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Chicken cacciatore in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is pure comfort food! Made conveniently in the pressure cooker, this Italian classic is made with chicken thighs and flavorful tomato sauce with veggies.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chicken cacciatore, pressure cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
coming to pressure 8 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 320 kcal
Author Anna


  • 4 to 5 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 4 baby Bella mushrooms washed and sliced
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup black olives halved
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth or stock


  1. Press the "Saute" button and add 1 tablespoon of oil to your Instant Pot.
  2. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper on all sides.
  3. Brown chicken in the oil, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove chicken onto a plate.
  5. Add more oil to the IP and add garlic, onion, and pepper. Saute, stirring often, until the onion is almost translucent.
  6. Add Italian seasoning and stir in. Saute for 1 minute.
  7. Add carrots and mushrooms, saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Add half of the chicken broth and deglaze the bottom of the pot. That means scraping any cooked-on bits with a wooden spoon. This will prevent the burn message.
  9. Add remaining broth, tomato paste, diced tomatoes and olives. Stir well. Place chicken back in the IP.

  10. Close the lid, set valve to "sealing" position (the newer models do it on their own). Make sure the Instant Pot is set to cook at high pressure.
  11. Press the "manual" or "pressure cook" button and set timer to 12 minutes. The IP will beep after a few seconds and it will start building up pressure. This can take about 5 to 8 minutes.
  12. Once the cooking cycle is done, press the "cancel/off" button. Let the IP release pressure on it's own. That means do not touch the pressure valve.
  13. Once the pressure valve pin is down, carefully open the lid away from your face. Let the dish sit for a few minutes while you set the table.
  14. Serve whole pieces of chicken with the sauce or shred the meat and stir in.

Recipe Notes

  1. Serve this dish with pasta, rice or mashed potatoes.
  2. To freeze: cool the dish completely, then portion out into freezer-safe containers. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge, then heat up with 1/2 cup of water in the Instant Pot.
  3. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 1170mg51%
Potassium 922mg26%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 6450IU129%
Vitamin C 54mg65%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.