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.
Prep 10 Minutes
Total Time 45 Minutes
Servings 6

Ingredient List

  • 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 oz) Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 packet (.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)

Serve with, if desired

  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Crushed tortilla chips
  • Sour cream
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Spray 6-quart Instant Pot® insert with cooking spray. Mix soup, broth, tomatoes, chiles and taco seasoning mix in insert.
  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.
  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.
  4. Top with remaining ingredients.

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.


  • 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;  1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;  3 1/2 Very Lean Meat;  1 High-Fat Meat;  2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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