Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Pasta

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Make this rich, creamy, and one-pot Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Pasta in under 30 minutes using a few simple ingredients.

Instant pot chicken broccoli pasta served in a bowl.
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About Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Pasta is the ultimate and effortless pasta recipe you can make for quick meals.

This one-pot no-drain pasta is a delicious combination of pasta, broccoli, chicken, cream, fresh parsley, and seasonings.

Making it in an instant pot cuts the time almost to half and gives you rich and creamy pasta in under 30 minutes. The recipe is fuss-free, hardly any clean-up is needed, and the entire family will love it.

Serve it for your weeknight dinners, or enjoy it for a weekend brunch with a side of homemade bread or a refreshing salad.

I made this chicken and broccoli pasta recipe in my 3-quart instant pot, but if you want to double the recipe, use a 6-quart instant pot. The time of cooking will remain the same.

Try a few more of my favorite instant pot recipes

Ingredients

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Pasta – I used bow-tie pasta but you can choose any short pasta shapes like penne, fusilli, or farfalle as they hold the sauce and ingredients nicely.

Broccoli – Choose fresh and green broccoli without any black patches, and ensure it is worms-free. Wash it properly a few times to clean it thoroughly.

You can also use frozen broccoli for convenience. Add it frozen instead of thawing it.

Unsweetened Heavy Cream and Cream Cheese make the pasta rich and super creamy.

Chicken – I used boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you can use chicken thighs too.

To make the pasta vegetarian, skip adding the chicken.

Broth – This recipe uses chicken broth, but you can use vegetable broth or water to make a vegetarian version.

Seasonings – You will need dried oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.

Parmesan Cheese gives this chicken and broccoli pasta dish a lovely umami flavor.

Others – You will also need extra virgin olive oil, onions, garlic, and fresh parsley leaves.

How To Make Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Pasta

Press the SAUTE button on the instant pot.

Add 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to the pot.

Once the oil is hot, add 1 cup of broccoli florets (rinsed) and saute for a minute. Transfer the florets to a plate and set them aside.

Add

  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ lb (250 g) boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into ½-inch pieces)

and saute for a minute or until the chicken is pale white, stirring frequently.

Now add

  • 1 and ½ cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of unsweetened heavy cream
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

and stir nicely.

Add 8 oz (250 g) uncooked bow-tie pasta to the pot and stir to mix. Push the pasta gently downwards to submerge it into the broth.

Close the instant pot lid and set the valve to the sealing position.

Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 3 minutes at high pressure for al dente pasta. Cook for an extra 1-2 minutes for slightly more cooked pasta.

Once the timer goes off, do a quick pressure release.

Open the lid and add

  • Sautéed broccoli
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (packed)

and mix gently.

Add some milk if the pasta is too thick for your liking.

Taste the sauce and adjust for salt and pepper. Serve!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add other veggies to this recipe?

Absolutely! You can add other vegetables like cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, or spinach to enhance the flavors and make it more nutritious.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta can be served for weeknight meals with bruschetta, garlic bread, homemade bread, or a refreshing summer salad.

You can also serve a sandwich on the side to make the meal filling and wholesome.

Top it with some Pangrattato for a lovely crunch.

Storage Suggestions

At home, we prefer to eat it right out of the instant pot – hot and creamy! Leftovers can be stored for 1-2 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Add a little milk while reheating if you feel the pasta has thickened after refrigeration.

I do not recommend freezing it as the texture might change upon thawing.

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Make this rich, creamy, and one-pot Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Pasta in under 30 minutes using a few simple ingredients.
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One-Pot Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Pasta Recipe

Make this rich, creamy, and one-pot Instant Pot Chicken And Broccoli Pasta in under 30 minutes using a few simple ingredients.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup broccoli florets (rinsed, fresh or frozen)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ pound boneless skinless chicken breast (250 g, cut into ½-inch pieces)
  • 1 and ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened heavy cream
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces uncooked bow-tie pasta (250 g, or any other pasta of your choice)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
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Instructions 

  • Press SAUTE button on the instant pot.
  • Add extra virgin olive oil to the pot.
  • Once the oil is hot, add broccoli florets and saute for a minute. Transfer the florets to a plate and set them aside.
  • Add garlic, onions, and chicken, and saute for a minute or until the chicken is pale white, stirring frequently.
  • Now add chicken broth, heavy cream, cream cheese, salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes and stir nicely.
  • Add pasta to the pot and stir to mix. Push the pasta gently downwards, just enough to submerge it into the broth.
  • Close the lid of the instant pot and set the valve to the sealing position.
  • Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 3 minutes at high pressure for al dente pasta. Cook for extra 1-2 minutes for slightly more cooked pasta.
  • Once the timer goes off, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid and add sautéed broccoli, parmesan cheese, and parsley and mix gently.
  • Add some milk if the pasta is too thick for your liking.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust for salt and pepper. Serve!

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Notes

I made this pasta recipe in my 3-quart instant pot but if you want to double the recipe, then use a 6-quart instant pot. The time of cooking will remain the same.
To make this recipe vegetarian, skip adding chicken and replace the chicken broth with veg broth.
If using frozen broccoli, add it frozen instead of thawing it.

Nutrition

Calories: 657kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 59g, Saturated Fat: 26g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 24g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 167mg, Sodium: 1161mg, Potassium: 581mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1916IU, Vitamin C: 31mg, Calcium: 190mg, Iron: 1mg
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    yumnnm! This is delicious! Perfectly cooked pasta and the broccoli adds excellent flavor. i didn’t have cream cheese so I just used parmesan and it still turned out great!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is full of flavor and simple to make! I definitely recommend. I doubled the recipe. if you don’t like spice simply add less crushed red pepper. thanks