This recipe for 30-Minute Chicken Cacciatore doesn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a great dish you can just throw together but make it look like you have been slaving over it for hours – this is the one. This was also one of the first recipes I learned to make in my pressure cooker. Let’s face it, it’s a great excuse to eat a load of olives, too.
1 cup salt-free chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt (withhold if using salted stock)
1 bay leaf
6 to 8 bone-in chicken drumsticks (1 1/2 to 2 pounds, fresh or frozen), or a mix of drumsticks and thighs
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (28-ounce) can whole stewed tomatoes in purée
1/2 cup black olives (about 2.5 ounces), pitted
1. Preheat the pressure cooker (by pressing brown/sauté mode).
2. Add chicken stock, salt, and bay leaf and mix well. Then, in the following order, add chicken, onion, garlic powder, oregano, and tomatoes.
3. Close the lid and pressure-cook for 15 minutes at high pressure. When time is up, open the pressure cooker with slow normal release: Open the valve on the lid slowly, or if the valve only opens at full throttle, in small bursts.
4. Remove the lid, tilting it away from you. Mix the contents well, remove, and discard the bay leaf. If the meat isn’t almost falling off the bones (it should be), take the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is at least 165°F.
5. Using a slotted spoon, arrange the chicken and tomatoes on a deep serving dish. Drizzle with cooking liquid and sprinkle with black olives before serving.
6. Reduce the cooking liquid and serve over chicken and cooked pasta.