Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken spaghetti in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy recipe. This one-pot chicken and pasta recipe is comforting and delicious.  The boneless skinless chicken breast cook until tender and ready to shred once it is done cooking.  Adding the chicken back into the cheesy pasta is the perfect combination.

This creamy pasta & cheese dish is a family dinner favorite that kids and adults both love. The cream cheese plus 3 other kinds of cheese create a rich white sauce along with the spaghetti that cooks in chicken broth.   There is no processed cheese in this recipe.  It is made without Velveeta, using a combination of cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan instead, and it is the best cheesy chicken spaghetti recipe ever.

 

 

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti plates ready to eat

 

 

Ingredients for Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

Homemade chicken spaghetti for the pressure cooker requires a few simple ingredients that are likely staples in your house already.  You will need spaghetti, boneless skinless chicken breasts, onion, garlic, spices, cream cheese, heavy cream, and other cheeses.

If by chance you have a rotisserie chicken and want to even speed up this process, you can use that also.  To make chicken spaghetti with shredded meat from a rotisserie or leftover roasted chicken, simply leave it out of the Instant Pot when adding all the ingredients. Simply add it in the same step you would when you add the cooked chicken as listed below.  ( you can even try it with leftover turkey if you want to – like after Thanksgiving!)

If you want a gluten-free chicken spaghetti recipe you can make an easy adjustment to this recipe.

  • You can use gluten-free pasta instead of regular spaghetti
  • You can leave out the pasta step, cut the liquid down in half and cook as-is.  Then add the creamy chicken mixture to something else like spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles (zoodles), or even pre-cooked. rice.

 

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti ingredients
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti ingredients

 

 

 

How to make Chicken Spaghetti in the Instant Pot

If you have never made pasta in a pressure cooker, the key is to make sure the noodles are submerged under enough liquid. They are usually the first two items to be added into the insert just like in this chicken spaghetti recipe.   First, add in the broth and break the spaghetti noodles in half.  Add a handful of the spaghetti in alternating layers so that they do not all stack up together – this will result in them sticking together and not cooking.

Next add the chicken breasts, sliced onions, garlic, and all the spices to the Instant Pot. This will all be on top of the broth and spaghetti noodles.  The pasta will then be at the bottom and submerged in the liquid as seen below.

 

 

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti all ingredients in the insert
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti all ingredients in the insert

 

Set the Instant Pot to Cook the Chicken Spaghetti

Once all the ingredients are in the pressure cooker, add the lid and make sure the seal is in place and the valve is closed. Set the Instant Pot to MANUAL for 8 minutes.  It will take about 15 minutes to come to pressure and then another 8 minutes to cook.

Once it beeps and is done cooking, you will want to do a MANUAL RELEASE.  So be please be careful as the steam WILL BE HOT –  open the valve on the top and let the steam release until the unit unlocks.

Once it is ready, open the lid.  Using a slotted spoon scoop out the chicken pieces and set them aside.  Next, add the cream cheese chunks and stir in to melt with the spaghetti.   Shred the chicken pieces, these will be hot too so be careful.

 

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti chicken done and add cream cheese
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti chicken is done and adds cream cheese

 

The next step includes adding the shredded chicken back into the Instant Pot along with the spaghetti.  Then finally add all the cream and the remaining cheeses.  Stir to combine completely.

 

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti ready to stir in the cheese
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti ready to stir in the cheese

 

Once all the ingredients are mixed together, the spaghetti and chicken will be completely coated by the creamy white cheese sauce.    The pasta will be cooked perfectly and the chicken will be shredded and tender.    Scoop into pasta bowls for serving.  Top with more parmesan cheese if desired.

 

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti scooped and ready to serve
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti scooped and ready to serve

 

 

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti plates on two plates with forks
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

 

 

What to Serve with Chicken Spaghetti?

Any of your favorite side dishes for pasta will be great to serve with creamy and cheesy chicken spaghetti.  Since there are protein and carbohydrates in this recipe, what I suggest to make a complete meal is to add some vegetables.  A salad or steamed vegetables would be quick and easy side dish options to serve with the recipe.   Here are the best sides to serve with chicken spaghetti, such as the steamed broccoli pictured below.

 

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti with broccoli
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti with broccoli

 

 

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Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

Angela
Chicken spaghetti in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy recipe. This one-pot chicken and pasta recipe is comforting and delicious.  
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Equipment

  • pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound spaghetti broken & separated
  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in large chunks
  • 1/4 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened at room temperature & cut in small chunks
  • 1/4 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 C grated parmesan cheese
  • additional parmesan cheese optional for topping

Instructions
 

  • To the insert of your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, pour in the chicken broth. Next, break the spaghetti noodles in half and add a handful at a time to the chicken broth. As you add each handful, layer them in an offset pattern so some are going vertical and then next is horizontal. This is important so they do not stick together.
  • Add the chunks of raw chicken, onion, and garlic next. This will push the noodles further down into the broth. The spaghetti should be completely submerged at this point. Sprinkle with the seasonings.
  • Be sure the seal is on your lid correctly and the valve is closed. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock it into place. Press MANUAL and set the timer to 8 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time is done, you will want to do a manual release of the pressure. BE CAREFUL, STEAM WILL BE HOT. Using a long wooden spoon or something else, gently open the valve and release the pressure and steam
  • Remove the chicken pieces with a slotted spoon and set them aside on a dish to cool.
  • Add the small chunks of room temperature cream cheese to the spaghetti in the pot. Stir to melt and combine. Shred the chicken and add it back into the pot. For the final step, add the cream and 3 remaining kinds of cheeses.
  • Serve in pasta bowls and top with more parmesan cheese if desired.
  • For leftovers - store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You may need to add a splash of cream to bring it back to its smooth creamy texture and stir when warming it in the microwave.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving  
Calories 557
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 13.1g 66%
Cholesterol 164mg 55%
Sodium 1103mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 44.7g 16%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Total Sugars 0.9g  
Protein 37.2g  
Vitamin D 3mcg 13%
Calcium 187mg 14%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 483mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Keyword chicken, easy, instant pot, pasta, pressure cooker

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17 thoughts on “Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti”

    • That would be so good to season this chicken spaghetti. I admit that a few times my husband and I have added crushed red pepper flakes and more parmesan for even more wow. Enjoy.

  • I have been thinking about getting an instant pot and this recipe makes me want to rush out and get one. Sounds like a great meal!

  • I’ve seen a lot of recipes for chicken spaghetti and I’ve haven’t jumped in yet! It looks so good, though. And I love my instapot and how easy it is to make delicious meals!

    • I do not think this would work in a slow cooker as the method of cooking is low and slow compared to fast and at high pressure with an Instant Pot.

  • I didn’t notice in the directions where one would add in the 1/4 cup of heavy cream (unless you meant only to use the cream in restoring the creamy texture when warming up leftovers). The order of the ingredients places the heavy cream after the cream cheese., but no mention in the directions. II’m asking because I don’t have an instant pot, but want to prepare the pasta by cooking it conventional manner but in the seasoned broth, and adding in pre-cooked and warmed chicken. So, should I presume that once the pasta in the seasoned broth is combined with the warmed chicken, would the heavy cream go in after the creamed cheese, and then the three remaining cheeses added?

    • Thanks for your question. I have it listed in the section after adding the shredded chicken back in and when you add the cheeses. I checked the text with pictures and the recipe card and it is listed in both. Let me know if it is still not clear and happy to help. I hope you enjoy it.

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