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instant pot balsamic chicken

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken thighs and drumsticks are drenched in a zesty, spiced balsamic sauce with honey and herbs.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 295kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 3 chicken drumsticks
  • 3 chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth low-sodium
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley for garnish

Balsamic Sauce:

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/4 fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  • Wash and rinse the, pat dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper, set aside.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on the Saute mode. Once hot, add 2 tablespoons of oil, once the oil is shimmering, sear the chicken thighs and drumsticks in batches, starting skin side down, until nicely browned.
  • Remove chicken and set aside.
  • Add onion and tomato and cook until tomatoes start to break down about 3 minutes.


  • Combine the Sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir until the honey is completely dissolved. Set aside.
  • Pour in the chicken broth, then the sauce in the Instant Pot, and give it a quick stir.
  • Add a trivet to the IP. Add the chicken back to the IP on the trivet.


  • Cover the lid. Select Manual or Pressure Cook mode and set to High pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Once done, do a quick pressure release.
  • Sprinkle with the parsley and serve the honey balsamic chicken with the sauce on top of rice or pasta.



Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg