This cheesy chicken pasta has Velveeta, Rotel, shredded chicken – all the amazing things you need for an incredibly delicious, hearty and totally easy meal. And the best part is, no need to pre-boil the pasta.
Truly a dump and go recipe, let your pressure cooker do ALL the work for you QUICKLY. Plus, you can use spaghetti noodles, penne (as shown) or even macaroni pasta.
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Pressure Cooker Recipes
Before we get started, and no this isn’t a long drawn out story, I did want to praise working with a pressure cooker.
While I have 100’s of recipes on my blog, I really have found working with the Ninja Foodi to be most rewarding.
Its the easiest suggestion I can make to someone intimidated in the kitchen.
If you are new to working with a Ninja Foodi pressure cooker and looking for recipes, you may want to also try pressure cooker white chicken chili, pressure cooker whole artichokes, ninja foodi hard boiled eggs, ninja foodi air fryer chicken wings, and last but not least, ninja foodi air fryer salmon (ITS WOW!)
Its been such an amazing kitchen tool for me personally. If you do not own one but want dinner to be easy, you really should consider the investment. What I like about the Ninja Foodi is that I can pressure cook, saute, slow cook, air fryer – literally all kitchen tools in one.
I have found that this machine products the best results in an instant and having tested the Instant Pot, Vortex, and the Ninja Foodi, I ADORE this machine.
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Velveeta Chicken Pasta
All you need to hear are these three words to know tonight’s dinner is going to be filling: Velveeta, Rotel, Chicken.
Before someone asks – I realize that I used Penne in this pressure cooker meal, but when people are looking for this recipe, its super simple to substitute out and works either way.
Here are what ingredients you need to gather to get started:
Pressure Cooker Used: 6.5 Quart Ninja Foodi
- chicken breasts – chicken breasts should be full cooked and shredded prior to starting this dish. You cannot add raw chicken to the recipe as is, but the pressure cooker IS a great way to cook it first.
- Penne noodles – Penne noodles have a perfect center and hold cheese and Rotel like a boss! While this dish can be made with a variety of pastas (so no need for a store visit just for Penne if you have other options), I say use Penne for the best results if you have a choice.
- cream of mushroom – Condensed cream of soups come in a ton of flavors and cream of mushroom is my favorite way to make this dish. However, it is fine to alter with other Campbells cream flavors.
- Rotel Tomatoes
- 3 cans of water
- fresh garlic
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Spaghetti Noodles or Penne Pasta?
Here is the great thing with this pasta recipe – you can use either traditional spaghetti sticks OR a box of Penne. Penne tends to be so much more filling and is great when you are eating chicken, and I love how the cheese oozes out of the noodles, so that is my choice.
You can also substitute a box of raw spaghetti if you prefer. And while I haven’t done it, I also think large macaroni or shell noodles would be fine.
The best part is there is no need to pre-boil these noodles – they cook right in the pressure cooker.
That’s what makes this meal so easy!
Pressure Cook the Chicken First
Do not put the chicken in the pressure cooker raw with the rest of your ingredients. The chicken has to be pre-cooked.
You can either boil chicken and shred it, pressure cook it prior (doesn’t take long!) or simply buy plain old rotisserie chicken for this meal.
This chicken spaghetti recipe takes into the fact that you have already cooked the chicken first before proceeding. If you do not know how to pressure cooker chicken breasts, its really easy.
- Place defrosted chicken breasts into pressure cooker with 1 1/2 cups of water.
- High, 8 minutes, and then natural release for 10 minutes.
- Remove chicken with tongs and carefully shred.
How to make Pressure Cooker Chicken Pasta
You won’t believe how amazing and easy it is to make this gooey cheesy chicken pasta for dinner tonight. First, let me apologize for these crazy pictures.
Taking pictures of noodles smothered in cheese and chicken isn’t really that easy.
It all melts together and quite honestly, I make this and record the video, so the steam from the pressure cooker kept fogging up the camera.
At some point I just said, oh well, it tastes good and that is ALL that matters. There is literally no way to get this kind of meal to LOOK good- which is like the story of every casserole and Mexican recipe ever.
Just know that its delicious and kid friendly and keep moving forward.
First dump in your penne (or spaghetti noodles broken in half) in the bottom of the ceramic pressure cooker pan.
Layer cooked shredded chicken, Rotel, cream of mushroom, Velveeta, and garlic.
Take your cream of mushroom can and fill up three times with water and dump right into your dish.
Stir everything together to combine.
Seal the Ninja Foodi pressure cooker lid and pressure cook on HIGH for 7 minutes.
Once the 7 minutes are done, QUICK RELEASE.
Open carefully, stir, and serve immediately while hot and melty.