Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
By :Chop Secrets
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Votes: 34
Rating: 4.65
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Poultry, Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth warmed, low sodium is best
  • 1 packet ranch dressing powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 16 oz penne or rotini pasta
  • 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup half and half
Course Dessert
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Poultry, Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth warmed, low sodium is best
  • 1 packet ranch dressing powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 16 oz penne or rotini pasta
  • 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup half and half
Votes: 34
Rating: 4.65
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Add bacon to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function and adjust to HIGH or MORE.
  2. Cook and stir bacon until most of the fat is rendered, then add chicken and brown lightly on both sides, 2-3 minutes. Meat may not be cooked through.
  3. Remove chicken and bacon to a plate, reserving drippings.
  4. Add broth to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add ranch powder, garlic powder and chicken to the pot. Stir to combine, then add pasta to the pot and make sure it is submerged.
  6. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  7. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 5 minutes.
  8. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  9. Stir in the cheeses a little at a time until melted. Add half and half and reserved bacon. Mix well and serve.
Recipe Notes

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.

39 replies
  1. Jenchefski13
    Jenchefski13 says:

    The whole family loved this recipe, including my super picky youngest! This was my first try w the IP and I was torally wowed by how fast, easy, and delicious it was!

  2. Layna87
    Layna87 says:

    Really good!!! Came out a little more watery than I expected but otherwise delicious!

  3. kmwebb
    kmwebb says:

    I made this as it looked really good. Taste delicious bit could use little of the chicken brother. Maybe about a 3/4 cup.

  4. MBowers
    MBowers says:

    It was pretty easy to make. I used leftover roasted turkey I had available, the 4 cheese mexican blend.
    Since it had extra meat in it I lessened my rotini to make sure the broth covered everything.
    Will make again.

  5. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi KMugford,

    We are sorry to hear it did not turn out for you.

    Depending on the pasta used, it may not have absorbed the same amount of liquid.

  6. Danagriff
    Danagriff says:

    My whole family really enjoyed this meal! Even my picky 7 year old requested the left overs for lunch the next day!!

  7. Theresawalker
    Theresawalker says:

    Probably would have used less than a packet of ranch dressing mix it was a bit strong for me, but super good!

  8. MJChatterton
    MJChatterton says:

    It was very easy and tssted good.
    I would let sit for a little bit to let the noodles soak more broth up.
    But outher than that ot was fantastic.

  9. Scar102175
    Scar102175 says:

    Super easy. A little rich. Went 3-3/4 cups broth and didn’t change anything else. Went 7 minute pressure cook and had amazing consistency. I also recommend sauteeing the leftover bacon in a small pan as well. Gets a but crispier which adds great texture. Overall. Very good. Will make again.

  10. steven.poepping
    steven.poepping says:

    Super high in sodium. Thats my own fault for not using low sodium broth. Do better than me. The dish tasted great though.

  11. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Joseeboyer,

    The recipe calls for uncooked pasta.

    If the recipe calls for a precooked item, it will say precooked beside the ingredients.

  12. Laraychambers
    Laraychambers says:

    After following the directions, there was still a lot of broth left so I think that broth should be dropped dramatically probably by half.

  13. Countrygirl726
    Countrygirl726 says:

    Making this tonight and just a little confused about if I should be using low or high pressure? The other recipe I tried told me low pressure.

  14. shailaknoll
    shailaknoll says:

    Its a win! Great pasta dish! Also if you go to the recipe on the website it has a button to add all of the ingredients to your walmart shopping app. Awesome! (Could we have that as a feature on the app)

  15. Bewhales
    Bewhales says:

    This was very tasty. I only gave it 4 stars because of the directions. The cooking of the bacon needs clarification. You get all the way to the end and it tells you to add back reserved bacon. I suggest crisping bacon then remove to a plate. THEN cook the chicken in the bacon drippings. Do not cook them together as in the recipe. Once they are sauteed it is hard to separate the pieces of chicken and bacon. I also added a little more liquid as I have an 8 quart. I’ll make again with change

  16. Bewhales
    Bewhales says:

    Countrygirl – I don’t know for sure, but I am under the assumption that unless it says to use low pressure that you should use high pressure. I had the same question on other recipes and did some research and that is the conclusion that I came to.

  17. CarterFamily2019
    CarterFamily2019 says:

    It was really soupy at the end. Calls for way to much broth and because of that it doesn’t have a real ranch flavor.
    However, add 2 cups of cheese for each cheese needed and it tasted delicious.

  18. Waynebates
    Waynebates says:

    This was the first meal I made in my new Instantpot. It was fabulous. Followed the recipe to the tee and it turned out perfect.

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