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. Just made this for dinner tonight in the Crock-Pot express crock! We were short on cheddar, so I had to substitute a cup of mozzarella. It was amazing!

  2. I just made this tonight and it was very good! I substituted cauliflower for the pasta and I only put in 1 cup chicken broth and no water, it turned out amazing! I wanted to go back for seconds but too full. Thank you for the great recipes!

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

    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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

    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.

    2. Eight ounces of cheese refers to 8 ounces by weight. When you see 1 cup as 8 ounces that means 8 fluid ounces which is a measure of volume. The weight of 1 cup of will vary greatly on what that cup contains.

  6. 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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