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Rigatoni and Chicken in Tomato Cream Sauce Instant Pot Recipe

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Rigatoni

This easy pasta recipe in the Instant Pot has so much flavor and will become a go to for your family!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Rigatoni
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


  • 1/2 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 1 pound chicken cut into bite size pieces
  • 24 oz marinara sauce keep jar to fill half way with water
  • 2 bell peppers cut into large pieces
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional


  1. Heat Instant Pot to Saute. Add olive oil. Once pot says HOT, add chicken. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and then let cook till brown on one side, about 2-3 minutes. Stir and make sure no chicken pieces are sticking to the bottom. Hit cancel.
  2. Add peppers and onions on top of the chicken. Add pasta. Add marinara sauce and then fill jar halfway and add water, about 1 cup. Push any noodles that are above the sauce into it.

  3. Put lid on the Instant Pot and turn to sealed. Use the manual function and change the timer to 5 minutes. Let cook. Once finished, do a quick release then add the half and half and parmesan cheese. Stir to distribute. Add additional seasonings to taste. Add basil and serve.

Recipe Notes

I recommend using rigatoni for this recipe. If you substitute a different noodle, you may need to adjust amounts and cook time.