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Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is an easy dinner made with chicken breasts, shell pasta and bacon in a creamy ranch dressing sauce. An easy one pot chicken dinner the whole family will love!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
pressure time 10 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 305kcal
Author Dee
Cost $10


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut up - about 1 ½ pounds
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onions
  • 1 16-ounce box medium shell pasta, uncooked
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 5 slices cooked crispy bacon, crumbled
  • 3 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  • chopped parsley, if desired


  • Hit SAUTE on the pressure cooker, and when it reads HOT, add oil, then add chicken, add sea salt, garlic powder, pepper, and minced onion, and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently
    chicken in instant pot
  • Hit CANCEL, and make sure no chicken is sticking to bottom of pot. Add a little bit of water to deglaze pot if necessary
  • Pour pasta shells over chicken, and pour water over shells. Press shells down lightly stir to make sure pasta is covered with water
    pasta in instant pot with water
  • Turn valve to sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes
  • When pot beeps, do a gradual quick release, and remove lid when pin drops
  • Stir in ranch dressing and chopped bacon pieces, then stir in cheese until melted and well combined. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and additional chopped bacon, if desired, and serve
    pasta with chicken, bacon and ranch dressing in instant pot


Recipe was made in both 8-quart Instant Pot and 6 quart without changing amounts or cook time.
I use Barilla Pasta Shells and homemade ranch dressing.
If using a different shape pasta, cook it for half the time stated on the box.
Flavor may vary with type of ranch used. If using a thick dressing, you may need to add a little milk or cream if sauce is too thick.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 777mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 1mg