Looking for a delicious easy dinner that’s one pot and not fuss? 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. All the flavors of a traditional Chicken Parmesan made easily in the Instant Pot.

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 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 an Instant Pot or any electric pressure cooker for that matter simply means to help get the caramelized solids off of the bottom of a pot. Let me show you how easy it is.

By adding broth to the pot and using a wooden spoon or spatula and scraping the bottom any stuck bits will easily lift off. This is important so you do not get the “Burn” notice when pressure cooking.

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.

Microwave:

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

Stove:

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.

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!)

What Pasta is Best for Chicken Parm Pasta?

I like to use Penne as shown, but truly make what you love. A Bowtie Pasta is always fun as are spiral noodles. There is no wrong pasta.

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.  

Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Can I make Homemade Marina Sauce?

Although this recipe uses a jarred marinara sauce don’t hesitate to make a homemade Marinara Sauce. In the time it takes to get everything ready your sauce will be ready too! Marinara sauce is perfect over pasta but it’s also delicious to dip your Easy French Bread or Breadsticks into.

What to serve with Chicken Parm Pasta

Chicken Parmesan Pasta is truly a one pot meal, but that doesn’t mean you can add some delicious Oven Roasted Broccoli or Roasted Green Beans on the side. I know I love eating vegetables, it’s an acquired tasted I’ve learned to love.

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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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