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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo - A one pot, no fuss, no babysitting dinner! Even the uncooked pasta cooks right in the IP, soaking up all that creamy goodness!

A one pot, no fuss, no babysitting dinner! Even the uncooked pasta cooks right in the IP, soaking up all that creamy goodness!

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo - A one pot, no fuss, no babysitting dinner! Even the uncooked pasta cooks right in the IP, soaking up all that creamy goodness!

This has been my go-to quarantine dinner for most of March. And now April. That and cheese and wine and basically all the carbs.

No, but really, this IP dinner has been so unbelievably convenient, and it doesn’t require too many ingredients. With just a few staples – wine, stock, heavy cream, garlic and Parmesan – you can make homemade alfredo sauce in minutes without any kind of babysitting.

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo - A one pot, no fuss, no babysitting dinner! Even the uncooked pasta cooks right in the IP, soaking up all that creamy goodness!

Even the uncooked pasta cooks right in the IP. Just be sure to let it sit for 2-3 minutes once you release the pressure, letting the pasta absorb all that creamy alfredo goodness.

Serve with all the extra Parmesan on top, crusty bread, and the wine you used for the recipe. Let nothing go to waste, especially the wine.

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo - A one pot, no fuss, no babysitting dinner! Even the uncooked pasta cooks right in the IP, soaking up all that creamy goodness!

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

A one pot, no fuss, no babysitting dinner! Even the uncooked pasta cooks right in the IP, soaking up all that creamy goodness!

20 minutes20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces fettuccini noodles, broken in half
  • 3 ounces freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Season chicken with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Set a 6-qt Instant Pot® to the high saute setting. Melt butter; add chicken, and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute; set aside chicken.
  3. Stir in wine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  4. Stir in chicken stock, heavy cream and pasta; top with chicken. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 6 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  5. Stir pasta; let mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until half the liquid has reduced, about 3 minutes.
  6. Stir in Parmesan until melted, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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84 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi, Im from Manila and I just got an instapot. a gift from my husband. I tried your recipe ( my first time to use insta) and it turned out great. My family loved it. Thank you for sharing this recipe 🙂

  2. Rated 2 out of 5

    Decent flavor but it made a GIANT mess of my Instant Pot and my oak floor. It looked like it snowed in my kitchen. ) Never had that happen before. I seriously am hoping my instant pot isn’t ruined. When I went to release the pot, creamy sauce blew everywhere through the steam vent. I mean EVERYWHERE. I can’t imagine I am on the only one who this happened to. The sauce was oozing through every crevasse of my instant pot steam vent and spraying across the floor. My instant pot, my stove and my floor were white with sauce. So 10 minutes later, after cleaning my house, we got to try the pasta.

    The pasta was VERY al dente and I followed the time precisely, so I would use a smaller pasta next time (Maybe spaghetti) that requires less cook time so it is a little softer with this timeline. The chicken was the perfect texture (not overcooked or undercooked).

    I also found that it was heavy, like elmers glue. I am more of a wine with a little alfredo fan like they make in Italian Restaurants. This had the same texture as the stuff out of a jar.) Not bad flavor, but it is VERY thick sauce.

    So I don’t think I will make it again, but it wasn’t bad but not great either. I am still in search of a restaurant quality alfredo.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    To address the geyser issue when releasing pressure:  I only did 4 minutes manual, then let it go 2 min natural release. Even doing that, I had to put a towel right by the valve and release *slowly*. If I started going too fast, it definitely tried to sputter out the sauce. So go slow. I let it sit for the 3 minutes, but it was still very soupy. Stirred in the cheese, which didn’t help as much as I thought it would.  I removed the inner pot to let it sit for awhile, thinking cooling it down would thicken it, but nope. I ended up adding a bit of cornstarch. It really is delicious though. We have been in a dinner rut, my kids ate like all of it. I think next time I will add a full 16oz of noodles because there is so much sauce. And that would help too with the soupy issue. This one will be added to my rotation for sure. Thank you!!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made this a few times now. It’s a family favorite!! 

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious and easy. Both my husband and son loved it as well.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    My family loved this. I loved making it. It was so easy. Unfortunately I can’t eat it because I’m lactose intolerant. But it smells great!

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      So delicious. So simple. Creamy and flavorful. Perfect. Better than our highly rated local Italian restaurant. Definitely a family favorite. Will make this again and again.

  7. No matter how long I let this sit, the sauce was terribly thin and soupy. The flavor was good, but the consistency was hard to get over. Made me sad!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    this is one of my favorite instant pot recipes. as another commenter mentioned, i get 8oz of white mushrooms and quarter them then saute in butter and add them at the end, it really adds something. to anyone asking i have also doubled this recipe and not changed anything other than doubling the ingredients and it turned out great!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was easy to make and delicious, though I added mushrooms which I think created more juices so it was a little on the soupy side (oops) but it still had great flavor. I used a mix of regular freshly shredded parmesan and Parmigiano-Reggiano(YUM). Will definitely make again but maybe cut back on a little broth if I am using mushrooms, or maybe sauteing them first would help.

    • Made a second time, this time when adding mushrooms to the recipe I sauteed the mushrooms first then set aside and added them back in when adding in the cheese(I love mushrooms so I love having them in my pasta). Turned out perfectly creamy. New go-to alfredo recipe for sure.

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Excellent made thus about 10 times already
      I put in a whole pound of rigatoni 5 chicken breasts and 2 cups of heavy cream.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    looks great, but is the pasta pre cooked before you add it to the instant pot?

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    Good flavor but I had the same problem that many had with this recipe. I had a geyser of alfredo sauce when I quick-released the steam from my IP. What a mess. Not sure what happened. I’ll give it another try but if anyone figures out the problem that many of us are having please post the solution.

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      I have an Ultra and have made this twice for my family now, no issues other than the sauce requires me to turn on the sautee function to reduce it… no way is it going to thicken in 3 minutes, the first time I waited/attempted and it was no where close.

      With it being such a big hit, I shared with my parents… they have the normal IP where you turn the pressure release valve for QR vs. pressing a manual button down on my Ultra. My mom said it went EVERYWHERE… all over the floor, it erupted! It was a mess (they’re still cleaning) but they said it tasted great…

      I’ve seen other comments that had a similar experience… did you try again without a geyser? I wonder if anyone has figured out why some have the sauce issue with QR???

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is a keeper!  The Alfredo is one of the best I have ever made.  The family loved this meal.  I loved how quick and easy it was.  Thanks 

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    So damn delicious!  I made this as stated but my cream seemed to have separated and curdled when I opened the instant pot.  It still tasted great after stirring, but is it supposed to look like a cottage cheese before I mix it?  No one noticed and every bit was gobbled up, but I’m curious if I messed up.  Thanks!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Although I haven’t made this yet, it looks amazing. I have always liked red wine. I know nothing about white wine. Can anyone give me a good recommendation for a good dry white wine? Thanks!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kid pleaser! My 4 yr old asked if we could have this every day. He normally doesn’t like pasta or noodles at all (super weird, right?). The flavor is so good, and it’s great to pair with some roasted veggies. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    FYI this recipe doubled beautifully. I did not have white wine on hand (gasp) so I just omitted it. I didn’t increase any of the other liquids. I was worried about the mess others mentioned so I cooked on high pressure for 4 minutes, covered the IP with a find rag and natural pressure release for 2 and then I slowly let the remaining pressure escape. Also since I doubled it I was worried about there not being enough room for the chicken so I oven roasted the breasts and they were done at the same time!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deee-lish!!!! But…
    Guys, what did I do wrong? I had a geyser of alfredo sauce when I quick-released the steam from my IP!! It was not fun to clean up.

    • Had the same issue, I had to manually hold the release valve halfway in order for the geyser to stop.

      • Mee too! I use my IP at least once a week and this is the first recipe I have ever used that my IP was a complete mess afterward and yes…Alfredo sauce everywhere and indeed it was not fun to clean up. Why did some not have this problem?

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy and so tasty. I had no cream, so I used a can of cream of chicken soup with some milk. Everyone loved it!

  19. No review yet but any idea if any adjustments would need to be made to do this in a 3 qt mini Instant Pot?

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was super delicious and very easy!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Used Moscato instead of dry wine and doubled the recipe, so would like to leave 10 stars instead of 5.

    • Kate, I want to double but is it as easy as just doubling the ingredients ? Hate to goof it up but 4 servings is not enough for us.

  22. This was absolutely excellent. I followed the recipe exactly and was so pleased with the outcome. My husband and picky eater 2 year old ate it right up! Thank you!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    My whole family loved it. My 12 year old daughter made it for dinner the other night and it was a hit,

  24. This looks and sounds incredibly delicious! Do you have any recommendations for how to make this without an instant pot?

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    This turned out to be amazing! My husband couldn’t believe the sauce was made from scratch.
    The only issue I ran into was when I released the steam, some of cream released too so it created quite a mess. Did anyone else run into this issue too or how can I avoid this from happening again? I am definitely going to make this again, but hopefully with less of a mess! 

  26. I’m planning to try this. I have such a hard time with “season to taste.” Could you be so kind as to give me a good starting point? 1/2 t salt with a 1/4 t pepper?

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sauteed 2 diced strips of bacon for a few minutes before the chicken and garlic were added, then continued with the other instructions. Right after adding the liquids and pasta, I added about 6 oz of chopped fresh spinach with the chicken on top as instructed. My husband and son loved the tender chicken, perfect amount of sauce and pasta texture was perfect. Thanks for a great recipe that was fast with easy cleanup! Very yummy!

  28. The name doesn’t lie ….it was indeed d**n delicious! My picky teenage son even likes it. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    I thought that this was great, and such little work! I didn’t have any chicken or cream, so I used 1 cup 2% milk with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and added the vegetables that I had in the fridge (spinach, broccoli and mushrooms). Came out great! Thanks!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just made this and it’s AMAZING. So quick and easy. My husband asked where I got the sauce, it’s so good. He couldn’t believe I made it. LOL. 

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was amazing. I made a mistake and put the pasta in before using the pressure cooker setting. I stopped it, pulled out the pasta then restarted it. It still turned out wonderful. The entire family loved it.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have all these ingredients in the pantry and this looks amazing. I’m wondering if it can be done with a crock pot? Would anyone have any suggestions to adjust to crockpot or stove?

  33. Your blog is amazing… And such awesome photos and recipes! Chicken Alfredo looks super delicious! Waiting to try! Can you suggest a replacement for white wine…

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Even though I am an excellent cook taught by my mom and that meant everything had to be made from scratch cause that’s the way she taught herself. Honestly I don’t know any other way but I want to learn other ways and try new recipes. I want to cook this in my new pot called an 8 quart pressure cooker if I can. Its a gift and I’m not sure if I know how to use it compared to home canners which I have no problem using. Can I use it to make this recipe?

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sounds delicious! I will try it. Even though I am an excellent old fashioned cook only by scratch cook cause that’s the way my mama taught me, I don’t know any other way but I want to try new recipes. I want to cook this in my new pot called an 8 quart pressure cooker if I can. Its a brand new gift and I’ve never heard of such a thing. Can I do it with this recipe?

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe! Made this with chicken breast and added broccoli. I also used light cream because I didn’t have regular and the sauce still came out great. I cooked the broccoli separately and stirred it in at the end. Super easy, will definitely make it again!

  37. I don’t know what exactly happened, but this was the first recipe I tried to make in my IP…and it burned. I used medium frozen chicken breasts so I set the cook time on manual to 13 min. It seemed to vent steam from the very beginning, it never started the countdown timer, and after 20 minutes I got the dreaded “burn” message. Most of the food was inedible; I ate one very dry chicken breast that didn’t have too much burnt sauce on it. Help?

    • If it let off steam during the cooking time, you must not have had it sealed. Either your vent was open or you didn’t have the seal inside the lid or something. And since it never counted down, it must not have come to full pressure, which makes sense if it wasn’t properly sealed. Then, because you lost steam, you lost liquid and that’s why it burned and was dry. Also, you didn’t need to increase the cook time for frozen chicken. It just would have taken longer to come to pressure.
      But don’t give up! Once you get the hang of it, using the pressure cooker is great!

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      So quick, easy and delicious! My quarantine kitchen adaptations were: chicken breasts, rotini, pre-shredded Parmesan/Fontina/Asiago cheese mixture, and I added a little more chicken stock to replace the white wine (I’m sure the sauce would be even better with that!) Thanks for another great InstantPot recipe. 

  38. Can I double this recipe in an 8qt? Would I need to change the cooking time? Thank you!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this tonight and it was amazing. I used chicken breasts because that’s all I had. Otherwise, I followed  the recipe, exactly as written. If I had broccoli in the house I would have cooked It and added it at the last second.   This  is a quick, easy, amazing meal. 

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love this site and your recipes!
    How can fettuccine cook in 3 min when it’s not under pressure, and takes 9 min to cook in boiling water?

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was great!  Both my kids ate it and said they would eat it again!

  42. Rated 4 out of 5

    Never made pasta in the instant pot before. It all stuck together and the dairy curdled. So make sure you don’t try to substitute the heavy cream. I used evaporated milk which should have been fine. Flavor was fine. Luckily the kids believed me when I said the curdled milk was extra cheese. I used chicken breasts since that’s what I had in the fridge. I might try pasta on top since it stuck to the bottom and I got the burn message.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    The pictures and the overall recipe look amzsing and I just can’t wait to try it

  44. Can this be frozen?

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      I’m obsessed with this recipe! It was one of the first things I tried out using my instant pot and now it is my go-to alfredo recipe. I add a little condensed flour and heavy cream at the very end to thicken the sauce a bit.

      One of my girlfriends is coming over tonight and I want to make it but she does not eat chicken so I was going to use shrimp. Has anybody tried this? I know shrimp cooks quickly so I was thinking of cooking it separately and throwing it in at the very end. Any ideas?

  45. This looks delicious – can I use half and half if I don’t have heavy cream?

    • I used half and half and though it tasted okay – the cream curdled and it didn’t look very nice. I had to add a little bit of butter for flavor and some flour to thicken.

      • Rated 4 out of 5

        Taste was great but the cream curdled. I used half & half so maybe that was the problem?? Flavor was great but the sauce was a little thin.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks so good and making with Instant pot must be very easy, thank you so much!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! I used chicken breasts and bowtie pasta (b/c #quarantinelife). I did have to let it simmer on saute after pressure cooking to further reduce the sauce beyond just letting it sit for 3 minutes, but once I did that it was perfect! We threw in a handful of spinach at the end for a veggie. My husband’s words after trying two bites were “when are we making this again?” Thank you for an awesome recipe!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this for dinner tonight, and it was so delicious! Will definitely make this again 

  49. Directions for this recipe for the stove, thanks

  50. Hi. This recipe looks delicious! Can I use whole-wheat pasta? 

  51. What can I do if I did have white wine?

  52. Can you use chicken breast? How would you adjust the cooking to do so? Maybe keep the breasts whole and cut at the end once cooked? 

    • Look up a complete good to cooking chicken.. basically goes over cooking every kind of chicken in the instant pot.. basically, it’s about the thickness of the chicken.. pretty sure chicken breasts cooked whole was anywhere from 20-30 minutes.. cooking longer, at least when it’s the dark meat like thighs results in a more fall off the bone kind of meat. But if I remember right, even a whole chicken was at most 30 minutes. There’s a guide where she talks about how pain staking this was and how she won’t eat chicken for a long time, I’m sure you’ll find it! Or.. just realize chicken is very forgiving. She did say that chicken breast didn’t come out nearly as well as dark meat did, and I think this recipe with dark meat would be much better!

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        This recipe is amazing!!! Can you double or triple the recipe? Do you need to adjust the cooking time?

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try this. Just to confirm, does the chicken get cooked twice? Or should I add the chicken back in after the pressure cooker is done?

    • You are just browning the chicken on the saute setting. You definitely put it back into the pot to finish cooking with all the ingredients for 6 minutes on high. Hope this helps.

      • I made this dish anyways, I used chicken breast, so it was pretty tough. I would probably cook it once and add it in later for chicken breast. Besides that, it was delicious and I can’t wait to make it again! Thank you!

  54. Can you do this without an instapot?