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Instant Pot Chicken with Penne in Tomato Sauce

I love unique Instant Pot recipe ideas where I get out of my comfort zone. This Instant Pot Chicken with Penne in Tomato Sauce is one of the best.


  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 sachet dry italian dressing
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 10 grape tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cup dry penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Water
  • 1 stainless steel inner pot


  1. In smaller inner pot, add dry pasta, olive oil and enough water to cover pasta plus about ¼ inch over the top. Stir to mix well.
  2. Sprinkle italian dressing over chicken pieces
  3. Place chicken into pot.
  4. Mix about 1 cup water with crushed tomatoes. Pour over chicken.
  5. Put inner pot on top of chicken. Cover and lock lid.
  6. Set pot to cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Quick release.
  7. Remove inner pot with pasta and chicken from pot, leaving liquid in pot.
  8. Set pot to sauté mode. Bring liquid to boil to make sauce
  9. Add pasta to sauce. Mix well. 

  10. Shred chicken by hand or with hand mixer (it really works).

  11. Combine sauce with chicken.

  12. Slice grape tomatoes in half or quarters and mix into sauce.

  13. Serve.