Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken

Ready for the juiciest chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale in sweet balsamic glaze for dinner without even turning on the stove? Then this Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken is just what you need to make tonight! This dish is perfect for those hot steamy summer nights (or cool, lazy fall or winter ones) when you want to eat a home cooked meal but don’t want to heat up the house. It’s also gluten-free, paleo, low carb and whole30 friendly. Made in partnership with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic (SVO Farmer Focus)!

balsamic chicken instant pot meal on a platterInstant Pot Balsamic Chicken Dinner

This Balsamic Chicken Dinner recipe made in the Instant Pot doesn’t require a whole lot of actual hands-on cooking and the resulting dish is just SO delicious! Juicy chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale all covered in a savory and sweet balsamic glaze! This meal is perfect served as is for one of those hot steamy summer nights when you want a delicious dinner but do not want to turn on that oven or stove!

Why Cooking Dinner in the Instant Pot is the Best

We could sing praises all day about about why we love the Instant Pot, especially for easy dinners! This appliance isn’t just for making quick work of typically long braised dishes like beef barbacoa or pork carnitas. It’s also great for quick weeknight dinners that don’t actually require much hands-on cooking. This Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken dish is great for all of that. The recipe doesn’t require very much prep work aside from gathering some ingredients and washing off some produce. All that means an easy delicious meal without much effort.

A few notes to make this meal a success in the Instant Pot

  • Make sure to get the right size potatoes.
  • Don’t stack the chicken on top of one another when cooking, it can interfere with the chicken breasts cooking all the way through.
  • Make sure to read the directions all the way before you begin cooking so you can have anything prepped that you need to make cooking go smoothly.

How to Clean Kale

Kale, especially when it comes from the farm can be pretty gritty. To wash it:

  1. Take the hard part of the stems off of the kale. We usually just rip the leaf off the stem, but if you want you could cut it.
  2. Fill a large bowl with cool water.
  3. Submerge the kale leaves and swish around for 10 seconds.
  4. Let the kale sit for 1 minute in the cool water to let any grit sink to the bottom of the bowl.
  5. Without agitating the water too much, quickly pick up the kale directly out of the water, leaving behind any sand or dirt.
  6. Empty the water and rinse out the bowl and repeat this until step until the water is clear after you remove the kale.

What Size Potatoes to Use

Because we’re cooking this dinner up in the Instant Pot, it’s important to get the correct size potatoes. For this recipe we’re using a medley of small (or baby) potatoes, that are all about 1″ in size. If you are getting potatoes that are larger than this they may not cook up in the same amount of time if left whole. If you can’t find 1″ potatoes, you can cut up a potato to 1″ pieces.

boneless chicken breasts for instant pot recipes

I am so happy to partner with my friends at SVO Farmer Focus to bring you this Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken recipe! Shenandoah Valley Organic (SVO) has been my go-to trusted, farmer focus, meat company for a few years now. SVO Farmer Focus prides themselves in producing the highest quality chickens grown on family-owned farms. You can 100% taste the difference.

If you are like me, choosing organic meat for my family that I can trust, that doesn’t have any added antibiotics or hormones is a top priority. It can be frustrating to go to the grocery store these days and *think* that you are picking up chicken that comes from an all-natural sounding brand that does things right, but then unfortunately if you look further into who owns that chicken company, you might be surprised to find out that it’s just the giant chicken manufacturer in this country. 

Shenandoah Valley Organic is building partnerships with growers through a Farmer Focus Business Model

I love that with SVO Farmer Focus, you know that they are supporting their farmers and they are a company that is working hard to do things right. But not only that, they also truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every SVO Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it, so you know it’s trusted and they are accountable.

SVO chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! Use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

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Balsamic Chicken in the Instant Pot

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:10 Inactive Time 00:15 Total Time 00:30 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chicken breasts, balsamic vinegar, chicken stock, olive oil, italian seasoning, salt, pepper and potatoes in the liner of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Mix together to combine and make sure that the chicken is not stacked on top of each other. Close the lid and set vent to sealing.
  2. Cook on manual high pressure for 8 minutes and once done use the quick release function. Remove chicken and potatoes and cover to keep warm and set aside.
  3. Add onion and kale to the pot. Close the lid and set to sealing and cook on manual high pressure for 3 minutes. Use the quick release function when done.
  4. Slice the chicken and divide on four plates along with potatoes and kale.
  5. If desired, you can thicken up the sauce at this point: Press the saute function. Add 1 teaspoon of arrowroot to a small bowl and scoop out some of the balsamic liquid and whisk it with the arrowroot to create a slurry. Return it to the pot and let cook until it has thickened, about 1 minute. Drizzle over the chicken and potatoes and serve hot!

Recipe Notes

  1. You do not need to thicken this sauce up, this step can be skipped and the sauce served as is. But if you prefer to have a thick sauce to coat you can use the arrowroot option. The amount of arrowroot you need will vary depending on how much liquid remains in the pot at the end (this varies). If 1 teaspoon is not enough you can add 1 teaspoon at a time as instructed until it's reached your desired consistency.
  2. If your chicken has cooled too quickly in between steps, place back in the pot when thickening up the sauce to warm up briefly.
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Bruschetta Chicken

With summer in full swing, this simple Grilled Bruschetta Chicken recipe is calling your name! Perfectly marinated chicken is grilled up, sliced and topped with a fresh and bright tomato and basil bruschetta. A delicious dinner that’s gluten-free, low-carb and paleo and whole30 friendly.

easy bruschetta with grilled chicken

Easy Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

This Bruschetta Chicken is perfect anytime of the year now that you can find ripe greenhouse tomatoes year round. However this is especially on point during grilling season when farm, fresh tomatoes are everywhere. It’s the perfect semi no cook meal when the weather begs for you to cook and eat outside. The chicken is marinated to perfection, grilled, and topped with a delicious fresh tomato bruschetta. It’s perfect on it’s own, but if you want you can serve it with a light salad or with pasta! This dish is already gluten-free and low-carb but leave out the cheese for a Whole30 compliant or paleo meal.

What is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta (pronounced bru-sketta in case you ever find yourself in Italy and want to do as the Italians do) is an Italian appetizer of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil, and sometimes topped with other things like tomatoes. In American culture bruschetta usually means bread topped with diced tomatoes and basil, and sometimes cheese. Our recipe takes the idea of the grilled bread, and uses grilled chicken instead for a heartier more nutrient dense version, making it appropriate as a meal (and dang delicious!)

bowl of bruschetta

Easy Bruschetta Chicken Ingredients

  • Boneless + skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Fresh mozzarella

How to Serve Bruschetta Chicken

This recipe is intended to be a stand alone dish! But it wouldn’t be out of place to serve it with some pasta (spaghetti or linguine might be nice), spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice. It also could be great on a bed of tender greens like spinach or arugula!

Can I make it without a grill?

Yes! While we love the charred smoky taste of the grill, this dish would still be perfectly acceptable on a grill pan inside of even if you need to, in a regular skillet! Do what works for you, either way a nice marinated juicy piece of chicken will be delicious topped with this tomato salad.

easy bruschetta chicken dinner

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Bruschetta Chicken
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the Chicken
  1. 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  4. 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Bruschetta
  1. 4 tomatoes
  2. 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  3. 1 garlic clove, minced fine
  4. 1 to 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  6. Salt, to taste
  7. Black pepper, to taste
  8. 1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil, chopped
  9. Optional: 1/2 to 1 cup fresh chopped mozzarella
  10. Additional basil, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper then place chicken, balsamic, and oil into a resealable ziplock bag or glass marinating dish. Let marinade for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  2. When ready to grill, grease grill and heat to medium heat.
  3. Add chicken and let cook for 7 minutes on each side or until fully cooked through.
  4. While grilling, combine all bruschetta ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  5. Top chicken with bruschetta and serve immediately.
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