My Instant Pot cheesy chicken and pasta dish I made last night was a HUGE hit with my family! My family is loving the Instant Pot, as I am able to get dinner done and served in under 30 minutes.
That’s a HUGE sigh of relief in my home as I have such a busy day before trying to get dinner started. Time escapes me, and I wind up taking over 1 1/2 hours to making a full meal for my family. In fact, I have used my Instant Pot 3 times this week, and am planning on a fourth soon!
What type of Pasta should I use to make the Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken?
My family adores and chicken, and they love them some cheese. So of course, it was an easy thing to try to cook. The only thing that I was concerned about was, “What type of pasta” I should use.
After thinking about it, I decided that I would need a thick and hearty type of pasta to cook with the chicken. So I used an orecchiette bag of pasta (16oz) that I already had on hand. You can use different pasta with it, such as penne and rigatoni. They should both be as dense as the orecchiette pasta.
If I used a small type of pasta like mafalda, elbow, etc…the pasta would turn to mush.
Can You use Gluten Free pasta with the Instant Pot Chicken Recipe?
I don’t recommend using gluten free pasta in cooking at the same time. You CAN cook the pasta separately on the stove top, and then add it to the cheesy chicken dish.
However, you can definitely use pasta that has been made out of whole wheat. Whole wheat pasta takes about the same amount of time to cook in the Instant Pot.
Why add Mustard to Cheesy Pasta recipe?
Add mustard gives the dish more depth and flavor. It's a great addition to ANY mac and cheese that you make from scratch.
The mustard helps to round out the flavor, and helping it make it more creamy and smooth. No, you don't get a full dose of mustard flavor at all.
A lot of people use dry mustard, and you can totally use it, too! You will add the same amount of dry mustard, as you would wet, so there is no difference.
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I hope you enjoy this super duper easy and delicious instant pot cheesy chicken and pasta recipe!
- Approximately 2 pounds of skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into 1" chunks (Approximately 5 breasts)
- 1 tablespoon of EVOO
- 4 tablespoons of salted butter
- 1 bag of orecchiette pasta (1 pound bag)
- 2 cups of whole milk
- 2 cups of water or chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups of shredded mild cheddar cheese
- Press sauté mode button, add EVOO, and allow to heat.
- Once heated, add chicken breast chunks. Stir occasionally. You just want to slightly sear the chicken.
- Once seared, add water, salt, pepper, and pasta. Lock lid in place, and close vent. Cook on high manual pressure for 8 minutes and NPR for 5 minutes. Release any remaining pressure and remove lid.
- Add all remaining ingredients, and stir well until cheese is melted.
PLEASE NOTE: If you decide to use other types of pasta, reduce the time to 6 minutes high manual pressure time. This type of pasta is more dense than most, so it takes an extra minute or two to cook thoroughly with the chicken.
It takes about 8-10 minutes to build up pressure, so I added that into the additional cooking time.
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If you love easy and delicious, then you'll love making this recipe a few times over. My Instant Pot cheesy chicken and pasta is going to be a HUGE hit in your home, too!
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I love easy Instant Pot recipes. The more that I can dump and go, the better. Though, sometimes I do love it making other recipes that take a few extra steps. As long as I'm making tasty food, I'm totally fine.