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Hearty Chicken Cacciatore

This hearty poultry dish is loaded with flavor and color. The chicken is fall-off-the-bones tender in just 8 minutes, which makes it a top pick for busy families. —Mary Beth Jung, Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds) , cut up
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • Hot pepper sauce to taste


  • In a bowl or dish, combine the flour, salt, paprika and pepper. Add the chicken, a few pieces at a time, and toss to coat.
  • Select saute setting on a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Adjust for medium heat; add oil. When oil is hot, brown the chicken
  • in batches. Return all chicken to cooker; add green pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes and water. Press cancel.
  • Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Pressure-cook on high for 12 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. (A thermometer inserted in chicken should read at least 165°.)
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove chicken to a platter. If desired, skim fat from cooking juices. Add tomato paste and mushrooms to the pan juices. Select saute and adjust for low heat; cook and stir until heated through. Stir in hot pepper sauce and chicken.In a bowl or dish, combine the flour, salt, paprika and pepper. Add the chicken, a few pieces at a time, and toss to coat.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested at 15 pounds of pressure (psi).
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 410 calories, 24g fat (5g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 699mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 31g protein.

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  • alicesnow
    Feb 15, 2018

    this sounds good but wondering one thing can you use a shillet if you dont have a pressure cooker?

  • mscooky
    Feb 22, 2016

    This was really good. I served it over brown rice. I used my crock pot instead of the pressure cooker. I seared the chicken using PAM and omitted the flour. Then dumped everything in the slow cooker Chicken on the bottom). So tasty! Will make many more times.

  • sandebunnie
    Jan 7, 2016

    Omg. This was so easy and tasty. I used an electric pressure cooker. When it said to use medium heat to add tomatoes paste to pan juices I put it into a sauce pan on high and heated iton high. Next time II will use boneless chicken

  • CajunLady24993
    Dec 29, 2015

    This recipe is definitely a "must try", as my mom use to make this for us years ago. Sadly, I never asked her for the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • Denise6
    Mar 18, 2015

    Going to try this, I think it looks good.

  • Derrell
    Jan 14, 2014

    I use my pressure cookers on a regular basis . I'll try this recipe because it sounds really good . I will have to double it thou because of large family .