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Instant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta has all yum factor of regular chicken parm, but this version is only one pot and 4 minute pressure time! 

Instant Pot Chicken Parm pasta in Instant Pot

You know I am a girl that loves her veggies, but sometimes a girl just wants some Instant Pot Chicken Parm pasta for dinner. 

I know you guys feel me on this. You have made my Instant Pot Lazy Lasagna oh so popular so I know you want this recipe too. 

Instant Pot Chicken Parm close up

I know that some of you have struggled with pasta in the instant pot and with tomato sauces. 

But, have no fear. I have a trick or two for you. 

I have no actual evidence from Instant Pot to validate this, but for whatever reason, my personal feelings are that the 8 quart models are either hotter, or more sensitive or something because when I try and troubleshoot with readers on these kinds of recipes, it is more often than not, the 8 quart models. 

But Instant Pot size aside, here is how you can avoid the dreaded burn notice. 

First of all, don’t saute the chicken. Trust me. You can put your raw chicken in with your noodles. As long as you cut your chicken small. You don’t want cooked noodles and raw chicken. This part is important. SMALL CHICKEN PIECES. 

Pour the water in first, and then put the chicken in. 

Like this! 

Instant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta Chicken layer

Then put the noodles on top. THEN the sauce.

This way, the tomato sauce has less of a chance to burn to the bottom.

I do spread out the sauce so the noodles are all covered. I even push the pasta down just a bit so no dry pasta is sticking up. 

nstant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta sauce on top noodles

Now, I also want to show you what this looks like when you have released the pressure and opened the lid. 

You will open the lid and be mad that you have Instant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta… soup. 

You don’t. have soup. Promise. 

Instant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta when the lid comes off

Once you mix it up and let it cool a bit, it will all come together. Plus then you add cheese and you can now relax because this is what you get! 

Instant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta mixed in instant Pot

Trust me now?! 

Now, yes you can swap out the penne if you like. Simply take the cook time on the package and half it. That is what you set the cook time to. Most pastas are cooked in the Instant Pot in 4 minutes. 

I have no idea how gluten free noodles fair for this. If you try it, please let us know in the comments below how it went!

Instant Pot Chicken Parm scooped

One last thing. Well, you know me, and how I love veggies.

Well, I turn my Instant Pot Chicken Parm pasta this into a meal prep – obviously.

I steam broccoli and add it to my meal prep and then it is just a simple reheat. 

Instant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta close up meal prep container

You know I want to see you make this! Tag me @mealplanaddict on Instagram so I can see! 

Instant Pot Chicken Parm scooped

Instant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta

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Instant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta has all yum factor of regular chicken parm, but this version is only one pot and 4 minute pressure time! 

Course Instant Pot
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken Parm, Instant Pot Meal Prep, Instant Pot Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 471
Author Steph


  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces.
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz penne noodles
  • 3 cups jar pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh basil for garnish (optional)


  • Add the water to your instant pot liner.
  • Add the chicken, onion and garlic.
  • Add the noodles ontop of the chicken.
  • Add the sauce on top of the noodles. You want to do this so the sauce is away from the bottom surface to prevent the burn notice.
  • DO NOT MIX, but you do want the noodles all covered with sauce. Gently push the noodles down so there is no dry noodle sticking out.
  • Secure the lid and set to sealing.
  • Set the Instant Pot to 4 minutes.
  • After the time is up, carefully quick release the pressure.
  • Remove the lid. It will look soupy until you mix it and it cools a bit.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and stir.
  • Add the mozzarella and place the lid back on for 2-3 minutes to get the cheese to melt. Or, you can just stir it right it. Your choice.
  • Add salt and pepper to your preferences.
  • Serve immediately, or portion into meal prep containers and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.


  • This recipe has not been tested in an 8 quart Instant Pot
  • You can swap the noodles for a noodles of choice. 
  • The layering order of this recipe is important, as is the no mixing before the pressure cook cycle! 


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 19g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g

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  1. Making this tonight for meal prep lunches this week! I can’t wait. I’ll post a picture and tag you when done! This looks delicious.

    1. 4 stars
      Made this tonight for dinner and it turned out perfect. Thank you for a nice quick dinner idea.

    1. 5 stars
      Yummy and so easy to make! I used chicken breast which I Am sure makes it a little drier that thighs, but since I don’t eat dark meat it worked for us!

    1. Yes! the time does not change, however, you will notice the pot will take longer to come to pressure.

          1. You pot has High pressure and low pressure. Use High pressure for this. The Normal and more isn’t for the pressure cooking settings. It is for saute and slow cook.

          2. So if I add spaghetti noodles it will turn out and do I have to cook the chicken before I put it in or can I just dump it all in together. And does the chicken come out when only cooked 4min in pressure.

  2. We tried this last night with Catelli gluten free penne (from Walmart in Canada). I weighed out the 8 oz. Cooked for 5 min, not 4 as the recipe called for, on manual and it was perfect! I have had this pasta often and knew it takes a while to cook in the traditional manner so thought I’d add an extra minute.

    1. You can freeze it, yes. I would probably drop the cook time for about a minute so the noodles are not soggy on reheat from frozen.

  3. Hey Steph! Delish looking recipe! I’m thinking of making this in my 8 quart instant pot, what do I change? TIA!

        1. 5 stars
          I doubled the recipe and put on high for 6 min in 8 qt pot and it came out perfect! Thanks!

  4. Loved this! Easy and delicious!! I used Bow Tie pasta and it worked fine. I followed the instructions perfectly…this is a keeper.
    Thank you

      1. I’m new to the Instant pot and I want to add spinach to this recipe. When would you or how would you layer it in?

  5. I’m new to the Instant pot and I want to add spinach to this recipe. When would you or how would you layer it in?

      1. Hello,

        I have chicken breasts in the frig. Can I use instead of thighs as long as I cut up in small pieces? Thanks! Looks yummy!

    1. I’d actually recommend adding the spinach after the pressure cycle is over. Do your release and then put a few handfuls in, stir, then do the parm cheese and stir again and continue with recipe. It will wilt and be perfect. It probably would be overcooked if you cooked it all together. That’s just my two cents worth from previous experience. Hope that is helpful to you! 😊

    1. usually 7-10 minutes max. But it depends on how cold your ingredients are. Colder = longer pressure up time.

  6. Could you do this pot-in-pot with the chicken parm pasta in a pot closest to the bottom and a steamer basket on top for broccoli? If so, is 4 minutes enough time?

    1. I think your broccoli would be over cooked. Even if you left it whole, I think it would over cook with 4 minutes pressure time (plus the pressure up time).

      1. frozen chicken cannot be cut into cubes and whole chicken pieces would require a longer cook time – which would over cook the noodles. We suggest only using thawed chicken for this recipe.

  7. This was delicious! I added an additional cup of penne and 1/2 cup of water and it turned out great!

    1. Not for this one, no. The chicken has to be in small pieces so it matches the penne cook time.

  8. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! I am gluten free so I used gf rotini, 5 mins high pressure and it turned out delicious!

    1. Yes, you will have to add additional liquid. Maybe not double though. Just add emough liquid to just barely cover the noodles. Otherwise, you may end up with soup.

    1. You can. I would just add it it in after the pressure cycle. Otherwise, I think it might be too dry.

  9. I made this tonight for dinner. I have an 8 quart instant pot. Used mini bowtie pasta. Cooked for 4 minutes. I used an extra cup of pasta sauce because I was worried there wasn’t enough liquid. Worked perfectly. Sometimes you just need to trust your instincts.

  10. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner, (I have a small 2.5qt chefman pressure cooker), and it was delicious. Everything was PERFECT. I am still pretty new to jawing the pressure cooker and I haven’t gotten used to the settings and how to use them, I just hope for the best. I placed everything in and then sat the inner pot into the pressure cooker, after I already turned my pressure cooker on, and I set it for 10 minutes. My chicken was slightly still frozen (just a little hard) and it turned out perfect. Thanks for sharing! I saved this one for later!

  11. Used 8qt IP today and it was flashing Food Burn and then continued to cook. I layered it as instructed. Any ideas how to avoid in the future?

    1. You could increase the noodles in the dish to stretch it out! add an extra cup of penne!

  12. My chicken is frozen! Can I just cook it in the instant pot before I had the other ingredients? And for how long?

  13. My chicken is frozen! Can I just cook the chicken in the pot first and then add the other ingredients, if so for how long?

    1. I haven’t tried that method. I am not quite sure how to modify to do that. You would have to pressure up your pot twice. I would be more included to just cook the chicken fully, then cook the pasta and mix them together after.

  14. You don’t have to cook the noddles beforehand right? You just put them in straight from the box? Sorry new to the instant pot!

    1. That’s right. You don’t cook them. They just go from the box into the Instant Pot!

  15. 5 stars
    This is delicious! I used an 8 quart so I adjusted it a bit. I did sauté the chicken first. Then I added 2 cups of water, 3/4 a box of penne, 4 cups of sauce and just a bit more cheese. It worked for me, so anyone with an 8 quart that seems to be a good combo. Hope that may help some ppl out! Thank you for this recipe. My family said it was 10 times better than last night’s dinner and that was beef stroganoff everybody’s favorite. I love your easy lasagna too!! This might too it.

  16. My instantpot does not have a pressure cook button, so what button can I use to pressure cook this recipe?

    1. You probably have the “manual” button. That is the same. You have an older model.

      1. I have an Instant Pot Aura Pro and it does not have a pressure setting. Sear /Sauté, slick cook, stew, toast, rice, bake, steam, sous vide, yogurt, multigrain and temperatures. Those are the only settings. What should I use? And how should I adjust time and temperature?

  17. 5 stars
    This was so delicious and easy! Will be making again for sure. Reheated leftovers by putting it all in a baking dish, sprinkling more cheese on top, and baking for about 20 minutes, starting in the cold oven preheated to 350F. YUM!

  18. 4 stars
    A simple and delicious recipe! What I did different: replaced water with salt free chicken broth; used finely shredded Italian blend cheese instead of parmesan (the store was out) but had grated parmesan for garnish; did not add salt/ground pepper but had available for individual taste; added extra onion, garlic and cheese as my family loves these items. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this recipe and it has become a favorite, will definitely make again!

  19. 5 stars
    This was amazing and so quick and easy. I doubled everything because we are a big family, it came out perfect. Adding it into our rotation.

  20. Sorry if this has already been asked or if I missed it in the instructions. Does the pasta go in dry or pre cooked?

  21. 5 stars
    WOW! Delicious! The only thing I changed: Replaced Water with Chicken Stock. Paired with fresh steamed broccoli. Crowd Pleaser for SURE!

  22. Just curious… why do you suggest not to sauté the chicken? Doesn’t that give it more flavour?

  23. 5 stars
    I never write comments on these but this is one of the best, if not the best, instant pot recipes I’ve done to date. I did a few things differently and it was absolutely perfect (not that it wouldn’t have been otherwise, I just know my preferences). Things I did different:
    1. I did sauté my chicken, I’m used to doing it this way, plus I season my chicken first so it gives the seasoning a chance to cook into it. I also scrape the bottom of the pot when I do this so nothing stays stuck and causes a burn notice.
    2. I used organic Italian pasta which for regular cooking already has a longer cook time. So I did 6 minutes high pressure with quick release. When I stirred it all together I could tell the noodles were still firm. So I put it back under pressure for 2 minutes and let it natural release for 8 and that did the trick.
    3. I used a lot more garlic, but we loveeee garlic in this house.
    4. I used chicken broth instead of water, I do this with a lot of recipes because it gives it more flavor.

    Anyhow, all of those are minor changes and a note if you use organic Italian pasta by chance. But this was absolutely my favorite instant pot meal to date. Thank you so much!

  24. 5 stars
    New to the instant pot, so this was one of my first recipes. Turned out great! I used gluten free pasta and had no issues.

  25. This dish is fantastic! However, after the 4 minute timer, I had to reset and do another 3 minute cook on my instant pot. But after that, it came out perfect!

  26. Hello, just stumbled on this recipe and looks delish! We don’t eat meat, and I was wondering if adding eggplant and making eggplant parm pasta might work? Or would it be a failure? TIA for your time and thoughts…

  27. This is a permanent item in our meal planning rotation. It’s delicious but also SO easy. And hardly makes any dirty dishes!

  28. 5 stars
    I only doubled the pasta (rigatoni) and the water in our Ninja Foodie 8 qt. and it turned out great. Only had chicken breast, and you’re right; it was dry. Still loved the recipe and will do again — with thighs. Thanks.

  29. Oh no! I forgot to cut the chicken into small pieces. I haven’t even looked yet, but any suggestions on how to save?

  30. 5 stars
    It turned out PERFECT. I’ve tried other chicken parm recipes in the past that didn’t work out well. But this recipe was easy and sooo tasty

  31. 5 stars
    So for the last 2 months I’ve been doing all the cooking. “Mom got Covid and pneumonia” I came across your recipe.
    Had to try it. So glad I did. Easy fast and DELICIOUS, left overs were just as good. Five star… oh and Mom is going much better.

  32. 4 stars
    This was good, I followed recipe exactly. The only substitution being we used brown rice pasta (Jovial brand) and it was all cooked perfectly. That said, I found the meat to be a little unappealing chopped up, just a preference thing. Wonder if I could try to cook this with the thighs intact and removed them out to pull apart before mixing. Anyway, will definitely be making again as it was a hit with my family and eassyyyyy!

  33. 5 stars
    This was great! Read the recipe and all comments and did the following…
    1. Sautéed chicken breast chunks separately (family I not a fan of dark meat chicken). Sautéed in olive oil with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
    2. Added the cooked chicken and torn spinach leaves at the end prior to adding the cheeses. The heat was enough to wilt the spinach.
    3. I doubled the amount of penne so doubled the water and sauce.
    This one is a keeper!

  34. 5 stars
    This turned out great!
    I did switch the water out for chicken broth, and added stewing tomatoes. It tasted awesome!

    Served with garlic bread and cesar salad.

    Def making again

  35. 5 stars
    Tried a half portion of this in my 3qt instant pot and unfortunately the pasta was undercooked. I’m attributing this to the shorter time to come up to pressure in a smaller pot. If anyone else is trying a half portion I would suggest adding 2 minutes to the cook time. Otherwise it was delicious!

  36. 5 stars
    I doubled everything in a 6qt pot and used 2 boxes of gluten free penne pasta. I did 5 minutes at first then had to do 4 more minutes because the pasta was still hard. This was my first time using an Instant Pot and it was so yummy!! Thank you!

  37. Hi! I cant wait to try this. I have some chicken breasts already cut up in the freezer..would I be able to use that? Would I need to adjust the time?

    1. If you use frozen chicken and increase the time, the pasta will overcook. We suggest sticking to thawed chicken.

  38. I used 2 very large frozen chicken breasts and doubled the water and sauce with bows. Cooked at 6mins with 10 min natural release. Before adding the cheese cut up the cooked chicken. Served in a bowl with a spoon? Delicious!!

  39. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. I have a larger instapot but I used your tips and I also doubled recipe. I had no issues. My husband is not a pasta/cheese lover but he really likes this recipe. Also instead of water I used chicken broth for more flavorful noodles.

  40. 5 stars
    Just made this, so yummy and easy! I did chicken strips cut up into bite size pieces. Sautéed them with the onion and garlic for about 2 min on each side. Then added spinach into it at the end for extra nutrients. Delicious!!!

  41. 5 stars
    I did 2 cups water, 3/4 box of bow ties and 5 cups of sauce for 8 minutes. I like mine a little saucier but it wasn’t runny at all. Was perfect!

  42. 5 stars
    i bought this expensive non-stick tefal grill pan BUT i can’t seem to get the perfect grill marks as i used to with my cheaper cast iron pan! the non-stick is so much easier to clean although i might as well be grilling the chicken in a skillet! 🙁 is there anything i can do to make this one work as good?
    Paul Brown

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