Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Mac And Cheese #Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Mac and cheese.It’s one of everyone’s favorite comfort foods. While many kids do love mac and cheese, the same cannot always be said for vegetables like broccoli. I can’t think of a better place to hide broccoli than in some creamy mac and cheese. And since we’re tossing a vegetable in, why not throw in some chicken too. Now we have a hearty, filling comfort food that is sure to please everyone – Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Mac And Cheese. There’s no need to heat up the house by using the stove or oven. This dish is made in an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. The chicken and the broccoli are both hidden beneath the thick, rich, creamy cheese sauce. The dish was a big hit. Everyone found it so filling that there were plenty of leftovers for the next day, which you can easily reheat with a pat of butter or a splash of milk. Here’s how I make it.

Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Macaroni And Cheese

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  • 1 lb ground chicken breast
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4.5 cups chicken broth
  • 10 oz Velveeta cheese
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup french onion sour cream dip (I use Heluva Good. You could use regular sour cream but I like that this one adds to the flavor of the dish.)
  • 3 tsp onion powder (divided into 1 tsp and 2 tsp)
  • 3 tsp garlic powder (divided into 1 tsp and 2 tsp)
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning (divided into 1 tsp and 2 tsp)
  • olive oil

Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen


Cover the bottom of the Instant Pot with a thin layer of olive oil.

Set Instant Pot to saute and brown the ground chicken, adding in 1 tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp of garlic powder and 1 tsp of Italian seasoning.

Once the chicken is cooked and turning white, add the elbow macaroni, chicken broth, 2 tsp onion powder, 2 tsp garlic powder, and 2 tsp Italian seasoning to the Instant Pot.

Make sure the noodles are covered by the broth as best as possible.

Add the broccoli to the Instant Pot.

Set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure and cook for 8 minutes.

When the Instant Pot has finished cooking, do a quick pressure release.

Add the Velveeta cheese, shredded cheddar cheese and french onion sour cream dip into the Instant Pot.

Set Instant Pot to saute and cook until the cheeses and sour cream are blended thoroughly.

Serve immediately.

Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen


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  1. Oh yum! You are on a roll with the awesome instant pot recipes over there. I love it, you are going to keep my family fed this winter 🙂

  2. I like Mac and Cheese too. By adding Chicken and Broccoli, you made it a much fuller meal and also a lot healthier. Definitely, a good way to hide veggies from kids.

  3. We got an instant pot last year and I love it. It’s so quick and easy and it taste so good. I can’t wait to try this recipe because I have not found a good mac & cheese recipe yet. This one looks perfect.

  4. Taking mac and cheese to another level is always fun. Even the kids usually enjoy spicing up an old family favorite. Anything to get them to eat some veggies.

  5. This sounds like something my family would like. We like macaroni and cheese with broccoli so adding chicken would make it a full meal.

  6. This looks like the perfect meal for a bunch of hungry teens. Some nights I need an easy, economical and delicious meal in a snap…this looks like it might just work!

  7. This is definitely a lovely a better way to serve mac and cheese to the kids because of the added broccoli. I think using the instant pot is so much better since it’s easier to cook and you just put everything in the pot and leave it! So convenient!

  8. Mac and cheese–a table staple I served every Friday when my husband’s brother and son visited years ago–lots better than boxed and lots easier than scratch.

  9. I just recently discovered Instant Pot mac-and-cheese and I am obsessed – so good! It’s not too thick like regular mac and cheese and my kids absolutely love the taste. So much easier than even using the boxed mac and cheese yet so much yummier!

  10. I love how you added broccoli and chicken in the basic mac and cheese recipe. That would make the dish more delicious. I usually add bacon or ham with our mac and cheese. I will try your version too.

  11. This broccoli mac cheese recipe is definitely easy to prepare and can be done quickly. I am sure kids/children and teenagers will love this.

  12. I decided to get an electric pressure cooker instead of an Instant Pot and now I regret that decision. I’m planning to get one and am saving recipes for when I buy one. Yours is going to be at the top of the list because mac n cheese dishes are a fave here.

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