Ultimate Cheesy Chicken pasta with Rotel and Velveeta is so simple in the pressure cooker, no pre-boiling pasta needed. This Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi recipe takes penne pasta, shredded chicken breasts and lots of cheesy to make an ooey gooey ultra cheesy chicken spaghetti meal that is rich, filling, and totally yummy. Cheesy chicken pasta uses Penne noodles to hold the thick cheese sauce, the meal comes together super easily and is a great kid friendly pasta dinner. Ready in just about 30 minutes, the prep is incredibly easy since no pasta needs to be pre-boiled. This pasta dinner is also a great way to use left over shredded chicken breasts and is all sorts of tasty goodness.
1box of 16 oz Penne noodlessee note in article about pasta kinds
1can cream of mushroom
1can of Rotel Tomatoes
3cans of waterfill up the cream of mushroom can 3 times
1tablespoonminced fresh garlic
Before you get started on this recipe, you need to have cooked and shredded chicken. 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. You can also use rotisserie chicken or boil your chicken.
Note that a 6.5 quart Ninja Foodi was used in this recipe
Dump Penne (or spaghetti noodles broken in half) in the bottom of the ceramic pressure cooker pan.
Layer cooked shredded chicken, Rotel tomatoes, cream of mushroom, cubed Velveeta, and minced fresh garlic.
Now take your cream of mushroom can and fill up three times with water and dump right into your pressure cooker pot with other ingredients.
Stir everything together to combine.
Seal the pressure cooker lid and pressure cook on HIGH for 7 minutes.
Once the 7 minutes are done, QUICK RELEASE.
Then open carefully, stir, and serve immediately while cheese and chicken are hot and melty.
All pressure cookers could operate differently. This recipe was made with a NINJA FOODI.
Can I use Spaghetti Noodles instead of Penne?
Yes, you can use traditional spaghetti noodles, however spaghetti is thinner and may not hold the heavy volume of cheese easily in this dish.
Can the chicken be added raw?
No! While a pressure cooker is a great way to cook chicken, this dish is made with chicken breasts already prepped. To pressure cooker chicken breasts prior:
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.
What are side dishes that go well with Cheesy Chicken Pasta?
Anytime pasta is served, side dishes that go well will be healthier in nature. Try adding some fresh steamed vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or carrots to this dish.
Can I add any other ingredients into this creamy chicken pasta?
Of course! If you want a little spice, try some chilis or diced jalapenos, add in a packet of taco seasoning to alter the flavor to more of a spicy flavoring or change the regular Velveeta cheese to Velveeta QUESO cheese. Once you understand the base recipe, its fine to mix up and make the meal your own!