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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore! Braised Italian chicken in saucy pasta-friendly form that is bright, acidic, rich, and savory.

Do you love easy recipes? I love easy recipes.

That’s why chicken cacciatore is here for you, and you, and you, AND YOU!

This recipe is sponsored by ALDI

Chicken cacciatore is braised Italian chicken in saucy pasta-friendly form, and the best thing about it for me right now is that it is bright, acidic and punchy (major caper action). Hello, YES.

But it’s also rich and savory (thanks, mushrooms), luscious and silky (olive oil and butter combo at work), and all-around just really satisfying over a pile of silky lemon-buttered capellini noodles.

ALDI ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore.

Many, most, almost all of our ingredients here are not only wholesome, but also organic (!!) and affordable (!!) because this nice little haul came straight from ALDI.

Favorite ALDI finds for this recipe:

  • Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts (thighs are also good)
  • Simply Nature Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • Simply Nature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Simply Nature Organic Chicken Broth
  • And lots of produce like mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers

Guess how easy this recipe is?

You just put everything in the Instant Pot and let it go.

Chicken Cacciatore in an Instant Pot.

This is kinda a “gourmet” Instant Pot recipe, where you sauté the chicken and veggies first, and it is very delicious. But if it’s just been one of those days and you need to throw it all in and sit down for three seconds, this recipe is SO here for you. Just omit the flour and sautéing and pull up your Netflix queue.

Boil up some pasta and throw it all together. Voila! Chicken cacciatore is yours for the taking.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore in a bowl with pasta.

Easy, nutritious, colorful and comforting. Is there really anything better?

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Noodles with a sauce and veggies.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore! Braised Italian chicken in saucy pasta-friendly form that is bright, acidic, rich, and savory. Just put everything in the Instant Pot and let it go!


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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore:

  • 2 tablespoons Simply Nature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Flour and salt (for chicken)
  • 11.5 pounds Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts or chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or Simply Nature Organic Chicken Broth
  • one 28 ounce can Simply Nature Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Finish with:

  • 4 ounces capers, rinsed and drained (okay I like capers a lot so sometimes I add two jars – whoops)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • parsley, lemon and Parmesan for serving (optional)
  • capellini for serving


  1. Dredge the chicken in flour and a pinch of salt. Turn on the sauté function on the Instant Pot. Add oil, and sauté the chicken for a few minutes on each side. Remove and set aside (it’s okay if they’re not cooked all the way).
  2. Add onion, mushrooms and garlic. Sauté until softened. Add wine and let it sizzle out. 
  3. Add chicken and all other ingredients to Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Release the pressure. 
  4. Shred the chicken. Stir in the capers, butter, parsley and lemon.
  5. Serve with angel hair pasta (for a little extra zazz, toss it with lemon juice and butter). Top the whole thing with more parsley and Parmesan. You did it!


Chicken: I prefer chicken thighs, but chicken breasts also work really well. 

Freezing: You can freeze this before or after cooking. If cooking from frozen (raw), you’ll need to cook it for an additional 10-or-so minutes depending on the size of your chicken pieces.

Capellini: If you are doing Sugar Free January and trying to avoid refined grains, you could serve this with whole wheat spaghetti or zucchini noodles instead. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: chicken cacciatore, instant pot, chicken dinner, pasta dinner, chicken pasta

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks delicious! Do you think the easy Instapot version would work in the crockpot if I cook it for a few hours?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi, Hilary! We haven’t tested this out in the slow cooker yet, but we think it’d turn out great cooking it on low for maybe 6-8 hours or until the chicken is shreddable! Let us know if you give it a try! 🙂

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          Quick question from a calorie counter- does the nutrition info listed include the pasta?

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hey, I tried this in the crock pot yesterday, and it worked beautifully. I even used frozen chicken breasts, and cooked it on high for 2 hours, and low for 2 1/2 or so, and it was delicious! I sauteed my veggies first, which I think added to the flavor. Served it over angel hair pasta. The only thing that would have made it better would have been some crusty french bread!

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        Hi Beth can you let me know the steps you did for this recipe in the crock pot. I am gonna attempt to make that for dinner tonight and am thawing out my chicken breast now.. thanks so much…

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    Laura Hartman

    Hi, This looks really yummy! Can you tell me if you used skin-on bone-in or skinless boneless chicken thighs ? Thank you!

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      Nick Arena

      Skin On Bone-in chicken thighs provide better flavor and the skin is not very high in caloric content. I do remove any fat on the chicken, however.

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          Carol Spring

          This was only my 2nd Pressure cooker recipe. Its delicious! I will definitely keep this as a go to recipe.

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    I’m excited to try this in my new Instant Pot! It looks delicious and I have all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry.

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    Lesley Bannister

    But it’s sugar free January – shouldn’t we be posting without the pasta? 😉

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Totally up to you, Lesley. If you’re avoiding refined grains for Sugar Free January, you could try whole wheat pasta or zucchini noodles as alternate options. Enjoy!

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        Loved this!ade it this evening, flavour was great, however it was little watery, is there anyway of making it thicker? Also my instant pot kept saying burn 😭 I followed the recipe

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          Timothy Little

          If it’s a bit watery after you pressure cook it, you can leave it in the instant pot, turn the pot to saute, and let the liquid reduce for five or ten minutes. I do that with chili. Just stir every couple of minutes so the mixture doesn’t risk burning on the bottom.

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    You were a lifesaver for me today! I had a different meal planned for tonight, but I needed to stop at the store and I ended up working late. My other meal requires a bit more elbow grease. Anyway, I received your email today, and I had some frozen thighs in the freezer. Since I needed to stop at the store anyway, I picked up just a couple of items and voila! A beautiful meal, simple for a Monday night, served over zucchini noodles and a salad. Thank you so much – delicious!!! This is a keeper!!

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    Maureen Saxe

    This looks delicious. Now that I have learned how to use my Instant Pot (without blowing myself up, LOL) I am a little obsessed with it…..this recipe is next!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    SO excited about this recipe! I really, really like when you post Instant Pot recipes. It has been a lifesaver for me but it’s hard finding ones that meet my standards for no red meat+ no added sugar or unhealthy stuff + being tasty. I know when I get a recipe from you it’s going to be flavorful because you don’t do bland. 🙂 Trying it tonight for dinner!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This recipe was delicious! I wasn’t sure what to expect. We got a pressure cooker as a wedding gift and I’ve been apprehensive to use it. This was my first recipe that I used it for and something tells me I’ll be using it a lot more often.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi, Stephanie! We haven’t tested this out using other cooking methods yet, but we’re guessing that a slow cooker would work well here. We’d try cooking this for 6-8 hours or until the chicken is shreddable. Enjoy!

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        This was amazing! So delicious that I will be making it for company. I am new to using my instapot though. If I double the recipe, would I need to change the amount of time it is cooked? Thank you!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Really enjoyed this recipe! Used the “gourmet” method with a Fagor Multicooker – boneless chicken thighs dredged in gluten-free flour, champagne for the white wine, quinoa angel hair for me and regular capellini for my boys. Thanks for this!

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    Helen Stevenson

    I will be making these mouth watering recipes very, dry soon. Thanks for sharing.

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    Brittney Poor

    I’m in the minority here, I followed the gourmet recipe exactly and it was terrible. Bland, soupy consistency even after I mixed some corn starch into some of the sauce separately and added back in. My suspicion is that the giant can of diced tomatoes over powers the entire dish. Yuck

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    Delish. It’s really good on its own or with a base- noodles, zoodles, rice etc. Super yummy and easy.

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    Paula Mindes

    I’m going to try this with my version of cacciatore – more mushrooms and bell peppers – and few to no capers. I like capers but 65% of the daily sodium allowance in one dish is too much. Also, I don’t tend to eat much salt.

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I made this tonight and it was so delicious! So easy and I’ll definitely make again.

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    I don’t have an Instapot or a slow cooker – only use a large LE CREUSET casserole on stove top and oven – can I make this recipe?

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this for the first time tonight! Mine came out pretty soupy like. Is it supposed to be like that? I ended up just straining it. And when you say lemon, is it a lemon cut into wedges, lemon juice? Thanks!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi there, Erin! Sorry to hear it turned out soupy for you. It shouldn’t be too liquidy. We’d suggest trying the gourmet method next round to see if that helps with having that flour in there. Good question on the lemons, too! It could be either, but we think a small squeeze of lemon on top would be delicious!

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        This is my second time. I squeezed a half lemon into the whole thing and my son loved it and said I prefer this to your meat spaghetti sauce lol. Husband said it’s better then my mum’s. 😆