Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is a favorite family recipe, but with the help of pressure cooking, Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore can be on the table in 20 minutes. Throw ingredients into the cooker, seal it up, set the timer and it’s a weeknight dinner in no time flat.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Instant Pot to the Rescue

Pressure cooking is not what it used to be.  Don’t fear the stories of your grandmother’s cooker exploding in the kitchen.  The new electric versions like the  Instant Pot are equipped with proper safety components and have helpful timers and settings to ensure a perfect cook.

This Chicken Cacciatore is an easy weeknight option.  All you need are four ingredients, plus salt and pepper.  Chicken, peppers, onions and your favorite red sauce.  Dump it all into the Instant Pot and set it for 8 minutes.  The chicken will be nice and tender and the peppers not too over cooked.

Chicken Cacciatore Two Ways

You can serve this chicken over pasta with some fresh basil and shredded parm.  Or, try it on subs for a hearty hot sub sandwich. I recommend a hearty, crusty bread that won’t fall apart.  This is a hefty filling and your standard hot dog buns just won’t cut it.

Also, one note about the chicken.  You can cut it up or slice it however you’d like, but, for the subs, I sliced it into long strips.  Stir-fry style.  It piles up better on a sub that way and the pressure cooking makes it nice and tender.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Don’t have a pressure cooker?  You could also do this in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours.  However, I would add the vegetables in the last hour or two.  Otherwise, they’ll nearly disintegrate after cooking for 8 hours.

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Chicken Cacciatore

Twenty Minute Chicken Cacciatore Subs

  • Author: Joanie Simon
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 - 6 1x


An easy Chicken Cacciatore that comes together in 20 minutes with a pressure cooker!


  • 1 lb sliced chicken breasts
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 20oz of your favorite marinara sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients in a pressure cooker and cook on high for 8 minutes.
  2. Serve on crusty rolls with parsley and parmesan cheese.
  3. *if using an electric pressure cooker, it will be 8 minutes from the time the seal is made on your cooker…allot 15 minutes total
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Italian American

*Original recipe by Joanie Simon (

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