Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo


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.

How to make sure Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo doesn’t get soggy?

If you are worried that the pasta may be too soggy, just count on me.

I made this recipe a few times and it always comes out perfectly.

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

Is chicken alfredo healthy?

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.

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Recipe Video

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.

Can I add shrimp instead of chicken?

Yes! Just follow this Instant Pot Shrimp Alfredo recipe.

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 😉

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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
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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
  • 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
  • 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 🙂
Calories: 873kcal Carbohydrates: 87g Protein: 49g Fat: 35g Saturated Fat: 19g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 172mg Sodium: 576mg Potassium: 757mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 4g Vitamin A: 1116IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 377mg Iron: 2mg

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Recipe

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28 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 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.

      1. Wonderfully easy and tasty entree. It is quickly becoming a family favorite!
        I keep thinking maybe I should add spinach or broccoli, but why mess with perfection. Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

    1. Sure, you can use shrimp instead of chicken. They cook much more quickly so set the time to 1 minute and do a quick release.

  5. I found the sauce too thin. Had to thicken it with corn starch.
    Would cut back in the water /broth 1/4 cup next time.
    Added real garlic and lemon zest to kick it up a notch. I like spicey so added pinch of hot sauce. Cooked for 5 minutes instead of 4 .
    will certainly make it again as it is tasty and quick.

  6. This was good but I had the same problem with the penne being too crunchy so I added chicken broth and more time until for a few more minutes. That made the sauce too thin so I think I’ll cut back on penne and just add more broth next time with real garlic for sure. Recipe is good for Instapot cooking.

  7. It seems like everyone mentioned the pasta not fully cooking (sounds like due to not enough water) but if you add more water or cooking time, the sauce comes out too thin. Did anyone come out with a good combination to fix this problem? Thanks in advance.

  8. why does the heavy cream in the video look like cream cheese or whipped cream?

    try adding cream cheese to thicken the sauce if too watery, even some of the favored ones can give it a new flavor twist.

  9. I’m just about to make this it looks so yummy, the only thing I hate when I find good instant pot recipes is that as I’m not American I have to convert all the measures, uuurgh it’s so annoying. Lol.
    I’ll let ye know how it turns out, suppose it will depend on my conversion skills Thanks 🙂

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