Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta


This easy pasta dinner cooks together in one pot - your Instant Pot! The recipe makes 8 servings, so is great for a crowd, or you can save the leftovers for lunches to eat over the following few days.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound dry penne pasta

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 2 medium lemons, juiced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot), add butter, and select Saute function. When butter melts, add chicken and onion and saute until chicken is browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute more. Push Cancel to end Saute function.

  2. Add dry pasta, chicken stock, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder; stir with a wooden or plastic spoon, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen any browned bits.

  3. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 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. Stir in heavy cream, Romano and Parmesan cheeses. Let the pasta sit in the pot until the sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use margarine in place of butter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

421 Calories
14g Fat
47g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 421
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1028mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 21mg 104%
Calcium 119mg 9%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 334mg 7%

* 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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