Buffalo Chicken Pasta
By :Chop Secrets
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Votes: 50
Rating: 4.6
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry, Rice & Pastas
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Chicken Breast, Cream Cheese, Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
6 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup Buffalo-style hot sauce divided
  • 3 cups Water divided
  • 1 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing
  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 12-16 ounces gemelli or penne or other short pasta 1 box
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese shredded
Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry, Rice & Pastas
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Chicken Breast, Cream Cheese, Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
6 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup Buffalo-style hot sauce divided
  • 3 cups Water divided
  • 1 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing
  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 12-16 ounces gemelli or penne or other short pasta 1 box
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese shredded
Votes: 50
Rating: 4.6
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Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a medium bowl and coat with 2 tbsp Buffalo sauce.
  2. Pour 1 cup water in the Instant Pot. Add coated chicken in one even layer.
  3. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- buttons and program the Instant Pot for 10 minutes.
  4. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the chicken from the pressure cooker to a cutting board and shred, reserving juices.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix together remaining hot sauce, cream cheese and ranch dressing until smooth, then mix in shredded chicken.
  7. Add remaining 2 cups of water to reserved juices in pot. Add pasta and stir.
  8. Top with chicken mixture in an even layer--do not stir. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  9. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- buttons and program the Instant Pot for 4 minutes.
  10. When the time is up, quick-release the remaining pressure and stir until thickened.
  11. Spread mixture in a shallow casserole or baking dish and top with shredded cheese.
  12. Set the pan under the broiler until cheese just begins to brown, 3-5 minutes.
  13. Top with bacon and serve.
Recipe Notes

*If your Instant Pot does not have a MANUAL function, use the Pressure Cook function.

51 replies
  1. Lovesgreen85
    Lovesgreen85 says:

    Made this tonight followed recipe exact. Except I added 1/2 cup cream to make it smoother.
    Found it a bit on the bland side but will spice it up to my liking next time. Its a good base recipe.

  2. Shananigans
    Shananigans says:

    This dish is amazing. I changed a few things on the first go….I used chicken stock instead of water. I added more hot sauce and added cheese to the chicken mixture. And at the end added green onion on top. Unbelievably amazing.

  3. LeslieMcN
    LeslieMcN says:

    Made quite a few substitutions, to work with what I had on hand, such as boneless, skinless chicken thighs–and I did not shred them. Also, used a powdered Buffalo Seasoning, and a powdered ranch dressing with one cup mayo, and added chicken bouillon to the water. Used the cheese on hand, which included cheddar and jack. Whisked the cream cheese and seasonings right in the cooker after removing the chicken.

  4. mcdowelldawn77@yahoo.com
    mcdowelldawn77@yahoo.com says:

    Note the ingredient list says six but the bacon is extra.
    We made this without bacon because I didnt add it to grocery list as it was only noted in the end of directions.
    However this is still an excellent recipe. My family loved it and there really wasnt even enough for lunch leftovers.

  5. Bmwilliams0925
    Bmwilliams0925 says:

    More seasoning or veggies would make this better. I added creole seasoning on top of the mixture in the casserole dish before adding cheese.

  6. mandymarchell89@gmail.com
    mandymarchell89@gmail.com says:

    A little bland. I recommend adding more buffalo sauce. Also, the video shows bacon being used but its not on the recipe list.

  7. S.White
    S.White says:

    This was delicious! I didn’t use the bacon because it wasn’t on the ingredient list and I didn’t have any on hand.

  8. Dayna Fowler
    Dayna Fowler says:

    Wasn’t to bad. Some of my pasta stuck to the pot. Little plain. I might try it with a bbq sauce next time.

  9. Karledoel
    Karledoel says:

    Amazing!! Easy to make with ingredients that are usually around the house. The whole fanily enjoyed it.

  10. Lg07011957@gmail.com
    Lg07011957@gmail.com says:

    This was easy and the flavor was outstanding. I will be making this again. This wiuld be a great dish to pass.

  11. Ogier
    Ogier says:

    Definitely add the bacon. Strangely totally kicks it up a few notches. Cook about 6 pieces and sprinkle on top. I’ve also used various pastas. Elbow macaroni works perfectly fine.
    Comes out picture perfect and is a good leftover. You could up the hot sauce if you wanted and it wouldn’t hurt it.

  12. Amandab410
    Amandab410 says:

    Its amazing. I love buffalo chicken anything so i might be biased. I added bleu cheese crumbles and cheddar cheese to the top before broiling. Bacon and green onions to garnish.

  13. JanetR87
    JanetR87 says:

    Made this tonight for the first time. Turned out great! I doubled the hot sauce. Next time I will add some spices to the chicken before putting in the pot, as it was a little bland. Other than that, we loved it!

  14. Mjpratt91
    Mjpratt91 says:

    Replaced hot sauce with bbq sauce, family really enjoyed it. This was my first receipe i made in the instant pot, and it turned out great.

  15. BobbiH
    BobbiH says:

    Nice and creamy. Everything cooked well. Flavor did not taste like buffalo sauce; tasted like green pepper. The zing & tang of the buffalo sauce was missing.

  16. deutman242
    deutman242 says:

    Super tasty! I added an extra 1/4 cup of hot sauce. Turned out great. Noodles were firm. Add 1 minute to noodles if you want them more tender. I will definetly be making again.

  17. Russellholly333@gmail.com
    Russellholly333@gmail.com says:

    This sure sounds good, but I got to the pasta cooking stage, turned the pressure cooker back on for 4 minutes as indicated. All of sudden “Food Burn” indicator comes on! I used gluten free pasta. Could not have made that much of a difference, could it?

  18. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Russellholly333,

    Substitutions will have an effect on any recipe.

    The pasta probably required more water and absorbed more liquids then regular pasta.

  19. Iamjulie26
    Iamjulie26 says:

    Flavor is good. But I caution against adding 2 more cups of liquid during the final phase. This was TOO runny. Here’s to hoping it firms up in the oven…

  20. Snowskake121
    Snowskake121 says:

    This was the first meal i made with my instant pot and it was good!! I would probably do 3min on the noodles next time just slightly soggy. But very good!

  21. loumell
    loumell says:

    Very tasty, will be making again. I am not one for hot spicy food and this was just right for me.

  22. Savanah2222
    Savanah2222 says:

    This is the worst app ive ever used. The search field is clueless. Even when you enter the full title of the dish it cant find it !! Scrolling is imposssible because no matter where you touch the screen it opens the recipe you touched. Grrrr. Fix it!!!

  23. rebagor
    rebagor says:

    Our favorite Instant Pot recipe this far. We don’t do the pasta, though. We add the shredded cheese (and a little blue cheese) stir it up and eat it like a dip, or with a green salad.
    Also, the comment about the app is not wrong. This app is funky.

  24. Sarahnp
    Sarahnp says:

    Very good! Next time going to add a little more hot sauce to the mixture because it wasn’t spicy enough for me!

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