Instant Pot® Buffalo Chicken Pasta


This creamy Buffalo chicken pasta dinner is done in your Instant Pot®!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut in bite-sized pieces

  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped

  • 3 ½ cups chicken stock

  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cubed

  • cup Buffalo wing sauce

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese, or to taste


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®), add butter, and select Saute function. Add chicken and onion to the melted butter and saute until chicken is browned, about 5 minutes. Hit Cancel. Remove chicken-onion mixture with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  2. Add chicken stock to the pot. Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden or plastic spoon to loosen any browned bits. Stir in penne, salt, and garlic powder. Layer the following ingredients on top of the pasta, without stirring: cream cheese cubes, chicken-onion mixture, then Buffalo sauce.

  3. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow about 12 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  5. Add mozzarella cheese to the pot. Stir until cream cheese and mozzarella have completely blended into the sauce. Let pasta sit in the pot until sauce has thickened, about 3 minutes.

  6. Garnish servings with blue cheese.

Cook's Note:

You can use margarine instead of butter. For even more of a kick, you can increase the Buffalo sauce to 1/2 cup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

471 Calories
19g Fat
45g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 471
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 981mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 169mg 13%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 278mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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