Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is a favorite weeknight meal for my family. The sauce is rich and flavorful. The chicken is so juicy and tender. A fast and delicious meal that makes everyone happy.
The beauty of this Chicken Cacciatore is that the prep time is speedy and in just a matter of minutes you have a delicious meal! Stop wasting money and calories on fast food and make your own delicious meal.
This is one recipe from the family archives. My Mom made a similar recipe when I was a child. To be honest, I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now. Not sure why I was not completely attracted to this dish! I know, I treat food as a relationship. I haven’t sought therapy yet. The family thinks I am nuts!
Chicken Cacciatore, always a family favorite!
Cooking helps me relax. Chicken Cacciatore reminds me of being a young girl in the kitchen with my Mom. She made this for us all the time with a big bowl of pasta.
Now my Mom rarely used a pressure cooker. They were not in the same safety zone as today’s kitchen tools and Instant Pots! My Grandma did and let me tell you, it did not always go well.
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
I wish my Granny could see today’s Instant Pots and Pressure Cookers, they have come a long way with safety and ease of use.
I am taking my families delicious Chicken Cacciatore Recipe and making it in the Instant Pot.
Super easy, super delicious, super quick.
This will become a weeknight rescue meal for you! Cooking for 1, 2, 3, 4, or like me 6+? This is an “I’m in a bind and I need real food, real fast recipe.”
There are a lot of ingredients in this cacciatore. However, it is really an easy dish that once you have cut your veggies and seasoned your meat, the vessel does the work and you can enjoy a glass of wine.
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore FAQs:
What’s the origin of Chicken Cacciatore?
Chicken Cacciatore has Italian roots! Cacciatore means “hunter style”, which includes poultry, onions, tomatoes, vinegar or wine, and herbs.
Can you freeze Chicken Cacciatore?
Yes, make a double batch and freeze chicken to eat another day. Place chicken in freezer bags and keep in the freezer until ready to eat. This is a great meal to add to your make-ahead meal plans.
Can I make this meal ahead of time and reheat?
Feel free to make the recipe early. Reheat in the oven at 325 for 15 minutes. Make Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore and store the insert with the cooked chicken in the fridge.
What sides can be served with Chicken Cacciatore?
- mashed cauliflower low-carb, gluten-free
- spaghetti squash – low-carb, gluten-free
- riced cauliflower – low-carb, gluten-free
- zoodles- low carb, gluten-free, use a combo of green and yellow zucchini for nice color contrast.
Can I make this on the stovetop?
Absolutely. If you do not have an Instant Pot or want to make it in a saute pan, the instructions for stovetop are included in the recipe.
What are the best cuts of poultry a good chicken cacciatore recipe?
I use bone-in chicken breasts and drumsticks and the skin removed to reduce fat. If you prefer, leave on the skin on the chicken. You can use chicken thighs as well.
Can any other vegetables be included in making Chicken Cacciatore?
Absolutely, feel free to add your favorite veggies. Some veggies to use: carrots, celery, zucchini, and cauliflower would be great additions to this recipe. Also, any color pepper can be used in the sauce.
Pro tips for making the best Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore?
- Cut your veggies before beginning to cook so everything is ready to add to the pot.
- Don’t forget to season and brown the chicken. This adds flavor to the chicken and sauce.
- Use pieces of chicken that are approximately the same size so they cook evenly.
- Your chicken pieces should be at 165 degrees when cooked through.
- When adding the balsamic vinegar and wine to the pot, use a wooden spoon to brush up any brown bits. This adds flavor but also prevents the “burning” message on the Instant Pot.
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How To Make Chicken Cacciatore( Instant Pot):
- Set Pot to saute, spray with non-stick spray. Add chicken to brown, remove and set aside.
- Saute onions and mushrooms about 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic.
- Stir in red peppers and mushrooms. Saute for about 2-3minutes to soften veggies.
- * Add the wine and vinegar to the Instant Pot. Use a wooden spoon to get up any brown bits off the bottom of the insert. Simmer for 5 minutes to reduce liquids.
- Stir in the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, without juice, tomato paste, basil, oregano, parsley, and black pepper, 2-3 minutes. Then add back in chicken and olives.
- Cover the Instant pot with the Lid. Set to high pressure for 20 minutes.
- Natural release for 5 minutes. Turn the valve to open to release the remaining steam.
- In step 3, reducing the liquids allows the flavors to blend into the chicken pieces for flavor.
Some other meals you may enjoy:
- Low-Carb Chicken Piccata: one of my most popular recipes made with almond flour.
- Instant Pot Pork Ragu: A hearty red sauce made with pork over pappardelle noodles.
- Chicken Mole: A recipe with some spice that is perfect over Spanish rice, riced cauliflower or roasted spaghetti squash.
- One Pot Herb and Garlic Chicken Pasta: A delicious one-pot chicken and pasta meal.
- One Pot Chicken Chicken and Vegetable Pasta: A one-pot pasta meal that is full of flavor and veggies for everyone to love.
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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Seasoning for Chicken
Chicken Cacciatore Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, peeled, diced
- 1 large red pepper, seeded and sliced thin
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced thin
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup white wine I use a Pinot Grigio
- 1/2 cup fat-free chicken stock
- 14 1/2 ounce can of diced tomatoes fire roasted tomatoes are preferred
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Parmesan cheese, garnish optional
- fresh basil or parsley for garnish optional
Season the Chicken Pieces
- Combine the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt. Season the chicken with the seasoning. Set Aside.
- Set the Instant Pot to Saute, add the olive oil. Add in the chicken pieces to brown all sides, about 6 minutes. Once the chicken is brown, remove and set aside.
- If needed, add another tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the onions, saute for a minute. Stir in the red pepper and mushrooms. Saute about another 2 minutes to soften the veggies. Add in the garlic.
- Add in the balsamic vinegar and white wine. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown drippings in the bottom of the Instant Pot. (This brings flavor but also helps prevent the burn code on the Instant Pot).
- Combine in the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Kalamata olives, bay leaf, Italian Seasoning, and dried parsley. Stir ingredients. Add back in the chicken pieces.
- Press Cancel on the Instant Pot. Place lid on Instant Pot, lock and turn the steam valve to close. Select pressure cooking, High, 10 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off, let it natural release for about 5 minutes. Then quick release valve. Consult manufacturers instructions if needed for operating your Instant Pot. Discard bay leaf.
- Serve the Chicken Cacciatore with your favorite sides. Low-carb choices spaghetti squash, zoodles, mashed cauliflower. Other choices are mashed potatoes or your favorite pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and fresh basil or parsley for garnish.
- Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation. Actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes.