This healthy Instant Pot chicken cacciatore recipe is so easy to make and just takes 3 minutes to cook in your pressure cooker. Moist and full of flavor, you just need 3 main ingredients for this low carb dinner idea! Serve over rice it’s one of my kids’ favorite meals.
If you do not have one of these fancy pressure cookers I can’t say enough about them! I have been creating lots of easy Instant Pot recipes ever since I got mine last Christmas and it is the best way to make a full on healthy dinner in less than 20 minutes total! This new Instant Pot chicken cacciatore recipe we made tonight and it came out great! Really healthy, using a few ingredients, and inexpensive at just under $11 for the whole meal that fed 6 of us. (originally published 6/17)
Where did chicken cacciatore come from and why is it called this?
- Name means hunter in Italian. It’s said they’re the first to eat this dish.
Why I prefer cooking dinner in a pressure cooker
- It cuts cook time down dramatically!
- Crockpot chicken cacciatore takes 5 hours to cook
- Instant Pot chicken cacciatore takes a total of about 15
- Pressure cooker dinners are packed with flavor as the meat really soaks up the sauce well using this method
- You can cook veggies, meat and sauce together like our pressure cooker chicken and rice, and everything comes out tender at the same time
- I can walk away from the pot and let everything cook on it’s own
- Saves me time in the kitchen
Full of flavor from the spaghetti sauce (could use homemade recipe for spaghetti sauce but I am all about easy), seasoning and the flavor from the bell peppers it’s a great dinner idea.
- If I can pressure cook a meal we all love in under 30 minutes it’s a huge win. This chicken cacciatore in my pressure cooker got a thumbs up from all of us.
This is what you need to make this easy Instant Pot chicken cacciatore recipe
- Chicken breasts – boneless, skinless, cut into bite size pcs. (could use chicken thighs if you preferred)
- I use fresh chicken, here’s info. on how to cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot
- I recommend fresh
- Bell peppers
- Chili powder
- Garlic salt
- Spaghetti sauce – we like this one
- Can use tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and diced tomatoes instead (to total 24 oz.)
- Mushrooms & Kalamata olives are optional
What does Hunter style mean?
- It is just a term used to describe this dish which is sometimes made with wine. Prepared with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and herbs it comes from the Italian definition cacciare which means to hunt.
I call a recipe a win when all of us like it, it’s easy to prepare, and it costs under $20 to feed all of us.
- This checked all those boxes, plus I had enough for lunch the next day. You can slice the onions and bell peppers thin if you want them to be soft when it is done or I like them a bit firmer so I cut them a bit thicker before throwing them in, either way it’s great.
Looking for more easy Instant Pot chicken recipes?
- Spicy honey Instant Pot chicken
- Hawaiian Instant Pot shredded chicken
- Instant Pot chicken and dumplings
- The best Instant Pot sesame chicken
- Here’s a butter masala recipe you can try too
Here’s the printable pressure cooker chicken cacciatore recipe to follow. Let us know what you think!!
What do you serve chicken cacciatore over?
- You could serve it as is for a low carb dinner
- Or make this easy Instant Pot white rice and serve it on top
- Over egg noodles works well too
How long does chicken cacciatore last in the fridge?
- Usually 3-4 days is the general rule if stored in an air tight plastic container or freezer bag.
Note: Don’t forget to dice before you add the chicken to the pot. Bite size pieces are best so they cook evenly and come out tender. If you’d like to season the chicken with any additional herbs and black pepper / salt at this time feel free.
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
- Cube chicken and add into your Instant Pot.
- Pour spaghetti sauce over that. Add 1/2 c. water into your jar, put on top and shake to get remaining sauce out of jar. Pour on top of chicken.
- Cut bell peppers and onion into strips (thicker if you want them firmer when done, thinner if you want them really soft). Add into your pressure cooker.
- Sprinkle your chili powder and garlic salt over that and stir until well combined.
- Set your Instant Pot to manual, pressure, high, for 3 minutes.
- Do a quick release when done, lift lid carefully and serve over rice!(as always, check chicken when done to make sure it is thoroughly cooked thru, 3 min. is plenty of time if cut into bite size pcs. initially)
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