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Frozen Chicken and Noodles Instant Pot

Frozen chicken and noodles Instant Pot style is an easy one pot meal that is cheap and creamy. You can use fresh or leftover rotisserie too if you like. Diced or whole frozen chicken in Instant Pot with pasta is a great meal.

frozen chicken and noodles instant pot

You can use fresh or leftover chicken too with our frozen chicken and noodles Instant Pot recipe! Makes for a cheap one pot meal that is creamy and a kid favorite. Cream cheese chicken is the bestest Instant Pot recipe. (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Chicken and Noodles

This is probably one of our favorite leftover chicken recipes using penne pasta. I mean you could use medium shells instead too but I like bite size pieces instead of spaghetti style. Makes it easier to eat, especially with kids, and I think they soak up the cream cheese sauce better too.

It’s a bit like our Instant Pot crack chicken pasta of sorts but without ranch seasoning. You could definitely leave the meat out entirely too if you preferred but I like some protein in the mix to make it a legit one pot meal.

This will work in any electric pressure cooker brand you might have at home. Your Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodie pot work great too if that is what you have.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Ninja Foodi Chicken and Noodles

Yes this does take a bit more time than if you were to make Kraft Instant Pot mac and cheese, but it’s worth it. Creamy almost alfredo like noodles with your protein cooked together, and there you have a great one pot meal.

You have the choice of using whole or diced frozen chicken, or fresh. I will explain all the methods below. Maybe one night you were on the ball and defrosted the night before, best option. Forgetful like me? NO worries my friend, it will come out fantastic still!

I love using medium size noodles like shells and these. Just like Instant Pot penne pasta you don’t have to break them up and if you have kids it creates a lot less mess. Bonus!

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Creamy Chicken and Noodles in Instant Pot

You likely have much of what you need already at home. I suggest not using low fat cream cheese because, like why??? We aren’t counting calories here my friends, its about taste y’all.

  • Some medium pasta shells or penne noodles
  • Chicken broth
  • 2-3 pcs. frozen chicken breasts or thighs, preferably cut into small bite size pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Italian salad dressing
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • A pinch salt and pepper
Chicken and Noodles Instant Pot

Instant Pot Chicken Noodles and Vegetables

You could easily add some mixed frozen vegetables into the mix here too. Add it in at the beginning after sauteeing the meat. There are a few options as far as using fresh vs. cooking frozen meat to tender first and the proceeding from there.

  • Using some fresh meat; Set pot to saute with olive oil and chicken. Cook until outsides are no longer pink and then turn pot off. Scrape stuck on meat off of the bottom with a bit of broth with wooden spatula.
  • Only have frozen meat; If frozen meat is small and bite sized just lay on bottom of pot (skip sauteeing).
    • If you have 2 frozen breasts add into pot with 3/4 c water or broth and pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes with a quick pressure release.
    • Remove the chicken and chop into bite size pieces. Drain pot, add into pot and proceed with next steps below.
  • Precooked; If you are using leftover or already cooked shredded chicken don’t saute, put on bottom of pot and continue with next steps.

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken and Noodles

I hope that helps understand the differences of the two, from there you will use these same steps below to proceed;

  • Leave meat on the bottom. Cut room temperature cream cheese into chunks and put that on top. Pour 1/2 cup of broth over the top and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Pour in uncooked penne pasta on top. Leave in layers, do not stir. Pour remaining 1.5 c. of broth over the top of the noodles followed by the Italian dressing. Make sure noodles are as submerged into liquid as possible.
  • Close the lid and steam valve and set for 5 minutes followed by a 2 minute natural release. Release rest of steam, lift lid and stir.
  • Sprinkle in parmesan cheese and fold together again.

Then you will set the lid on, you don’t need to lock it, and allow everything to sit and thicken for a good 5 minutes before serving.

instant pot chicken pasta

Instant Pot Chicken and Noodles with Dry Egg Noodles

If you want to use these (more delicate) noodles you can but you will need to adjust things slightly. As you know these are floppier and cook for less time than let’s say elbow macaroni or shells. You can use these though with just a few more minutes at the beginning. This is what you need to adjust;

This applies to dry and frozen egg noodles. I almost always buy bagged but I know some of you like the babies in the frozen section, to me they really do cook at the same rate in a pressure cooker.

  • You will have to use fresh meat for this
  • Add another minute or two when sauteeing so the chicken is not just cooked on the outside but almost all the way thru to begin with
  • Adjust the cook time when you add them to just 2 minutes from 5
  • Make sure you quick release right at the end or they will get too soft and mushy

Fold together your frozen chicken and noodles recipe with other ingredients gently and enjoy as is or with a side dish like a salad. It really is a complete meal, especially if you add frozen vegetables into the mix but that is up to you.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole

Frozen Chicken and Noodles Recipe

I have another goodie for you too if you want more of a comfort food soup! Check out our Instant Pot frozen chicken noodle soup for that one. Totally killer on snowy days. This meal saves really well for the next day too if you have leftovers.

Make sure you let it cool completely and transfer it to a sealed container or freezer bag. Scrape all of that sauce out and into your container too in order for it to stay moist and not dry out. To reheat put into a microwave safe bowl with 1 tbsp broth over the top. Heat for 1 minute, stir and 1 more min to heat.

Ok I think I have covered all of my basis and you’ll be good to go. If you add another tweak to this that turns out absolutely amazing let us know so we can try your “trick” too next go around. Now jump to recipe and lemme know what you think!

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Frozen Chicken and Noodles Instant Pot

Frozen chicken and noodles Instant Pot style is an easy one pot meal that is cheap. Use leftover rotisserie chicken or fresh with favorite pasta.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, crockpot express, instant pot, ninja foodi, noodles, parmesan, pasta, penne pasta, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 454kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fresh meat; Set pot to saute with olive oil and chicken. Cook until outsides are no longer pink and then turn pot off. Scrape stuck on meat off of the bottom with a bit of broth with wooden spatula.
  • Frozen meat; If frozen meat is small and bite sized just lay on bottom of pot (skip sauteeing), If you have 2 frozen breasts add into pot with 3/4 c water or broth and cook on high for 10 minutes with a quick release, remove and chop into bite size pieces, drain pot, add into pot and proceed with next steps below.
  • Precooked; If you are using leftover or already cooked meat don't saute, put on bottom of pot and continue with next steps.
  • Leave meat on the bottom. Cut room temperature cream cheese into chunks and put that on top. Pour 1/2 cup of broth over the top and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Pour in uncooked penne pasta on top. Leave in layers, do not stir. Pour remaining 1.5 c. of broth over the top of the noodles followed by the Italian dressing. Make sure noodles are as submerged into liquid as possible.
  • Close the lid and steam valve and set for 5 minutes followed by a 2 minute natural release. Release rest of steam, lift lid and stir.
  • Sprinkle in parmesan cheese and fold together again. Set lid on again and let it sit for 5 minutes for noodles to continue to soften, sauce to thicken, and cheese to melt. Serve

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Nutrition Facts
Frozen Chicken and Noodles Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 872mg38%
Potassium 228mg7%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 689IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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