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Mediterranean Instant Pot Chicken Dinner

This Instant Pot Chicken dinner is full of mediterranean flavors. It has all the vibes. Including marinara sauce and rigatoni. All cooked right in the pot.

This easy weeknight chicken dinner ready in under an hour with almost no work. I really love the ‘no work part’ of about instant pot cooking.

I can have a dinner idea, rummage through my pantry and freezer, and put together a fast delicious meal in no time.

My Crock pot Mediterranean Chicken Recipe  is an ENTIRELY different recipe from this concoction.

Go check that out if you find chicken sausage in your freezer and quinoa in your cupboard when you rummage around.

This Instant Pot Mediterranean Pasta Chicken goes into the same yummy Italian direction with chicken breasts and pasta. It’s so good!

Instant Pot Mediterranean Penne Chicken
Mediterranean Instant Pot Chicken is tender, moist and full of yummy Mediterranean flavor all the way through.

I recently bought the newer version of my 6 quart instant pot for my oldest daughter and asked her to review it for me. She is totally sold on it. I also bought her the tempered glass lid which her and I both LOVE.

Instant Pot Mediterranean Pasta Chicken
Instant Pot Mediterranean Pasta Chicken

Instant Pot Chicken Recipe:

The thing about cooking chicken breasts in a sauce under pressure is it turns out full of flavor and juicy. The pasta is made right in the instant pot.

PRO TIP: Use a thicker pasta like rigatoni for instant pot cooking.

It’s so easy to make a meal like this. Everything is done in one pot.

After the chicken is finished just add the pasta and set the Instant pot to manual for five more minutes. Done!

Instant Pot Mediterranean Pasta Chicken
Instant Pot Mediterranean Pasta Chicken

Store leftovers in the fridge right in the instant pot if you have the glass lid. I love that!

This recipe gave Dave and I leftovers for several days. Every day the flavor gets better and better. As the noodles continue  to suck up the sauce the flavors intensify. Yum!

Use Easy homemade Marinara sauce or store bought sauce as you prefer.

Instant Pot Mediterranean Chicken
Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Mediterranean Pasta Chicken

Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Instant Pot Mediterranean Pasta Chicken is an easy weeknight chicken dinner ready in under an hour with almost no work.Put together this fast delicious meal in no time.


  • 3 Large Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup chicken broth
  • 2 Cups Marinara Sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, with the juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped roasted peppers, jarred
  • 1/2 Cup Sun Dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Kalamata Olives
  • 9 oz. Penne pasta


  1. Put everything in the instant pot except the pasta. Seal the lid and set to manual high pressure for 12 minutes (25 minutes for frozen breasts). Natural release.
  2. Open the instant pot and Add the pasta. Reseal and set to manual for 5 minutes. Natural release for 5 minutes then quick release and serve.


I made this with frozen chicken breasts and it turned out great. But it will add extra time to the recipe. Also the pasta will absorb the liquid as it sits. So if the recipe is a bit saucy, uncover the pot and let it sit 10 minutes or so to absorb the flavorful sauce.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 281Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 54mgSodium 766mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 5gSugar 13gProtein 24g

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Instant Pot Mediterranean Pasta Chicken is an easy weeknight chicken dinner ready in under an hour with almost no work.


Saturday 19th of October 2019

Do you use low high or max pressure? Also, if you change from natural release to quick release or pulse release, how does this change the recipe?


Saturday 19th of October 2019

Hi Fareed, Thank you asking. Use manual high pressure for this recipe. The way you release the pressure has a big effect on the finished results. I would natural release to give the pasta time to fully cook and absorb the flavors in this meal. The chicken will also be more tender if you use natural release. I hope that helps. Have a great weekend!


Sunday 21st of October 2018

I’m interested in quite a few of your IP recipes, however I’m nervous about the cooking time. With both raw & fresh chicken, I’ve never cooked it longer than 12 minutes... well, correction. I have cooked it for 20 minutes once and it was dry and disgusting. Your chicken isn’t getting dried out and tough being in the IP 25+ minutes??


Sunday 21st of October 2018

Hi Michelle, You only cook the the chicken under pressure for 12 minutes UNLESS the breast are frozen. Frozen breast require the 25 minutes to get them completely and safely cooked. Hope that helps! Please let us know how this recipe turns out for you.Have a great day!

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