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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

You’ve been asking and I’m finally delivering! One of the most made recipes on the blog, Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Pasta, has been converted to the Instant Pot! So cheesy, spicy and delicious.. and now, quick!!

buffalo chicken pasta on a black plate

What family doesn’t love creamy, dreamy and cheesy pasta? Add a little kick of buffalo sauce and you’d think I’d offered mine a trip to Disneyland! We love buffalo flavored anything around here and this pasta is at the top of the list. I’ve been making my slow cooker version for years now and figured it was time to test it out for the Instant Pot given 1. that I get a lot of questions about it and 2. that sometimes I don’t plan ahead. If you follow along here then you know it took me awhile to become a fan of the Instant Pot, but now that I have one of my favorite things to use it for is pasta. I’m too impatient watching the stove waiting for water to boil, so I love the convenience of throwing everything in the pressure cooker and being able to walk away.

buffalo chicken pasta in instant pot

How do you cook pasta in an Instant Pot?

It’s pretty easy, to be honest, if you remember a couple of things:

  • make sure the pasta is covered to about 1/2 inch over with liquid
  • Set the cook time for about 1/2 the time of cooking the pasta on the stove, adapting to any additional items in the pot
  • Any meat or veggies will need to be cut up into small quick cooking pieces or will need to be precooked

buffalo chicken pasta on a black plate

buffalo chicken pasta on a black plate

Jennifer Draper
You've been asking and I've finally got it for you! One of my most made recipes, Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Pasta, has been converted to the Instant Pot! So cheesy, spicy and delicious.. and now, quick!! 
4.15 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 471 kcal


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces rotini pasta noodles
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch + 1 tablespoon water whisked together until smooth


  • Cut chicken into tiny bite sized pieces and add to Instant Pot along with sauce, ranch mix, seasonings and noodles
  • Top with broth, cover and set to high pressure for 8 minutes
  • Allow 5 minute natural pressure release when done and then to a quick release
  • Stir in cheese, cream cheese and cornstarch slurry until smooth and melted


Calories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 31gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1285mgPotassium: 598mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 750IUVitamin C: 15.8mgCalcium: 191mgIron: 1.5mg
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Important nutritional disclaimer

buffalo chicken pasta being scooped out of instant pot


  1. This will only be the second recipe that I will try with insta pot, but I have heard that for some recipes you put the chicken in frozen. Do you used thawed chicken or frozen for this recipe?

    1. Sounds awesome! But days 25 minutes cook time. In the instructions it only shows 8 minutes then 5 minutes dor release. That would only be 12 minutes od cooking?

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