Instant Pot Crack Chicken 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

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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.

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

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!

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

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

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Total Time 19 mins
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

Equipment:

  • Instant

Ingredients:

  • 1- lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (1-oz) package dry 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 shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

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

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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

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

    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

  2. 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?

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

    1. I would think you could cook the bacon in the IP then leave the bacon grease in there to cook the chicken instead of oil. More bacony 🙂

    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.

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

  5. 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?

    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.

    2. Made this tonight for the first time, added cooked drained spinach when we added the cheeses and let it all sit! Turned out amazing! Had leftovers even after we had second helpings! Made for an easy dinner on a hot summer day! Thanks!

    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. 🙂

  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!

    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.

      1. Can you please put a link or something just for recipe? I want to print recipe only on 1 page without 16 pages of stories, pics, and comments. Help please.

        1. Oh, Julie – you just need to scroll down to the recipe and hit the “print recipe” button. Problem solved!!!

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

  8. 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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