Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore square


An easy Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore dinner that tastes as good as the original in less than half the time. All the delicious flavors of the Italian favorite you love - tomatoes, peppers, onion and spices, all simmered together in one pot! And that means easy cleanup and a delicious dinner in no time! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keywords chicken cacciatore, instant pot chicken cacciatore
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 275 kcal
Author Linda Warren


  • 2 1/2 - 3 lbs whole cut-up fryer chicken or chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 cup onions thinly sliced
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes, drained reserve liquid
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour cornstarch for gluten-free & arrowroot for paleo
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar omit for low carb & paleo diets


  1. Wash & pat dry chicken pieces then season with salt, pepper and paprika. 

  2. Turn Instant Pot to saute and add 1-2 tablespoons of oil.  Saute chicken pieces, in batches if necessary, for 6 minutes per side.

  3. Remove chicken from Instant Pot and set aside.

  4. If needed, add a little more olive oil to Instant Pot. Saute pepper and onion for 5 minutes or until soft. 

  5. Turn off Instant Pot. Add chicken back in.

  6. Drain whole tomatoes, reserving juice. Place tomatoes around chicken and add bay leaf.

  7. Mix remaining tomato liquid with 1/4 cup flour and stir until well blended. Add remaining ingredients and stir until blended. Pour liquid over chicken.

  8. Close Instant Pot and set to high pressure and cook chicken for 25 minutes.

  9. Let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes then release manually to alleviate remaining pressure.

  10. Remove bay leaf and serve over rice, pasta, riced cauliflower, zucchini noodles or quinoa.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 643mg27%
Potassium 515mg15%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 765IU15%
Vitamin C 35.2mg43%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.