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Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

A cheesy, spicy Instant Pot chicken spaghetti recipe featuring tender chicken breast, crunchy onions and peppers, and shredded Monterrey Jack cheese.

Man, is it really Wednesday already? Once again, we’re halfway through the week and the weekend is really close.

With that being said, there’s still a lot that needs to be done and the last thing you want to do is spend all evening in the kitchen. Fortunately, we’re sharing a quick Instant Pot chicken spaghetti recipe that’s done in less than thirty (30) minutes.

Meaning, you and your family can enjoy a home cooked meal in less time than it takes to wait for delivery. Now, just to be clear, this dish is spicy.

At least, I feel it’s a spicy dish due to the chilies. I’ve added a few tips at the bottom just in case you want to tone down the heat for your first attempt.

Shall we get started?

Two decorative bowls of the creamy Instant Pot chicken spaghetti.

Chicken Spaghetti Instructions:

First, grab your Instant Pot and place the liner into the machine. After that, break the dry spaghetti into halves or thirds.

That way, it can all stay below the liquid. Next, drop the dry pasta into the liner long with the chicken broth.

The dry spaghetti stacked inside of the pressure cooker liner.

Then, lay the raw chicken tenders on top of the uncooked pasta.

Once that’s done, dump in the chilies, onions, peppers, and tomatoes and green chilies combination.

Green chilies, onions, pepper, and tomatoes added to the liner.

At this point, you can place the lid on the cooker and set the valve to, “sealed.”

Go ahead and press the, “manual or high pressure cook,” button for a five (5) minute cook time.

The food has cooked and now cheese has been added.

When the timer goes off, let the appliance complete a five (5) minute natural release before opening the valve.

With the steam fully vented you can remove the lid and take out the chicken. Carefully, shred or chop the chicken and place it back into the liner.

The cream cheese has been added to finish the dish.

Last, toss in the shredded Monterrey Jack cheese and cream cheese. Stir the ingredients to create a cheesy, creamy sauce for the pasta.

That’s it, you Instant Pot chicken spaghetti recipe is done and ready to serve!

Kim and I hope you enjoy this meal and wish you all the best 🙂

The pressure cooker chicken spaghetti served in small green bowls.

Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti Tips:

  • After the dish pressure cooks, there might be a lot of liquid in the liner. However, you don’t have to worry about it; because, the liquid will get soaked up as the pasta cools.
  • This dish can be made with a variety of spice levels. For example, if you prepare the recipe as it’s written, it would be considered spicy (for people who aren’t used to eating spicier dishes). On the other hand, you can tone down the spiciness by either draining the liquid from the chilies and tomatoes OR doubling the Monterrey Jack cheese. For the mildest version, drain the liquid AND double the shredded cheese.
  • You might be wondering how we were able to fully cook chicken breast in five (5) minutes. Well, the answer is that we used chicken that has been cut into tenders. Should you decide to use full breasts for the recipe, then you would need to cut them into small pieces before the cooking process. Otherwise, they may not be fully cooked in time frame we used for our recipe.
  • Don’t have an Instant Pot? Try to baked chicken spaghetti instead. The ingredients are slightly different, but it’s just as good!

Other Instant Pot pasta recipes you may love:

Don’t forget to check out our Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti web story!

The pressure cooker chicken spaghetti served in small green bowls.

Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti

4.6 from 24 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Come to Pressure and Natural Release: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings

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  • 8 ounces Dry Spaghetti (broken into halves or thirds or other short dry pasta)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (boneless, skinless, cut into tenders)
  • 1 Cup white onion (diced)
  • 1 Cup Bell Peppers (green, red, yellow varieties, diced)
  • 10 ounces Tomatoes and Green Chilies (undrained, one ((1)) can, we used off-brand Rotel)
  • 7 ounces Green Chilies (undrained, in addition to above)
  • 4 ounces block-style cream cheese
  • 4 ounces Monterrey Jack Cheese (shredded)


  • Break the spaghetti noodles into halves or thirds and lay them crisscross over each other in the liner of the Instant Pot. Pour the chicken broth over the noodles.
  • Next, place the chicken tenders onto the noodles, then top with onions, peppers, tomatoes and green chilies, and extra green chilies.
  • Close the lid, and make sure the valve is set to sealing. Use the manual (pressure cook) button to adjust the time to 5 minutes. After the time is up, allow a 5 minute natural release before opening the valve to release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the chicken and cut into cubes or shred. Return the chicken to the liner along with the cream cheese and Monterrey Jack cheese. Stir until the cream cheese and Monterrey Jack cheese are both combined. Serve hot!


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of about one-fourth (1/4) the total recipe when divided equally into four (4) portions. Actual calories will vary. The pressure cooker chicken spaghetti can be stored in a sealed container, in your fridge, for up to three (3) days.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 918mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g
Recipe Rating


Sunday 7th of February 2021

I left out the can of green chilies. Spicy enough without them. Also added some shredded Swiss cheese. Love this recipe! Delicious!


Monday 8th of February 2021

Thank you Betty, we're glad you enjoy the recipe. Have a lovely day :)


Friday 9th of October 2020

This recipe was delicious! We doubled the recipe but still have a lot of leftovers. Could we freeze this?



Friday 9th of October 2020

Hi Kaley!

We haven't tried to freeze it, but it should be fine. When you want to reheat the chicken spaghetti, heat it over low heat to prevent it from drying out. Thanks so much for giving it a try. John and I hope you have a great weekend!


Thursday 4th of June 2020

Is this recipe for a 3 quart or 6 quart instant pot?


Friday 5th of June 2020

Good Morning Cathy, great question. It's for a 6-quart Instant Pot. Have a lovely day :)


Friday 6th of March 2020

This looks amazing, would it be bland if I left out the green chillies? Should replace it with something else. We dont like super spicy food.


Friday 6th of March 2020

Good Morning Christine, we talked a little bit about how to reduce the spice levels in the post. You have a couple of options, you can drain the liquid in the Rotel (tomatoes and chilies) for a milder version. To cut the spice back even more, you can double the Monterrey Jack cheese and drain the liquid. If you leave out the Rotel, the dish will be a little bland and there's nothing we know of that would replace that flavor without adding heat. I hope this information helps. Kim and I wish you a lovely day :)

Bonnie Ambrose

Saturday 1st of February 2020

I made this tonight and it was fabulous! Both my husband and I loved it. Of course as usual I didn't follow part of the directions but it came out great anyway. I have to have leftover onion or green pepper so I just put it all in - they were little so it wasn't a problem. But when I put the cream cheese in I put the whole block in! My husband happened to come in because he followed the good smell and asked me if I put it all in and of course I said yes. He said you were only supposed to put I half!! Oh well! And I dumped all of the cheese that was in the pack! It was soooo good! It will definitely be on our dinner rotation!! (mistakes and all!!)


Sunday 2nd of February 2020

Good Morning Bonnie, thank you for commenting and rating the recipe card! Kim and I are thrilled the chicken recipe worked out for you and your family enjoyed it. We appreciate your comment and we wish you a lovely day :)