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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore sounds fancy but it is really an easy meal to prepare. The instant pot makes it super fast and the chicken is tender and flavorful with lots of bell peppers, tomatoes and more.

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Dinner time can be a little hectic but fast meals like this Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore really take the stress out of feeding a family.

Toss everything into the pressure cooker and in less than 30 minutes, dinner is ready for your family to enjoy. Check out more quick and easy instant pot recipes.

If you prefer you can also make Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe.

What is Chicken Cacciatore?

This Classic Italian dish is loaded with flavor. Cacciatore means to have your chicken hunter style which is cooked in a tomato based sauce. The chicken is so tender and the tomato sauce is loaded with veggies for amazing flavor.

Serve it all over pasta or rice for a simple meal idea your family will absolutely love.


Chicken Cacciatore ingredients - chicken thighs, salt and pepper, olive oil, onion, bell peppers, garlic, mushrooms, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, dried oregano, dried basil, black olives, capers, fresh parsley
  • Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Bell Peppers (any color)
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Chicken Broth
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Basil
  • Black Olives
  • Capers (optional)
  • Fresh Parsley

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Variations Ideas

  • Chicken – We used chicken thighs in this recipe, but you can also use chicken breasts.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to add or change seasoning to what you prefer. You can add in ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes or black pepper for extra flavor of spice. Fresh herbs are a great options such as thyme, cloves garlic, or fresh basil.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and black pepper.
Placing chicken thighs in the instant pot

Step 2 – Turn the Instant Pot to saute function and heat the olive oil. Add the chicken thighs, skin-side down, and brown for about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to plate and set aside.

Placing the peppers, onions and mushrooms in the instant pot

Step 3 – In the pot, add the bell peppers and onion, sautéing until softened (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and mushrooms, cooking for an additional 2 minutes.

Pouring sauce and seasoning in the instant pot

Step 4 – Stir in the crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, oregano, and basil.

Topping the sauce with cooked chicken in the instant pot

Step 5 – Return the chicken to the pot. Seal the lid and set the Instant Pot to ‘Manual’ or high pressure for 10 minutes to pressure cook.

  • Step 6 – After cooking, allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, followed by a quick release.
  • Step 7 – Open the lid, add black olives and capers (if using). If the sauce is too thin, simmer using ‘Sauté’ until it thickens.
  • Step 8 – Garnish with parsley before serving.

Recipe Tips

  • Cooking Chicken – Brown the chicken thighs on the sauté option in the pressure cooker to brown the outside. Then remove to continue cooking the veggies tender. You can serve the chicken whole or shred it.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary based on your instant pot and size of chicken. We recommend using a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is cooked through.
Close up image of cooked chicken cacciatore in the instant pot

Serving Suggestions

This chicken cacciatore is delicious served with your favorite pasta or over white rice. We have even made zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for a low-carb option.

When serving with spaghetti or fettuccini noodles, we like to make our homemade breadsticks to make sure we every last drop of the sauce.

Chicken cacciatore on a plate with spaghetti noodles

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Thicken Sauce

If you need a thicker sauce, you can add in a cornstarch slurry to the tomato sauce mixture. This can be made with 2 tbsp of cornstarch and water combined together in a bowl. You may add a can of tomato paste to help thicken the sauce.

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The leftovers will last about 4 days and taste even better the next day. The tomato sauce marinates into the chicken leaving the chicken tender and juicy.

How to Reheat

Reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop depending on how much you have leftover.

More Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

5 from 2 votes
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore sounds fancy but it is really an easy meal to prepare. The instant pot makes it super fast and the chicken is so flavorful.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Italian
Course Main Course
Calories 495


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  • Place everything in the Instant pot except the parsley. Add the lid and set the valve to sealing.
  • Set the pressure to 25 minutes.
  • Do a quick release.
  • shred the chicken into big chunks.
  • Serve over 16 oz angel hair pasta. and you can top with parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 495kcal, Carbohydrates 15g, Protein 36g, Fat 33g, Saturated Fat 9g, Cholesterol 189mg, Sodium 727mg, Potassium 994mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 8g, Vitamin A 782IU, Vitamin C 34mg, Calcium 68mg, Iron 4mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    Yes, I used frozen when I made this recipe but you can use fresh too just reduce the cook time by 1 hour on low.

  2. John says:

    Did you use frozen chicken?