Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti
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4 from 14 votes

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti is a weeknight dinner dream. The Instant Pot cooks the pasta to a perfect al dente while the sauce thickens and coats the noodles. Adding fresh garlic and basil gives this super easy meal fresh flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Instant Pot
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs or Breast, sliced into small 1/2” cubes (see note)
  • 24- oz jar Marinara Sauce (see note)
  • 12- oz Water
  • 8 oz Spaghetti, uncooked
  • 4 cloves Garlic, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped Fresh Basil (optional)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese, for serving

Instructions

  • Season chicken with some salt and pepper.
  • Combine chicken and pasta sauce in the bowl of an Instant Pot. Fill the pasta sauce jar halfway with water (no need to be precise, but this will equal about 12 oz) and add water to the pot. Add spaghetti, breaking apart to fully submerge it in water. Add garlic and basil, if using.
  • Close and lock lid. Set the pressure cook / manual setting on high for 8 minutes.
  • When the spaghetti is done, use quick release to release the pressure. Remove the lid and give the pasta a stir.
  • Important! The sauce needs a couple of minutes to thicken before it is served. Rest the lid on top of the instant Pot (no need to seal it) and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with parmesan cheese on top.

Notes

I like chicken breast in this recipe, but the cook time is a bit long, so chicken breast can come out a bit dry. If that's a concern to you, use chicken thighs which are more likely to come out be juicy and tender in this cook time.
This recipe has just a few ingredients, so the quality of the sauce will matter. It’s worth buying a higher quality sauce here - it will reward you with great flavor!