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Simple Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Last weekend my parents came to visit while I was in the middle of my food prep fest. I usually use Sundays to grocery shop and do as much food prep as I can for the week. It is extremely helpful on nights that I am completely exhausted from working in the classroom all day. The days after our long break are always the worst. I am trying to get back to routine and so are they. Having prepared food and a plan ahead of time is the only thing that keeps me choosing natural foods.  

I often try to make a meal on Sunday with whatever I may have left for ingredients from the week. Last week I had a pack of mixed colored peppers, chicken drumsticks, and fresh basil still left to use. I immediately thought of Chicken Cacciatore.  With my mom there I was able to brainstorm the different ingredients and the best method of cooking.  I knew that I had onions and different canned tomatoes in the pantry and I could quickly throw together a dish. Since I already had a soup simmering in my favorite dutch oven, I decided to use the Instant Pot. My mom also agreed that this would be a great dish for the pressure cooker and suggested I use diced tomatoes as the “broth” base. Two brains sometimes in the kitchen is better than one! In less than 30 minutes, we had a quick healthy lunch that the whole family could enjoy. 

Yields 2

Serves 4

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Although this might not be a traditional way to prepare Chicken Cacciatore, this recipe has all the flavors you expect in less than 30 minutes.

10Prep Time

20Cook Time

30Total Time

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  • 8 Chicken Drumsticks (Skin removed)
  • Salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into large chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Press saute on the Instant Pot, pour oil and add onions and peppers. Sauté until soften and golden, 5 minutes.
  3. Place chicken over cooked onions and peppers.
  4. Pour tomatoes over the chicken and vegetables, add Italian Seasoning.
  5. Cook high pressure 20 minutes; natural release.
  6. Garnish with parsley and serve!
  7. Would be great with Spaghetti Squash or Black Bean Pasta


Serving Size: 2 Chicken Legs Calories: 227 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 8g Protein: 25g

I am so glad that I took a risk and just worked with things I had already in my kitchen. I know a lot of people have hesitation about using an electric pressure cooker, but my biggest advice is to take a risk and just try one recipe. I have had so much success with mine!

Be on the lookout this week for my Top 10 Instant Pot recipes for busy moms post. It is going to include a lot of great family-friendly recipes for you to try. Do you have an Instant Pot Recipe that you love?

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  • Ashley
    January 15, 2018 at 6:39 am Yum! This sounds delicious and something I'll definitely add to my instant pot recipe list!
  • maggie
    January 15, 2018 at 6:58 am such an easy meal! there's been so much talk about pressure cookies between my friends lately...i'm intrigued! it may have to be my next kitchen gadget purchase.
  • Jess
    January 15, 2018 at 8:23 am This looks easy & delicious, I can't wait to try it! I'm also looking forward to reading your top ten instant pot recipes!
  • Laura Belle
    January 15, 2018 at 8:41 am I love chicken cacciatore. This looks like a great recipe.
  • Alexis Prieto
    January 15, 2018 at 9:21 am I am DYING to get an Instant Pot! My family LOVES Chicken Cacciatore...will have to try this recipe as soon as I get a pot!
  • Dorothy
    January 15, 2018 at 9:51 am Wow, this looks yummy and healthy! Thank you!
  • Christel Trulson
    January 15, 2018 at 10:05 am Wow that looks great! I need to get an instapot! These looks amazing. I am changing to a Keto diet, so this fits perfectly in it!
  • Angela Tolsma
    January 15, 2018 at 10:25 am This sounds super yummy! Two heads in the kitchen is always a good time and great for brain storming! Love what you came up with. I really need to buy an instant pot!
  • Sheree Dawn
    January 15, 2018 at 10:35 am Another reason I need to buy a pressure cooker! I love how easy this recipes is. I can't wait to try!
  • Eloise
    January 15, 2018 at 4:56 pm this looks perfect for my dinner tonight... I need something lite, tasty, and fresh! I can't wait to try this dish, YUM! thanks for the recipe! ; )
  • Lois Alter Mark
    January 15, 2018 at 5:02 pm I may be the only person in the world who doesn't have an Instant Pot yet. That may have to change now because that looks absolutely delicious!
  • Stephanie
    January 15, 2018 at 5:27 pm My husband loves chicken cacciatore but I've never tried to make it at home. He would love this.... of course, he would have to buy me an instant pot first!!
  • Ray Ruzzo
    January 15, 2018 at 5:33 pm The instant pot is the best invention ever.
  • Shell
    January 16, 2018 at 6:05 pm Wow this meal looks so healthy and super delicious!!! It absolutely sounds like a recipe that my family would totally love! I’ll have to make it soon!
  • Caitlin
    January 16, 2018 at 8:18 pm I LOVE finding new instant pot recipes and this looks fantastic! Must try!
  • David Elliott
    January 17, 2018 at 1:23 am This does look so delicious. I could use something amazing like this for dinner for sure. I have used my crock pot a little bit but I really need to use it more.
  • Danielle Faith
    January 17, 2018 at 6:38 am That looks really good. I'm finding crockpots are the way to go when it comes to making delicious dinners that are easy!
  • Drake Conan
    January 17, 2018 at 7:06 am Wow! i am looking for the fastest and easiest way of cooking.Now i found that instant pot to cook also a healthy foods for my family!
  • Jen Temcio
    January 17, 2018 at 10:34 am I am really excited to get an instant pot. It seems so much faster than using the oven. I am going to pin this recipe to my instant pot board and give it a try.
  • Lynn Woods
    January 17, 2018 at 11:41 am This looks really good. Ive never made or haf chicken caccitore before.
  • Lynne
    January 17, 2018 at 6:26 pm Looks so healthy and delicious! I need to get an Instant Pot soon!
  • Tonya
    January 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm OOOOOh!!! I love me some Chicken Cacciatore! It has been FOREVER since I have had it! Need to try this recipe out!
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