Instant Pot Honey Balsamic Chicken is the perfect meal prep recipe and a delicious way to pressure cook chicken breasts. Serve this healthy Instant Pot recipe with roasted vegetables for a full meal!
It isn’t a secret that around here: meal prep recipes are a favorite of mine!
Meals that can be made ahead to save time on busy days are a winner in my book! Better yet – making healthy meals without the need to babysit them!
The time you’ll save isn’t only in the cooking, either. Requiring very little cleanup, slow cooker and Instant Pot recipes are perfect on busy nights!
Honey Balsamic Chicken Ingredients
One nice thing about this honey balsamic chicken Instant Pot recipe is the simple ingredient list.
Aside from boneless skinless chicken breasts, you only need basic pantry ingredients to make the honey balsamic sauce. Just some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, salt and pepper, honey, and garlic.
For the roasted veggies, you’ll need:
- baby red potatoes
- fresh green beans
- chopped carrots
- red bell pepper
If you want to, you can substitute different veggies, too.
Try to choose root vegetables or firmer veggies. Soft vegetables like zucchini and tomatoes are likely to overcook.
I don’t think anyone really loves mushy veggies, am I right?
Can I make this recipe using chicken thighs?
Absolutely! I use chicken thighs in a lot of my Instant Pot recipes. Just make sure that the thighs are boneless and skinless.
This chicken dinner is meant to be healthy; however, chicken skin is not a healthy choice. As a result, the chicken skin will add calories and fat. Besides, the skin won’t get crispy anyway.
Balsamic Chicken Instant Pot Recipe Tips
- Check the chicken for doneness; chicken breasts can vary in thickness. Use a kitchen thermometer or do a sight test. Chicken is finished cooking when the juices run clear or the internal temp reaches 163 degrees F.
- Don’t use a trivet; add the chicken to the bottom of the pot with the chicken broth. Not only will that help the chicken cook faster, but it also adds moisture, too. If you set the chicken breasts on a trivet, the Instant Pot will still bake the chicken, but it won’t be as juicy.
- Perform a quick release; a natural release takes a while. As a result, your chicken may overcook.
On its own, the honey balsamic chicken and veggies is a complete, gluten-free chicken dinner. If you want to change things up a bit, here are some ideas:
- To add some grains, serve it in bowls over white or brown rice, or quinoa is a healthy choice.
- Tuck it into flour tortillas, pita bread, or naan.
- With or without the roasted veggies, serve it over some healthy greens for a honey balsamic chicken salad!
More make-ahead meal prep chicken recipes
Use your Instant Pot to create these healthy meal prep recipes, too!
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortellini Soup
- Instant Pot Ramen Noodles with Chicken
- Meal Prep Instant Pot Jambalaya
If you plan to use this Instant Pot Honey Balsamic Chicken for lunches, grab some glass meal prep bowls.
I get all my free-range chicken from Butcher Box, conveniently delivered to me frozen.
Instant Pot Honey Balsamic Chicken
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup baby potatoes
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped green beans
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss vegetables with olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Add all ingredients for chicken to Instant Pot in order that they are listed. Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal.
- Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 5 minutes. Instant Pot will take about 10-15 minutes to come to pressure then pressure cook the 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, roast veggies for 15-20 minutes until fully cooked, tossing halfway through.
- Do a quick release of the pressure on the Instant Pot by flicking the switch at the top with a spoon. Open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily. Shred chicken, then serve in meal prep bowls alongside roasted veggies. Enjoy!