Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

cooked penne pasta with chicken slices and bacon pieces in a cheesy sauce top with chopped parsley

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta is a rich, cheesy, and addictive one-pot meal you can make in less than 10 minutes!

You are gonna dance out of excitement for this crack chicken pasta!

cooked penne pasta with chicken slices and bacon pieces in a cheesy sauce top with chopped parsley

Why This Recipe Works

This delicious Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta recipe allows you to cook your pasta right in the pot with the ranch, chicken, and other ingredients. Because of this, your pasta will soak up all the ranch flavor, so each bite is incredibly flavorful.

Instant Pot Chicken Pasta has all the things you love most and flavors that perfectly complement each other… chicken, cheese, bacon, and ranch! This chicken pasta recipe is seriously dynamite, you will love it and want to make it again and again.

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Recipe Ingredients

Chicken – opt for boneless skinless chicken. Breasts or thighs both work equally well. You could even use leftover cooked chicken as long as it is mildly seasoned.

Cheddar cheese – I prefer to use sharp white cheddar, but any kind of cheddar is fine.

Dry ranch dressing – dry ranch dressing powder or ranch seasoning blends are a mix of buttermilk powder, dried dill, garlic powder, and more. It’s all the flavors of ranch dressing in powdered form!  

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Penne pasta – you can substitute many varieties of pasta, and they all will end up great. I’d recommend using a more small-sized pasta shape like Penne, Elbow, or Bow-Tie.

Cream cheese – this is the star ingredient that makes the creamy sauce! Go for sticks of cream cheese rather than spreadable cream cheese tubs for optimal texture.

Bacon – this is the ingredient that makes this Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta recipe so addicting in my opinion. Be sure to cook the bacon in advance, or purchase pre-cooked bacon!

How to make

Get all the ingredients.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Take your Instant Pot and pour some Olive Oil.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Put the chopped chicken into the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Add Dry Ranch and set the pot to Saute for 3 minutes.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Cook until the chicken turns opaque, then add Penne Pasta.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Add Water.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Add Chicken Broth.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Cover the lid and set the pot to High Pressure for 6 minutes.

Do a Quick Release once done.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Add Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and cooked Bacon and stir well.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Dish out the Pasta. Garnish with some fresh parsley, and that's it!

Delicious Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta is ready 🙂

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Recipe Notes

  • To keep with the idea of a one-pot meal, the Instant Pot can be used to cook the bacon before starting this recipe. Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode first, then add raw chopped bacon, cook until crispy, and remove from the pot. Then you can continue the recipe by cooking the chicken and following the recipe, adding the cooked bacon back at the end.
  • This recipe is meant for dried pasta. Avoid using homemade fresh pasta in this recipe, as it will not hold up well in the Instant Pot.

How to Serve Crack Chicken Pasta

As is! You can always serve a fresh salad on the side if you want to feel healthy.

FAQ About Crack Chicken Pasta

What else can I add to my recipe?

Add in frozen veggies such as a mixed vegetable blend or broccoli. I would avoid canned veggies, as they don’t hold up well under pressure.

Or, try sprinkling on some hot sauce over the pasta dish when you are ready to serve for a kick of heat. This recipe is flexible—the possibilities are endless!

Can I store it and reheat it?

Yes—you can even freeze this Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta if you have too much leftover (though I highly doubt that will happen!) Simply place it in a freezer-friendly container and store it in the cooler for as long as two months.

It’s possible that the cream cheese in the recipe might separate a little after freezing and defrosting, yet the flavor will still taste awesome. Any leftovers can be reheated on the stove or microwave.

Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

If you’re interested in trying more one-pot pasta recipes, here are some of my favorites:

Instant Pot Stuffed Shells

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Chicken And Noodles

Instant Pot Chicken Dinner Recipes

Instant Pot Chicken and rice

Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

cooked penne pasta with chicken slices and bacon pieces in a cheesy sauce top with chopped parsley

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Don't have time to cook? You can make this Instant Pot crack chicken pasta in only 10 minutes. Easy recipe with a wonderful taste.
4.48 from 21 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, party
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crack chicken, pasta, penne pasta
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 5
Author: Corrie


  • 1 lb Chicken chopped
  • 1 ½ cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 oz Dry Ranch Dressing
  • 1 lb Penne Pasta
  • 2 cup Water
  • 3 cup Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • ¼ cup Bacon Cooked
  • Parsley Garnish


  • Add oil to the Instant Pot and press saute.
  • Add the chicken and the ranch dressing and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add penne pasta, water and chicken broth.
  • Cover the lid and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Add cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon and stir well.
  • Take out the pasta, garnish with parsley and serve 🙂


Calories: 900kcal Carbohydrates: 74g Protein: 32g Fat: 52g Saturated Fat: 23g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 129mg Sodium: 1356mg Potassium: 493mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g Vitamin A: 1013IU Vitamin C: 11mg Calcium: 324mg Iron: 2mg


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5 thoughts on “Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

  1. Our pasta didn’t cook, it came out hard. What did we do wrong. We read directions multiple times and cannot figure out what we did wrong

    1. Hmm that's odd... maybe a different brand of pasta and takes longer to cook than what is typical? If this happens, I would cook for 5 more minutes. And if you wait for a natural release, the steam will further cook and soften the pasta. Hope that helps!

  2. Followed recipe exactly. I have found with my instant pot I need to add about 2 minutes with most quick cooking recipes. 8 minutes was perfect! Very tasty! Family enjoyed it. Thank you for an easy meal!

    1. Mine did too, but I just let it sit with the lid open on keep warm for about five min, stirred about two separate times throughout and it thickened up over time. The flavor was better as well.

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