Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta—pasta with seasoned chicken, bites of andouille sausage, bell peppers, creamy sauce and cajun flavor.
Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta
My whole family gave these creamy noodles 2 thumbs up and so did the 4 teenagers that showed up and ate with us. Lol. My daughter’s friends are starting to come around more and more and I actually really like it. We have leftovers for days since I cook most every day of the week. And they can eat them in no time 🙂
Is it spicy? If you’re worried about this cajun pasta being too spicy, don’t worry. It’s not bad. And really you can control how much cajun seasoning you add in. If you’re a wimp when it comes to spice make sure to choose a mild sausage.
Can I use a different type of pasta? Sure! This dish works well with cavatappi, penne pasta, rotini pasta or even elbow macaroni noodles.
This recipe makes a lot, can I cut it in half? Yes you can. I always recommend that you read this article about how to halve recipes in the Instant Pot. It really is helpful to understand pressure cooking in general. The way that I would halve this recipe is halve all the ingredients and keep the pressure cooking time the same. There should be enough liquid in the recipe for the pot to come to pressure even if you cut it in half.
How do I keep pasta from clumping in the Instant Pot? Some people have complained when they make noodles like spaghetti, fettuccine or linguine in the Instant Pot it clumps when cooked. There is a really good thread in the 365 Days of Instant Pot Recipes FB group about this. I like to break my pasta in half or thirds and fan it out or scatter it. You don’t want a big pile of pasta all facing the same direction. Then I pour my broth or water around the sides of the pot and I don’t stir. Sometimes it sticks a little but after it’s done I just stir it and it breaks up.
If you still have problems with clumping then you can use a different type of pasta. My favorite type of pasta to use in the Instant Pot is the curly cavatappi noodles. They don’t clump at all. I buy them in the bulk section at Winco for 99 cents a pound. They are also available at Smith’s (Kroger), the Private Selection brand.
Can I make this recipe in the slow cooker? I wouldn’t recommend it. Pasta has mixed results in the slow cooker. A better bet would be to make this on the stove.
Try these other Cajun Instant Pot recipes…
Instant Pot Cajun Sausage, Potatoes and Green Beans–one of the most popular recipes on 365 Days!
Instant Pot Cajun Sausage and Shrimp Pasta–a recipe with amazing flavor that rivals anything you could order at a restaurant.
Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice–a saucy stew to serve over rice. And the rice can be cooked at the same time and in the same pot as the red beans!
What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.Print
Pasta with chunks of chicken, bites of andouille sausage, bell peppers, creamy sauce and cajun seasoning.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 pound chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
- 2–3 tsp cajun seasoning, divided
- 1 pound spaghetti noodles, uncooked (you can also use penne, cavatappi, bowties, etc)
- 3 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 1 (12 oz) package pre-cooked cajun andouille sausage, sliced into quarter inch slices
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin slices
- 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, cut into thin slices
- Parmesan cheese, for topping
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the olive oil and swirl it around. Then add in the onion. Saute for about 3-4 minutes. Then add in the garlic and saute for 20 seconds. Turn off the instant Pot.
- Stir in the chicken chunks and 1 teaspoon of the cajun seasoning. Stir to coat the chicken in the seasoning.
- Add in the pasta noodles. You can use many different kinds. If you use a spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine noodles then you’ll want to break the noodles in half and lay them in a criss cross pattern so they don’t all clump together. Pour the broth over the noodles, trying to submerge as much as possible. Sprinkle the rest of the cajun seasoning on top (see note). Then lay the sausage in an even layer of the top of the pasta. Plop the cream cheese on top of the sausage (no need to break it up, just leave it in a brick).
- Cover your Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual or pressure cook button to 3 minutes (for spaghetti) or 4 minutes (for other types of noodles). When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove lid.
- Stir the cream cheese into the pasta. Stir in the peppers. Cover the pot and just let it sit for 5 more minutes to let the peppers soften up a bit. Add in more seasoning, if needed.
- Scoop onto serving plates and top with parmesan cheese if desired.
I used 2 tsp of cajun seasoning. You can use more if you want a little more kick.
This recipe makes a lot! You can easily halve the recipe. Halve all the ingredients and keep the pressure cooking time the same.
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Cajun
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