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Instant Pot Chicken and Bacon Carbonara

I crave the chicken carbonara at Olive Garden and I wanted to create an easier recipe that could made at home to save money.  This Instant Pot Chicken and Bacon Carbonara tastes great and is an easy dinner recipe! #instantpotchicken #easyrecipe
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Chicken and Bacon Carbonara
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Pressurizing & Natural Release Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 1284kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life


  • Instant Pot
  • Mincer
  • Grater


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 - 4 chicken breasts cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 6 - 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled


  • Toss the chicken pieces in flour.
  • In the Instant Pot, turn on the saute setting, add the butter and vegetable oil.  When the fats are hot add the garlic and floured chicken to the pot.
  • Cook the chicken.  If necessary cook in batches adding more butter and oil as needed.
  • Return cooked chicken to the Instant Pot.  Top the chicken with pasta and then pour the broth over the pasta.  Be sure to add the liquid last!  
  • Lock the lid in place and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. When the timer sounds, let natural release for 8 minutes.
  • Stir the contents of the pot, then add the cream, Parmesan, peas and bacon.  Garnish pasta with bacon and Parmesan if desired.


  • Chicken can be cooked in batches, but I prefer to use chicken that covers the bottom of the Instant Pot in one layer.  Cooking in batches takes more time and I like to make it quick!
  • Using a jar of minced garlic can save time, but fresh garlic works well too.
  • Follow all food safety guidelines and let ingredients get closer to room temperature to speed up cooking time
  • Frozen peas and dairy products should be added AFTER the pressure cooking is done.  Adding peas, whipping cream and cheese to a hot mixture will cook them almost immediately.
  • Use the natural release for at least 8 minutes to help keep the chicken tender.  Using the quick release can make meat tough.
  • Return the lid to the pressure cooker and leave on keep warm for up to 30 minutes until you are ready to enjoy!  
  • All cooking appliances and conditions are different, so you should test these times and guidelines first in your own appliance to determine what adjustments may be needed!


Calories: 1284kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 83g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 339mg | Sodium: 1321mg | Potassium: 1452mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1772IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 321mg | Iron: 3mg