Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 11 reviews

Chicken Instant Pot Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

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.

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.

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How to Make Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore?

This is a simple and quick recipe to make which requires a few simple steps. First, you put all the ingredients in the pressure cooker, and then add the chicken on top.

Then, close the IP lid, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, followed by an additional 10-minutes of NPR. Once done, transfer the dish to a casserole and broil for about 5 more minutes to give it a nice golden texture. 

Also, please watch the recipe video attached, on step-by-step guidelines. 

How to make Chicken Cacciatore in the Slow Cooker?

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 it’s 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

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is the perfect dump and cool meal ready in about 30 minutes. Lots of tomato flavor and great served over pasta.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients from the "Chicken Cacciatore" list, except chicken, to the Instant Pot.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add the chicken on top and lock the lid. Make sure the valve points to sealed.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven Broil.
  • Gently, using kitchen tongs transfer the chicken to a baking pan that has been sprayed with olive oil or lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush the chicken with olive oil or melted butter. You can also use some of the cooking sauce.
  • Broil for 5-10 minutes under the hot broil or until the chicken is golden-brown. Watch it closely to not burn it.
  • In the meantime, if the tomato sauce is too thin, you can cook it on Sauté for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reduces.
  • 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.
  • Serve over pasta with the chicken.
  • Garnish with parsley or green onions if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1416mg | Potassium: 1237mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1960IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 5.6mg
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Jenny

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? 

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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.

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Tina

What do you serve it with?

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pasta or polenta

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SK

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

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

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SK

Thank you!

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Yvonne

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

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yes, it should work.

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Rosemary Scott

Can you leave out the capers

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yes, it will still be delicious

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Oh, this looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it!

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Tsk

If I wanted to add vegetables to this dish, what would you suggest? Thanks

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mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini!

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