40 minsBatch Meal

Instant Pot balsamic-glazed chicken & carrots with side salad

Makes: enough for three meals
Makes: enough for three meals


  • 18 chicken thighs
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 18 carrots
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups balsamic vinegar
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 12 cups mixed greens


  1. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Preheat Instant Pot on Saute; more heat. Add 3 tbsp olive oil and heat until oil shimmers. Add chicken thighs and cook, without turning, until golden browned, about 5 minutes. Flip thighs and brown other side, 3 to 4 more minutes. Transfer thighs to a plate and set aside.

  2. While chicken cooks, peel carrots and cut into 1-inch pieces.

  3. Discard excess fat from pot, leaving just enough to coat the bottom. Add carrots and let cook without stirring until browned, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and stir, scraping bottom of pot to release any browned bits.

  4. Add 1 ½ cup balsamic, the honey, mustard and dried thyme; stir to combine. Add chicken thighs back to pot. Lock lid in place and select Manual; high pressure. Set time to 10 minutes. After cooking, naturally release pressure for 5 minutes, then quick release remaining pressure.

  5. While chicken is cooking, preheat oven broiler on high. When chicken has cooked, Remove chicken thighs and place them skin-side up (if with skin) on a baking sheet. Set oven rack to second rung (roughly 6 inches below heat) and cook thighs under broiler until crisped on top, 3 to 5 minutes.

  6. Remove carrots from pot and transfer to a serving dish. Set pot to Saute; more heat. Let sauce simmer until reduced to a thick glaze, about 5 minutes.

  7. While chicken crisps, whisk together remaining ⅓ cup olive oil and remaining ⅓ cup balsamic in a salad bowl; season with salt and pepper to taste. Add mixed greens and toss to coat.

  8. Pour balsamic reduction over carrots. Enjoy with chicken thighs and side salad.