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Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti in an instant pot with herb garnish

Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti

This instant pot pasta is an easy and hearty recipe the whole family will love
4.12 from 9 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Western
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 375kcal


  • 2 cups (473ml) chicken broth
  • 14 ounces (414ml) pasta sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt to taste
  • 8 ounces (200g) spaghetti broken in half
  • ½ pound (226g) skinless boneless chicken breast cubed
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese optional
  • 3 tablespoons grated cheese of your choice optional


  • Add the chicken broth, pasta sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and salt into the Instant Pot insert without mixing.
  • Then spread the pasta out over the liquid making sure the pasta is submerged.
  • Place the chicken cubes on top of the pasta
  • Place lid on the Instant Pot, turn the valve to sealing, select pressure cook / manual high pressure, and set for 4 minutes.
  • Allow for a Natural Pressure Release (NPR) of 5 minutes and then do a Quick Pressure Release (cover the vent as the liquid will spurt). Once done, carefully open the lid.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes for the liquid to be absorbed then mix, making sure to separate the spaghetti (as some of the noodle will clump together).
  • This can be served as is, but if you want a richer meal then quickly mix in the cream cheese and grated cheese, stirring until melted.
  • Adjust seasonings as needed, add any toppings or mix-ins, and serve.


Tips For Success

  • Break the pasta in half before you add it to the Instant Pot. This will make it easier to completely submerge it in the liquid.
  • Stir the pasta immediately after opening the Instant Pot to break up any stuck together pieces. Noodles will stick so you do have to stir to break em up.
  • Allow the cooked pasta to sit in the Instant Pot to absorb any remaining liquid.

Delicious Variations

Pressure Cooker Chicken Spaghetti is sooooooooooo easy to customize…
  • Get Saucy - Use your favorite sauce in this recipe or swap it for something new for a different flavor. Try a spicy sauce or even a vodka sauce. Yum!
  • Swap Pasta - You can use any dried pasta cut in this recipe without making any changes to the recipe. 
  • Try Thighs - Chicken thighs are a great swap for the chicken breast. Not only are they incredibly juicy, but they are also often less expensive. 

Budget Friendly Tips

  • Light Lunch - Make a batch of this creamy chicken spaghetti at the beginning of the week to take for a light lunch.
  • Make it a Meal -  Add a side salad or a green veggie and serve it with bread to make it a full meal. 
  • Add Veggies - Adding vegetables like chopped onion, peppers, carrots or broccoli add bulk to this meal along with being a great source of nutrients. 

Weight Watchers Points

There are 10 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1124mg | Potassium: 788mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 687IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3mg