Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

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Make this Creamy Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo (Pressure Cooker Chicken Alfredo) with simple ingredients. Your family will enjoy this kid-friendly chicken alfredo pasta with delicious homemade Alfredo sauce. Super easy to make one pot meal for those busy weeknights! 😀

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Cheesy . Creamy . Rich . Alfredo Sauce .

If you knew how easy it is to make this fragrant buttery garlicky Alfredo Sauce from scratch, you’d ask yourself why have you been buying jar Alfredo Sauce! 😛

Say goodbye to your store-bought Alfredo Sauce…

All you need is 6 simple ingredients from your pantry to make this delicate & creamy white sauce.

But wait a minute, Instant Pot Alfredo Sauce? Wouldn’t it scorch in the Instant Pot?

Instead of risking scorching problems, cooking the Alfredo Sauce in the pasta after pressure cooking, or using jar Alfredo Sauce, we came up with an easy workaround.

Pot . in . Pot . Alfredo Sauce!

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You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Because:

  • Simple ingredients from your pantry – no need for store-bought Alfredo sauce!
  • Easy & quick pasta meal with little prep work – great for quick lunch or busy weeknight meals
  • Rich & comforting butter garlic Alfredo Sauce
  • Kid-friendly meal
Easy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes (Easy Pressure Cooker Chicken Recipes): Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

Make this Creamy Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo (Pressure Cooker Chicken Alfredo) with simple ingredients. Your family will enjoy this kid-friendly chicken alfredo pasta with delicious homemade Alfredo sauce. Super easy to make one pot meal for those busy weeknights!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 710kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (454g) penne pasta
  • 1 - 2 (250g - 400g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 - 2 cups (40g – 80g) baby spinach , washed
  • 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

ALFREDO SAUCE

  • 7 - 8 (20g) garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  • 1 ounce (32g) Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese , finely grated (at room temperature)
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

GARNISH

  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese , grated

Instructions

  • Preheat Pressure Cooker: Heat up your Instant Pot by pressing "Sauté" button, then click "Adjust" button to go to "Sauté More" function. Wait until the indicator says "HOT".
  • Sauté Chicken Breast: Season one side of chicken breasts with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Add 1 tbsp olive oil in the inner pot. Place chicken breasts in the pot (seasoned side down), then season the other side with kosher salt and black pepper. Brown each side for about 1.5 minutes. Set aside chicken breast. Add minced garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant (~a minute). Pour sauteed minced garlic into a stainless steel bowl.
  • Deglaze: Pour 1/2 cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot. Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot and mix them into the stock mixture.
  • Pressure Cook Pasta & Chicken Breasts: Add 1lb (454g) pasta and chicken breasts in Instant Pot. Pour in the remaining chicken stock. Try to submerge all the penne pasta in the chicken stock.
    Layer the stainless steel bowl with Alfredo sauce ingredients (except the cheese and seasoning) on the pasta in the Instant Pot.
    Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes + 4 minutes Quick Release. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.
  • Make Alfredo Sauce: Remove stainless steel bowl and chicken breasts from the Instant Pot. Melt 1 oz (32g) finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into the Alfredo sauce 1/3 at a time while mixing with a fork. Taste & season with kosher salt (about 3 pinches) and ground black pepper.
  • Mix in Spinach & Alfredo Sauce: Heat up the Instant Pot by pressing "Cancel" button, then "Sauté" button. Mix baby spinach and ¾ of the Alfredo sauce with the cooked pasta. Taste and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  • Serve: Cut chicken breasts into slices, then add chicken slices on top of the serving plate of pasta. Then, drizzle the remaining Alfredo sauce onto the chicken pasta. Garnish with more Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese if desired. Serve immediately~
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Recipe Notes:

Taste & Season: Be sure to taste & season the Alfredo Sauce. The seasonings are critical in opening up the sauce's flavors.
Cheese: Use freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese to avoid graininess in the Alfredo Sauce. Also, use the finest grater to grate the cheese for best results.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 710kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 754mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2709IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Italian
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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

Prepare Ingredients for Chicken Alfredo in Instant Pot:

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*Pro Tip: Use freshly grated real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese instead of pre-shredded cheese to avoid graininess in the Alfredo Sauce.

Tools for Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

1

Preheat Pressure Cooker


First, heat up your Instant Pot by pressing Sauté button and click Adjust button to go to Sauté More function (as shown in photo below).

how to use instant pot - saute more function

Wait until the indicator says HOT.

*Pro Tip #1: You can mince the garlic while the pressure cooker is heating up.

2

Sauté Chicken Breast


Time for seasoning!

Season one side of chicken breasts with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo: Season chicken breasts with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Then, add 1 tbsp olive oil in the inner pot.

Place chicken breasts in Instant Pot (seasoned side down) and season the other side with kosher salt and black pepper.

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Brown each side for about 1.5 minutes. Set aside the chicken breasts.

Add minced garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant, it takes about a minute.

Then, pour the sauteed minced garlic into a stainless steel bowl.

*Note: this stainless steel bowl along with the sauteed minced garlic will be used in the Instant Pot for cooking the Alfredo Sauce, so make sure it fits inside your inner pot!

3

Deglaze Instant Pot


Pour 1/2 cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot.

Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot and mix them into the stock mixture.

4

Pressure Cook Pasta & Chicken Breasts


Add 1lb (454g) penne pasta and chicken breasts in Instant Pot.

Pour in the remaining chicken stock (as shown in left photo below).

*Pro Tip #1: Try to submerge all the penne pasta in the chicken stock.

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Layer the stainless steel bowl with Alfredo sauce ingredients (sauteed minced garlic, heavy cream & unsalted butter) on top of the pasta in the Instant Pot (as shown in right above photo).

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 4 minutes (use Manual/Pressure Cook button) + 4 minutes Quick Release (wait 4 minutes before turning the venting knob to release pressure)

Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.

*Pro Tip #2: You can grate the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese & wash the spinach while the pressure cooker is cooking the chicken pasta.

*Pro Tip #3: Be sure to use the finest size of cheese grater to grate the cheese.

5

Make Alfredo Sauce


Remove stainless steel bowl and chicken breasts from the Instant Pot.

Melt 1 oz (32g) finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into the Alfredo sauce 1/3 at a time while mixing with a fork.

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Taste & season with kosher salt (about 3 pinches) and ground black pepper.

*Pro Tip #1: be sure to constantly stir the Alfredo Sauce as you melt the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (1/3 at a time!)

*Pro Tip #2: very critical to taste & season the white sauce in this step!!

6

Mix in Spinach & Alfredo Sauce


Heat up the Instant Pot by pressing Cancel button, then Sauté button.

Mix baby spinach and ¾ of the Alfredo sauce with the cooked penne pasta.

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Taste and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

7

Serve Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo


Cut chicken breasts into slices and add them on top of the Alfredo pasta. Then, drizzle the remaining white sauce onto the chicken pasta.

Garnish with more Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese if desired.

Serve immediately & enjoy!~

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Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo


1. Taste, Season and Repeat!

Unless you like bland Instant Pot Pasta, be sure to taste & season the Alfredo Sauce! The seasonings are critical in opening up the flavors of the sauce, so taste & adjust according to your taste.

2. Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce

For a garlicky flavor-aroma boost, you can roast the garlic in the oven beforehand.

3. Use Freshly Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese to Avoid Graininess in the Alfredo Sauce

Use freshly grated cheese instead of pre-shredded cheese. Yes, it’ll be more work – but it’ll be worth it ? Pre-shredded cheese contains cellulose powder that doesn’t break down nor allows smooth melting.

Also, be sure to use the finest cheese grater to grate the cheese for optimal results!

Watch: How To Make Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

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Mandy
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Hi Amy and Jacky!
Thanks so much for all of your recipes, I just got an Instant Pot and am obsessed with it already LOL I’m loving your site. 🙂
I am a vegetarian and so I was wondering if this recipe would work if I used mushrooms instead of chicken and if so, how long would I need to cook it for? I can change the broth and cheese to veggie versions too, which I’m hoping won’t make any difference to timings etc. I would really appreciate your help, thank you.

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Thanks so much!

Marie Reed
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Marie Reed

For gluten free pasta (usually brown rice/sometimes quinoa),which usually requires more time to cook how would I calculate cooking time in your recipes?
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Amy
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Absolutely delicious! I actually messed up by putting the cream in with the pasta, broth and chicken. Oops! So, there was just the butter and garlic in the stainless steel bowl. Still worked out wonderfully. Adding this one to our weekly rotation.

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8QtDuo Mama

We had such fun making this recipe and it turned out well except that the chicken was very dry and overcooked. But I have an 8 qt duo, am new to instant pot cooking and have a large family so I may not have made enough modifications to compensate. The pasta and sauce turned out perfect though, so I am not sure what I should do next time to keep the chicken from drying out. I followed the recipe exactly, except that I used 5 medium size chicken breasts (tenderloins removed) to increase the protein percentage of the meal. It… Read more »

ELACEE
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ELACEE

I forgot to rate it using the little stars! 5+++! 🙂5 stars

ELACEE
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ELACEE

I made this recipe last night, and I did not skimp on the garlic. (Please don’t skimp on the garlic when you make this. Notice I didn’t say “if” but “when — because you must make this). Also, pro tip#2 in step 5 was (thankfully) heeded (taste and season the sauce) with excellent results. Thank you for such detailed instructions for those of us who aren’t culinary geniuses! This recipe is out-of-this-world delicious! I immediately texted the recipe to my friends. And by “immediately” I mean “while I was chewing.” If you’re thinking about making this, stop thinking and make… Read more »

Eric
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Eric

Oops sorry I meant if it’s the same as whipping cream, not whip cream!

Nikki Con
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Nikki Con

If I don’t have a stainless steel bowl, can I use an ovenproof glass bowl?

Lynn Beumer
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Lynn Beumer

If I use 2 pounds of chicken breasts, cut into 8 oz pieces, is the cooking time still 4 minutes? Thank you

Lynn Beumer
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Lynn Beumer

Thank you. The dish came out well. I used 4 ounces of spinach and will use more the next time. I did the Alfredo sauce on my stove top, as I doubled the amount of ingredients and was not sure how it would work in the bowl in the IP5 stars

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Probably my favorite recipe from your site! Made it last night and it was ridiculously easy and so tasty! I have already emailed it all my IP friends and told them they need to make it 🙂

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