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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta can be made in about 15 minutes in your pressure cooker. Filled with cheese, bacon, chicken and a hint of ranch it will become a family favorite.
Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 6
Author A Mom's Impression


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breasts cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup cooked chopped bacon
  • 1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg Original Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 box 1lb dry penne pasta
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Turn on the “Sauté” setting on the Instant Pot. Once preheated add oil, chicken, and ranch packet, and stir to completely coat the chicken. Cook chicken for 2–3 minutes. Scrape any bits off the bottom of your pot.
  • Add cream cheese, pasta, broth, and water. Be sure to push your dry pasta down into the liquid.
  • Close lid and lock the lid, select “Manual” or "Pressure Cook" mode and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes time.
  • Once your pressure cooker is finished cooking, quick release the pressure. After steam has gone away stir in cheddar cheese and cooked bacon until combined.
  • Allow the pasta to sit for a few minutes so that the sauce can thicken before enjoying!