Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore made in an Instant Pot produces tender, juicy, fall-apart chicken. This recipe is easy, simple and rustic Italian comfort food at its best.

With the Instant Pot, you get a plate of Chicken Cacciatore in just about 40 minutes compared to a bake cacciatore in under 1.5 hours.

Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared “hunter-style” with onions, herbs, usually tomatoes, often bell peppers, and sometimes wine.

There are many versions of how cacciatore is prepared in Italy.

In southern Italy, cacciatore is typically made with red wine, while in northern Italy, they use white wines.

In the north chicken is the main source of protein for the recipe, whereas in southern Italy, salami replaces chicken as the primary source of protein.


Read More Here About The Delightful Differences between Northern and Southern Italian Cuisine


Cacciatore is one of the most universal, classic, yet customizable dishes. Italy even has a national food day for the recipe, Oct.15th.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

1 tablespoon olive oil 

1/2 medium onion chopped

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 (28 fluid ounce) can fire roasted crushed tomatoes with juices

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 red bell pepper chopped

1 large carrot sliced

6 cloves garlic minced

Leaves from 4 sprigs fresh thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tablespoon fresh basil sliced thin

1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped

Add the olive oil and onion to your Instant Pot. Sauté for 3 minutes.

Add the chicken to the Instant Pot and cook for 2 minutes/side.

Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, red pepper, carrot, garlic, thyme, and oregano. Close the lid and set the valve on “sealing”.

Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes (it’ll take 10-15 minutes for it to get up to pressure). 

Once the countdown has finished, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. You can then manually release the rest of the pressure.

Season with salt & pepper and stir in the olives, basil, and parsley.


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