The BEST Instant Pot Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Ready in under 30 minutes, this delicious Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo recipe has become part of our monthly meal rotation! I’ve even got the “skinny” on how to lighten it up!

Instant Pot filled with creamy chicken fettuccine alfredo

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Happy New Year! 

Like many of you, I tend to look over my past year and try to see how I can improve. Whether it’s be more patient, focus more on physical health, or, and this tends to apply every year, eat out less.

You would think as a food blogger I am always in my kitchen making meals, but it’s so not true. I mean, a family can’t live on Rice Krispie Treats alone!

If you have found yourself this year with a new Instant Pot and are wondering what to make first, I highly suggest today’s Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo recipe!

Why I love this recipe?

Instant Pot with bowl of creamy Chicken Alfredo and parsley garnish

Making alfredo is already a simple dinner. For instance, this Sausage Alfredo is ready in under 30 minutes. So why choose the instant pot?

Well, for one, less mess. The pasta, chicken and sauce all cook in ONE pot. Makes clean up so easy.

Second, this doubles easily, and if you have the 8qt Instant Pot you can feed a crowd!

Bowl of creamy chicken alfredo on a plaid napkin with fork

How to make Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

First, set your Pressure Cooker on your counter and plug it in. Find a safe spot that when you release the pressure, you have clearance above. I’ve accidentally put mine right under a light fixture. And while nothing was broken, the glass fixture needed to be washed, haha!

Next, layer your ingredients in the order specified. This makes a difference. Start by adding your chicken broth, then heavy whipping cream, and fresh pressed garlic.

Do not stir. Next, break your fettuccine noodles in half. This helps them fit in the pressure cooker. Place them in your milk and broth mixture gently, moving around slightly until they are covered completely.

Top with 1 lb fresh chicken breast (or frozen actually works with this recipe too). Lay over the top (they don’t need to be covered with liquid. 

Secure your lid and make sure your vent is turned to pressure (each version is different so check your manual to make sure you understand how to prep your Instant Pot for cooking).

Set your Instant Pot for “Manual” for 8 minutes. Allow it to come to pressure, then the timer will count down the 8 minutes.

Once the 8 minutes are done, allow it to “NATURALLY” release (meaning don’t touch it) for an additional 8 minutes. Once that time is up, do a QUICK RELEASE.

Open carefully (away from your face so the steam doesn’t burn you)! Remove the chicken (to shred it, or slice it). Then add the parmesan cheese. I use freshly shredded parmesan (not the green can stuff). Stir your noodles with the cheese, then add back your chicken. Salt and pepper, generously, to taste.

Allow it to sit for about 1 or 2 minutes to thicken if needed. This gives you enough time to call everyone to the table. ENJOY.

SKINNY Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo with tongs

How to make SKINNY chicken alfredo

{You can find the printable SKINNY version below the regular recipe, scroll all the way to the bottom for this}

Okay, in an effort to honor some of your efforts to eat healthier, you may be wondering, yeah, this is great comfort food, but how can I cut the calories?

One of two ways you can do this. Either substitute the heavy whipping cream with evaporated milk OR skim (fat free) milk and corn starch.

Just note though, here are the changes to the recipe is making it skinny:

Increase chicken broth to 2 1/2 cups, and the milk will be 1 cup (whether you use evaporated milk or skim milk).

Decrease parmesan cheese to 1/2 cup.

For the instructions, do NOT add the milk when it says to add the heavy cream. Instead, once it’s done, slowly add the milk when you add the parmesan cheese. Turn the Instant Pot setting to saute, and stir until cheese is melted and sauce has thickened. NOTE: sauce will thicken significantly once it begins to cool, so waiting several minutes is so helpful!

Creamy chicken alfredo noodles on a fork

A few helpful notes on making Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

  • This recipe can easily be doubled without changing the cook time.
  • You can also choose to skip the chicken altogether and make this vegetarian by using vegetable broth. 
  • Leftovers are great, reheat with a splash of milk in the microwave.
  • Some people LOVE their fettuccine alfredo thick and creamy. You can add in some cubes of cream cheese if this is you. My husband would freak if I did this, as he is a purist, haha!
  • If you’d like your noodles a little more al dente, you can cut back the cook time by 2 minutes. But, I would first saute the chicken for two minutes then, to make sure it’s fully cooked. You can do this by setting your Instant Pot to saute, sear the chicken for two minutes, remove, then follow the directions as written, except cut your cooking time by 2 minutes. 
  • Love to add garlic to everything? This recipe calls for about 1 tsp of fresh minced, but feel free to add to your liking.

Bowl of fettuccine alfredo topped with chicken and parsley. Served on a plaid napkin and a fork

Want more Instant Pot Recipes?

Well, good news. I’ve got some great recipes up my sleeve for the New Year, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, how about starting with the basics. Like this recipe for Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs. The simple 5-5-5 method for making perfect Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs. You’ll be amazed at how easily they peel, and how creamy and delicious they taste!

No more all day cooking to make a batch of fresh applesauce. This homemade Instant Pot applesauce recipe is ready for dinner tonight!

Looking for a delicious, easy weeknight dinner idea? This Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe is the perfect comfort food, and ready in under 30 minutes! Tastes just like mom’s homemade stuffed peppers, only easier and quicker!

Tender roasted, French Dip Sandwiches cooked in the Instant Pot. Piled on a crusty french roll with extra cheese, this flavorful dinner is then dipped in au jus!

Tell me…what Instant Pot recipes would YOU like to see?

The BEST Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo recipe with a skinny version too! #pressurecooker #dinner #30minutemeals

More quick and easy Meal ideas

If you’re looking for CHICKEN dinners…this Mandarin Chicken Pasta Spinach Salad recipe is amazing. And the teriyaki vinaigrette is so flavorful and addictive. Try it!

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Blackened Salmon Pasta has a cheesy garlic sauce with cherry tomatoes and fresh spinach! Serve over pasta for a restaurant quality meal in under 30 minutes!

Creamy, Sausage Alfredo Pasta is a quick and versatile dinner recipe that is on the table in under 30 minutes!

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Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ready in under 30 minutes, this delicious Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo recipe has become part of our monthly meal rotation! I've even got the "skinny" on how to lighten it up!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp pressed garlic (several cloves)
  • 1/2 lb fettuccini noodles, broken in half
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. First, set your Pressure Cooker on your counter and plug it in. Find a safe spot that when you release the pressure, you have clearance above.
  2. Next, layer your ingredients in the order specified. This makes a difference. Start by adding your chicken broth, then heavy whipping cream, and fresh pressed garlic.
  3. Do not stir. Next, break your fettuccine noodles in half. This helps them fit in the pressure cooker. Place them in your milk and broth mixture gently, moving around slightly until they are covered completely.
  4. Top with 1 lb fresh chicken breast (or frozen actually works with this recipe too). Lay over the top (they don't need to be covered with liquid. 
  5. Secure your lid and make sure your vent is turned to pressure (each version is different so check your manual to make sure you understand how to prep your Instant Pot for cooking).
  6. Set your Instant Pot for "Manual" for 8 minutes. Allow it to come to pressure, then the timer will count down the 8 minutes.
  7. Once the 8 minutes are done, allow it to "NATURALLY" release (meaning don't touch it) for an additional 8 minutes. Once that time is up, do a QUICK RELEASE.
  8. Open carefully (away from your face so the steam doesn't burn you)! Remove the chicken (to shred it, or slice it). Then add the parmesan cheese. I use freshly shredded parmesan (not the green can stuff). Stir your noodles with the cheese, then add back your chicken. Salt and pepper, generously, to taste.
  9. Allow it to sit for about 1 or 2 minutes to thicken if needed.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491 Total Fat: 29g Saturated Fat: 17g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 147mg Sodium: 655mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Protein: 34g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.
Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Skinny Chicken Alfredo

Instant Pot Skinny Chicken Alfredo
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Delicious under 30 minute meal idea. Instant Pot Skinny Chicken Alfredo recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp pressed garlic (several cloves)
  • 1/2 lb fettuccini noodles, broken in half
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. First, set your Pressure Cooker on your counter and plug it in. Find a safe spot that when you release the pressure, you have clearance above.
  2. Next, layer your ingredients in the order specified. This makes a difference. Start by adding your chicken broth, then fresh pressed garlic.
  3. Do not stir. Next, break your fettuccine noodles in half. This helps them fit in the pressure cooker. Place them in your broth mixture gently, moving around slightly until they are covered completely.
  4. Top with 1 lb fresh chicken breast (or frozen actually works with this recipe too). Lay over the top (they don't need to be covered with liquid. 
  5. Secure your lid and make sure your vent is turned to pressure (each version is different so check your manual to make sure you understand how to prep your Instant Pot for cooking).
  6. Set your Instant Pot for "Manual" for 8 minutes. Allow it to come to pressure, then the timer will count down the 8 minutes.
  7. Once the 8 minutes are done, allow it to "NATURALLY" release (meaning don't touch it) for an additional 8 minutes. Once that time is up, do a QUICK RELEASE.
  8. Open carefully (away from your face so the steam doesn't burn you)! Remove the chicken (to shred it, or slice it).
  9. Turn your Instant Pot to SAUTE and slowly add the evaporated milk and parmesan cheese. I use freshly shredded parmesan (not the green can stuff). Stir your noodles with the cheese and milk, then add back your chicken. Salt and pepper, generously, to taste. Stir until mixture thickens slightly
  10. Allow it to sit for about 3-4 minutes to thicken if needed.

Notes

Instead of evaporated milk, you can use 1 cup fat free milk whisked with 3 Tbsp corn starch. Add this to the instant pot when the recipe calls for the milk.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 86mg Sodium: 687mg Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g Protein: 33g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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58 comments on “The BEST Instant Pot Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe”

  1. Jillian

    Such a great recipe, I love that you included a skinny recipe, too! 

  2. Alli

    I love that there is both regular and skinny recipes for this. Alfredo is my weakness and using the instant Pot makes it so much better. 

  3. Thank you for sharing! This is what’s for dinner tonight! 

  4. lauren

    I am making this again this weekend!

  5. Becky Hardin

    Oh!!! I am thinking dinner tonight! 

  6. Jocelyn

    I love that you shared a lightened up version for this awesome dinner!!!

  7. DEBRA A JEAN

    When writing recipes such as this one, there are many different instant pots and some have a manual button and some do not. The ones who do not have that button, need to use Pressure Cook. You should consider stating that in your recipes.

  8. Marshen

     I got an instant pot nova plus for Christmas. Every recipe we have tried so far triggers the “burn“ error on the machine! What can we do? We were thinking that maybe we should just add more liquid to every recipe? The same thing happened with your easy chicken Alfredo recipe.

  9. Jennifer

    Could you substitute angel hair pasta for fettuccini noodles? If so how would that adjust any cooking times?

  10. Kathleen Larson

    I do not have one of these Instant hot pots. How would I cook this?

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  15. Misty

    I have double this recipe without changing the cooking time, would I need to change the cooking time if I want to quadruple the recipe? Making it for the office staff and need to feed more.

  16. Kelly

    I’m newer to the Instant Pot revolution (got it for Christmas). Made this recipe tonight and it was amazing, so thank you!! However, after I did the natural release (actually did it for 12 minutes because I got busy with something else) I did the quick release and the heavy cream went everywhere!! I had the drip cup attached but it overflowed because there was so much. Luckily, I had my silicone pot holder handy to put over it to keep it from spewing on the cabinets but it ran all down the pot and onto the countertops. Any idea what I did wrong and how to keep it from happening again? 

  17. Lauren

    How much longer would you adjust the time for frozen chicken breasts? Thanks! I’m excited to try the recipe 🙂

  18. Mary

    If fat free milk is used how much cornstarch for thickening?

  19. DiAnn

    Omg, this is so good! My family loved it!

  20. Hannah

    My kids really love rotini Noodles, do you think that could be substituted for the fettuccine Noodles? 

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  22. I”m a new IP owner/user, this was my third meal I fixed. I adjusted the time to 14 minutes since I doubled the recipe for my family of 6 and used frozen chicken breasts. So, something went wrong…I went out to do chores and when I came back the “burn” signal was on. So, I turned it off, quick release, and the chicken was still raw on the bottom, so I set it for 8 minutes It came out really well. There were several noodles stuck on the bottom, but the crew liked it! I will be making this again!

  23. Courtney Kennard

    Do I double the recipe if using an 8qt or is your recipe for an 8 qrt??

  24. Renee

    This recipe was fantastic! I doubled the recipe but only had two cups heavy cream so I added 1 cup whole milk. Added a generous dollop of minced garlic and a 1/4 cup of bacon crumbles (not the fake stuff) turned out so great! Thank you so much! I am new to the instant pot but your directions were clear and not confusing. Will make it again!

  25. Katie

    I too had the “burn” come on. I may try to add less noodles next time but I barely used what it called for. I was so bummed as I tried to reset it like some said and it still did the “burn”. That was lunch today and here I sit tonight with noodles still soaking trying to get them off the bottoms of my new IP. Chicken also was raw underneath so I had to dump the entire meal. So disappointed as I wanted this recipe to work! 

  26. Kristen

    I love this recipe and make it ALL of the time. I recently found some chicken tortellini. Do you think this would be ok to substitute the tortellini and do no chicken? Thanks for any info. 

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  28. Rebecca

    I tried this tonight in my yedi brand pressure cooker which is pretty much identical to the instapot. It was delicious but when I went to release the vent liquid sprayed out the top. Is that normal or what can I do to prevent that? 

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  37. Rebecca

    I made this recipe and used half and half to cut down on the fat/calories. When I opened up my pot my dairy product had curdled and my noodles were stuck together and not done. Any advice? I want to try this recipe again, but I don’t want to mess it up again.

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  42. Beth

    Has anyone tried using zucchini noodles in place of the actual pasta?  This recipe works for a ketogenic way of eating,  except for the pasta.  Not sure about cooking times with the “zoodles.”  Any ideas from anyone on this simple change?

  43. Fabio

    My Italian grandmother called me from the grave.
    She is coming out to look for you and that abomination.

    Pasta Alfredo is something that can be defined as “Italian”in your American dreams, and the best way to cook pasta in a pressure cooker is by throwing the damn pressure cooker out the window, put water in a pot (good news: you can add salt whenever you like), wait for it to boil and then add pasta.
    The sauce (not Alfredo, not with chicken) should be prepared in a SEPARATE pot, and the two should meet only before marriage (think an Indian arranged marriage).

    Ah, and fettuccine (not fettuccini, what the BEEP is fettuccini) should NOT be broken in half. Unless you want to meet my grandfather as well, who died 16 years before my grandmother.

    To sum it all up, visit the local McDonald’s.
    It’s better.

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