Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake is one of those winning recipes your whole family will love.

It’s a delicious combination of cheese, pasta, sauce, and chicken that pairs so well together you’ll wonder why you hadn’t tried it sooner.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Serving this parmesan pasta with a side of delicious green beans, a side salad or a nice loaf of garlic bread can help to give a filling meal that not only tastes great but is also frugal on the wallet.

Finding a frugal meal that is not only delicious and healthy but also easy to make is like winning the dinner lottery. You can switch out the noodles for high fiber or veggie-based for an even healthier alternative.

How many times do you to to the kitchen and think that you have the stuff on hand to make spaghetti, but you forgot to thaw ground beef?

I can’t be the only one who does this 30 minutes before dinner time right?

This chicken parmesan pasta recipe allows you to use frozen or thawed chicken, making it perfect for those nights when dinner sat on the back burner in your brain too long!

Chicken Parmesan Pasta

After enjoying your Italian flavored meal, it’ll be time for dessert. I personally believe that chocolate compliments a red pasta meal better than anything else because it’s subtle and doesn’t add to the acidity in your tummy.

It acts as a way to help round out the night, and what better way to do that after an easy meal than with an easy dessert like these chocolate cake mix cookies?

Make them in advance and grab a few after dinner as you get comfy on the couch and put your feet up for the night. 

What’s in Chicken Parmesan Pasta Recipe

  • 6 Frozen Chicken Tenders or 2 Chicken Breasts sliced into 3 pieces
  • 8oz Penne Pasta
  • 2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Onions
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 tsp fresh Basil
  • 1 Tb Butter or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese Freshly Grated
  • 1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese Grated
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
Chicken Parmesan Pasta Ingredients

How to make Chicken Parmesan Pasta Recipe

  • Heat your Pressure Cooker on Saute until it reads hot.
  • Add in the butter or olive oil.
  • Add in the diced onions and saute for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Deglaze your instant pot by adding in the chicken broth and scraping up any stuck bits off the bottom.
  • Add in the minced garlic, basil, and pepper.
  • Add your pasta and do not stir.
  • Pour the spaghetti sauce over the top.
  • Place frozen or thawed chicken tenders on top.
  • Set to Manual Pressure Cook for 6 minutes with a 4-minute Natural Release.
  • Remove the chicken tenders.
  • Add some grated parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese, then stir.
  • Add up to another 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce, if desired.
  • Garnish with fresh basil or parsley.

How to deglaze an Instant Pot

Deglazing a pot simply means to help get the caramelized solids off of the bottom of a pot.

By adding in broth and whisking until they’ve come up and dissolved into the liquid mixture. This is fairly easy and the process is the same whether you use an instant pot, large pot or saute pan.

How to reheat Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Reheating your chicken parm pasta is pretty easy and there are multiple ways in which you can do this.

Place it in the microwave for a minute, stir and repeat until heated through. This is probably the fastest way to reheat it.

Another option is to place it in a pot on the stove with 2 tablespoons of butter and stir constantly over medium heat until it’s warm.

The longest method is placing it in a baking dish and cooking it until it’s warm all of the ways through.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Is Chicken Parmesan Pasta Kid-friendly?

This dish is so kid-friendly that they’ll probably request to eat it often! This dish is a real winner with kids that love chicken, spaghetti, and cheese (which is a majority of the ones that I know!)

For further clarification, it is not kid-friendly in the making process, only the eating. Please don’t allow your child to operate an instant pot.

Is Chicken Parmesan Pasta Recipe Gluten-Free?

This recipe can easily be made gluten-free by choosing a gluten-free noodle variety.

If you choose a gluten-free noodle (such as rice noodle) it will be gluten-free. If you are GF due to an allergy, it is best to stick with brand names of products that you’re already comfortable with and double-checking ingredient labels for risks and warnings.  

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Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake is one of those winning recipes your whole family will love. It’s a delicious combination of cheese, pasta, sauce, and chicken that pairs so well together you’ll wonder why you hadn’t tried it sooner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Natural Pressure Release4 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 422kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 Frozen Chicken Tenders or 2 Chicken Breasts sliced into 3 pieces
  • 8 Oz Penne Pasta
  • 2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Onions
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese Freshly Grated
  • 1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese Grated
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper

Instructions

  • Heat Pressure Cooker on Saute until it reads hot.
  • Add Butter or Olive Oil
  • Add diced Onions and saute for 3-4 minutes
  • Deglaze Pot by adding Chicken Broth and scraping up any stuck bits off the bottom.
  • Add Minced Garlic, Basil and Pepper
  • Add Pasta and do not stir
  • Add Spaghetti Sauce on top
  • Place frozen or thawed Chicken Tender on top
  • Set to Manual Pressure Cook for 6 Minutes with a 4 minute Natural Release
  • Remove Chicken Tenders
  • Add Grated Parmesan Cheese and Mozzarella Cheese and stir.
  • Add up to 1/2 cup more Spaghetti Sauce if desired
  • Garnish with fresh basil or parsley

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1112mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 2mg
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