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Best Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Recipe with Marinara Sauce

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If you're looking for an Instant Pot chicken recipe, you'll want to try our tasty Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken with Marinara. This is a tender, juicy chicken recipe with a tomato-based marinara sauce that is full of flavor. Pair the chicken and sauce with pasta for a completely delicious meal, or you could even make a chicken parmesan sandwich on a ciabatta bun.

Our Chicken Parmesan Instant Pot recipe is a classic no-fail recipe you can try your hands at if you’ve got some chicken tenderloin or white chicken meat in your freezer. You could also make it with boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

If you are on the hunt for a simple yet delicious recipe to try out for dinner, a chicken spaghetti Instant Pot recipe is a great way to go.

Make this recipe right in your Instant Pot, which will save you a lot of cooking time. Have a different pressure cooker? This is also a Ninja Foodi chicken parmesan recipe.

Ready to go ahead and give it a try? Here’s what you need to know beforehand! 

Instant Pot chicken parmesan on white plate

Ingredients for Chicken Parm

  • olive oil
  • chicken (white meat or chicken thighs)
  • Nature’s Seasoning
  • garlic
  • homemade marinara sauce or storebought pasta sauce
  • fresh basil
  • fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

How Do I Keep this Easy Chicken Parmesan From Getting Soggy?

Does your chicken parmesan end up getting all soggy and soft instead of having that crispy crust and juicy inside you really want it to have?

You won't have to worry about that for this recipe, because this is not an Instant Pot breaded chicken recipe. Simply put, by not having the breading on the chicken, our recipe is one of the best low-carb Instant Pot chicken tenderloin recipes.

Most breaded chicken parmesan recipes have panko bread crumbs, eggs, and seasonings to make the breading. If you want to have to bread your chicken, you could make the chicken separately in your air fryer with breading on it.

You could also make a Parmesan breaded chicken Instant Pot meal with the Duo Crisp air fryer lid.

What Type of Pasta Should I Use with My IP Chicken Parmesan?

There are estimated to be 350 different types of pasta. Crazy, right? Now, we keep it simple when serving pressure cooker chicken parmesan, typically using a basic spaghetti noodle, and sometimes going for a fettuccine or linguine pasta for a thicker noodle.

Really, any type of pasta is delicious with our Instant Pot chicken marinara with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Can I Make and Freeze It?

The beauty of this Instant Pot chicken Parmesan is that you can actually make this in a big batch and freeze it for later. That way, you’ll just have to get it out of the refrigerator or freezer and reheat it for another delicious meal.

This is a great way to do freezer cooking. Make extra to put up for another meal or two, and save yourself time cooking on another day.

Remember to store it in an airtight container. If you decide to bread and air-fry the chicken, then you will need to store the chicken in a separate container than the sauce. Layer it between sheets of aluminum foil.

This chicken parmesan should stay good in your refrigerator for 3-4 days, and frozen chicken parmesan is good for up to 3 months. 

What Do I Do With Garlic Parmesan Chicken Leftovers?

If you went overboard and ended up making more than you needed, you can repurpose that chicken and use it in other ways.

  • chicken parmesan sandwiches on ciabatta buns
  • top baked potatoes with chicken parmesan
  • chicken parmesan pizza
  • chicken parmesan mac n cheese

See, there are so many ways to use leftovers of chicken parmesan beyond adding it to pasta with a few spoonfuls of marinara sauce.

Another cool idea is to turn it into a simple casserole!

Serving Ideas & Suggestions

Looking to turn this chicken parmesan dish into a complete meal? It’s super easy! All you need to do is pair it with any of these side dishes, and you’re set. 

  • A simple pasta 
  • Caesar salad 
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Garlic bread
  • A simple cucumber and onion salad 
  • Chilled zucchini noodle salad 
  • Stir fried broccoli
  • A veggie noodle dish
  • A green salad with ranch dressing
  • Steamed cauliflower salad 
  • Pan fried brussels sprouts

Steps to Making Chicken Marinara Instant Pot Recipe

First, saute the chicken on both sides. Then, remove the chicken and quickly deglaze the bottom of the pan. Add in the sauce and other ingredients except for the cheese.

Add the chicken back into the Instant Pot and cook for the time specified in the recipe card below.

When the pressure cooking time finishes, quick release and then add the cheese over the top of the chicken and let melt.

You've got yourself a quick dinner recipe ready in less than 30 minutes.

More Chicken Tenderloins Instant Pot Recipes & More

Big fan of this Instant Pot garlic parmesan chicken recipe but looking for even more chicken recipes? A few of our favorite chicken recipes include Instant Pot Butter Chicken, Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice, Chicken and Broccoli Pasta, and Instant Pot Jerk Chicken.

Chicken tenders Instant Pot recipes are abundant, and a great one to start with is our easy chicken parmesan pasta recipe.

chicken parmesan on white plate

Supplies Used to Make Chicken Parm

  • Cheese grater - Shred the Mozzarella cheese and grate the Parmesan cheese with this cheese grater.
  • Silicone tongs - You'll want to have a good set of kitchen tongs to saute the chicken and then remove it from the inner pot.
  • Non-stick inner pot - We like to use a non-stick inner pot to prevent food from sticking to the bottom of the pot and avoid burn notices.
  • Airtight freezer storage containers - We use these glass freezer containers all the time. They are also microwave and oven safe. For use in the oven, make sure to let thaw in the refrigerator and then put the glass dish in the oven when you turn the oven (instead of preheating first) because glass is coming from frozen to a hot temperature too fast can shatter.
  • Garlic press - Skip the mincing garlic step and use a garlic press. It works much faster!


Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan

chicken parmesan on white plate

This is an easy Instant Pot chicken parmesan pasta recipe. Serve it with pasta, on a sandwich, or all on its own. This is the best chicken parmesan recipe with no breading.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes



Best Chicken Parmesan Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 tablespoon Nature’s Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoon fresh minced basil, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


    1. Turn your Instant Pot onto sauté mode. Once hot, pour in your vegetable oil. Add the chicken to your pan. Lightly sauté on both sides. Remove and set aside.
    2. Add tomato sauce, garlic, and fresh basil to the inner pot.
    3. Add chicken back to the pot and it into the sauce.
    4. Set your Instant Pot on high pressure for 10 minutes. Once that time is done, do a quick pressure release by releasing the valve.
    5. Place mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese on top of the chicken, and top with the remaining basil. Put the lid back on your pressure cooker and keep it on the warm setting, allowing the cheese to melt for about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 618Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 196mgSodium 2000mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 64g

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