Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta


Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta is a rich, cheesy, and addictive one-pot meal you can make in less than 10 minutes! You are gonna dance out of excitement for this crack chicken pasta!

Why This Recipe Works

This delicious Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta recipe allows you to cook your pasta right in the pot with the ranch, chicken, and other ingredients. Because of this, your pasta will soak up all the ranch flavor, so each bite is incredibly flavorful.

Instant Pot Chicken Pasta has all the things you love most and flavors that perfectly complement each other… chicken, cheese, bacon, and ranch! This chicken pasta recipe is seriously dynamite, you will love it and want to make it again and again.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta Recipe Video

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Recipe Ingredients

Chicken – opt for boneless skinless chicken. Breasts or thighs both work equally well. You could even use leftover cooked chicken as long as it is mildly seasoned.

Cheddar cheese – I prefer to use sharp white cheddar, but any kind of cheddar is fine.

Dry ranch dressing – dry ranch dressing powder or ranch seasoning blends are a mix of buttermilk powder, dried dill, garlic powder, and more. It’s all the flavors of ranch dressing in powdered form!  

Penne pasta – you can substitute many varieties of pasta, and they all will end up great. I’d recommend using a more small-sized pasta shape like Penne, Elbow, or Bow-Tie.

Cream cheese – this is the star ingredient that makes the creamy sauce! Go for sticks of cream cheese rather than spreadable cream cheese tubs for optimal texture.

Bacon – this is the ingredient that makes this Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta recipe so addicting in my opinion. Be sure to cook the bacon in advance, or purchase pre-cooked bacon!

How to make Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Get all the ingredients.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Take your Instant Pot and pour some Olive Oil.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Put the chopped chicken into the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Add Dry Ranch and set the pot to Saute for 3 minutes.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Cook until the chicken turns opaque, then add Penne Pasta.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Add Water.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Add Chicken Broth.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Cover the lid and set the pot to High Pressure for 6 minutes.

Do a Quick Release once done.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Add Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and cooked Bacon and stir well.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Dish out the Pasta. Garnish with some fresh parsley, and that's it!

Delicious Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta is ready 🙂

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Recipe Notes

  • To keep with the idea of a one-pot meal, the Instant Pot can be used to cook the bacon before starting this recipe. Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode first, then add raw chopped bacon, cook until crispy, and remove from the pot. Then you can continue the recipe by cooking the chicken and following the recipe, adding the cooked bacon back at the end.
  • This recipe is meant for dried pasta. Avoid using homemade fresh pasta in this recipe, as it will not hold up well in the Instant Pot.

How to Serve Crack Chicken Pasta

As is! You can always serve a fresh salad on the side if you want to feel healthy.

More Recipes Like This

If you’re interested in trying more one-pot pasta recipes, here are some of my favorites:

Instant Pot Stuffed Shells

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Chicken And Noodles

Looking for more chicken dinner recipes? Try these next!

Instant Pot Chicken and rice

Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

FAQ About Crack Chicken Pasta

What else can I add to my recipe?

Add in frozen veggies such as a mixed vegetable blend or broccoli. I would avoid canned veggies, as they don’t hold up well under pressure.

Or, try sprinkling on some hot sauce over the pasta dish when you are ready to serve for a kick of heat. This recipe is flexible—the possibilities are endless!

Can I store it and reheat it?

Yes—you can even freeze this Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta if you have too much leftover (though I highly doubt that will happen!) Simply place it in a freezer-friendly container and store it in the cooler for as long as two months.

It’s possible that the cream cheese in the recipe might separate a little after freezing and defrosting, yet the flavor will still taste awesome. Any leftovers can be reheated on the stove or microwave.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta
4.58 from 14 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, party
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crack chicken, pasta, penne pasta
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 2
  • 1 lb Chicken chopped
  • 1 ½ Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 oz Dry Ranch Dressing
  • 1 lb Penne Pasta
  • 2 cup Water
  • 3 cup Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • ¼ cup Bacon Cooked
  • Parsley Garnish
  • Add oil to the Instant Pot and press saute.
  • Add the chicken and the ranch dressing and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add penne pasta, water and chicken broth.
  • Cover the lid and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Add cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon and stir well.
  • Take out the pasta, garnish with parsley and serve 🙂
Calories: 450kcal


One Pot Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

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  1. Matthew J Higbie

    Mine came out very watery. Is it really supposed to be 2 cups water and 3 cups broth?

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