This flavourful Instant Pot buttery lemon chicken pasta is well worth making. It’s a dish including pasta with zucchini and squash as well as chicken. The taste is both light and hearty and there are many ways to tweak the recipe, adding your own personal touches. This Instant Pot pasta dinner with chicken, zucchini, squash and parmesan will become a family favourite.
Are you looking for a quick dinner idea? This pasta with colourful zucchini and yellow squash is made in minutes with an Instant Pot. Pasta with chicken and veggies never tasted so good!
Pasta with chicken and vegetables makes a delicious supper and you’ll find this Instant Pot pasta dinner simple to prepare. Along with the chicken, zucchini, squash and parmesan, you’ll need noodles, broth and seasonings.
I like to use cavatappi pasta noodles in my Instant Pot buttery lemon chicken pasta. These are spirally, short, ridged noodles which pair especially well with sauces including light, lean proteins and veggies.
Cavatappi is actually the Italian word for ‘corkscrew’ and you’ll find this type of pasta is perfect for the sauce to cling to. Feel free to sub any shape of pasta noodle you have in the pantry though.
Parmesan, chicken breast and chicken broth also go into this Instant Pot pasta dinner, along with butter. Lemon, garlic and red pepper flakes add flavour. As for the vegetables, making this pasta with zucchini and squash works perfectly. Feel free to sub anything else you want such as mushrooms, eggplant or even something like spinach.
How to Make Instant Pot Buttery Lemon Chicken Pasta
Are you ready to make an Instant Pot pasta dinner with chicken, zucchini, squash and parmesan? Let’s take a look at how to make this savoury and satisfying dish.
The first thing to do is put the pasta and broth in your Instant Pot with some lemon juice, then pressure cook for a few minutes. Season the chicken then cook that in oil in the Instant Pot using the saute setting. Add the butter and other flavourings then season the veggies and add those too.
The last step is to add the noodles and parmesan. Pasta with chicken and vegetables is wonderful garnished with fresh parsley if you have it.
Possible Tweaks and Variations
There are several ways to make this Instant Pot zucchini chicken pasta your own. First of all, you might like to use other vegetables instead of making this pasta with zucchini and squash. Another option is to try another type of pasta, such as penne, fusilli or rigatoni.
You could also sub turkey for the chicken since it’s so similar both flavour- and texture-wise. Another kind of cheese would work. Want to use vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth? That would be fine. Finally, using lime or even orange in place of the lime, would add a different twist to the Instant Pot pasta dinner.
What to Serve with It
Considering this chicken, zucchini, squash and parmesan recipe includes a protein, vegetables and noodles, it’s pretty much a meal-in-one.
However, if you did want to serve something on the side to make it even more filling, try a simple green salad. Else warm up some garlic bread if you don’t mind the additional carbs!
Are Squash and Zucchini the Same Thing?
The word ‘squash’ refers to squash plants which can be broken down into summer squash and winter squash. Zucchini is a type of squash. Despite zucchini and squash tasting very similar, they do look different, at least on the outside. Yellow squash is obviously yellow while zucchini ranges from medium to dark green. You could use one or the other in this pasta with chicken and vegetables dish if you have a clear preference or you only happen to have one kind of squash in the refrigerator. This easy Instant Pot zucchini recipe is a tasty meal that everyone will love.
How to Store Leftovers
Instant Pot buttery lemon chicken pasta leftovers are unlikely but they do keep for a while. Transfer any leftovers into an airtight container within 2 hours of serving, refrigerate them and use within 3 or 4 days.
A plastic container with a lid is fine or you could use a Ziploc bag instead as long as you squeeze out the excess air. Reheat this Instant Pot pasta dinner in the microwave, on the stove or in a warm oven.
Instant Pot Buttery Lemon Chicken Pasta with Zucchini and Squash Recipe
Instant Pot Buttery Lemon Chicken Pasta with Zucchini and Squash
- 1 Pound pasta cavatappi
- 2 Cups chicken broth
- 1 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 Pound chicken tenderloins cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil divided
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
- 2 squash yellow, chopped
- 2 zucchini chopped
- 3 Cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 Cup unsalted butter
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 Pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 Teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 Cup Parmesan grated
- parsley optional garnish
- Add noodles, broth, and 1 tbsp lemon juice to the instant pot. Seal and set to manual high pressure. Cook for 4 minutes then allow natural release for 5. Quick release remaining steam and set noodles aside.
- Set instant pot to sauté.
- Add chicken to a mixing bowl and toss with ½ tbsp olive oil, salt, lemon zest, and black pepper.
- Add remaining olive oil and chicken to the instant pot and cook for 5 minutes, turning frequently.
- Add the butter to the instant pot with the chicken.
- Cut squash and zucchini into ½” pieces. Add to a mixing bowl and combine with lemon juice, red pepper, onion powder, and minced garlic.
- Add the squash and zucchini to the instant pot and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes to soften.
- Turn off the instant pot. Stir in the parmesan and noodles.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
This Instant Pot chicken and zucchini pasta dish would be great for a cozy weeknight supper. You can switch up some of the ingredients if you want or just make the pasta with chicken and vegetables as the recipe stands. It’s hearty, warming and really tasty.
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