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Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is a great recipe to serve on Fat Tuesday!

Not only do you get all the Cajun flavors that are commonly found in New Orleans, but you get to splurge one last time by eating pasta on Fat Tuesday.

instant pot mardi gras chicken
Cajun Chicken served with creamy pasta and made entirely in the Instant Pot.

As much as I love Instant Pot Gumbo and Jambalaya, I never feel like I am eating a huge cheat meal for our Mardi Gras celebration.

So instead, I prefer eat a pasta dish filled with Cajun seasoned chicken and tossed in a flavorful, creamy sauce.

And what better way to make it than in my Instant Pot 6 quart Duo?

Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

This recipe is extremely easy to make, and is ready to eat in under 30 minutes.

slice chicken
Slice your chicken into thin strips before browning them in the Instant Pot.

The first step is to slice your chicken breasts into thin strips. This is necessary because you will be cooking your chicken at the same time as your pasta.

Next, using your favorite Cajun Seasoning, like Slap Ya Mama, coat the chicken breasts. We prefer to do this in a resealable plastic bag.

Just dump the chicken and seasoning in, and toss and rub to coat each piece of chicken.

instant pot HOT
Wait until the Instant Pot display reads HOT before adding the butter.

Then turn your Instant Pot on the saute mode. Once the display reads HOT, add the butter. Once the butter is melted, brown your Cajun chicken pieces.

When all sides are browned, remove the chicken from the pot, and saute the onions.

Next, add the stock and seasonings to the pot. It is important that you deglaze the bottom by scraping up any browned bits that stuck.

saute onions
After you have browned the chicken, saute the onions.

Then add the chicken back in, along with the sun-dried tomatoes and pasta.


You want the pasta at the top of the mixture. If you stir it in, it is likely to cause the BURN notice.

Simply put the pasta on top in a criss-cross pattern and lightly pat it down so that the majority of the pasta is just under the liquid.

Now it is time to cook your Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta!

instant pot cajun chicken pasta
Arrange the pasta in a criss-cross, scattered formation for best cooking results.

Cooking Instructions

Lock the lid in place and move the valve to the SEALING position.

Pressure Cook/Manual on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. Remember, just like all Instant Pot recipes, Cajun Chicken Pasta will require additional time to come to pressure before the cooking timer will begin.

Once the cook time is up, slowly and carefully move the valve to the VENTING position to release the pressure.

When the pin drops, remove the lid. Next, place the Instant Pot on the SAUTE mode and stir in the heavy whipping cream.

cooked instant pot cajun chicken pasta
One the cook time is up, release the pressure and stir in the heavy cream.

Stir constantly until the desired thickness has been reached and then push CANCEL.

Serve immediately and top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

There you go! Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe perfect for Fat Tuesday or any time a comfort meal is needed!

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Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

instant pot mardi gras chicken

Cajun seasoned chicken and pasta coated in a creamy pasta sauce that is perfect for any day of the week!


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips
  • 4 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 3 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound linguine
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Place chicken and Cajun seasoning in resealable plastic bag and toss to coat.
  2. Turn the Instant Pot on Saute Mode. Once the display reads HOT, add the butter. When the butter melts brown the chicken on all sides. Remove the chicken and slice into thin strips.
  3. Add the onion to the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  4. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Stir in the salt, pepper, basil and chicken stock. Continue to saute just until you deglaze the bottom of the pot by removing any stuck bits. Turn off Instant Pot by pressing Cancel.
  6. Put the chicken back into pot along with the sun-dried tomatoes. Place Pasta on top and do not stir. Press the pasta down into the liquid as much as possible.
  7. Pressure cook for 5 minutes. Once the time expires, slowly move the valve to the venting position to release the steam.
  8. Remove the lid, and place the Instant Pot on the Saute mode and stir in the heavy whipping cream. Stir constantly until the desired thickness has been reached.
  9. Serve immediately and garnish with Parmesan cheese.


Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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