Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta (Gluten-Free)

This Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta comes together quickly in the pressure cooker and is packed with veggies, chicken, and creamy cajun flavor! It’s gluten-free and an easy weeknight cajun pasta recipe everybody will love!

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta In BowlsInstant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Sometimes you just want some creamy, pasta comfort food! Am I right? I simply cannot get enough of this dish! We’ve tested this cajun chicken pasta recipe multiple times now to get the pasta cooked just right in the pressure cooker, and every time this recipe has been a huge hit.

It’s an easy recipe to make, and makes enough for a crowd and/or leftovers!

Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta in Instant Pot

Just look at all that goodness! Creamy with a little kick! If  you’ve been wanting to make pasta in the Instant Pot, today is your day. We use gluten-free pasta, so we’ve made sure it won’t get mushy on you, but you can use any pasta you’d like! They all may cook slightly different, do keep in mind!

Can you cook pasta in an instant pot?

Absolutely yes!!!

How long do you cook pasta in the instant pot?

It really depends on your type of pasta! We’ve tested this gluten-free pasta multiple times to get the time right, and found the magic number here.

What is the best Cajun seasoning?

I love to make my own! My blend includes garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, and more! See below!

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe in Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta (Gluten-Free)

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta In Bowls
  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Ingredients

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Cajun Seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (for less heat lower or omit)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper

Pasta:

  • 2 tablespoons butter or avocado oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 112 ounce package gluten-free pasta
  • 21/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup good quality avocado oil mayo

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine Cajun-seasoning ingredients.
  2. Using the sauté function, add in garlic, onions, and peppers and sauté for 5-7 minutes until beginning to soften.
  3. Add in chicken and half of cajun spice mixture cook for 5-7 minutes until chicken is mostly cooked through.
  4. Shut off the pressure cooker then add pasta and broth and set on high pressure for 3 minutes.
  5. Once finished, use the quick release function.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together mayo and remaining cajun seasoning.
  7. Add cajun mayo and baby spinach to the pot and toss well to combine, making sure not to overmix to avoid pasta breaking apart.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

If you’re using regular pasta, you may need to cook for an additional 1-3 minutes.

To make without the Instant Pot:

Cook Pasta

Make chicken as directed in steps 1-4 in a skillet over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through.

Mix together mayo and remaining seasoning.

Drain pasta and combine with mayo mixture and chicken.

Note: Recipe updated on 10/17/18 to change the amount of liquid used to cook the pasta based off of feedback from commenters.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 283
  • Sugar: 3.2g
  • Sodium: 758mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Cholesterol: 81mg

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27 comments
February 5, 2018

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27 Responses

  1. This was very good! I used the same pasta she links to in the recipe. However, when I opened my IP there was a ton of water in the bottom still. All the food was cooked, so I just removed the food with a slotted spoon, but I wasn’t sure if that much water was supposed to be left behind?
    Really easy to make. Less than 15 minutes. I had previously cut my veggies and chicken on Sunday so it was just easy to throw into the IP.

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  2. Made this last night and it was so yummy! I made a few substitution based on what I had in my pantry. Instead of the mayo, I used plain yogurt. The paprika I have is smoked paprika, which added a nice smokey flavor. The pasta I used was farfalle (bowties) and I cooked it for 8 minutes on Low pressure. Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. Yum, what a great meal! Love the kick and creaminess, without the guilt. Love it even more that I can make it in the IP ?

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  4. I had a lot of water at the bottom after cooking, like another commenter above. I used a 12 oz package of gluten-free pasta. Maybe it wasn’t enough to soak up all the water? Next time I would probably use the stovetop directions. Otherwise tastes good.

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  5. I also bought the same pasta brand, but it did leave liquid as well. I wonder what i did wrong? First time doing pasta in the InstantPot. I just drained it and still mixed with sauce and it was great!

    4.0 rating

  6. How would I do this with frozen chicken? Supposing I forgot to take it out and defrost it. Hypothetically speaking of course lol

  7. I made this (using the new liquid to pasta ratio Lexi updated this post to include) and it was amazing and the perfect consistency. I actually omitted the peppers (because instacart forgot them), so can’t wait to try again with the peppers included!

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  8. Delicious! I did 1.5 lbs of chicken breast and 1 pack of regular noodles 17.6 OZ from Costco. I upped the chicken broth to 2 cups and used vegan Mayo due to egg allergies. Also used frozen kale bec didn’t have spinach. Delicious!

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  9. This pasta is super tasty & easy to make! Not to mention the fact that it has veggies in it – that’s a win in my book!

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