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Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta


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Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is a creamy and spicy pasta dish that makes for an easy weeknight dinner. This family friendly dinner idea can be ready in about 40 minutes!

This Instant Pot chicken recipe is a family favorite in our household. What more could you ask for in an easy meal, than pasta, chicken and a flavorful creamy sauce?

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Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

When you are cooking under pressure, your cooking times are shorter. A shorter cooking time actually helps keep more vitamins and minerals in your food, this is why I have fallen in love with pressure cooking!

Pressure cooking also gives your food a better flavor. When you are using an Instant Pot not only does your food have more flavor, and more vitamins and minerals, but I also find that it stays creamier because the pressure cooker seals the moisture in.

Why I Love This Recipe

This Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is filled with spicy cajun flavors, along with a rich and creamy sauce. It’s a family favorite recipe!

  • Easy to make
  • One Pot Meal
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you like this Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta you will also like this Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe.

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Ingredients

For this delicious Instant Pot chicken recipe you only need a handful of kitchen staples. With this tasty meal you might not even have to make a run to the grocery store!

  • penne pasta
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Cajun seasoning
  • butter (divided)
  • half and half
  • lemon zest
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • Tomatoes (diced)
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese

Substitutions

Heavy Whipping Cream: Out of half and half? Use heavy whipping cream instead for an even creamier sauce.

Red Pepper Flakes: If you like your food spicy, add in a half teaspoon of red pepper flakes for an added kick.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need three or four simple tools to get this delicious pasta dish ready for your family.

How to Make Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

This recipe comes together in about 40 minutes and with only 5 easy steps!

Step 1: Cook your pasta

Place the penne pasta in the instant pot and fill with enough water to cover the noodles. Close the lid and seal your lid by pushing the valve away from you. Set to high pressure for 8 minutes.

Step 2: Drain your pasta

Once your cook time is complete, do a quick release by bringing the valve toward you to open the pressure. Drain your noodles and place in a separate bowl and set aside.

Step 3: Cook the chicken

You can choose how you want to cook your chicken: 

Option 1: On the side in the skillet while your pasta is cooking. Season your chicken with the Cajun seasoning.

Option 2: In the instant pot after you are done cooking your pasta. Set to sauté mode. Add 4 tablespoons of oil (enough to cover the center of your pot). Season with your Cajun seasoning and slice your chicken into strips and sauté (or cook whole, then slice later). Cook until the inside of your chicken reaches 165°. 

Option 3: You can also pressure cook your chicken whole by placing the trivet inside, adding 1 cup of water, and placing your seasoned chicken (sprinkle with Cajun seasoning) on the trivet. Close lid as well as sealing valve. Set to High Pressure for 10 minutes. Quick release when done. Remove water.

Step 4: Make your sauce for your pasta

Place your instant pot on sauté mode. Add in your butter, half-and-half, lemon zest, pepper, salt, and garlic powder to your pot. Continue to stir until it starts to bubble.

Step 5: Mix your pasta and sauce

Add your pasta to your pot and sauce and then mix well. Transfer your pasta to your serving dish. Top with a few strips of chicken, diced tomatoes, and as much Parmesan cheese as you want! Enjoy!

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Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Looking for ideas to change up this recipe and make it your own? I’ve got some suggestions for you!

Cajun Seasoning: Don’t like spicy foods? Reduce the amount of Cajun seasoning by half for less of a spice kick.

Shrimp: Don’t like chicken? Use shrimp instead!

Andouille Sausage: Make this dish entirely new by adding in andouille sausage for more Cajun flavor.

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Serving Suggestions

Looking for a way to serve up this spicy pasta recipe? Here’s how I like to serve mine!

I serve my Instant Pot Cajun Chicken pasta with a side salad, and garlic bread. If I’m feeling extra adventurous I may even make some cheese biscuits to go with this meal.

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FAQs

How to store

Store Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta in the fridge for up to three days.

How to reheat

Reheat in the microwave on 50% power for 2 to 3 minutes or until your pasta is completely warm.

Can I double this recipe?

Absolutely, as long as your Instant Pot is large enough to hold extra pasta and water, you don’t even need to add extra time.

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Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

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Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

This family friendly dinner can be ready in about 40 minutes!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 672 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 10 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 4 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1/8 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Tomatoes diced
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

Pasta

  • Place the penne pasta in the instant pot and fill with enough water to cover the noodles. Close the lid and seal your lid by pushing the valve away from you. Set to high pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Once your cook time is complete, do a quick release by bringing the valve toward you to open the pressure.
  • Drain your noodles and place in a separate bowl. Set aside.

Chicken

  • You can choose to cook your chicken:
  • On the side in the skillet while your pasta is cooking. Season your chicken with the Cajun seasoning.
  • In the instant pot after you are done cooking your pasta. Set to sauté mode. Add 4 tablespoons of oil (enough to cover the center of your pot). Season with your Cajun seasoning and slice your chicken into strips and sauté (or cook whole, then slice later). Cook until the inside of your chicken reaches 165°.
  • You can also pressure cook your chicken whole by placing the trivet inside, adding 1 cup of water, and placing your seasoned chicken (sprinkle with Cajun seasoning) on the trivet. Close lid as well as sealing valve. Set to High Pressure for 10 minutes. Quick release when done. Remove water.

Sauce

  • Continue to keep your instant pot on sauté mode. Add in your butter, half-and-half, lemon zest, pepper, salt, and garlic powder to your pot. Continue to stir until it starts to bubble.
  • Add your pasta to your pot and sauce. Mix well.
  • Transfer your pasta to your serving dish. Top with a few strips of chicken, diced tomatoes, and as much Parmesan cheese as you want! Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 672kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 27gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 1118mgPotassium: 664mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1999IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 220mgIron: 2mg
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