Balsamic chicken is an easy crockpot meal in a tangy tomato sauce!

Balsamic Chicken in the Crockpot (or Instant Pot).

  • Author: Bet Denton


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 chicken breasts OR 3-4 chicken thighs
  • ground pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
  • cooked brown rice, quinoa, or angel hair pasta, for serving
  • feta or Parmesan cheese, for serving


Crockpot Instructions:

  1. Pour olive oil on the bottom of the crockpot. Add chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put sliced onion on top of chicken. Add garlic and herbs. Pour in balsamic vinegar and top with tomatoes/sauce.
  2. Cook 4 hours on High, or 8 hours on Low. Shred chicken. Serve over brown rice, quinoa, or angel hair pasta. Top with some feta cheese or Parmesan.

Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. Press the “Saute” button on Instant Pot. Add olive oil to the bottom and let it heat up. Add onions and cook for 3-5 minutes, until they begin to turn translucent. Add salt and pepper to taste, and garlic, and cook 1 minute more.
  2. Turn off the saute setting and add the chicken breasts in an even layer on top of the onions/garlic. Pour on balsamic vinegar, then add canned tomatoes and seasoning and stir the tomatoes and vinegar gently. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and lock the lid. Press the “Manual” button and set the time to 7-9 minutes for chicken breasts (I used 9 for larger chicken breasts), or 10 minutes for chicken thighs.
  3. When chicken is cooked, use the Quick Release function to release the pressure and then remove the lid. Shred the chicken, and serve over brown rice, quinoa, or angel hair pasta and top with feta or Parmesan cheese.


You can use any combination of canned tomatoes that you like – all diced, all sauce, some jarred spaghetti sauce – whatever you have on hand!

The chicken will be more shred-y and falling apart if you cook it in the crockpot.

The Instant Pot takes time to come up to pressure, so don’t be tricked into thinking it only cooks for 10 minutes! The heating up/coming up to pressure process takes 10-40 minutes, according to the Instant Pot people, and took about 20 when I made it.

Recipe adapted from Dishing With Leslie