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Cajun Chicken Pasta Chili's Copycat Instant Pot Chicken

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A creamy Cajun chicken pasta that is a Copycat Chili's Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe. Skip dining out and stay in with this Instant Pot chicken pasta for dinner tonight.

And, while you're at it, you might want to try our Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Chicken and pasta are always welcome in my home. I love how tender and flavorful this chicken is paired with the Cajun alfredo sauce. I used Instant Pot chicken breasts but you can swap with instant pot boneless chicken thighs.

Another fabulous chicken and pasta recipe is our Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta.

Main Ingredients

  • Penne Pasta
  • Boneless Chicken
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Butter
  • Lemon
  • Half and half
  • Spices
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese

How to Make

Pasta | The first step is cooking the pasta in the Instant Pot as directed below. I used a rigatoni pasta, but any smaller style pasta can be substituted.

Season and Cook |You will want to season up your chicken and then sear in the Instant Pot as directed in the recipe card.

Sauce | Once you are ready to cook you will want to then work on the lemon cream sauce. Once it is all ready add your pasta, stir and then serve up the incredible Cajun pasta dish.

Kitchen Supplies for Cajun Chicken Pasta Chili's Recipe

  • Skillet | If you decide to cook the chicken in on the stovetop in a skillet while the pasta is cooking in your Instant Pot, a cast iron skillet is best.
  • Cajun seasoning | Be sure to order Cajun seasoning online unless you have a specialty spice store near you. It can be difficult to find in a store.
  • Nonstick inner pot | We prefer to use a nonstick inner pot when cooking most of the time. As you can see in the photos, we didn't use a nonstick inner pot when cooking this meal. A nonstick inner pot makes both cleaning and deglazing the pan easier.
  • Colander | These collapsible colanders are a life-saver. We use colanders nearly every day. If you have a smaller kitchen, collapsible colanders are a huge space-saver.
Cajun Chicken Pasta Chili's recipe bite on fork

Storing Cajun Pasta Leftovers

If you have leftovers, just store in an airtight container in the fridge. This recipe reheats really nice so that it is great for using for lunches or an easy dinner later in the week.

You will find that the sauce thickens as it cools in the fridge. If you want you can add a bit more of the half and half when you go to reheat it. This is a great way to thin up the sauce if you feel you need it.

Does This Cajun Chicken Pasta Chili's Recipe Freeze Well

Unfortunately due to the creamy white sauce, you will find it doesn't thaw well once it has been frozen. It will curdle a bit and become off on the texture.

I recommend not freezing the leftovers you have, as it will not work that great.

Interested in More Pasta Recipes

  • Philly Cheesesteak Pasta | Here is a wonderful recipe that is loaded with Philly cheesesteak pasta is one of my favorites. Green peppers, onions, and more.
  • Chicken Alfredo Pasta | Here is the classic alfredo pasta you know and love. This is one of my favorite ways to cook this pasta dish.
  • Spaghetti | If you are a fan of spaghetti consider making your own in the pressure cooker tonight. A quick and easy method that is loaded with flavor.


Yield: 6 servings

Cajun Chicken Pasta Chilis Copycat Instant Pot Chicken

Cajun Chicken Pasta Chilis Copycat Instant Pot Chicken

Cajun Chicken Pasta copycat Chili's recipe is a delicious chicken dinner recipe with just the right amount of spicy flavor.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  1. Add the penne pasta in the Instant Pot and cover the noodles with water. Close and seal the lid, making sure the pressure valve is sealed.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  3. When the cooking time finishes, do a quick pressure release, and then carefully open up the Instant Pot.
  4. Drain the noodles in a colander, and then place in a separate bowl and set aside. You can toss the noodles with a tablespoon of olive oil to prevent sticking.


  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and add 4 tablespoons of oil.
  2. Slice the chicken into strips and then season with Cajun seasoning and slice your chicken into strips and sauté (or cook whole, then slice later). Cook until the inside of your chicken reaches 165°. 


  1. With the Instant Pot on sauté mode, add in butter, half-and-half, lemon zest,
    pepper, salt, and garlic powder to the Instant
    Pot. Stir and sauté until it starts to bubble.
  2. Add pasta to the sauce in the pot and stir.
  3. Transfer pasta to plates or a serving dish and top with chicken, diced tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese.


Alternatively, you can cook the chicken in the skillet while the pasta is cooking in the Instant Pot. Season your chicken with the Cajun seasoning.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 506Total Fat 36gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 162mgSodium 1143mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 36g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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