Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken

chicken thighs with carrots, baby potatoes and asparagus on a blue plate

If you had a tiring day and want to skip the struggle to spend the rest of the time in the kitchen, this recipe is perfect for your dinner tonight!

It's a very simple dump-and-go recipe that always proves to be crowd-pleasing to me 🙂

chicken thighs with carrots, baby potatoes and asparagus on a blue plate

Balsamic Chicken wipes off the traditional way of marinating and cooking chicken on the stove and you're gonna love this new version of it I bet!

It would take only 20 minutes of your day to serve your family with this delicious Balsamic Chicken!

Why This Recipe Works

The extremely soft and juicy chicken, marinated and cooked in the iconic combination of spices, herbs, broth, and veggies, served with a stir-fried side dish is all anyone would ask for! It is more heartful in taste than it looks in the pictures, trust me! And if it does, you can also give a read to the Instant Pot Jerk Chicken recipe.

Balsamic chicken contains very simple ingredients and I should say VERY FEW STEPS TO PERFORM. It's all a dump-and-go activity and you're done!

Learn how to make the amazingly flavorful, savory, and appetizing Balsamic Chicken using an Instant Pot!

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Recipe Ingredients

Chicken Thighs - I have used boneless, skinless chicken thighs in my recipe because they turn out so moist and delicious but you can also go with the chicken breasts. Cut off the excess fat first, wash it, pat dry, and use.

Lemon Juice - It adds a bit tarty yet so wonderful flavor to your chicken inside and out and makes your chicken extra soft and tender in texture. You can also use lemon zest here if you want to.

Balsamic Vinegar - It is the king of all the ingredients in this recipe. Balsamic vinegar adds in a bit smoky, a different but mindblowing sweet and sour flavor, and a mellow tartness in this dish balancing the rich flavors of the chicken. This is what makes this dish very different from others.

Chicken Broth - You can use any chicken broth whether homemade or store-bought. But make sure your broth is fresh and good because it plays a very important role in flavor and taste. You can also use vegetable broth if you don't have any or watch my Chicken broth recipe.

Veggies - I have used my favorite combination of veggies here like carrots, baby potatoes, garlic, and asparagus but you can also add or less depending on your choice. some recommendations to use here are onion, corns, bell peppers, or any other you like.

Xanthan Gum - If you're not familiar with it then it's an agent used for thickening liquids, especially those that are in small amounts. There were so many leftover spices at the bottom of Instant Pot and I didn't want to waste any of it. Xanthan gum wipes up every bit of it while converting them into a thick flavorful sauce that you're gonna die for 🙂

How to Make Balsamic Chicken

Take the Instant Pot and pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into it. Then add 3 chicken thighs to it.

Press the 'saute' mode and set the timer for 5 minutes. Let it cook and flip it after a while to cook both sides equally.

Dish out the chicken and set it aside.

Now add 3 tablespoons of ghee to an Instant Pot and pour ½ cup of lemon juice into it.

Pour 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar into the pot.

Add 3 finely chopped garlic cloves to the liquid.

Stir them a bit and then pour ½ cups of chicken broth into it.

Place the sauteed chicken in an Instant Pot then add 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning to it. You can explore Italian sausage and paste as well if you like Italian dishes.

Add 1 large carrot, cut in medium pieces, to it.

Add ½ lb of medium-sized baby potatoes to it.

Add salt to it as per taste.

Add pepper to it as per taste.

Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.

When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural release so the chicken gets some m0re time to get tender and juicy.

Take out the chicken and vegetables and keep aside.

Now, take ½ bunch of asparagus and add it to an Instant Pot.

Add ½ teaspoon of garlic powder to it.

Select 'saute' mode and set the timer for 5 minutes.

Add ½ teaspoon of Xanthan Gum (optional).

Keep stirring with the help of a wooden spoon until it turns into a thick and nice sauce.

The delicious and juicy chicken is ready to serve! pour the sauce over it, serve it with sauteed asparagus, and enjoy!

What to Serve with Balsamic Chicken

It's an overall dish that doesn't need any other side dish to make it fancier but I already have made it with some sauteed asparagus. If you want to skip this side dish and want to act more impressive then I can suggest some of the very easy side dishes that make Balsamic Chicken more flawless.

You can serve it with some baked mac and cheese to give more power to its sweet tangy flavor. Also, You can serve it with roasted potatoes and baked beans to make it versatile and inviting.

Need more ideas? Check out What To Serve With Balsamic Chicken for 16 tasty side dishes.

Recipe FAQs

What more variations can I do in this recipe?

You can do so many variations in this recipe as it is very flexible and goes perfect with every change. Like you can add your favorite herbs to it like thyme, rosemary leaves, etc. I sometimes love adding honey to it as it gives this dish more strong sweet flavor which my family love. You can also use olive oil only instead of ghee to give a more rich flavor to the dish. Add and fewer spices and veggies as your family's choice.

Can I store Balsamic Chicken? And for how long?

Yes, You can store the leftovers of it for 2-3 days in the refrigerator, packed in an airtight container, or properly covered in aluminum foil. You can also freeze it for 1-2 months by keeping it in a freezer-friendly bag and don't forget to label the date on it. It would be helpful for you to know whether it's good to eat or not.

Is it good to marinate the chicken first then cook?

Yes, Why not! But it would be good to marinate chicken for a few hours only instead of overnight to save it from breaking into pieces while cooking. The best way to marinate it is with lemon juice, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and some honey.

More Chicken Recipes

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Instant Pot Chinese Chicken Rice

Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken

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chicken thighs with carrots, baby potatoes and asparagus on a blue plate

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken

Recipes involving marination have been quite tedious, but not anymore. This Balsamic Chicken recipe uses an iconic combination of spices, herbs, broth and veggies and takes only 20 minutes to get ready!
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Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: baby potatoes, balsamic chicken, balsamic vinegar, Chicken Broth, easy recipe, instant pot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Corrie


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoon ghee
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 carrot cut in medium size
  • ½ lb baby potatoes cut in half
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • ½ bunch asparagus
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum optional


  • Take an instant pot and add olive oil and chicken thighs to it.
  • Saute it for 5 minutes while keep flipping the sides of the chicken thighs to cook them equally on both sides. Dish it out and set it aside.
  • Add ghee, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, chopped garlic to an instant pot, and stir a bit.
  • Add broth, sauteed chicken, Italian seasoning, carrots, baby potatoes, salt, and pepper and stir well.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural pressure release (or at least for 20 minutes).
  • Take chicken and veggies out of the instant pot and set them aside.
  • Add asparagus and garlic powder to an instant pot and saute them for 5 minutes. Dish it out and set it aside.
  • Now add xanthan gum to an instant pot and keep stirring.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken, serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 573kcal Carbohydrates: 25g Protein: 23g Fat: 43g Saturated Fat: 16g Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g Monounsaturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 150mg Sodium: 271mg Potassium: 855mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 6g Vitamin A: 4068IU Vitamin C: 37mg Calcium: 66mg Iron: 4mg



  • While making thick sauce or cooking chicken, you can add a bit of water if you got a burning sign.
  • You can make some holes in the chicken with the help of a fork if you want it spicier from inside than it would be from outside.
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