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Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan is a breaded chicken breast sitting on top of perfectly cooked pasta smothered in red pasta sauce. The chicken is moist, juicy and tender. This 30 minute dinner will be a weeknight favorite!!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time21 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: chicken, chicken parmesan, instant pot, Instant pot chicken, instant pot chicken parmesan, instant pot parmesan, IP, parmesan
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Karli Bitner


Chicken Breast & Breading Ingredients

  • 2 small/medium chicken breasts or 1 large
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese in the green can!
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp butter

Pasta Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 lb linguine pasta broken into thirds
  • 24 oz jar red pasta sauce divided
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese divided


Chicken Breading and Browning

  • Pound Chicken breasts until, at the most, 1 inch thick. I like to pound the chicken with my rolling pin in a large zip top bag.
  • Add the egg into the baggie. Smush around the egg and chicken until it is completely covered.
  • In a second zip top bag, add the flour, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, basil and garlic powder.
  • Transfer the chicken from the egg baggie to the breading baggie. 
  • Zip the top and shake to cover the chicken in the breading.
  • Heat the butter in a frying pan on the stove top*. Brown each side of the chicken breast until crispy and golden. Set aside.

Adding Ingredients to the Instant Pot

  • Add the chicken broth, minced onion and garlic powder to the liner of the Instant Pot. 
  • Break the linguine in thirds before adding to the Instant Pot. Add in varying directions spread around the liner.
  • Pour half of the red pasta sauce gently on top of the pasta to create a little 'bed' for the chicken to sit in.
  • Add the chicken to the pot. Set it on the pasta sauce.
  • Pour the remaining pasta sauce over the chicken.
  • Cook on Manual HIGH for 6 minutes. Allow for a 6 minute NPR before releasing the pressure manually.
  • Carefully remove the chicken. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese and let rest.
  • Stir the pasta in the Instant Pot. If there are some clumps, stirring will break them apart easily.
  • Add in the parmesan and remaining mozzarella cheese until it has melted into the sauce.
  • Slice the chicken and serve the chicken on top of the pasta.


**NOTE: Several readers have reported issues with the BURN notice. I have tested this recipe multiple times and have never gotten this notice. This notice can come on if the red pasta sauce is mixed with the chicken broth or settles at the bottom of the pot. If you would rather, cook the pasta and chicken in the Instant Pot with the seasonings and 3 cups of chicken broth then add in the red pasta sauce afterwards.**


Serving: 1g | Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1968mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g