Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore - an easy pressure cooker meal loaded with tender chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, carrots and sliced mushrooms. A comforting rustic dish that's perfect for busy weeknights with the best hearty and cozy Italian flavors.

Chicken Cacciatore is a classic Italian dish that is just perfect for this time of year. We already have this reader favorite Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe on our site and I’ve been dying to share an Instant Pot version with you guys.

We had this rustic meal when we visited Italy over 10 years ago and it’s still one of the best dishes from our trip.

While we were there, I learned that Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian and this old Italian “hunter style” dish is usually made with onions, tomatoes and herbs. Since every household prepares their own version differently, sometimes you’ll find recipes that include mushrooms along with other assorted vegetables.

This Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is based off of my slow cooker version so I’ve included sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, carrots and Kalamata olives.

It takes less than 30 minutes to prep and is perfect for those extra busy weeknights.

Serve this Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore over some zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice for a healthy dinner that is gluten free, Paleo, Whole30 compliant, low carb and keto friendly. The rich and flavorful sauce of this Paleo Chicken Cacciatore cooks up nice and thick.

If you like keto chicken cacciatore on the thinner side, feel free to add some water or chicken broth to thin out the sauce.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 minute dinner recipe, chicken, chicken cacciatore, easy Italian dinners, Instant Pot, keto, low carb, paleo, whole 30
Servings: 6
Author: Kelly


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs*
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • ½ medium white onion , chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1 cup sliced carrots , (leave out for low carb / keto)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 28 oz canned diced tomatoes drained
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 Kalamata olives , optional
  • ½ cup chopped kale , stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley plus more for serving
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish , optional
  • 1 teaspoon arrow root starch plus 2 teaspoons water whisked together in a small bowl (optional - leave out for low carb or use Xanthan gum)
  • Instant Pot (I have the 6 Quart DUO)


  1. Season chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat olive oil in the Instant Pot and press the SAUTE button.
  2. Sear the chicken until you get a nice brown caramel coating. You may have to work in batches, depending on the size of your Instant Pot. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  3. Add the inner pot back to the pressure cooker and add more oil, if needed. Saute the garlic, onion, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, dried basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme and salt and black pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Add the chicken back to the pot. Press CANCEL then cover with lid. Turn the valve to SEALING and press PRESSURE COOK HIGH (OR MANUAL - for older models).
  4. Set the timer to 10 minutes. Once the Instant Pot comes to pressure and cooks for 10 minutes, do a QUICK RELEASE. Open the lid carefully and stir in the olives and kale.
  5. OPTIONAL STEP: If you prefer a thicker stew, witch to SAUTE mode and stir in an arrow root starch slurry (or use xanthan gum for low carb) and cook for about 2-3 minutes until the stew bubbles and thickens up.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, basil leaves and taste and season with additional salt or black pepper, as needed. Serve hot over zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, pasta or your favorite sides.

Recipe Notes

  • can also use 3 chicken breasts, sliced in half

Recipe adapted from:

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