Instant Pot™ King Ranch Chicken Pasta

This cheesy Tex-Mex chicken pasta dinner is high on flavor and low on effort. Just stir it all together in the Instant Pot™, and you’ll have dinner in no time.
  • Total Time 45 Minutes
  • Prep Time 10 Minutes
  • Main Ingredient Chicken
  • Servings 6
  • Ingredients 9


  • 1 can (18 oz) Progresso™ creamy mushroom soup
  • 2 1/4 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
  • 1 package (0.85 oz) Old El Paso™ chicken taco seasoning mix
  • 1 package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 12 oz uncooked penne pasta (3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, crushed tortilla chips and sour cream, as desired


Step 1 Spray 6-quart Instant Pot™ insert with cooking spray. Mix soup, broth, tomatoes, chiles and taco seasoning mix in insert.

Step 2 Stir in chicken and pasta. Secure lid; set pressure valve to SEALING. Select MANUAL; cook on high pressure 7 minutes. Select CANCEL. Set pressure valve to VENTING to quick-release pressure.

Step 3 Immediately stir mixture 1 to 2 minutes or until pasta is completely separated. Pasta will appear to be stuck together but will separate while stirring. Stir in cheese. Let stand 5 minutes.

Step 4 Top with remaining ingredients.


1 Serving: Calories 600 (Calories from Fat 190); Total Fat 22g (Saturated Fat 9g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 130mg; Sodium 1380mg; Potassium 260mg; Total Carbohydrate 62g (Dietary Fiber 3g; Sugars 6g); Protein 39g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 25%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 30%; Iron 20% Exchanges: 2 1/2 Starch, 0 Fruit, 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate, 0 Skim Milk, 0 Low-Fat Milk, 0 Milk, 0 Vegetable, 31/2 Very Lean Meat, 0 Lean Meat, 1 High-Fat Meat, 2 Fat

Expert Tips

Like it hot? Serve with Mexican hot sauce or chopped pickled jalapeños.

Chicken thighs stay moist and tender in the Instant Pot™, making them a better choice than chicken breasts for this recipe.