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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
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 and ¼ cups marinara sauce, I used Prego
  • 1 cup water, refer notes
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ to ¾ teaspooon salt, refer notes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • ½ 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 ¾ cup water. 
Salt depends on the type of marinara sauce used and your taste preference. I used Prego (tomato, basil , garlic) sauce and used ¾ 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.