Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo – Flavorful chicken breasts, garlic, penne, real cream and real parmesan cheese. The best part is it all cooks together in the Instant Pot.
This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta is so delicious and so easy to make, this is definitely going to be one of your go-to Instant Pot dinners!
This recipe is a variation of the One-Pan Chicken Alfredo I developed in 2013. That is still one of my family’s favorite recipes, and truly a reader favorite too!
How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
- Start by searing the chicken breasts on high Saute mode. You select high Saute mode by hitting Saute, then hit adjust until the indicator light shows More.
- Then remove the chicken breasts, add minced garlic to the Instant Pot and sauté for about a minute. Follow with chicken broth, heavy cream, uncooked penne pasta, salt and pepper, as well as the chicken breasts. Lock lid and cook on Manual Mode, High Pressure for 6 minutes.
- Quick Pressure Release and set aside chicken breasts to rest before slicing. Gradually stir in freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Chicken Alfredo Instant Pot Tips
- Pasta should go into the Instant Pot uncooked.
- You can use any shape of pasta as long as it is similar in size.
- Preshredded parmesan cheese does not melt very well and will cause your sauce to be thin and clumpy.
- Use a microplane to grate parmesan straight off the block for the best results.
- Use heavy cream, not whipping cream. Whipping cream is thinner with less fat and will cause the sauce to be too thin. If you can only find whipping cream, use more parmesan cheese to adjust thickness.
- Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
More Instant Pot Pasta Recipes
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- Instant Pot Spaghetti
- Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Alfredo
- Instant Pot Lasagna
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Flavorful chicken breasts, garlic, penne, real cream and real parmesan cheese, and the best part is it all cooks together in the Instant Pot.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 large chicken breasts about 1.5 pounds total
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 quart low sodium chicken broth
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1 pound of uncooked penne pasta
- 8 oz of freshly shredded real parmesan cheese
- flat leaf parsley minced for garnish
Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Set 6 Qt Instant Pot to Saute function and hit Adjust button until More is lit. This heats Instant Pot to highest heat for searing.
Add olive oil to Instant Pot and sear chicken breast in Instant Pot for several minutes on both sides until evenly browned.
Remove chicken from pot and set aside to be added back in with the rest of the ingredients.
Add garlic to pot and cook for about one minute.
Add chicken broth and use wooden spoon to scrape up browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
Add heavy cream, uncooked pasta, a teaspoon of kosher salt and several turns of freshly ground pepper.
Return chicken breasts to Instant Pot and stir all ingredients together.
Hit off button to end Saute function, then lock lid in place with Pressure valve set to sealing.
Cook on Manual, High Pressure for 6 minutes. Instant Pot with take 10-15 minutes to come to pressure and then countdown from 6 minutes.
Once cooking is complete, use Quick Pressure Release.
Since we are cooking a pound of pasta, there may be some starches and liquids that start to splatter. If that happens, use wooden spoon or an oven mitt to quickly close pressure valve. Wait one minute and try again.
Once pressure pin drops, unlock lid and remove chicken breasts. Use a meat thermometer to ensure they have reached 165 F degrees. Set aside to rest.
Stir pasta and cream mixture together and slowly add in freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Slice chicken breast and combine with pasta.
Serve with additional freshly ground pepper, shredded parmesan and chopped flat leaf parsley.
Important Recipe Tips -
Do not substitute milk, or half and half for heavy cream, it will not stand up to the high heat of pressure cooking.
For best results, use real parmesan cheese grated on a microplane. Store bought grated parmesan cheese will not melt properly and will stick to the bottom of the pot.
Sauce will thicken as it cools.
If halving the recipe, keep same cooking time.
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That looks really good! My kids love chicken pasta so much. Can’t wait to make this for them. Thanks for sharing!
My kids love chicken alfredo but the only recipe I know is the one you have to bake. I don’t have the time to make that recipe and I am always looking for something much easier(as I am sure many of us mothers are) I can’t wait to try this, it looks really yummy. Thank you for making something simple and delicious to try with my family.
This was my first recipe in my instant pot it was fantastic can’t wait to try more
I’m excited to try this but am curious, is it really 2 qts (8 cups) of chicken broth and 4 cups heavy whipping cream? Thanks.
No, its. 4 cups broth and 2 cup heavy cream.
It did spray out of the pressure release and the valve, I followed the instructions on the levels of ingredients. Other than that, it had a great taste. I usually like to grill my chicken and I have a on top of the stove recipe for sauce. I really liked this one other than taking apart the lid to clean it. Lol
I’m new to the instant pot jf u cannot tell haha
Made this tonight to feed a larger group. Doubled the recipe and just needed to add on 4 minutes of cook time for the additional pasta. Also, instead of cooking the chicken in the recipe, I just used chicken that I shredded from a Costco rotisserie chicken. Everyone LOVED it! Thank you.
I received the 8 quart as a gift and have been searching l over the internet for how to double the recipes. We are a 6 person family and I will need to make double of everything. Do you have any tips for doubling? I’ve read that you double almost all ingredients, but not all the liquids. Is this true?
How many cups is 8oz shredded Parmesan? Wouldn’t that be about 2 cups? Seems like a lot.
I love you’re Cajun chicken and sausage Alfredo recipe! I just got an Instant Pot on Black Friday and I want to try this recipe with the sausage! Can I brown the sausage with the chicken and cook them together? I’m afraid the sausage won’t turn out well since it’s already cooked!
Thank you so much for the warning about the sputtering. That’s the first time that happened to me and I think I would have freaked out without your warning! I handled it like a pro 🙂
I can’t say enough about this recipe. Made it for dinner tonight and we all had 2nds. Simple but delicious. Thanks for sharing!
Got an instant pot for Christmas. Tried this recipe tonight, everyone loved it. It was very good! Had family coming in from out of town, there was plenty to feed everyone. I did use 4 chicken breasts, they varied in size. Second recipe I’ve made in my instant pot, it was fairly easy. I like the fact it’s a one pan dinner. Thank you for the recipe. It’s definitely one I’ll make again
Just made this and my husband says it’s better than the Olive Garden and he loves the Olive Garden. Excited to try more of your Instant Pot dishes!
Can you sub 1% milk for the heavy cream?
This was REALLY good! My chicken didn’t quite hit 165° but I added the parmesan cheese and put the chicken in the sauce, closed the lid for about five mins and it came up to temp! (It was at 160°)
Mine was somewhat runny, even after letting it set up for a bit.. not sure why.
Turns out my instant pot has 8 functions but not pressure cooking… already started making it so hopefully it turns out okay
Absolutely YUMMY! I cut the chicken into bite size pieces instead of leaving the breasts whole. The chicken was so tender! No problems using pre shredded parm from the store. I would probably cut down cook time to 5 minutes to get the penne al dente. Loved this recipe!
I want to add broccoli to this, can I add the broccoli in when I put the pasta in or should I cook separately??
Sounds fabulous but heavy cream is a no no in my kitchen due to dietary restrictions for my husband. This would be perfect in my beloved IP!
Realized I forgot to pull my chicken out this morning! Could you use frozen chicken? what would change is so?
Amazing recipe. We are making it for the 3rd time now, after discovering this recipe just a couple of weeks ago!
Made this the other night for my family and got a phone call from one of my kids who hates everything I make, telling me that this was the best meal he’s ever tasted! That’s a win if you ask me. I also used rotisserie chicken instead of what the recipe called for and it turned out delicious! Keep the recipes comming!
This was excellent and quick!! My daughter inhaled it!
So easy and delish! I squeezed a half of a juicy lemon into the pot right before I served it and it brieghtened it nicely.
So easy and sooooo delish! I squeezed a half of a juicy lemon into the pot right before I served it and it gave it a nice brightness. This won’t last long!
I had a coworker tell me about your recipe and I love chicken Alfredo so I had to come check it out. I can’t wait to make it!! I do have a question though, my instant pot has manual but it doesn’t allow me to cook on high. What setting would you recommend?
Might be helpful to update the recipe to include the olive oil before searing the chicken breasts. My chicken stuck to the bottom of the pan and I kept wondering what I did wrong. Then as I progressed I wondered when I was going to add the olive oil and realized by then (to late) it should have been used to sear the chicken. Otherwise this was delicious, I’ll use more garlic next time as we like a lot of garlic. Will also add frozen peas when add the Parmesan cheese to get some veggies into an otherwise marvelous one pot meal!
Updated! Thanks for the heads up, Trudy!
this recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it! I would love to add broccoli to this recipe. How would i go about that, and would I need to change the cooking time?
You could experiment with frozen broccoli, I think fresh would cook too quickly. I usually steam or sauté separately and add in at the end.
My family is going to love this pasta! I am going to love it because I can make it in the instant pot! Just perfect!
One of my favorite easy dinners of all time!
Love everything about this!! My family loves chicken alfredo & I love that this is an instant pot version..quick & so good!
Totally LOVING this easy Instant Pot recipe!!!
So quick, easy and tasty – perfect for a weeknight meal!
I’m a divorced mom of 3 daughters (21, 16, 13). I recently purchased an Instant Pot and have used it every day. This recipe is our favorite so far! My youngest even had seconds and that never happens. The Instant Pot helps keep our meals fast, simple, and budget friendly. I’m grateful for your recipes.
This was absolutely delicious! Made it tonight, and it was so yummy and easy to make. It made quite a mess during the pressure release, but the good food made up for it! I used heavy whipping cream (could not find regular heavy cream) and it thickened up perfectly.
This was so good and pretty easy! Both of my girls loved it. It tastes a lot like Olive Garden. We will be making again.
I made this in the Ninja Foodi. It was very easy to make & it was delicious. The only thing is, I did not add the teaspoon of Kosher salt. With all the Parmesan cheese in the recipe, I did not think it needed more salt.
It was perfect exactly how the recipe calls for.
Super delicious!! There weren’t any leftovers!! Definitely use freshly grated cheese though. With my old chicken Alfredo recipe, I just used regular pre shredded cheese and it came out fine, so I figured it would with this recipe too… I was wrong! It all clumped together. But, I made it work and I’ll know better next time! Still super yummy!
Has anyone made this with regular Alfredo noodles? Just wondering if it would cook the same or if I would need to adjust the cooking time for whatever reason.
I love this recipe but every time I cut it in half the sauce doesn’t come out thick like when you make the full size… Is there anything I can add or do different to fix this? I usually half it because it’s just 2 of us in the house.
I would try reducing the chicken broth!
So instead of 16oz when cutting it in half, you suggest to do even less?
If you could see these 4 sixth graders inhaling this dish, you know it is good!!!! Not sure if there will be any leftovers!? Great recipe, Thank You!
I just love that this is made in the instant pot! Looks delicious. 🙂
One of our favorites!! My picky eaters love it, which makes dinner happier & easier!
This is a “everyone wants seconds” kind of recipe. Big hit with my family and a big hit with me especially because it was so easy.
One of our favorite meals. If I double the recipe does that include the liquid as well? Thanks.
This was so delicious! My son loved this. It was a big hit here!
We love instant pot pasta! It’s so easy and hands off! This is so tasty too!
I am so impressed with this recipe! The pasta turned out perfectly cooked. A keeper!
I am seriously obsessed with this recipe. I’ve been nervous to try pasta in my instant pot and this was my first go at it. Every time I make Alfredo sauce in a pan the consistency doesn’t come out right- this recipe is spot on and so easy!!! I can’t say enough about it- seriously better than Olive Garden!
This looks fantastic!! Can’t wait to try it.
My husband is so hard to cook for and he loved this. It was easy too so thank you thank you thank you.
Been looking for an instant pot pasta recipe and I tried this right away when I found this. It is so easy to make and so tasty! Another winning recipe from you, thank you for sharing!
Love this recipe, I’ve made it about every 2 weeks since coming across it. I don’t cook the chicken breasts in the instant pot because I find 2 breasts isn’t enough for us. My husband likes more chicken in his Alfredo so I cook off 4 breasts in the oven and add it to the pot when you add the cream & broth. Works just fine for us. My family loves it including my 15 month old daughter. Very easy to make!
This is so good!! And easy to make!
I purchased a Moosoo pressure cooker last month and I love experimenting with old fav recipes in this cooker I used your recipe tonight but I didn’t have fresh parmigiana cheese so I did use the store bought one It melted very well Anyway, my daughter is my worse critic, lol. How ever, she also rated 5 stars!
I love instant pot recipes because they are so easy to make. I love this one! Thank you so much for sharing this 🙂