Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta

How many of you LOVE the Instant Pot?!?! I've owned one for over a year, but I just started using it. In case you aren't familiar with the Instant Pot, it is an electric pressure cooker. You can cook just about anything in the Instant Pot. You can cook it fast or use it as a slow cooker.

Today I am sharing one of our favorite pasta dishes - Crack Chicken Pasta. Chicken and pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch. This is seriously DELICIOUS! The best part is that it takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Everything cooks in the Instant Pot - even the pasta! Woot Woot!

We made this Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta for lunch two days in a row. It was that GOOD!! I loved that I could cook everything in the Instant Pot. Only one pot to clean! I sautéed the chicken and then dumped everything else in and closed the lid. It takes the Instant Pot a few minutes to come to full steam, but once it is locked the pasta is ready in about 4 minutes. LOVE that!! Can't wait to experiment more with the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta



Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta - chicken pasta loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Seriously delicious! 4 minutes of cook time. We ate this two days in a row. Chicken, ranch dressing mix, bacon, chicken broth, water, cream cheese, penne pasta and cheddar cheese. Everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters!! #chicken #InstantPot #pasta



Yield: serves 6 to 8

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

prep time: 2 MINScook time: 4 MINStotal time: 6 mins

ingredients:


  • 1-lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (1-oz) package Original Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup cooked chopped bacon
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese
  • 1-lb dry penne pasta
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups (8-oz) shredded cheddar cheese

instructions:


  1. Preheat Instant Pot on “Sauté” setting; add oil, chicken, and ranch packet, stirring to coat. Cook chicken 2–3 minutes. 
  2. Add cream cheese, pasta, broth, and water to pot.
  3. Close lid, lock pot, select “Manual” setting and 4 minutes time. Cook pasta until time is up, then quick release and open Pot.
  4. Stir in cheddar cheese and cooked bacon until combined; let pasta set
    5 minutes to thicken. Serve immediately.






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50 comments

  1. How much Cheddar cheese? It's not listed in the ingredients. Glad to see you are enjoying your Instant Pot and I look forward to more recipes!

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  2. Love this recipe! And looks so yummmy! Is there a modification for a slow cooker? (don't have an instapot 'yet' :-)) - thanks so much!

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    1. I haven’t made this in the slow cooker. I will work on a slow cooker version soon!😊

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    2. Outstanding - thank you so much, Stephanie! Best!

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  3. I don't have an instapot either so I was wondering about using a crockpot?

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    1. should work in a pressure cooker to

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    2. Carol - an Instant Pot is just an electric pressure cooker

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    3. Cindy - I haven’t made this in the slow cooker. I will work on a slow cooker version soon!😊

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  4. Yumm!! I can't wait for more instant pot recipes!

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  5. Been having issues with pasta not cooking all the way is there a trick?

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    1. Did you have problems with the pasta in this recipe? It turned out perfect for me. I used Barilla pasta. Make sure to push the pasta into the liquid before sealing the pot.

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  6. omg---I just made this, and it is delicious! Sunday plans fell through, so had to have something in a hurry (Yay! Instant Pot!) Had one huge chicken breast, a packet of Fiesta Ranch, leftover bacon crumbles, the last bit in a jar of fire roasted tomatoes, not quite enough cream cheese, and a mix of the ends of a couple of bags of cheese, and pasta. It worked! Thank you!

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  7. Can I double this for a family of 4-5 and just double the cooking time?

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  8. Can I double this for a family of 4-5 and double the cooking time?

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    1. I just made it right now. We are a family of 7 (well 6 that eat by mouth) and it fed 5 us us with leftovers. I know sounds weird. One child is at my parents for the summer and my youngest eats via gtube. Only 3 of the 5 kids ate it and LOVED it. Definently making it again. It was hubby and kids approved. :)

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  9. I tried this tonight with my Power Cooker Plus!! Overall it came out pretty good but I had trouble and didn't know which setting to cook the 4 minutes on since my cooker doesn't have a "manual" option. At first it seemed way took watery, even after adding the cheese, so I cooked on high level "saute" but definitely took longer than expected, more like 45 to make ...any idea which option I should have chosen instead?

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    1. It shouldn’t take 45 minutes to make - it wouldn’t take that long on the stovetop. I’m not familiar with your pressure cooker, but a google search tells me that you need to look at the owners manual to find the preset that has a 4 minute cook time.

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  10. Made this tonight exactly as written. It was delicious, and double toddler-approved! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  11. Can you make without cream cheese????

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    1. you can certainly give it a try. The cream cheese just makes it nice and creamy. You could also try stirring in some sour cream after the pasta cooks.

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  13. This looks great! You say you cooked everything in the one pot. Does that include the bacon? I didn't see that part.

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    1. You can. I used precooked bacon so it didn't need to be cooked in the pot.

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  14. Made this exactly as your recipe said and it turned out awesome. WAS wondering if I could freeze the leftovers to use at a later date?

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    1. I haven't frozen the leftovers,but you could give it a try! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  15. If I cook this just on the stove cooking the penne as usual, would I still need to add the 2 cups of water?

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    1. I haven’t made this on the stove top, so I can’t give you exact directions. I would say that you don’t need the water if making it in the stove

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  16. I accidentally put the cheddar cheese in with all the ingredients and went already locked the lid and pushed manual time for 4 mins. Hopefully it won’t turn out bad. What do you think?

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  17. Is the cheddar cheese 2 cups or 8oz (=1 cup)?

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    1. Both - 8 ounces of shredded cheese is 2 cups not 1 cup as you are saying.

      If you look at bags of cheese in the store you will see they are sold as 8 ounces and equal 2 cups.

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    2. Unknown - you are incorrect. 8 ounces of cheese is 2 cups.

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  18. I made this and it's delicious. I used 4 oz of jalapeno cream cheese and 4 oz of regular cream cheese and it gave it that kick I love

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    1. That sounds delicious!! Glad you enjoyed it!😊

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  19. I need recipe for serving 6 people. Can you help me know how to adjust recipe. Thanks

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  20. I don't have a manual button so I'm assuming it's the Pressure cook button on normal for 4 minutes and it says high pressure? I'm very new to this Instant pot business!

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  21. My husband doesn't like cheese. Crazy I know!!! Will this be ok without the cheddar cheese? I can get by without it?

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    1. I haven’t tried this recipe without cheddar cheese, so I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

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  22. My chicken came out dry in this recipe, suggestions?

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  23. Manual setting on HIGH for 4 minutes?

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  24. What size pot do you have? My pot took 20 minutes to come up to pressure.

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  25. Does the chicken have to be thawed first?

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  26. How long does the leftovers last for in the Fridge?

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