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Balsamic Chicken [Instant Pot]

  • Author: Nancylynn Sicilia
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Balsamic Chicken made in the Instant Pot is a quick recipe to put together.  It uses balsamic vinegar, diced or crushed tomatoes, garlic, and sauteed red onion to give your chicken tons of flavor.  I love to serve it over zoodles for some veggie power! It’s a perfect recipe for IP beginners!



  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 12lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 28oz can of diced or crushed tomatoes (I love it with either!)
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • zoodles (optional)


  1. Spray Instant Pot with cooking spray and use Saute button to saute onions until they become soft and translucent. Add minced garlic and saute for an additional minute.
  2. Add chicken, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and spices to pot.
  3. Set to manual/pressure cook for 15 minutes. After cook time, do a full natural release (about 10 minutes).
  4. Shred chicken and serve with sauce and zoodles* or pasta!
  5. *I don’t even cook the zoodles – I allow it to steam in the sauce, but feel free to saute also!

Note: The cook time for the chicken used to be 10 minutes with QR.  Now, I find that 15 minutes with a full natural release works better!

Looking for the crock pot version of this recipe?  21 Day Fix Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken with Zoodles


21 Day Fix: 1 RED, 1/2 GREEN for chicken – plus more GREEN if you use zoodles

WW Freestyle: 2 points per serving with or without zoodles


  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup of chicken and 1/2 cup of sauce

Keywords: chicken, dinner, instant pot, balsamic, dairy-free, gluten-free