasta. Feel free to add a little more water next time just until the pasta is covered to ensure even cooking. I’m glad you liked the recipe! 🙂

  4. Definitely needed more water to cook the pasta. I had to add more and add cooking time…and the noodles burned slightly. Flavor was ok..next time I’ll add fresh garlic, and 3 cups of water.

    1. Were you using a 6 qt? I should mention that the pasta should just about cover the pasta for even cooking, so depending on the size of your Instant Pot model, you may need to add a little more water.

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