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Balsamic Vinegar Chicken

Chicken in Vinegar - Pressure cooker

Chicken in Vinegar cooked with a pressure cooker is a rustic French dish really easy to make and perfect for a dinner during a busy week.
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Cuisine French
Servings 6


  • 8 drumstick chicken or a whole chicken cut into 8 pieces (skin removed)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 100 ml old wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar (I used balsamic vinegar)
  • 150 ml water or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 6 tablespoon crème fraîche or heavy whipping cream 
  • salt, pepper


  • Peel the onion, cloves of garlic, and carrots. Cut them finely with a knife.
  • Sprinkle each piece of chicken with salt and pepper.
  • In the pressure cooker, put the olive oil and butter. When melted and hot, lightly brown the pieces of chicken in all faces. I make this in two batches. Put all the brown chicken pieces aside.
  • Throw the fat away. Add the onion, garlic, and carrots. Add just a little bit of olive oil if needed so this does not burn. When it is almost soft,  add vinegar and scrape the bottom to lift and incorporate all the browned bits. Let it reduce at high heat for approximately 5 min. Add the tomato paste and 150 ml water. Add the chicken.
  • Close the pressure cooker, and cook on high. When the steam escapes, turn down the heat. Cook 20 minutes.
  • Open the pressure cooker and remove all the pieces of chicken. Keep warm aside.
  • Add the mustard and crème fraîche to the sauce. Add pepper and let the sauce thicken a little bit.
  • Serve with rice and green beans or peas on the side if you like.
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