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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
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Western
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 375kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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