Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

instant pot chicken parmesan pasta

This Instant Pot chicken parmesan pasta recipe is an easy go-to weeknight dinner. All the flavors of classic chicken parmesan made into a one pot, comforting meal.

instant pot chicken parmesan pasta

Commute, homework, basket ball, guitar lessons… one pot meal is such a life saver on week nights. 

Better yet cooked in an Instant Pot. 

This is an easy chicken parmesan recipe with the addition of pasta. A meal that is often requested by the kiddos. 

It’s all good things here. Pasta. Chicken. Tomato sauce. Cheese. 

And, all you have is one pot to clean!!! 

Chicken is melt-in-your-mouth tender. 

An amazingly easy three step Pasta recipe- 

  • Saute onion, garlic and chicken in olive oil.

  • Cook with pasta, sauce, water and seasonings.

  • Stir in cheese.


instant pot chicken parmesan pasta

instant pot chicken parmesan pasta

4.43 from 21 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

This Instant Pot chicken parmesan pasta recipe is an easy go-to weeknight dinner. All the flavors of classic chicken parmesan made into a one pot, comforting meal.   

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 3
Author Maria Doss


  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 and 1/4 cups marinara sauce, I used Prego
  • 1 cup water, refer notes
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspooon salt, refer notes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • chopped parsley or basil, to garnish (optional)


  1. Set Instant pot to saute setting. When hot, add olive oil and then chopped onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute. Add chicken pieces and cook, stirring frequently for 2 minutes. 

  2. Press cancel and then add marinara sauce, water, pasta, Italian seasoning, salt and ground pepper. Stir well. Close and lock lid (making sure that valve is set to sealing). Select manual setting (or pressure cooker) for 7 minutes. 

  3. After 7 minutes, let Instant pot in the warm mode for 10 minutes.  Turn valve to venting to release pressure. Open lid, sprinkle both cheeses, close lid and let cheese melt for one minute. 

  4. Open Instant pot, stir to mix in melted cheese and serve hot with chopped parsley or basil. 

Recipe Notes

If you'd like your pasta al dente then use only 3/4 cup water. 

Salt depends on the type of marinara sauce used and your taste preference. I used Prego (tomato, basil , garlic) sauce and used 3/4 teaspoon salt. 

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  1. I love when I have a yummy dinner on the table in the least possible amount of time..I love it more when I have less dishes to was :). Bookmarking this amazing recipe for those days Maria!! The Pasta looks too good!

  2. I don’t have an instant pot but I do have a crockpot.
    Would this still turn out okay with the crockpot?

    1. I have no experience with a crockpot, so I’m very sorry that I can’t be of much help to you.
      However, if you are interested in making it on the stovetop then here is the method that you can adopt – Choose a pan with a tight fitting lid – Proceed step 1 in the pan. then add 8 oz pasta + 1 1/4 cup marinara sauce + 1 1/2 cup water + other seasonings in step2. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes, until pasta is cooked to your liking. Stir in cheese to finish. Hope it helps:)

  3. How would you change this if you wanted to increase the number of servings? I would like to use 12.5 oz of pasta and ~2 pounds of chicken.

    1. Here are the measurements for 12 ounces of penne –
      4-5 boneless skinless chicken thighs
      4 tablespoons olive oil
      3/4 cup chopped onion
      3 garlic cloves, minced
      2 cups marinara sauce
      1 cup to 1 1/2 cups water (1 cup for al dente)
      12 ounces penne pasta
      3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
      3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt
      1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
      3/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese
      slightly heaped 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
      Proceed with the same instructions
      Hope it helps:)

  4. Quick and tasty little dish worked out very well – I used spelt pasta and tomato pasata just added extra garlic and oinion to flavour up.

    Also had no parma cheese so went the stretchy option of mozzarella.

        1. Though it is convenient to cook chicken in an Instant pot from a frozen stage, my guess would be that it might not work when working with pasta. Since, the cooking time of frozen chicken and pasta will vary, one might be undercooked or overcooked. Hope it helps:)

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