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Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Updated Recipe – This Instant Pot chicken parmesan pasta recipe is an easy weeknight dinner recipe. All the flavors of classic chicken parmesan made into a one pot, comforting meal. Easiest clean up! 

instant pot chicken parmesan pasta

Commute, homework, basket ball, guitar lessons… Instant pot chicken pasta recipes are such a life saver on week nights. 

I love my Instant pot so much, that I have 2 different sizes and use it at least 5 days in a week and come up with new recipes in instant pot almost every day.

This is an easy instant pot chicken parmesan recipe with the addition of pasta. A meal that is often requested by the kiddos and has become a reader favorite.  

Chicken parmesan is such a classic dish with breaded chicken cutlets topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Juicy chicken with a crisp coating and the tomato sauce plus warm melted cheese…..D-E-L-I-S-H. It is fabulous as is for dinner with some veggies and garlic bread or also great made into sandwiches as well. I love to enjoy baked chicken parmesan pasta in restaurants or make it over the weekends. Whereas, weekdays calls for easy, quick meals. Enter this instant pot chicken parm!

Instant Pot Italian recipes:

Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup

Best Creamy Tomato Soup in Instant Pot

Meatless Baked Ziti in Instant Pot

Instant Pot Pasta with Chicken Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Instant Pot Gluten free Pasta Shakshuka

Tuscan Shrimp and Spinach Soup

instant pot chicken pasta on a blue plate and garnished with fresh basil

Team players in this BEST CHICKEN PASTA recipe:

  • Pasta – I tend to often use penne pasta since my children have somehow loved this shape since their young age. Maybe it’s easy to eat with a fork. Instant pot chicken penne pasta is so wonderful because penne works well in all Instant pots, even the 3-quart one (I tend to struggle with longer pastas like fettuccine/ spaghetti at times. Another instant pot penne pasta —> Instant Pot No-Cream Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce or more pasta recipes in instant pot
  • Chicken – You could use both boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts for this Italian chicken pasta recipe. My choice is always chicken thighs – they are juicy, super tender and the additional fat flavors the pasta and makes it even more delicious. Check out more chicken recipes.
  • Marinara sauce – Use your favorite brand. I have always loved Prego, tomato basil and garlic (this is not a sponsored post) and use only that sauce for all my recipes and the flavor is A-H-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Have you heard of pasta pizza? Any leftover pasta with tomato sauce can be made into a delicious Leftover Pasta Pizza
  • Cheese – We are going with the classic, so it is strictly mozzarella and parmesan.
  • Flavorings – Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

Pancakes for Dinner – Pizza Pancakes <—– Another kid friendly dinner idea!!!

Instant pot chicken and pasta recipes are so wonderful that I tend to make many variations. 

Love to make chicken parmesan in Instant pot without the carbs? Check out this Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan that is great as is or made into sandwiches. 

Why are you going to love this Instant pot chicken pasta recipe ?

  • All good things here. Pasta. Chicken. Tomato sauce. Cheese. How can you go wrong? 
  • One pot to clean <— my favorite
  • Chicken is melt-in-your-mouth tender
  • Uses jarred pasta sauce ( I used Prego ) 
  • All pantry ingredients + chicken 
  • Kid-friendly
  • Tastes amazing
chicken parmesan pasta in instant pot

How to make Instant pot chicken parmesan pasta?

Step-1: Heat Instant pot to saute. Saute onion and garlic in some olive oil when hot.

Step-2: Add chicken and continue to saute for additional two minutes.

Step-3: Cancel Instant pot, stir in marinara sauce, water, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Place pasta on top and do not stir. Pressure cook for 7 minutes and then in warm for 10 minutes.

Step-4: Release pressure, open lid, sprinkle both cheeses, close lid for about 2 minutes to melt cheese. Give a good stir and serve.

Super easy chicken parmesan for the win!

More easy weeknight chicken dinner ideas:

Spicy Chicken Pasta

Butter Chicken Pasta (Indian Chicken Pasta Recipe)

Instant pot BBQ Chicken

Pasta with Vodka Sauce and Chicken

Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

Chicken Baked Ziti

Easy Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

Instant Pot Chicken and Kale Curry 

Baked Chicken Meatballs with Cauliflower & Carrots

Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice 

Baked Barbecue Chicken Meatballs with Avocado 

Or this 30 Take Out Recipes you can make at Home

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instant pot chicken parmesan pasta
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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.   
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: instant pot chicken parmesan pasta, instant pot chicken pasta
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
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspooon salt, refer notes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • chopped parsley or basil, to garnish (optional)


  • 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. 
  • Press cancel and then add marinara sauce, water, Italian seasoning, salt and ground pepper. Stir well, place pasta on top of the liquid (DO NOT STIR), pressing lightly for them to be slightly immersed in the liquid, but do not stir. Close and lock lid (making sure that valve is set to sealing). Select manual setting (or pressure cooker) for 7 minutes. 
  • After 7 minutes, let Instant pot in the warm mode for 4 minutes.  Turn valve to venting to release pressure. Open lid, sprinkle both cheeses, close lid and let cheese melt for one minute. 
  • Open Instant pot, stir to mix in melted cheese and serve Instant pot chicken parmesan pasta hot with chopped parsley or basil. 
    Or cool and pack into meal prep containers.
    (Few readers have brought to our attention that they get the 'BURN' signal while making this recipe. So, we have made necessary changes to the recipe to avoid burning. The recipe has been tested in both 8-quart and 3-quart sizes)


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. 
Chicken breasts – I prefer only boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta recipe, but you could easily sub with 1 to 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead.

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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 30th of March 2022

Can I double the recipe?

Maria Doss

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

Hi Jamie, You could double the recipe if using a large instant pot (like 8-quart) otherwise, we would suggest not to! The pasta has a tendency to get overcooked and become too soft if using a smaller instant pot, Maria

This recipe inspired me to use my Insta pot after having not touched it for two years. I am so glad I did! It was delicious.

Friday 18th of February 2022

This recipe inspired me to use my Insta pot after having not touched it for two years. I am so glad I did! It was delicious.

Maria Doss

Friday 18th of February 2022

That sounds wonderful, Maria

Marisa S.

Tuesday 11th of January 2022

I have cooked this multiple times for quite a while, it is beyond delicious & easy, one of my go to meals in the insta pot. Made exactly as directed, always comes out perfect. 10/10 recommend. Family loves it!

Maria Doss

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Hi Marisa, that sounds wonderful! Wishing you a very happy new year, Maria


Thursday 21st of October 2021

Anyone try this with Gluten Free Pasta?

Maria Doss

Friday 22nd of October 2021

Hi Emily, This recipe is not tested for gluten free pasta and we do not have any readers try it as well - Maria


Sunday 15th of August 2021

Turned out delicious and I would definitely make it again! Next time though, I would probably double the batch because 3 servings wasn't that much for meal prep. I would also add more liquid to the pot because some of the noodles tasted a bit undercooked. But the ones that weren't undercooked tasted fabulous.