Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is the perfect dump and cook meal ready in about 30 minutes. Lots of tomato flavor and great served over pasta.

I love good poultry recipes that are easy to make during a busy weeknight. This delicious homemade dish is an easier and much quicker version of the Italian Classic. This Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce and Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken are always great options and on a rotation menu around here.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is such an impressive dish that it only takes minutes to put together. I perfected this recipe to the point that it’s foolproof. What I like most is that you basically dump all the ingredients into the Pressure Cooker and let it do its magic. For the perfect finish, I highly recommend broiling the chicken for a few minutes right before serving it. The sauce is perfectly sweet and tangy and delicious served on top of a bed of pasta.

What is Chicken Cacciatore?

Cacciatore is an Italian dish prepared “hunter-style” with onions, herbs, tomatoes, bell peppers can be added and sometimes wine. Cacciatore is usually made with chicken or rabbit.

What herbs do you need to make the Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore Recipe?

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Instructions:

If you don’t own a Pressure Cooker, or simply if you want to make this dish in the Slow Cooker, just follow the directions below.

      1. The ingredient list stays the same, except these two: use 1 (28oz) can of diced tomatoes and do not use the broth.
      2. Sear the meat before adding it to the slow cooker, or you can broil it after its done cooking.
      3. Then, add all the ingredients to the slow cooker, except the chicken. Stir to combine and add the chicken on top.
      4. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 4-6 hours.
      5. If the sauce is too watery, you can always thicken it by stirring in a cornstarch slurry (2 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water) and let it cook for another 20-30 minutes.

Can you freeze Chicken Cacciatore?

Tomato-based sauces tend to freeze and thaw the best. Do not store this sauce in opened metal cans or containers. Let the sauce cool completely before freezing. Transfer into freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags and add the chicken, making sure the chicken doesn’t overlap, or you may pull the skin when thawing. Label with the date, and freeze for up to 3-4 months, or longer if you use a deep freezer.

How do you thaw frozen Chicken Cacciatore?

Transfer the frozen meal to your refrigerator the night before you wish to use it to allow it to thaw. Add the sauce to a saucepan and reheat it to at least 165 F before you consume it. Microwave the chicken or heat it up in the sauce, you can also put it in a hot oven until it warms up.

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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 mins


Chicken Cacciatore:

  • 4  chicken thighs  (bone-in and skin-on)
  • 1 cup  chicken broth 
  • 1 can  (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes 
  • 1 can  (8 oz) tomato sauce 
  • 1  bell pepper  (diced)
  • 1  medium sweet onion  (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon  minced garlic 
  • 1 tablespoon  dried basil 
  • 1 tablespoon  Italian seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon  oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon  thyme 
  • 1 tablespoon  capers 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 

Cornstarch Slurry:

  • 2 tablespoons  water 
  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch 


  1. Add all the ingredients from the "Chicken Cacciatore" list, except chicken, to the Instant Pot.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the chicken on top and lock the lid. Make sure the valve points to sealed.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes on High Pressure, once the IP beeps, do a 10-minute Natural Pressure Release. Carefully release the remaining pressure and open the lid.
  5. Preheat oven Broil.
  6. Gently, using kitchen tongs transfer the chicken to a baking pan that has been sprayed with olive oil or lined with parchment paper.
  7. Brush the chicken with olive oil or melted butter. You can also use some of the cooking sauce.
  8. Broil for 5-10 minutes under the hot broil or until the chicken is golden-brown. Watch it closely to not burn it.
  9. In the meantime, if the tomato sauce is too thin, you can cook it on Sauté for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reduces.
  10. Or mix 2 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch until fully combined and add the slurry to the sauce with the Instant Pot on Sauté. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  11. Serve over pasta with the chicken.
  12. Garnish with parsley or green onions if desired.
0 Calories: 371 Carbohydrates: 28 Protein: 23 Fat: 19 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 110 Sodium: 1416 Potassium: 1237 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 15 Vitamin A: 1960 Vitamin C: 69 Calcium: 137 Iron: 5.6
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Ann F. Snook-Moreau

OMG this sounds amazing! Perfect for when the weather starts to finally get cooler. I don't have an Instant Pot but I've seen so many recipes I want to try for it, I might have to get one!



I'll be making this over the weekend for sure. I love chicken cacciatore, but I haven't made it in a long time because it's so time-intensive. I can't wait to bust out the Instant Pot!


Marcie W.

Yum! I really need to get an Instant Pot. It seems to simplify the entire cooking process and the results always look amazing!


Shannan P

Bookmarking this one for sure! I am always looking for yummy new instant pot recipes to try and this one looks amazing!


Rose Ann Sales

Wow, that dish recipe looks really delicious and looks so easy to prepare. Seeing this photo makes me hungry, I will definitely try to make this at home.


Lisa Favre

I am always trying to think of what to make with my Instant Pot. I've had it since the summertime and have only used it three times - this recipe seems awesome and one that my family would enjoy!



My hubby loves Chicken Cacciatore. I didn't even think about preparing it in my Instant Pot. It's going on the menu.


Ruth I

Thank you for providing the instruction for non pot user. This looks so delicious, I really want to give this a try. Yum!



Okay, this looks absolutely delicious, and I seriously need to get an Instant Pot. I'm way behind on this trend, and missing out on some great recipes.



I always looking for new chicken recipes! I can't wait to try this, I am saving this recipe, thanks for sharing!


Sara Welch

The one pot recipe strikes again! That chicken looks seriously amazing!


Wendy Polisi

That is one heck of a recipe! I would love to chow on some of this!



I am gathering up some instant pot recipes. I need to get on top of dinner. This looks really good.


Alex Racu

Amazing recipe 5/5!



I tried this And its amazing! Great recipe!!!



Looks and sounds amazing! Can I use a half of a cut up chicken instead of just thighs? Would I need to adjust the cooking time? 


Yes, you can! Check my post: Instant Pot Whole Chicken and based on the chicken pounds select the cooking time, I breakdown the different cooking times in that post.



What do you serve it with?


pasta or polenta



Can this be make with chicken breasts? If so, any cooking adjustments needed? Thanks!


yes, you can! Depends on the size of the chicken breast, but usually 8-10 minutes is enough.



What if I wanted to double the recipe? Can I just double all the ingredient amounts?


yes, it should work.


Rosemary Scott

Can you leave out the capers


yes, it will still be delicious


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