Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta is a super easy and fun way to enjoy the flavors of buffalo chicken!
Buffalo Chicken is one of my favorite flavors to play around with in the kitchen, but the frequency has definitely slowed down the past couple of years. My kids are especially sensitive to spicy things, so buffalo chicken isn’t really a dinner option for us. However, I had an idea for this Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta and just couldn’t pass it up.
I’m glad I didn’t because not only is this Instant Pot pasta delicious, but it’s SO easy! It’s no secret that I’m a fan of my Instant Pot, but I love it even more now that I can make pasta in it!
Boneless skinless chicken breasts
This recipe starts by browning the chicken in the Instant Pot with a little olive oil. The chicken doesn’t need to be cooked all the way through, as it will continue cooking during the pressure cooker time. When the chicken is browned, you simply add the chicken broth, milk, hot sauce, pasta, and cream cheese. It’s important at this point not to stir. This will prevent the “Burn” notice from happening, as you want the liquid on the bottom.
The mixture is cooked on High pressure for 5 minutes, and then the pressure is released quickly. Releasing the pressure on an Instant Pot is always a little stressful to me, so I make sure to place a towel on top of the vent, and I use the back of a spatula to tap the valve to slowly open it.
The last step is to stir it all together, along with shredded cheddar cheese and ranch dressing. The heat from the pasta will melt it all together and it will be perfectly creamy and cheesy!
I topped it all off with some blue cheese crumbles and diced green onions and these two garnishes totally made the dish even more like buffalo chicken wings!
I’m actually not too sad that my kids won’t eat buffalo chicken because that means more of this pasta just for me!
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I really enjoyed this recipe! It’s got great flavor! I did make a couple minor adjustments. I added the pasta and then the liquid just to make sure all of the pasta was covered. I also added the cream cheese after the cooking process. Very yummy and easy! Will be making this recipe again!