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



  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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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This Chicken Cacciatore has the best fall-of-the-bone chicken and is packed with veggies and hearty flavor! A healthier version of the classic Italian dish everyone will LOVE, that’s made quickly in your Instant Pot pressure cooker! Easy Chicken Cacciatore

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This fall-off-the-bone chicken is hearty and flavorful, and serves a crowd or makes for delicious leftovers. The pressure cooker is one of my new favorite gadgets. Why? Because a chicken this tender and flavorful usually requires cooking low and slow, yet we made it quick!

What do you eat chicken cacciatore with?

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Serve it over rice, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free rice pasta for the perfect meal!

Which instant pot to get?

I love my 6 qt. Duo. If you’re often cooking for more than 4 people, I’d go for the 8 qt.

What can I cook in instant pot?

Lots of things, but let me say, not EVERYTHING. I’ve seen people wanting to make every single thing in the Instant Pot and I don’t think it works like that. It’s used for convenience. It cooks fast and definitely can cook things uniquely that you can’t get over the stovetop. With that said, it cooks food using water or other cooking liquid. Pressure is created by boiling a liquid, such as water or broth, inside the closed pressure cooker. The trapped steam increases the internal pressure and allows the temperature to rise. So since it steams, you wouldn’t want to make things like steak in your pressure cooker. Does that make sense?

How do you use an instant pot?

Based on what you’re cooking, add a cup or so of cooking liquid or of water to the pressure cooking pot. Lock the lid in place and make sure the valve is in the sealing/pressure cooking position. Select a pressure cooking button and let it cook! Use quick release or natural release (see below) once done, then enjoy!

InstantPot Chicken Cacciatore over pasta

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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 0:30 Yields 6


  • 8 chicken legs and/or thighs
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, use more as necessary for coating chicken and seasoning at the end
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, use more as necessary  for coating chicken and seasoning at the end
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 3 carrots, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced medium
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz can Tuttorosso diced tomatoes in juice
  • 14.5 oz can Tuttorosso diced tomatoes in juice, pulsed in a food processor or blender
  • 2 tablespoons freshly parsley, plus more to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar


  1. Pat chicken dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Set the pressure cooker to the saute setting at high heat. Add in oil. Working in batches sear chicken until golden brown, about five minutes on each side, adding more oil as necessary. The chicken should not be fully cooked at this stage but the skin should be nicely browned. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add onion, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms to the pressure cooker and saute until vegetables are soft, scrapping up browned bits, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add bay leaf, chicken broth, tomatoes, fresh thyme, fresh parsley, and balsamic vinegar. Return chicken to pressure cooker and press into tomatoes until they are mostly covered.
  3. Place lid on pressure cooker and lock in place. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Release pressure using quick release valve and remove lid. Remove bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (If a thicker sauce is desired, you can remove the chicken to a plate and simmer sauce until it is the desired thickness. Do this before seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.)
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve over rice, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta.

Recipe Notes

* Don't have a pressure cooker, cook this on the stovetop as well using Nanny's Potted Chicken on page 160 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook as a reference! In a large braising pan or Dutch oven, follow steps 1-2 as directed, cover, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 90-100 minutes.

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Instant Pot Pho

I have been wanting to make my own Beef Pho for a long time now and I must say, I am so HAPPY that I finally did! This Instant Pot Pho made in the pressure cooker is light, packed with flavor, and makes for the perfect healthy and warming meal! Loaded with minerals such as collagen, vitamins, and protein, plus all the veggie and aromatic add-ins, I can’t wait to make this again and again.

Instant Pot Pho

Simply make the broth, add in the herbs, protein, and veggies of choice and BOOM delicious Pho all week long! This recipe makes a TON of broth and can be stored either in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 4-6 months!

Instant Pot Pho

I love ordering Pho, but something they use when making it really messes up my stomach! I also care about the quality of meat and bones I am consuming, so making my own was a no brainer! Plus, the Instant Pot makes the bone broth come together QUICKLY! No 24 hours, here!

What is an Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is a seven-in-one multi-cooker that works as an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan all in one.

Instant Pot Pho

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Instant Pot Pho

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 1 hour and 15 minutes Total Time 0:10 Serves 6


    Bone Broth

    • 4 lb total beef bones (using a mix is best, bone marrow, knuckles, and/or ribs, shank bone)
    • 2 medium onions, sliced in half
    • 2 cloves garlic, skin removed
    • 2 medium carrots, sliced in half
    • 2 knob of ginger, sliced in half
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
    • 2 teaspoon salt
    • 4 whole star anise
    • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 6 cups of water


    • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
    • 1 cup bean sprouts
    • 1/2 lb grass-fed sirloin steak, sliced very thinly (freeze meat for 15 minutes before cutting to make the slicing easier), cook on the stove with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1 lime, cut into wedges
    • 2 scallions, sliced thinly
    • 1 box of rice noodles, par-cooked based on package instructions
    • 1 bunch Basil
    • 1 bunch Cilantro
    • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
    • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
    • Fresh Hot Red Pepper, sliced


    1. Place onion, garlic, carrot and ginger on a sheet-tray. Broil for 10 minutes, or until charred.
    2. Parboil the bones: While vegetables are cooking, fill a medium sized pot with water, cover and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, turn down heat to medium low and add the beef bones. Cook for 2-3 minutes at a high simmer, never at a rolling boil. Drain and skim off any fat that remains on the bones. Place the bones in your pressure cooker.
    3. Add charred veggies, apple cider vinegar, spices, and enough water to cover the bones to your pressure cooker.
    4. Cover and seal the pressure cooker. Using the manual timer, set the pressure cooker to high for 45 minutes. Once done, shut off the heat and let sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, open the pressure cooker and strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer until it runs clear. About 2-3 times.
    5. While broth is cooking, cook the steak. Heat a small skillet with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Add in steak and cook on medium heat until no pink remains. Set aside in a bowl until ready to eat!
    6. Par-cook your rice noodles based on package instructions and set aside until ready to eat.

    7. Assembly: Place bone broth in desired bowls. Add in desired toppings and devour!

    Recipe Notes

    • * Bone Broth Storage Tips: Place the remaining broth in a covered glass container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you would like to freeze it to make it last for 4-6 months, place it in ice cube trays and transfer cubes to a freezer bag! Make sure that the bone broth is fully cooled before you freeze or refrigerate it.
    • When the bone broth cools, you might see a layer of fat on the top. Simply skim it off using a slotted spoon.
    • * Ask your butcher if they have thinly sliced beef. We get ours from Bucher box, who has the thinly sliced beef pre-sliced. If you are looking for a great way to get grass-fed high quality meat right to your door, it is for you! As a promotion for all of YOU, you will get $15 OFF + Free Bacon (uncured, pastured, and sugar-free)! Order and learn more about it here!
    • *Make it in your slow cooker!
    • Follow steps one and two as directed. Add charred veggies, apple cider vinegar, spices, and enough water to cover the bones to your slow cooker. Cover, set it to low, and cook for 8-10 hours. Once done, strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer until it runs clear. Follow the rest of the steps as directed and devour!
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