Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

This pressure cooker pasta recipe features sliced seasoned chicken cooked in no time! Instant Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta cooks in 6 minutes in the pressure cooker with the pasta and is then finished off with your favorite cheese, pesto, and spinach for a complete family meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword instant pot chicken, instant pot chicken recipe, instant pot pesto chicken pasta, pesto chicken pasta, pressure cooker chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Finishing Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Tina


  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut diaganolly, and then sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Creole seasoning can use blackening seasoning
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp Italian Herb seasoining
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 pound rigatoni or any 11-12 minute pasta
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto can increase if desired
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 6 ounces baby spinach


  • Toss the chicken pieces with the Creole seasoning. Dice the onion. Set the Instant Pot to saute and add in some oil. Add to this the onion, and cook a few minutes. Add the garlic and cook for thirty seconds or until fragrant. Add the seasoned chicken pieces and saute a few minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, pasta, Italian Herb seasoning, pepper, and red pepper. Stir together and cover the pasta. Broth can be reduced by 1/2 cup if it seems like to much.
  • Seal the lid on the the pressure cooker, and cook on high pressure for six minutes. Once done follow with a quick release in short bursts.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and put on saute. Stir until the cheese is melted. Stir in the spinach, and cover the pressure cooker with a lid or plate to wilt. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to one week.