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instant pot crack chicken pasta garnished with crispy bacon bits

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta is so creamy & cheesy. It is loaded with amazing ranch flavor, juicy chicken and crispy bacon. You can make this crack chicken penne in under 30 mins.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crack chicken pasta, crack chicken pasta instant pot, cracked chicken pasta, instant pot crack chicken pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 600kcal
Author: Meghna
Cost: $5


  • 8 ounce Penne Pasta **uncooked penne pasta. Weigh the pasta.
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast **boneless skinless chicken breast diced into ½ inch cubes. You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs.
  • 2 tbsp ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix **use the ranch seasoning from the bottle in the powder form. Do not use the liquid ranch dressing from the bottle.
  • 4 ounce cream cheese **softened,
  • 1.5 cups cheddar cheese **I used sharp cheddar cheese.
  • 3 tbsp bacon **I used homemade crispy bacon bits.
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil **use extra light or light olive oil.

Seasoning for chicken


  • ½ tbsp Better Than Bouillon **chicken base.
  • 2.5 cups Water **use warm water. Stir the better than bouillon in this water to make an instant homemade flavorful chicken stock.


Saute chicken

  • Coat the diced chicken cubes with paprika, crushed black pepper & salt. Set them aside. Set the instant pot on SAUTE mode at NORMAL heat settings. Add oil, when the oil becomes moderately hot gently release the chicken pieces & saute until them begin to turn opaque. Drizzle the ranch seasoning powder on top of the chicken and saute well for 1-2 mins. Cancel the SAUTE mode.
    sauté chicken

Deglaze pot

  • Add stock and deg;aze the pot very well by scraping the sides and the bottom of the pot with the help of a spatula. This will help losen any stuck food particles and shall prevent the BURN error.
    deglazing pot with steel ladle

Pressure cook

  • Throw in the uncooked penne pasta into the instant pot. Spread the pasta in a single layer with the help of a spatula.Gently press down the pasta with the help of spatula so that each pasta is coated with the liquid. DO NOT stir or mix. Secure the lid, seal the valve and pressure cook on HIGH for just 4 mins. Once, the cooking cycle is over the instant pot will begin to beep. Immediately perform a quick pressure release by manually moving the valve from the sealing to the venting position. Open the lid carefully when the floating metal pin on top of the lid drops. Give everything in the pot a gentle stir. Cancel the Pressure cook mode.
    layered penne pasta in instant pot

Make creamy cheesy sauce

  • Add the softened cream cheese and stir well until the cheese is completely incorporarted. Now, add the shredded/grated cheddar cheese and stir well until the cheese completely melts and blend into the creamy sauce. Finally, add the crispy bacon bits and give the crack chicken pasta a good stir. Serve immediately and enjoy! If you prefer a thicker sauce allow the pasta to rest for 5 mins before serving.



  1. Pasta: You can sub the penne with rotini, Fuseli, bow tie pasta. The cook time and the recipe would remain the same.
  2. Ranch seasoning: Do use the powder ranch seasoning from the packet. This recipe won't work well with the liquid ranch dressing available in bottles.
  3. Chicken: You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. 
  4. Rotisserie chicken: You can also add rotisserie chicken instead of fresh chicken. Just add the rotisserie chicken at the end after adding the cheeses. You just need to add the chicken and fold it in.
  5. Spicy flavor: Todays recipe is not spicy. If you prefer spicy flavor add about ½ tsp red pepper flakes while sautéing the chicken cubes.
  6. Pasta consistency: You can control the consistency of the pasta as per your liking. If you prefer soupy saucy pasta add a few splashes milk or stock at the end. You can also make it more cheesy by adding about ½ cup more cheddar cheese. 
Calorific details are provided by a third party application & are to be used as indicative figures only. If you are on a restricted diet please do use your own preferred nutritional calculator.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 600 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 151mg50%
Sodium 579mg25%
Potassium 542mg15%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 967IU19%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 342mg34%
Iron 1mg6%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 600kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 579mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 967IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 342mg | Iron: 1mg