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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta is creamy, cheesy, and downright addictive. If you are a fan of the classic crack chicken that has taken the world by storm, you will do backflips for this crack chicken pasta!

If you follow my blog you know I am a huge fan of the mix of chicken and ranch. Chicken and ranch sandwiches, rice, tots, and now my chicken bacon ranch pasta! I have an incredible and easy Instant Pot recipe perfect for your weeknight dinners.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Easy Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

When you see ingredients like chicken, bacon, ranch, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, I instantly know it is going to please my entire family. Add in the word pasta, and you won over anyone in our home. Plus, anyone who makes it will rave over how easy this recipe is to make.

In our home, we never say no to pasta recipes. This Instant Pot pasta recipe will feed a crowd, and it reheats perfectly.

Other Instant Pot Chicken Recipes To Try

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Crack Chicken Pasta

Crack chicken pasta allows you to cook your pasta right in the pot with the ranch, chicken, and other ingredients. Because of this, your pasta helps soak up all the ranch flavor, so each bite is incredibly delicious. This chicken casserole is dynamite, you will love it.

Also, Give Bacon Crack A Try!

What Is The Best Pasta For Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Truthfully you can use a variety of noodles, and they all will turn out good. Just reach for a smaller sized pasta like Penne, Elbow, Bow-Tie, so that it fits in the pot nicely. Use dry pasta and skip homemade as it won’t hold up well in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Crack Pasta fork

Best Chicken for Chicken Ranch Pasta

Reach for a boneless skinless chicken. This will dice up nicely or even shred so you can have it in each bite. If you have leftover chicken on hand that has been lightly seasoned, you could easily replace it with that as well!

Can I Use Frozen Chicken In Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Yes. If you forgot to leave your chicken out in the fridge the night before, no fear. Just place chicken in the pot and keep the cooking time the same. It will only take the Instant Pot longer to reach pressure, but it will still evenly cook your entire dish.

Variations to Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

  • Add in frozen mixed vegetables or even broccoli (canned veggies don’t hold up under pressure).
  • Sprinkle on hot sauce over the pasta dish when you are ready to serve for a kick of heat.
  • Add on crumbled bacon, extra shredded cheese, and green onions for flavor and variation.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Can You Freeze Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

You are welcome to freeze the leftovers of your crack chicken pasta. Just place any leftovers in a freezer-friendly container and store in the freezer for up to two months. The cream cheese in the recipe could separate a bit, but the flavor will still taste fantastic.

How To Reheat Leftover Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Any leftovers can be warmed in the oven or microwave. If you warm in the oven cover with aluminum foil to help prevent it from drying out. Then warm until the pasta dish is thoroughly heated through.

Best Sides To Pair With Instant Pot Chicken Pasta Ranch

  • Crisp green salad
  • Homemade Bread or Homemade Dinner Rolls
  • Side of Roasted Broccoli or Mixed Vegetables

Easy Instant Pot Pasta Recipe

This is truly one easy Instant Pot pasta recipe. If you love chicken, ranch, bacon, and pasta, this recipe is right up your alley! Give it a try today and see what you think!

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Crack Pasta fork

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

Yield: 1
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta is an easy and cheesy weeknight dinner recipe. Instant Pot ranch chicken pasta will win over the entire family in flavor.


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken
  • 3 tbsp Ranch Seasoning or one packet
  • 16 oz pasta (uncooked)
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 16 oz cheddar cheese
  • 5 slices cooked bacon
  • 3 cups water


  1. Place Pot on saute, oil in the pan
  2. Place chicken in pot and saute until no longer pink
  3. Pour Ranch Seasonings over chicken.
  4. Pour pasta in pot
  5. Place cream cheese on top
  6. Add water 3 cups (enough water to just almost cover the pasta) you may need more or less depending on the type of pasta you use.
  7. Place on Manual High Pressure for 4 minutes
  8. Do a Quick Release
  9. Stir in milk and cheddar cheese
  10. Stir until cheese is melted and add bacon
  11. Optional: Place in a casserole dish and top with more cheese and bacon. Broil for 2-3 minutes until the cheese melts and golden brown.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 481Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 770mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g

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Monday 11th of October 2021

Wow! My picky kids and I had this for dinner tonight, and it was a hit with everyone. Now we understand why it's called "crack" chicken, because we are addicted. lol

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Monday 11th of October 2021

So happy you liked it


Thursday 4th of February 2021

Made this tonight and we are big time cheese lovers in this house, but there was so much cheese that is overpowered all the other flavors and we could barely even taste the chicken or bacon. I followed the directions exactly, but maybe next time I’ll use less cheese, it was like cheese fluff or more like mac n cheese. Still great flavor, just way too cheesy. Thanks for the recipe!


Wednesday 27th of January 2021

This was my first meal to cook in the Instant Pot and now I am hooked. So Delicious! Everyone is fighting over the leftovers. I used one box of DREAM FIELDS noodles as I am a diabetic and they cooked to perfection at 4 minutes. Instead of oil I cooked the bacon first and used the grease from that to saute the chicken, it was perfect. I also added the bacon to the pot with everything instead of waiting till the end. This dish made me feel like I was cheating my "diet" when in all reality it was perfect. No raised blood surgars here and I'm excited to cook it again. I think this will quickly become a family favorite in our house. Thank you so much for sharing.


Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Oh dear me, I am going to die of happiness. I have never had this much cheese in my life. And that's saying something. WONDERFUL recipe. I only used 12 oz of pasta so I didn't have to add the cup of milk. Saving calories (LOL). SCORE!

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