This low-carb version of Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is a classic and comforting dish rich in tomato flavor. Make this easy recipe in 35 minutes with very little effort.

white bowl served with instant pot chicken cacciatore and topped with fresh parsley

While a traditional chicken cacciatore is made on the stovetop or simmered in the oven, this easy Instant Pot version is hands-off and perfect for busy weeknights. Whether you’re meal prepping or you just want a simple chicken recipe full of flavor, then you’ve got to try this recipe.

Serve your cooked Instant Pot Cacciatore with low-carb noodles like zucchini noodles or hearts of palm noodles (my new favorite)! There should be enough for leftovers, and this dish tastes even better the next day.

Ingredients for a flavorful weeknight chicken dinner that has rich flavor.

Recipe Steps

Step One

Set your Instant Pot to sauté. Add the oil, chicken, garlic, onion, oregano, and salt and sauté for 3-4 minutes, turning once. This extra step of sautéing the chicken with the onion and garlic helps build flavor.

Step Two

Cancel the Sauté button and add the wine, broth, bell peppers, mushrooms, and crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. You can leave out the wine if you’re on a Whole30. See the full recipe in the recipe card at the end of this post for exact measurements, nutritional information, and substitutions.

Sauteing the chicken in the instant pot for a few minutes helps to build flavor.

Step Three

Lock on the lid and cook the Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore at high pressure for 8 minutes. When the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes. Then, release the remaining pressure.

Step Four

Remove the lid and stir in the vinegar and black pepper. Serve hot, over your choice of noodles, mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice, or cauliflower mash.

hearty bowl of cooked chicken with tomatoes, onion, and mushrooms, and topped with fresh parsley

Top Tips

  • Don’t skip sautéing the chicken as this really helps to build flavor.
  • Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pot when you add the wine to release the bits of flavor from the bottom.
  • If you prefer not to use wine, you can deglaze with a bit of chicken stock.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat before serving.

FAQs

I don’t like mushrooms, can I leave them out?

Yes, absolutely! You could also replace the mushrooms with chopped zucchini or celery, if you like.

Can I use white wine instead of red wine in this recipe?

Yes, you can use either.

What does “Cacciatore” mean?

Chicken Cacciatore translates from Italian as a “hunters’ meal.”

bowl of chicken and tomatoes and peppers

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bowl of chicken cacciatore with fresh parsley on top

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore


Description

This low-carb version of Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is a classic dish that is rich with tomato flavor. Make this easy recipe in 35 minutes with very little effort. Paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken cutlets, cut into large chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup red wine (leave out and replace with extra chicken broth for Whole30)
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed or chopped tomatoes, with the juices
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Select Sauté on your Instant Pot and add the oil to the inner pot. Once hot, add the chicken, garlic, onion, oregano, salt, and pepper, and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Press Cancel and pour the wine into the pot. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the broth, bell peppers, mushrooms, and crushed tomatoes and stir to combine.
  3. Lock the lid into place. Select Pressure Cook or Manual, and adjust the pressure to high for 8 minutes. Make sure the valve is in the sealed position. 
  4. After the cooking time is complete, naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
  5. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir in the vinegar.
  6. Serve immediately, over your choice of noodles, rice, or potatoes.

Notes

  1. For Whole30, leave out the wine and use all chicken broth instead. 
  2. Don’t skip sautéing the chicken as this really helps to build flavor.
  3. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat before serving.
  4. For low-carb, serve the cooked chicken with veggie noodles, cauliflower rice, or cauliflower mash.
    • Category: Main dish
    • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
    • Cuisine: Italian

    Keywords: instant pot chicken dinner, instapot chicken, pressure cooker healthy

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