Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

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This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo is a low-maintenance, weeknight dinner that tastes incredible! You just throw everything in the pot and then walk away. 

Instant Pot chicken alfredo in a white bowl

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

Chicken Alfredo is one of my favorite meals and it has become even better now that I can make it so quickly and easily. I love being able to throw everything in the pot, walk away, and then come back to a delicious meal. My husband even says this is his favorite pasta dinner that I make – and I make a lot of pasta so that is saying something! I like to serve this pasta with steamed veggies or with a Caesar salad.

Chicken Alfredo in the Instant Pot

Step-By-Step Instructions

  • The order that you place your ingredients in the Instant Pot is very important. Add chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, and then garlic.
  • Then, break the noodles in half so they fit into the pot. Add them on top of the liquids but DO NOT STIR.
  • Place chicken breasts on top of the noodles. It is okay if they aren’t submerged in the liquid. Top with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Again, do not stir.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot. Set the valve to sealing. Cook on Manual on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Once the timer goes off, DO NOT TOUCH the Instant Pot. Let the pressure release naturally for 8 more minutes. If you don’t do this step, the sauce will spray out when you quick release the pressure.
  • After the natural release is done, do a quick release.
  • Remove the chicken and shred or slice. Set aside.
  • Add the parmesan cheese and stir until all melted. Use fresh shredded or shaved parmesan, the canned grated stuff just won’t do the trick.
  • If the sauce is too thin, set the Instant Pot to Saute and stir until the sauce thickens to desired consistency.
  • Add the chicken and serve immediately.
A bite of chicken alfredo on a fork

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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

4.75 from 4 votes
This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo is a low-maintenance, weeknight dinner that tastes incredible! You just throw everything in the pot and then walk away. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8

Equipment

  • 6-Quart Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (See Instant Pot Note Below)

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add ingredients to the Instant Pot in this exact order and do not stir: chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, and garlic. Break the noodles in half so they fit in the pot. Add them on top of the liquid and DO NOT STIR. Place chicken breasts on top of the pasta. It is okay if they aren't submerged in the liquid. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    Raw chicken breasts in Alfredo sauce in the Instant Pot
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to Sealing. Cook on Manual on high pressure for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, DO NOT RELEASE the pressure. Let the pressure naturally release for 8 additional minutes. If you quick release the pressure right away, the sauce will spray out. After you have done a natural release, quick release the rest of the pressure.
    Adding lid to cook Instant Pot Potatoes
  • Remove the chicken and shred or slice it. Set aside. Add parmesan cheese to the sauce and stir until melted. If the sauce is too thin, turn the Instant Pot on to Saute and cook until desired consistency is reached, stirring constantly.
    Pasta in alfredo sauce in an Instant Pot
  • Once the sauce is the desired consistency, add the chicken back in and stir. Serve immediately.
    Chicken Alfredo in the Instant Pot

Notes

A note about the heavy whipping cream: Unfortunately in this recipe, the cream can not be substituted for half and half or milk. The fat content in the cream is what keeps it from burning inside the pot. 
Instant Pot Note: We use a 6-quart Instant Pot brand pressure cooker that we bought in 2016. Different or newer versions may be more sensitive to the “BURN” notice. If you are concerned about the burn notice, please refer to the Instant Pot webpage about Overheat Protection, found HERE.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1gCalories: 678kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 30gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 223mgSodium: 721mgPotassium: 513mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1526IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 295mgIron: 2mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    Another great recipe for my Instant Pot! Adding this to my dinner line up for the week; looks too good to pass up!

  2. 5 stars
    Believe it or not, I’ve never made pasta in my Instant Pot! But Chicken Alfredo Pasta is a big fave of my daughter’s. So, you’ve simultaneously taught me something new and also opened a new door to that coveted hero-mommy status with my daughter! I’m sending you a big hug on this total win lol! 😀

  3. This didn’t turn out well for us. There was no sauce left after the 8 minute cook time and 8 minute NR time, so it was hard to mix the Parmesan cheese into no sauce. The taste was bland definitely needs more seasoning or season before you put the chicken on top of pasta/liquids. We will try again but make much needed tweaks so that we have an alfredo sauce!

  4. This didn’t turn out well at all. Flavor was decent, but the pasta burnt on the bottom and also wasn’t cooked. It needed a lot more liquid and to cook longer, my chicken was still pink and I cooked it for 9 minutes. I wanted this to good, unfortunately I won’t be making it again.

    1. That is so strange! I cook this all the time and I haven’t ever had the chicken uncooked at the end. I am so sorry!

      1. 4 stars
        This turned out so good! It’s rare that I cook something f that all 6 of my family members like! Nobody complained about this recipe!

        1. Yay! I’m so happy this recipe was a success for your family! Thank you for sharing this with us. 🙂