Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Hearty Chicken Cacciatore Recipe made in the Instant Pot for an easy weeknight dinner. Packed with flavor from tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken, and herbs!

Hearty Chicken Cacciatore Recipe made in the Instant Pot for an easy weeknight dinner. Packed with flavor from tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken, and herbs!

I don’t have memories of eating Chicken Cacciatore growing up, but I do recall ordering this dish in a restaurant while in college.

I love mushrooms, and I went through a period of time where I would order any and everything that had mushrooms. Chicken Cacciatore fit that description.

You may be asking, what IS chicken cacciatore?

It’s a traditional Italian dish made with meat, tomatoes, herbs, and vegetables. Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian, and this dinner represents a hunter stew.

You’ll love how this comfort food is now an easy Instant Pot recipe!

How to Make Chicken Cacciatore in the Instant Pot

Hearty Chicken Cacciatore Recipe made in the Instant Pot for an easy weeknight dinner. Packed with flavor from tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken, and herbs!

STEP 1. Sear the Chicken.

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the instant pot and select “SAUTE.” Add the boneless chicken thighs to the pot and cook for about 2 minutes per side.

To deglaze the pot, add the can of crushed tomatoes to the instant pot and using a wooden spoon scrape the bits of chicken from the bottom of the pan.

STEP 2. Pressure Cook.

Add onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, green peppers, mushrooms, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to the instant pot.

Secure the lid and turn the pressure valve to SEALING.

Select “HIGH PRESSURE” and a cook time of 12 minutes.

Allow to naturally release pressure for ten minutes, then do a quick release.

STEP 3. Serve.

Open the lid of the Instant Pot and stir. 

Add chopped parsley and basil and serve over noodles. ENJOY.

Hearty Chicken Cacciatore Recipe made in the Instant Pot for an easy weeknight dinner. Packed with flavor from tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken, and herbs!

What to serve with Chicken Cacciatore

Can Chicken Cacciatore be made in the Slow Cooker

Absolutely.

Combine all the ingredients in the bottom of a large slow cooker. Stir and cover.

Cook on low heat for 6 hours.

Serve with chopped parsley and basil over egg noodles. ENJOY.

Hearty Chicken Cacciatore Recipe made in the Instant Pot for an easy weeknight dinner. Packed with flavor from tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken, and herbs!

Tips for Making Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

  • This recipe was made using a 6qt Instant Pot. Prep time does not include time it takes to come to pressure (about 12 minutes).
  • I prefer using boneless skinless chicken thighs, but you can use chicken breasts without changing the cook time. I find the thighs have more flavor and moisture.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can use the saute feature and make a slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken when the cook time ends. 

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Yield: 8 servings

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes

Hearty Chicken Cacciatore Recipe made in the Instant Pot for an easy weeknight dinner. Packed with flavor from tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken, and herbs!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms (any variety)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the instant pot and select "SAUTE." Add the boneless chicken thighs to the pot and cook for about 2 minutes per side.
  2. To deglaze the pot, add the can of crushed tomatoes to the instant pot and using a wooden spoon scrape the bits of chicken from the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add onion, green pepper, mushrooms, salt, pepper, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and Italian seasoning to the instant pot.
  4. Secure the lid and turn the pressure valve to SEALING.
  5. Select "HIGH PRESSURE" and a cook time of 12 minutes.
  6. Allow to naturally release pressure for ten minutes, then do a quick release.
  7. Open the lid of the Instant Pot and stir. 
  8. Add chopped parsley and basil and serve over noodles. ENJOY.

Notes

  • This recipe was made using a 6qt Instant Pot. Prep time does not include time it takes to come to pressure (about 12 minutes).
  • I prefer using boneless skinless chicken thighs, but you can use chicken breasts without changing the cook time. I find the thighs have more flavor and moisture.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can use the saute feature and make a slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken when the cook time ends. 

Hearty Chicken Cacciatore Recipe made in the Instant Pot for an easy weeknight dinner. Packed with flavor from tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken, and herbs!

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2 comments on “Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore”

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  2. Anonymous

    Do you leave the garlic whole?

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