This Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta is made with dried ranch seasoning and is a lighter version of most crack chicken recipes, swapping in sour cream and turkey bacon for higher fat ingredients like cream cheese.
I’m back with another pasta recipe, and it’s definitely a drool worthy one!
This Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta is a delectable cheat day favourite made just a little bit lighter thanks to sour cream and turkey bacon as opposed to the usual cream cheese and pork bacon. If you’d like to make it even healthier, I would suggest adding in some extra veggies such as broccoli or red peppers to really take this pasta over the top and turn it into a healthier weeknight dinner.
I do really love pasta for that purpose: you get your meat, veggies and grains all in one serving and nothing can compare in terms of yummy sauces for pasta.
In this case, I’ve used a ranch seasoning packet to get a little bit of extra flavour into this Instant Pot Chicken Ranch Pasta, and added in some fresh parsley for extra nutrition and natural flavour.
Fresh herbs and spices are always my go-to in making recipes healthier, and if you’re trying to watch your sodium levels you may want to reduce the ranch seasoning packet to half but it depends on how healthy you really want to go here.
The way I see it, pasta is already kind of a cheat night anyway LOL!
How to Make Crack Chicken
So what makes this “crack chicken”?
Well, crack chicken is typically a fully-loaded pub style chicken dish that is coated in a delicious creamy sauce usually made possible by a combo of cream cheese and cheddar. I’ve keep the cheddar in for this Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta, but I’ve swapped in sour cream as a lighter alternative to the cream cheese in order to save calories.
You could technically also try light cream cheese if you really want that tangy texture. Bring that together with the smokey bacon and green onions and you’ve got one addicting chicken dish (aka crack chicken!)
Silly name for it, I know, but boy is it ever good!
I kinda compare the toppings in this crack chicken pasta to a fully loaded baked potato, especially when you add in the green onions. There’s something about this pasta that reminds you of restaurant food but it’s also kind of kitschy and fun.
And I feel like it’s a definite hit with kids and adults alike making it the ideal weeknight dinner idea when you’re running behind schedule.
I can’t tell you how many times I actually make pasta in the Instant Pot for my weekly meal prep too! It’s a great way to whip something up quickly and easily without requiring much hands on cooking time.
Got a busy weekend and feeling behind for the work week?
No problem, because Instant Pot pasta is easy, you can use whatever veggies you already have on hand at home, and raw chicken and grains cook up in a flash.
If you’re looking to save even more calories and make this Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta even lighter, you could also omit the cheddar cheese and save it for garnishing in the end. I found I actually saved half of all my toppings for the end so I could make prettier bowls as I was plating.
After all, you tend to eat with your eyes first so it’s all about the garnishes – this way you can control how much of them you’re getting at once.
Will you be making this Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta?
You’re going to love this reinvented crack chicken recipe!
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The Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 is the version I use in this recipe.
Grab some Glass meal prep bowls if you plan on packing this pasta up for lunch!
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium-sized boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 packet dry ranch seasoning
- 3 cups water
- 1 lb scoobi doo pasta (or macaroni)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 12 slices turkey bacon
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced
- Add olive oil, chicken, garlic, ranch seasoning, water and pasta to Instant Pot in that order. Cook for 3 minutes on high pressure then do a quick release of the pressure.
- While pasta is cooking, cook the turkey bacon in a skillet. Open the lid when safe to do so and stir in sour cream, half of the green onions, parsley, turkey bacon and cheese.
- Serve in bowls, garnishing with remaining half of green onions. Serve and enjoy!