Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Rotini pasta with chicken breast cubes, pesto, spices and parmesan cheese on top

This easy recipe is filled with amazing pesto flavor and healthy greens like spinach and pea.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta is one of the best one-pot meals you can find on Corrie Cooks.

You don't need to pre-cook the pasta and you can have a complete meal in only 10 minutes!

rotini pasta with chicken cubes and pesto sauce on a white plate

What kind of noodles should I use?

Best pasta shapes for this Instant Pot chicken pesto pasta recipe:

Rotini (As I used)



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How to upgrade the recipe

Feel free to add:

Champignon mushrooms

Cherry Tomatoes

Mozzarella Cheese

You can also serve with homemade Spaghetti Sauce on top.

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Can I use anything else other than Chicken Breasts?

I tend to use cubed chicken breast for this recipe. You could also use thighs if that’s what you prefer.

You can also use small pieces of beef chuck, just like you do for the Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff recipe.

Cooking time will remain the same.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Can I use pre-grated cheese?

Freshly grated parmesan cheese will result in a smoother sauce.

Avoid buying the pre-grated stuff to have a flavorsome taste in your Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta.

Can I store it and reheat it?

You are free to freeze the leftovers of your Pesto Chicken Pasta.

Just place it in a cooler freezer-friendly container and store it in the cooler for two months.

Any leftovers can be reheated on the stove or microwave.

How to make

Gather the ingredients.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Saute the pot for 3 minutes and add chicken and olive oil to the pot.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Let it cook until the chicken gets whitish and then add chopped onions.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Add chicken broth to the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Let's add the uncooked Rotini noodles to our pot.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Cover the pot and set it to High Pressure for 4 minutes.

Do a Quick Release afterward.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Add Basil and frozen peas to the cooked noodles.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Why not add more green veggies?

Add spinach and any vegetables of your choice.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

To give a cheesy touch, add Parmesan cheese which we grated eaarlier.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Mix it all and dish out to enjoy 🙂

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

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Rotini pasta with chicken breast cubes, pesto, spices and parmesan cheese on top

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

One pot meal of al dente pasta with chicken breast and spices in only 10 minutes. The perfect dinner in the Instant Pot!
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Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken pesto pasta, Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta, pesto
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5
Author: Corrie


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ red onion chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb rotini pasta uncooked
  • 1 cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup peas fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated


  • Press "saute" and add olive oil.
  • Add chicken and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add onion and garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
  • Add chicken broth and pasta and stir.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release and open the lid.
  • Add pesto and peas and stir well.
  • Add spinach and cheese and stir well.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 153kcal Carbohydrates: 32g Protein: 7g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 100mg Potassium: 881mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 9g Vitamin A: 707IU Vitamin C: 9mg Calcium: 45mg Iron: 3mg



  • This recipe can easily be doubled and stored in a fridge. Transfer it in a cup whenever needed, and serve.
  • Don't miss out on chicken broth as it is the key ingredient of the recipe.
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