Instant Pot Bacon Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo–a creamy sauce envelopes pasta and tender bites of chicken. Crumbled bacon finishes the dish off and adds extra flavor. This chicken alfredo is all made in one pot cutting down on prep time and dishes to clean.
Instant Pot Bacon Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
My husband was working from home when I made this dish. We were both doing cartwheels in the kitchen as we ate it. My husband said, “this is better than restaurant quality!” Our kids got home shortly thereafter and there may or may not have been any left for them to eat. We will definitely be making Instant Pot Bacon Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo again soon.
Some things to note about Instant Pot Bacon Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo:
- It is better if you eat this dish right away. It doesn’t hold well on the Keep Warm function.
- You can use bacon that you’ve cooked earlier and crumble it or you can buy real bacon bits and use those. My favorite is the big bag of crumbled bacon from Costco.
- Some of my pasta stuck together. When I opened my pot some of the fettuccine was sticking together. I just used a wooden spoon to stir it up and break up any pieces that were sticking.
- I used half and half as the base of my cream sauce. This is lighter than the usually used heavy cream however it’s not as light as say, milk. You could probably use milk as an alternative cutting on calories (and flavor).
- I used thawed chicken tenderloins (I get them in a big bag from Costco). These are small-ish pieces of chicken breast. You could also cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into the size of chicken tenderloins.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
For Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Fettuccine Alfredo I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I also own the 6 quart Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker.* They are both great pressure cookers! The first one I mentioned has a yogurt making function but other than that they are fairly similar. The price difference between the two is about $20.Print
Instant Pot Bacon Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 minutes (plus time to build pressure and a 5 minutes NPR)
- Total Time: 23 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
A creamy sauce envelopes pasta and tender bites of chicken. Crumbled bacon finishes the dish off and adds extra flavor. This chicken alfredo is all made in one pot cutting down on prep time and dishes to clean.
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 lb of chicken tenderloins or 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into the size of chicken tenderloins (about the size of a chicken strip)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 8 oz fettuccine noodles, uncooked
- 3/4 cup half and half
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp water
- 4 pieces of bacon crumbled or 1/4 cup real bacon bits
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. Adjust to “more.” Give the pot a couple of minutes to warm up. Then add the butter to the bottom of the pot. Melt the butter. You may need to swirl the pot around a bit.
- Pat your chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. They need to be dry so they can brown properly. Place the chicken on the bottom of the pot and let it brown for about 2 minutes on each side.. Don’t disturb the chicken while it’s browning. Just let it sit there. Remove the chicken and place it on a plate.
- Add the garlic to the bottom of the pot and saute it for one minute (or maybe even less). Be careful not to burn the garlic (I did the first time I made this). There will be lots of brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Add your chicken broth to the pot and deglaze the pot. You do this by using a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits off the bottom of the pot. (View the video above to see this step in action.)
- Break your fettuccine in half and lay it flat in the Instant Pot. The broth should cover all of it (or most all of it). Add the chicken back into the pot and place it gently on top of the noodles.
- Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual button (or pressure cook button) to 3 minutes on high pressure. When the timer beeps let the pot sit undisturbed for 5-10 more minutes. Then gently move the valve to venting.
- Once you can, remove the lid. At this point you can remove the chicken and place it on a clean plate or if you don’t care if it breaks into pieces you can just keep it in the pot. It will be very tender. Stir up the pasta to break up any pieces that are sticking together. Turn the pot to the saute setting and adjust to “less.” Add in the half and half. Then slowly stir in the parmesan cheese and stir. Stir in the salt and pepper.
- If the sauce needs to be thickened simply stir together 1 Tbsp of cornstarch and 1 Tbsp of water in a small bowl. Stir the mixture into the pot and the sauce will almost thicken immediately.
- Serve noodles and chicken on a dish and top with bacon crumbles. Alternately, you can stir all the bacon into the pot and then scoop the pasta onto plates and serve.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*
This dish makes only 4 servings. My husband and I and 2 kids ate the entire thing with no leftovers. I haven’t tried doubling this recipe yet. I believe that it would work just fine. The browning of the chicken will just probably have to be done in batches.
It is better if you eat this dish right away. It doesn’t hold well on the Keep Warm function.
You can use bacon that you’ve cooked earlier and crumble it or you can buy real bacon bits and use those. My favorite is the big bag of crumbled bacon from Costco.
I used half and half as the base of my cream sauce. This is lighter than the usually used heavy cream however it’s not as light as say, milk. You could probably use milk as an alternative cutting on calories (and flavor).
I used thawed chicken tenderloins (I get them in a big bag from Costco). These are small-ish pieces of chicken breast. You could also cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into the size of tenderloins. This is about the size of a chicken strip.
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Instant Pot
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Ginny Ann says
Could I add fresh spinach at the end?
Yes I think that would be awesome!
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Sherry Barber says
Very good! Loved it!!
Thanks so much for the 5 stars Sherry!
This looks yummy. Because I am diabetic, I can’t consider it until I know the nutritional info. You have been so gracious to give us that info on most of your other recipes. I just wanted you to know that we appreciate it!
just added it in!
Happy Birthday Reagan!! Many Happy Returns!!!
This dish looks fabulous! However I have scrolled through numerous times and cannot find nutritional values. I usually find them eventually. See someone else asking about calories, so I’m not alone. The first thing I always want to know about is carbs.
just added it in!
Happy Birthday 16th, Reagan! Will most definitely have to try this real soon. Looks delicious
Trombley Sigrid says
Good choice and Happy Birthday, Reagan!
There are just two of us in the household. Any reason not to halve the recipe? Any modifications needed? Thanks.
This may help you! https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/how-to-halve-instant-pot-recipes/
Kim B. says
Would it mess this recipe up if I used boneless thighs cut into bite-sized pieces?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Reagan!! Sweet 16? Boy does that bring back memories.
That would actually probably taste better!
jean biss says
Love the recipe! What’s the calories per serving?
Lorrie B. says
Can you use whole wheat spaghetti instead of white fettuccine?
Yes you can!
A. K. says
Absolutely amazing dinner! I just made it tonight and my entire family enjoyed it… and that’s hard to do because two of us are quite picky. (Ive been trying 3-4 new recipes weekly, in hopes of finding some dinners that the whole family will eat. In three weeks time, this is only the third TOTAL WINNER.) I also had to sub in Gluten Free noodles; I used penne cuz that’s all I had on hand. I also added in about 1/4 cup more chicken broth into the IP to better cover the noodles, and, I also added about 1/4 cup more whole milk at the end for the sauce. It was SO delicious. Thank you for sharing such a crazy-good recipe!!!!!!
Awesome and great to know about your gluten free adaptations as well!
Excellent. Made it tonight. I used light cream in place of half n half. I also put in some shredded cheese. I also marinated the chicken in an Italian dressing. Plus I sauté bacon first. Then put the chicken in. It turned out great. Thanks for the recipe.
Love your ideas!
I made this tonight and it turned out really good. All kids 1,3 and 6 cleaned their plates! I subbed chicken breast cut up and it came out a hair dry somehow (maybe I browned it too much or cut it too small) but regardless it was delish. 🙂
I am glad you all liked it! Chicken breast can be tricky, it gets dry quickly!
Lee viglianti says
Excellent. I am an Italian food coniseur. This is fabolous. As good as is u were out at a fine Italian restaurant. Next time I make it I may throw in some sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts. This was a 5 Star !!!
Yes on the sun dried tomatoes and artichokes! That sounds great!
I made this recipe tonite but used gluten free rotini instead of fettuccine and Pecorino Romano instead of Parmigiana cheese. It was just delicious! I’m going to add it to my regular meal rotation.
I’m so happy to hear that it worked out with the gluten free noodles!
If I wanted to make this in my Instant Pot without the pasta,(we don’t eat pasta anymore) how much of the 2 cups of broth would I need to leave out? I would then serve it over zoodles (zucchini noodles).
I’d just use 1/2 cup of broth.
Can this be made in my slow cooker, if so what changes would I
Need to make the receipe?
This wouldn’t be the best choice for a slow cooker recipe. Pasta doesn’t work out great in the slow cooker.
Does time change with different noodle? All I have is spaghetti
It may get a little overdone. I bet regular spaghetti noodles would work as opposed to angel hair.
Could you substitute canned milk for the half and half? I always have that on hand, but not half and half, no one here likes half and half.
Do mushrooms do well in the IP? I would love to make this with some mushrooms thrown in.
yes, they do great. throw them in!
Lisa Mahle says
I made this last night…4 adults, 3 kids. I doubled the recipe with no problems. No leftovers, it was a big hit….thank you!!!!!
Awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂
If I double the recipe do I have to add more time?
Rachel Kullman says
After the chicken cooks for 3 minutes and then rests for 5 to 10, do you turn the pot off or just leave it baking for 5 to ten minutes?
It will automatically switch to warm and that is what I keep it on. But you can also unplug your pot and turn it off completely. It won’t make a difference.
I only have a 3 qt Instant Pot. For this recipe, do I cut the ingredients in 1/2?
And what about the time?
You could cut it in half. But I bet that you could fit the whole recipe into a 3 quart if you wanted. The time will be the same regardless.
Is there a crock pot version of this recipe?
I don’t have a slow cooker version of this recipe because there’s really no great way to make it in the slow cooker. I bet you could easily make this on the stove top though!
Cathy Jeppsen says
Made this tonight. Super easy and super yummy!
I was thinking of dish I could use for my chicken for tonite this pop-up will for sure be making this looks delicious with green salad on side thanks again for posting a lovely dish