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caprese instant pot chicken thighs on a gray plate with basil
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Caprese Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Caprese Instant Pot chicken thighs are perfect for summer! Chicken thighs are cooked to juicy perfection in a sweet, tangy balsamic sauce, then topped with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 311kcal


  • ¼ cup chicken stock (or water)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (roughly 8 thighs; trim excess fat)
  • 8 slices mozzarella
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup basil leaves torn


  • In the base of a 6 quart Instant Pot, mix together the stock, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup until combined.
  • Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat.
  • Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, with a quick pressure release (immediately release the pressure when the timer beeps).
  • Carefully transfer the chicken thighs to a baking sheet. Place a slice of cheese on each chicken thigh.
  • Select 'sautee' (you may need to cancel the keep warm setting first), then simmer the sauce for 4-5 minutes, until it starts to thicken. Stir in the tomatoes and simmer another 1-2 minutes until they are softened slightly. Stir in the basil.
  • Place chicken under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Serve the chicken with a big scoop of the tomato/basil/balsamic sauce. Enjoy!

To prepare ahead and freeze

  • In a gallon sized freezer bag (or eco-friendly silicone freezer bag), combine the chicken thighs, chicken stock, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.
  • Squeeze out extra air and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw completely before cooking as directed above.


You may swap chicken breasts for the chicken thighs and adjust cook time to 8 minutes.


Serving: 1/6 of batch | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 364mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 17.3mg | Calcium: 230mg | Iron: 1.7mg