Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta

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Instant Pot BBQ chicken pasta is an easy, cheesy BBQ-infused family meal that’s always a winner. It’s loaded with delicious flavors and comes together in a snap!

Closeup overhead shot of Instant Pot bbq chicken pasta.

When you need a meal that’s fast and delicious, this is one that comes together quickly. Using an Instant Pot gets this meal on the table quickly, and nobody can say no to all that cheesy, delicious chicken and pasta.

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta

I love cooking with chicken. It’s a great protein source because it goes so well with almost any flavor profile. I decided to get extra creative with it for this recipe, combining BBQ sauce, cheese, cream, and Italian seasonings to create a rich, creamy dish that’s as interesting as it is delicious.

Closeup shot of fork stuck into a bowl of instant pot bbq chicken pasta

Ingredients

It doesn’t take much to make this meal, which is what it’s all about when you want a quick, delicious meal.

  • spaghetti
  • water
  • chicken breast
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • honey BBQ sauce
  • diced tomatoes
  • heavy whipping cream
  • cheddar cheese
  • parmesan cheese
Individual ingredients on table.

Instructions

It only takes a few simple steps to make this delicious meal.

Step 1: Place spaghetti into your Instant Pot in a criss-cross pattern.

Step 2: Add water.

Closeup shot of water being poured over pasta in instant pot

Step 3: Place trivet in above spaghetti.

Step 4: In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning. Stir until chicken is evenly coated.

Step 5: Place chicken on the trivet above pasta.

Closeup overhead shot of chicken breasts sitting on top of spaghetti noodles

Step 6: Place lid on and pressure on high for 6 minutes.

Step 7: Allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then quick release.

Step 8: Remove chicken. Brush with BBQ sauce, cut into small chunks, and set aside.

Closeup shot of cooked chicken coated with bbq sauce.

Step 9: Strain pasta.

Step 10: While still in the strainer, add diced tomatoes to the pasta. Stir, allowing the tomato juice to strain as well.

Step 11: Pour heavy whipping cream into your empty pot with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning.

Step 12: Sauté on high.

Step 13: Next, add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Stir contents together and allow to cook for 3 minutes.

Overhead shot of cheese being stirred into sauce

Step 14: Add remaining 1 cup of cheese and stir together.

Step 15: Bring to a boil, stirring often. Allow to cook and thicken for about 5 minutes. Continue stirring often.

Step 16: Add pasta and tomatoes.

Shot of spaghetti and tomatoes being stirred into cheese sauce

Step 17: Stir together until pasta is coated with sauce.

Step 18: Add chicken and serve!

Closeup shot of fork stuck into a bowl of instant pot bbq chicken pasta

Equipment

You only need a few basic pieces of kitchen equipment to make this recipe.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Insant Pot
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Substitutions

Noodles of Your Choice: I used spaghetti noodles, but you can use any noodles.

Grape Tomatoes: If grape tomatoes are in season, they make a great substitute for diced tomatoes.

Closeup shot of fork stuck in bowl of pasta

Options

Looking for ways to change this Instant Pot BBQ chicken pasta up? Here are some suggestions.

Pepper Flakes: Add pepper flakes for an added kick of heat.

Spinach: Add spinach for a tasty florentine variation.

Tips:

  • Be sure to stir often when cooking with an Instant Pot to prevent sticking and/or burning.
  • Chicken breasts work best in this recipe to compliment the flavors in the dish.
  • Always criss cross your spaghetti noodles to ensure even cooking and no breakage.
Closeup shot of forkful of spaghetti pasta

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FAQ

How long is this recipe good?

This will keep well in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

How do you reheat this dish?

The easiest way is to simply heat it up in the microwave.

What can I serve with this dish?

A side of broccoli, cauliflower, or other vegetable works very well.

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta

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Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot BBQ chicken pasta is a hearty, delicious, and easy meal that's ready in no time and always a crowd pleaser.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb of spaghetti, uncooked
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 chicken breast, boneless and skinless
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, divided
  • 1 tsp onion powder, divided
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1/4 cup honey BBQ sauce
  • 14oz of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Place spaghetti into your Instant Pot in a criss-cross pattern.
  2. Add water.
  3. Place trivet in above spaghetti.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning. Stir until chicken is evenly coated.
  5. Place chicken on the trivet above pasta.
  6. Place lid on and pressure on high for 6 minutes.
  7. Allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then quick release.
  8. Remove chicken. Brush with BBQ sauce, cut into small chunks, and set aside.
  9. Strain pasta.
  10. While still in the strainer, add diced tomatoes to the pasta. Stir, allowing the tomato juice to strain as well.
  11. Pour heavy whipping cream into your empty pot with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning.
  12. Sauté on high.
  13. Next, add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Stir contents together and allow to cook for 3 minutes.
  14. Add remaining 1 cup of cheese and stir together.
  15. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Allow to cook and thicken for about 5 minutes. Continue stirring often.
  16. Add pasta and tomatoes.
  17. Stir together until pasta is coated with sauce.
  18. Add chicken and serve!

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 546Total Fat 36gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 150mgSodium 728mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 14gProtein 31g

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