Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta

If you are looking to add a super creamy, well seasoned, satisfyingly easy pasta meal then you have found it! This Instant Pot chicken alfredo penne pasta, has all of the cream and cheese you need to make the best and quickest chicken alfredo than you’ve seen before!

I absolutely love this recipe because of how flavorful it is! The seasoning and chicken broth add such a wonderful flavor to this meal. It develops such a wonderful creamy sauce that’s out of this world!

I can’t lie, it doesn’t hurt that I can also make the whole meal in the Instant Pot. My husband likes that part too since he is normally stuck with clean up duty. 

Another one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes: Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

However, this is not my only go-to recipe when it comes to pasta in the Instant Pot. I love our Instant Pot lasagna soup, Instant Pot creamy shrimp alfredo pasta, and I can’t leave out one of our favorite Taco Tuesday recipes, Instant Pot cheesy beef taco pasta

Add these to your list for this Instant Pot chicken alfredo with cream cheese:

Instant Pot chicken alfredo using penne pasta ingredients:

  1. Olive oil
  2. Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  3. Salt
  4. Ground black pepper
  5. Garlic cloves
  6. Dried parsley
  7. Chicken broth
  8. Penne pasta
  9. Cream cheese
  10. Mozzarella cheese
  11. Water
  12. Corn starch
  13. Freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  14. Fresh basil (optional)

Here are the few other things you will need for this simple Instant Pot recipe:

  • Instant Pot
  • Wooden spatula (THESE ones are wonderful!)
  • Small mixing bowl

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Honestly, I don’t know how I would make it through the week without it now! Okay, that might be a bit dramatic, but you get my point.

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Using your Instant Pot, press the “SAUTE” button to turn it on and let the inside heat up for a few minutes. Then you are going to add in the olive oil. 

Before you put the chicken in the Instant Pot, sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Once you have done that, you can add it to the Instant Pot with the olive oil. 

Let the chicken side on each side for 3 minutes or until it starts to brown. 

Then you are going to add in the garlic, dried parsley, and chicken broth to the Instant Pot. 

After you add these, use your wooden spatula to scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot to release any of the burnt bits from the chicken and to avoid getting the “BURN” notice from you Instant Pot. 

Then you are going to add the penne pasta on top of everything. Be sure the press the pasta down into the liquid with the spatula to make sure the pasta gets cooked evenly. 

Now, place the lid on top of the Instant Pot and turn the knob to the “SEALING” position. 

Then, to get it going, press either the “MANUAL” or “PRESSURE” button and set the timer for 4 minutes. 

Once the Instant Pot has finished cooking, carefully turn the knob to the “VENTING” position to allow it to quickly release the pressure from inside. After all of the pressure is released, remove the lid from the Instant Pot. 

Then, press the “SAUTE” button again to turn the heating element back on, and add in the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese and mix it all together. 

In a small bowl, mix together the water and cornstarch to make the thickening agent for the sauce. After it is well combined, add it into the Instant Pot and stir everything together. 

The sauce should start to thicken. Continue to stir until you reach your desired thickness. Next, just serve it, top it off with the fresh Parmesan cheese, basil, and enjoy!

You might also want to try making your own homemade garlic bread with this recipe from to go along with this fantastic pasta recipe! I love bread with my pasta.

Another awesome easy chicken alfredo recipe to watch!

Now that you know how to make this amazingly easy chicken alfredo recipe, you can also check out another easy Instant Pot chicken alfredo that we walk you through step by step from start to end on our YouTube channel! This is also a perfect recipe for beginners to try!


Instant meals in your Instant Pot: 

Serves: 6

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta

10 minPrep Time

4 minCook Time

14 minTotal Time

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  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into small slices)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounces penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1 (8 ounce) cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional topping
  • Fresh basil, optional topping


  1. Press "SAUTE" on the Instant Pot and let it heat up for a few minutes, then add in the oil.
  2. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then add to the Instant Pot. Brown chicken for about 3 minutes on each side.
  3. Add garlic, parsley, and chicken broth to the Instant Pot, being sure to scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot with a wooden spatula to remove any burnt bits or pieces from the chicken.
  4. Add the pasta on top of everything and press it gently down into the liquid with a spatula (don't stir it in with the other ingredients). The liquid should barely cover the pasta.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to "sealing."
  6. Press the "MANUAL" button and cook for 4 minutes.
  7. When the Instant Pot is finished cooking, move the valve to "venting" and do a quick release of the pressure. Remove the lid.
  8. Press the "SAUTE" button and add in the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together water and cornstarch, then add into the Instant Pot. Stir together until sauce reaches desired thickness and serve.
  10. Top with fresh Parmesan cheese and basil, if desired.



2938 cal


87 g


271 g


253 g
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10 Responses to “Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta”

    • Mindy
      Hi Sandy! I recently used frozen chicken breasts for another Six Sisters' recipe and it turned out great. I placed the frozen breast on the trivet and put one cup chicken broth in (I'm sure you could use water too). Pressure cooked it for 15-20 min depending on the size of the breast (mine was about 1.5lbs), let it release pressure naturally for five min, and then manually released the pressure. It was cooked, easy to shred and not dried out. Hope this helps!
  1. Londa
    Is it just me or are the written instructions different than the video? I bought ingredients based on the written list. But i couldnt find anything saying when to remove the chicken so i watched the video and it had me use less broth and instead of cream cheese she said whipping cream? Luckily i had the cream on hand but shouldnt these be the same?

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