Instant Pot Chicken Broth

Homemade chicken broth is so simple and a wonderful soup to enjoy or use in recipes. Chicken bones and vegetables give this DIY broth deep flavor.

Instant Pot chicken broth in a mason jar.

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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Broth Recipe

Instant pot chicken broth is a one-step recipe. All you need to do is place chicken, onion, carrots, celery, and water in your Instant Pot and let it cook for ninety minutes. What could be easier?

Why Homemade Chicken Broth Is Better Than Store-Bought

This chicken bone broth Instant Pot method is a super fast way to make chicken broth that is way better than anything from the store. You have complete control over the ingredients and don’t need to read a label to decide if a container of broth is really good for you.

In fact, this pressure cooker chicken broth recipe will change your life, and once you try homemade, you will never go back.

Homemade chicken broth is so much richer and deeper in flavor. You will reach a new level of home cooking appreciation when you can casually speak to your friends about making your own broth.

Ingredients You Will Need for This Chicken Broth in Instant Pot Recipe

With this simple recipe for chicken broth, you’ll always have a nourishing base for sauces and soups. Here’s all you will need:

  • Chicken thighs, wings, backs, and/or necks
  • Carrots
  • Celery stalks
  • Onion
Instant Pot chicken broth ingredients on a tray.

How to Make Chicken Broth in Instant Pot

With this Instant Pot chicken broth recipe, making homemade chicken broth has never been easier. Just check out the following:

  1. Chop the vegetables.
chopped carrots, celery, and onions on a cutting board.
  1. Place all the ingredients in the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot chicken broth ingredients in the pot before cooking.
  1. Close the lid and use the manual setting and set it on high for 90 minutes.
  2. Perform either a quick release or allow a natural release.
  3. Strain the broth with a fine-mesh strainer.
Instant Pot chicken broth in a Ball mason jar.

Tips for Making This Instant Pot Chicken Broth Recipe

  • Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the broth, discarding the solids.
  • If you refrigerate the broth overnight, the fat will float to the top and solidify, making it easy to remove.

Recipe Variations

If you’ve got a chicken carcass leftover from making roast chicken or from a store-bought rotisserie chicken, don’t think there’s nothing you can do with it! Save it for making chicken broth. You don’t even have to use the carcass right away. Place it in a big freezer bag and put it in the freezer until you’re ready to make broth. 

You can even use up all those vegetable scraps lingering in your fridge. You know, the ones you typically discard during your monthly clean-out.

How Do You Make Broth in General?

Some traditional recipes for making broth call for six to eight hours of simmering on the stovetop. However, the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker will give you delicious broth in less than an hour without your having to babysit it. Plus, you won’t have to cope with overflows on your clean stovetop.

Really, you most likely don’t have the time to spare to watch a pot simmer for six, seven, or eight hours. Even if you do, you might not want the aroma of boiling chicken for eight hours straight.

What Is the Difference Between Chicken Stock and Chicken Broth?

Chicken stock and chicken broth are quite similar but not exactly the same.

Chicken stock has a pretty well-defined set of ingredients: chicken bones, mirepoix (e.g., carrots, celery, onions), and some kind of herbs and/or aromatics. Chicken stock is hearty—when refrigerated, it solidifies into a gel due to collagen from the bones leaching into the stock.

Chicken broth, on the other hand, is more loosely defined. Broth simply describes a liquid that chicken (or some other meat) has been simmered in. For instance, the liquid remaining after poaching chicken breasts could be considered a broth.

Broth is typically a bit lighter in consistency and less nutrient-dense than stock. If you use chicken with some bones, you’ll get a slightly denser chicken bone broth.

How to Use Instant Pot Chicken Broth in Everyday Cooking

You might be wondering what chicken broth is good for. The answer is just about any soup or stew will be made way better if you use your homemade broth. You can also use it instead of water to cook grains, rice, quinoa, barley, etc. 

How to Store Chicken Broth

Divide your broth between airtight containers. Chicken broth can be refrigerated for up to three days or frozen for up to three months. Store it in the fridge in glass jars if you plan to use it soon. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the fridge and heat up in a saucepan or microwave.

Tip: Freeze the broth in small containers. Then you can easily pop one out of the freezer without having to defrost a big frozen block. One idea is to use silicone ice cube molds. Place the frozen cubes in a plastic zip-top freezer bag. Each cube will give you about 1/3 cup of broth.

Instant Pot chicken broth, carrots, celery, and onion.

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Instant Pot Chicken Broth

Homemade chicken broth is easy to make in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Broth, Homemade Chicken Broth, Instant Pot Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 10kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken (thighs, wings, backs, or necks)
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 ribs celery sliced
  • ½ to 1 onion
  • water (enough to fill the Instant Pot to the 10-cup mark)

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in the Instant Pot.
  • Use the manual setting to cook on high pressure for 90 minutes.
  • When the broth has finished cooking, either perform a quick release or allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Strain the solids from the broth and discard the bones and arromatics.
  • Store the broth in the fridge and use it within about 7 days, or freeze it for longer storage.

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Notes

There is no salt or pepper added to the stock before cooking, this will allow you to season to taste when you are preparing your final dish.

Equipment

1 Instant Pot

Nutrition

Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2593IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. DJ D

    4 stars
    Where in the world learn that chicken broth can be frozen for only three months? If properly sealed it can last for years in the freezer.

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