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. Serve it with zucchini noodles for a keto-friendly, paleo, and Whole30 dinner.

instant pot chicken cacciatore served with zucchini noodles

While a traditional chicken cacciatore is made on the stovetop, slow cooker, 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, spaghetti squash, or hearts of palm noodles (my new favorite)! If you’re not on a low-carb diet, you can serve the chicken with cooked spaghetti noodles.

There should be enough for leftovers, and this electric pressure cooker dish tastes even better the next day.

Ingredients for instant pot chicken cacciatore including bell pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken broth, and chicken cutlets

Recipe Steps

Let me show you how easy it is to make this classic Italian dish.

Step One

Set your Instant Pot to sauté. If it’s your first time using the Instant Pot, then you just press the Sauté button and let the pot heat up for a few minutes. Don’t miss my guide on How to Use the Instant Pot for Beginners.

Add the olive 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.

process photos for instant pot cacciatore

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 diet.

Cancel the sauté function and use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape off any bits from the bottom of the pot.

See the full recipe in the recipe card at the end of this post for exact measurements, nutritional information, and substitutions.

Step Three

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

Step Four

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

I hope your family loves this Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore recipe as much as mine does!

cooked chicken cacciatore served over steamed zucchini noodles

Top Tips

  • Don’t skip sautéing the chicken as this really helps to build flavor.
  • Substitute the dried oregano with Italian seasoning, if you prefer.
  • You can use chicken breasts or boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  • If you prefer not to use wine (or if you’re on a Whole30 diet), 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! Just leave out the mushrooms if you want to. Or, you could also replace the mushrooms with chopped zucchini or celery.

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 “hunter’s meal.”

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instant pot chicken cacciatore served over zucchini noodles

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore


Description

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. Serve it with zucchini noodles for a keto-friendly, paleo, and Whole30 dinner.


Ingredients

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  • 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
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 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, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste, 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. Substitute the dried oregano with Italian seasoning, if you prefer.
  4. You can use chicken breasts or boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  5. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat before serving.
  6. 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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