Instant Pot King Chicken Casserole is the ultimate chicken recipe in the Instant Pot. No canned soups, and just tasty and easy ingredients you might already have on hand.
Instant Pot King Chicken Casserole
I actually have never heard of King Casserole until a member of my Facebook group asked for this recipe. Mine is a different version so I could make it in the Instant Pot. Spicy and Cheesy with a hint of the ranch this is a great meal that will fill everyone’s bellies and not break your budget. If you are looking for other Frugal Meals check out my 10 Frugal Instant Pot Dinners.
What Is King Chicken
King Ranch is a famous chicken recipe. It is a Tex-Mex style dish. The chili peppers, ranch dressing, and creamy Velveeta come together.
A lot of times this casserole is made on the stove or even the oven, but I wanted to give you a new way to make this insanely cheesy and flavorful dish.
How To Make
Step 1: Start by turning your Instant Pot to saute. You will then add in your diced chicken to saute.
Step 2: Now you will add in your ranch seasoning and give it a good stirl. Then add in pasta, water, tomatoes, chili peppers, in this order.
Step 3: Cook your chicken dish on high pressure with a sealed valve for 5 minutes followed by a quick release.
Step 4: Now you will open the lid and stir in your cheese and milk and mix until it is fully melted. Serve and enjoy this easy King Chicken recipe.
What To Serve With King Chicken Casserole
- Side Salad or even Wedge Salad
- Steamed or Roasted Vegetables
- Dinner Rolls
This casserole can be a meal in one. Or if you want to pair with your favorite sides. I love it with a nice crisp green salad on the side. It helps to not make the dish as heavy. It is a total comfort food recipe.
What Pasta Is Best
Honestly, you can use any type of pasta you would like. Elbow pasta is what I used, but feel free to use Bowtie, Rotini, Shells, etc.
You can raid your pantry and grab what you have on hand. You just want to ensure all the pasta is covered in the pot with liquid. This will help the pasta cook, otherwise, it will not cook up to tender pasta as you want.
Can I Use Homemade Ranch Powdered Mix
Absolutely! If you prefer to use homemade ranch powder go right ahead. You don’t have to use the packet. I just enjoy the packet to make it so easy to whip up.
It is the perfect Instant Pot casserole to whip up in minutes for a super simple dinner recipe.
This casserole stores nicely! So if you have leftovers just place in a proper container and store in the fridge.
Then eat within three days of making it, or use your best judgment in terms of when to toss it out. Heat in the microwave or oven on the stove on low for a quick reheat of this King chicken!
- 3 cups water
- 1 pound cubed chicken breast
- 1 packet ranch seasoning
- 4 oz Chili Peppers
- 28 oz Diced tomatoes
- 8 oz Velveeta cheese
- 1/2 cup milk
- 16 oz pasta
- Turn Pot on saute.
- Add chicken and ranch seasons.
- Add pasta, water, Tomatoes, and Chili peppers, in that order.
- Place on manual high pressure for 5 minutes.
- Do a quick Release. Stir in milk and cheese until melted Serve.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1157mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 37g