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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole

This Instant Pot crack chicken casserole is one of the most amazing pressure cooker cream cheese chicken and pasta recipe I have made thus far! Get ready for creamy cream cheese chicken with pasta.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole

I made an easy Instant Pot crack chicken casserole that took a total of 20 minutes from start to finish and it was amazing!! On top of the list of favorite Instant Pot recipes amongst the 5 of us. (originally published 7/18, affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta

If you need easy Ninja Foodi recipes, you can use that or the Crockpot Express pots instead. Any brand works, we have them all and there isn’t much of a difference other than the names of a few of the buttons.

All three of these have the saute function so you can brown your meat beforehand and high pressure to cook the noodles. Melts the cream cheese and everything stirred together makes the creamiest casserole on the planet. If you love our Ninja Foodi crack chicken recipe you’ll love this one pot meal for sure.

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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Cracked Chicken Casserole

It is the only way to do it during the summertime so you don’t have to turn the oven on. We make this one year round because it’s a creamy hearty casserole with tender pieces of chicken thighs or breasts and diced vegetables. Made in less than 20 minutes it’s always a winner for dinner!

We eat a lot of poultry. Especially when I can find it on sale I will buy a bunch and divide it up into portion sizes. Having a deep freezer saves the day many times. I can save trips to the store which saves me time and money as well as more money when meat is not cheap.

For this we are going to dice it up into bite size pieces so it’s easier for everyone to eat. If you can find boneless skinless then it will make this process a lot easier. Sometimes that is a lot pricier so I will buy it as is and trim it all off myself. Depends on what I can find or what I have on hand.

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Here are a few questions you might have before you get started on this. If you have others just let us know below.

Why do they call it crack chicken?

Some people don’t appreciate the name, so you can call it whatever you want. It came about because of how addicting it is. When tried people just can’t get enough of it. You can make it with pasta like this or smooth like chicken crack soup instead.

What types of casseroles are there?

Our favorite are Instant Pot casseroles. They’re made in no time at all using beef, chicken or pork. Incorporating noodles and vegetables makes it a one pot meal. Using the oven is another alternative.

What are the best casserole dishes?

The best quick and easy casseroles are ones that need the least amount of prep. To help you can use leftover chicken and skip the browning step, or rotisserie is great.

Ninja Foodi Crack Chicken Pasta

Like I said, any brand of electric pressure cooker will work here really. You are going to use the saute and high pressure function so as long as you have those you’re good to go. On Crockpot Express saute is labeled brown, it is the same thing. Allows you to cook everything together without dirtying more than one pot or pan.

instant pot crack chicken pasta

Instant Pot Cracked Chicken

The basic ingredient to make this chicken and cream cheese dinner are those two ingredients. Everything is better with cheese and bacon too so we loaded up on the best bacon around. Noodles are a given when it comes to making a casserole, and I feel like you have to throw some type of vegetable in so we used petite peas this time.

You could really use any type of small diced frozen veggie inside this and I think it would be great. Gives it a little bit more texture, flavor, and incorporating veggies in every dish when you have kids gets them to appreciate the taste overall. That’s the way it worked in my house anyway.

One that I think turns out the best would be frozen peas. If my husband isn’t home that is what I use, if he is that is a big no no (childhood pea trauma, let’s not talk about it lol)

  • I love one pot meals like this one and our pressure cooker chicken taco bowls. You just throw everything in, let it cook and do it’s thing and it’s ready!
  • Very little prep and you have your protein, starch and vegetables all pressure cooked in one pot.
crack chicken pasta instant pot

Crack chicken casserole

Typically crack chicken recipes call for chicken breasts, but honestly I am a huge fan of chicken thighs!! For one thing they have SO much more flavor, are more tender, and are dirt cheap at the store…yes I am frugal, let’s be honest here.

So….I used thighs and I think it made for a tastier meal but that is totally up to you as well. Here’s what you need to make our easy Instant Pot crack chicken

  • Pressure cooker is where this whole thing begins y’all
  • Chicken thighs I love because it is the most tender and adds a lot of flavor
    • Could use chicken breasts if you’d rather
  • Cream cheese should be softened ideally, do not buy low fat friends
  • Egg noodles work the best and soften very quickly, I like broad or wide version
  • Chicken broth – can use water but it’s so much more flavorful with broth
  • Bacon – optional but we’re not counting calories on this dish, we’re going for uber flavor y’all
  • Ranch seasoning packet
  • Frozen peas – optional
  • Diced onion – optional but at least 1/2 cup is good

There’s a recipe video within this post you can watch showing you how easy it is to make. 

ninja foodi crack chicken pasta

Ninja Foodi Cheesy Pasta

As noted in step 3 make sure you get all the small pcs. of cooked chicken off the bottom of your pot. If not it may trigger the burn message.

This has never happened to me but some pots are more sensitive than others and why I recommend this  non stick pot. You can remove the chicken to make sure everything is off. Another tip is to make sure you quick pressure release. If not the noodles can get overdone and too soft.

If you’d like a crockpot crack chicken recipe we have that too! This is a real winner using frozen chicken or fresh. Just throw it all in when you leave for the day and it literally falls apart cooking by itself all day. That is my kinda’ meal. Just shred when you’re home, throw it on buns and you have a killer meal everyone will love.

instant pot cream cheese chicken and pasta

Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken and Pasta

If you have leftovers it saves quite well actually. You want to keep it as moist as possible so scrape out all of that wonderful sauce and pour as much of it on top. A sealed container is best but if you don’t have that a freezer bag will work with all the air sucked out of it.

Transfer to a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments stirring in between so it heats evenly. It really is a complete meal so I don’t really serve it with anything else but you could pair with a side salad or roll.

Then after you do try our other favorite Instant Pot chicken recipes;

The cooking time is short so don’t go far away because you’ll need to cook on high and do a quick release right when it beeps.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole 2

Crack Chicken Noodle Soup

If you wanted to make this more as a soup I would increase the liquid by another cup. Use broth for more flavor. Or cook as is and thin it out at the end so you can taste both versions and see which you like better. Total time is about 20 minutes to prep and cook it all until done to perfection.

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole

  1. Saute

    Set Instant Pot to saute and add olive oil and bacon. Cook for a few minutes until bacon is consistently sizzling and almost done. (add onion now if you want to add it)

    Add cubed chicken thigh pieces and cook until outsides of chicken are no longer pink. Turn Instant Pot off/cancel so it can cool a bit before turning it to high pressure. Deglaze your Instant Pot after sauteing any meat. how to deglaze your instant pot

  2. Add ingredients

    Sprinkle ranch seasoning packet on top of bacon and chicken and mix gently. Cut softened cream cheese into clumps and put on top of chicken mixture, followed by 1/2 cup of chicken broth.

  3. Cook

    Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 5 minutes.
    Do a quick release, stir contents gently allowing cream cheese bits to become creamy and no longer clumped up.

  4. Add more time

    Add your frozen peas, then 5 measuring cups full of uncooked small egg noodles, and then your remaining 1.5 c. of chicken broth on top of your noodles. Gently stir just a bit.

    Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes. Do a quick release, stir and serve!!

  5. Thicken

    If you want sauce a bit thicker turn IP to saute again to have liquid bubble for 1-2 minutes and stir gently while bubbling. Allow to sit and the longer it sits the thicker it will get.

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole

This Instant Pot crack chicken casserole is one of the most amazing pressure cooker dinner recipes I have made thus far! Get ready for creamy goodness. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, chicken, crack, cream cheese, easy, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 707kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to saute and add olive oil and bacon.
  • Cook for a few minutes until bacon is consistently sizzling and almost done. (add onion now if you want to add it)
  • Add cubed chicken thigh pieces and cook until outsides of chicken are no longer pink. Turn Instant Pot off/cancel so it can cool a bit before turning it to high pressure. Scrape remaining bits of meat off bottom of pot.
  • Sprinkle ranch seasoning packet on top of bacon and chicken and mix gently.
  • Cut softened cream cheese into clumps and put on top of chicken mixture, followed by 1/2 cup of chicken broth.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Do a quick release, stir contents gently allowing cream cheese bits to become creamy and no longer clumped up.
  • Add your frozen peas, then 5 measuring cups full of uncooked small egg noodles, and then your remaining 1.5 c. of chicken broth on top of your noodles.
  • Gently stir just a bit.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes.
  • Do a quick release, stir and serve!!
  • If you want sauce a bit thicker turn IP to saute again to have liquid bubble for 1-2 minutes and stir gently while bubbling. Allow to sit and the longer it sits the thicker it will get.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 707 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Fat 51g78%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 223mg74%
Sodium 605mg26%
Potassium 566mg16%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 740IU15%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I have not made this meal in the crock pot yet but I am sure you could precook the chicken or use a rotisserie. If you’re shredding the chicken off an already cooked bird then you could skip the initial cooking step of that. 

If you make it I’d love to hear at what temp. you turn the pot to, and how long you cooked it for.

  • The noodles wouldn’t take long and would need to be added at the very end submerged in liquid. I would think 30 minutes would soften them well.
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Ricky

Tuesday 9th of August 2022

Was trying to look at your recipe but had 5 pop-ups while I was trying to scroll through. Not intrested.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Hit jump to recipe at the top

Angela

Thursday 4th of August 2022

Everyone loved this recipe. I used broccoli instead of peas bc it's just better. I didn't have Ranch dressing mix so just seasoned but I noticed a link to a homemade mix, making this again tomorrow for a potluck and will make the ranch mix. It was so yummy, thanks for an easy/quick and delicious recipe.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 7th of August 2022

Glad it was a hit

Jen

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

Fantastic! I followed the directions almost exactly except for the chicken and veg - I used canned chicken chunks from Costco (time crunch, and it’s what I had on hand), and frozen chopped broccoli because I have somewhat picky eaters who won’t touch peas. My family of 5 had no complaints, and even dished up seconds. This one is definitely a keeper! I had to immediately store the leftovers to keep from eating it all!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 25th of June 2022

Lol glad it was a hit

Dan

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

As an Instant Pot noob, I can say this was a very easy recipe to make and it tasted great! This one's definitely going up on the fridge

The Typical Mom

Thursday 4th of November 2021

Oh good!

Calimom

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

I didn’t have cream cheese so I used heavy whipping cream, and I didn’t have peas so I used baby spinach leaves. It was wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

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