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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta dish is so so so good, and it is so quick to whip up. Cook it all in your Instant Pot for a quick dinner, and the leftovers taste even better the next day! The flavors really infuse well together. I love pretty much all that has hot sauce, it is a natural choice to use it in this dish. The hot sauce mixed with the ranch and bacon, really adds so much flavor and dimension to the dish. Change things up and add a new recipe to the mix, this is a family favorite I have been making for years!

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Adult Mac And Cheese Recipe

This recipe is similar to what you would call an adult version of mac n cheese that got a major upgrade. You have Instant Pot buffalo chicken pasta shredded chicken, bacon, pasta, lots of cheesy goodness, some heat from the hot sauce, and ranch for a mix of flavors. 

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Craving more buffalo recipes 

Also if you like a little spice you also need to try my Instant Pot Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip  Or Even  Buffalo Cauliflower It is perfect for game nights, potlucks, and a special treat to break up the week.

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken

Can I Use Pre Shredded Chicken in Buffalo Chicken Pasta 

Yes, you can! You would just skip the first steps of cooking the chicken. At times if I have pre-shredded chicken I use that. Otherwise, I cook the chicken frozen, it is a game-changer! No need to thaw your chicken, toss it in frozen. 

What Type of Pasta To Use For Buffalo Chicken Pasta

You are welcome to use any medium-sized pasta. Penne, shells, elbow, bow tie, and the list goes on. 

We personally like the penne bit feel free to use whatever you have on hand. Just make sure it is dry pasta, not homemade.

Buffalo Pasta Instant Pot

What If I Don’t Have Instant Pot Duo For the Last Step 

The last step is to melt the cheese you sprinkle on top with the air frying lid. If you don’t have the Instant Pot Duo with an air fryer, simply skip this step. Or place in a dish and broil in the oven for a minute or two. 

It will taste just as good. I love being able to swap my lid and go from pressure cooking to air fryer in a minute. 

What To Serve With Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken 

  • Corn, broccoli, green beans, etc
  • Crisp green salad
  • Bread or dinner rolls 

We tend to eat this alone or pair with a salad. Feel free to reach for any of your favorite sides to pair it with. 

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken

How To Store Leftover Chicken Buffalo Pasta

Store leftover buffalo pasta in the refrigerator for up to three days. Anything after you will want to toss out. Due to the ingredients, this recipe does not thaw well if frozen. It will separate and the pasta can become soggy. 

So if you like easy meals, that are hearty and wholesome, and full of delicious goodness, then this is a must try the recipe. Dust off your Instant Pot and get to cooking. Or if you are like me, you don’t allow your Instant Pot to have time to collect dust cause you are always using it!

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta dish is so so so good, and it is so quick to whip up. Cook it all in your Instant Pot for a quick dinner, and the leftovers taste even better the next day! The flavors really infuse well together


  • 2 large chicken breasts about 1 pound
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 16 oz pasta
  • 1 cup hot sauce
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 oz 3 cheese blend Mexican cheese
  • 3 cups water
  • Bacon bits or 3 pieces of bacon crumbled


  1. Add Butter, Hot Sauce, 1 cup water and chicken to the instant pot
  2. Add Chicken Breast Frozen or thawed
  3. Place on the Poultry button or 14 minutes On manual high pressure.
  4. Do a quick release.
  5. Remove chicken only and shred.
  6. Add dry pasta
  7. Add shredded chicken to the top
  8. Add Cream Cheese and Ranch dressing
  9. Pour in 2 cups water do not stir.
  10. Place on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
  11. do a quick release.
  12. Stir and remove place in a pan top with cheese and bacon and broil for 1-2 minutes just to melt the cheese.
  13. Or use your crisper lid on the ninja foodi or Instant pot duo crisp
  14. Place on air crips at 400 degrees for 1-2 minutes until cheese melts
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 487Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 1141mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 22g

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Tuesday 27th of April 2021

Love this recipe, but it had been awhile since I made it. I noticed updates to the recipe that made it easier and quicker to make. I remember thinking 1 c of hot sauce seemed more than in the past and debated using less since my family doesn’t like a lot of spice. I didn’t adjust and boy did it have some kick! Next time I will adjust down to 1/4 c. I noticed a similar comment after the fact that it looks like that changed from before. So I would suggest to use an amount that matches your family’s tolerance for heat.

Sarah Kline

Friday 26th of February 2021

Help! I used tabasco hot sauce and I think I damaged some esophageal cells! What hot sauce do you use?


Thursday 21st of January 2021

If I cut this recipe in half, do I still use the same cooking times?

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Saturday 18th of April 2020

Can someone help figure out why mine come out too watery? I’m new to the instant pot so it was probably user error. I added the 2 cups of water when putting the shredded chicken and pasta into the existing water from initially cooking the chicken. Any and all help appreciated 😊

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