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Instant Pot Bone Broth

Use leftover chicken bones to create a rich and flavorful Instant Pot Bone Broth! It’s healthy and a perfect addition to your recipes!

When I want an easy dinner I turn to my Instant Pot and whip up something tasty like Instant Pot Lentil SoupInstant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken, or Instant Pot Tomato Soup. Another great tip is to have Instant Pot Bone Broth on hand for quick and easy dinners!

Mason jars filled with instant pot bone broth.

Use it all up!

Don’t waste those left over chicken bones! Use them to create your very own bone broth. It’s healthy and SO delicious. All you need to add is a few spices, veggies and liquid. It really doesn’t require much.

Using the instant pot also means it whips up in a flash. It’s as simple and throwing everything together, cooking, and straining. 

But what to use bone broth for? Bone broth is perfect for adding flavor to soups and stews, pot pies, gravies, really most savory dishes that require a liquid. Or just drink it up as a comforting snack or for those days you are a little under the weather. It’s great to have on hand!!

Chopped ingredients for instant pot bone broth recipe.

How to make instant pot bone broth

VEGGIES. Place chicken bones, onion, celery, carrots, bay leaf and vinegar into the instant pot.

LIQUID. Add just enough water to cover the ingredients without going over the max line. It should be roughly 12 cups of water for a 6 quart pot. Add the salt and pepper if you are going to use them.**

COOK. Put the lid on top and lock into place. Turn the valve to seal, press the manual cooking button and set to high temperature for 180 minutes. After the allotted cooking time, let the pot naturally release for at least 30 minutes.

STRAIN + STORE. Open the pot carefully and use a slotted spoon to remove the large bones and vegetables into another bowl. Let them cool before throwing away. Pour the broth through a fine mesh strainer to remove any remaining food bits. Let the broth cool before putting it into a container or jars. Once refrigerated you can easily take off the fat that will be sitting on the surface.

Veggies and chicken for instant pot bone broth.

ways to use bone broth

Bone broth can be used in any recipe calling for broth. Some of our favorite ways to use it are:

  • replacing water when making rice or pasta
  • adding it into soups and stews
  • mix in gravies
  • warm it up and sipping from a mug
Simmering ingredients for instant pot bone broth.

Recipe Tips

You won’t believe how easy it is to make healthy, delicious bone broth in your Instant Pot. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Make bone broth after cooking a whole chicken in your Instant Pot, or use the bones leftover from a Rotisserie chicken to make your broth. You can also save leftover bones and freeze them in a bag for a few weeks until you are ready to make your broth.
  • Save leftover ends of your onions, celery, and carrots as well as carrot peels in a bag in the freezer for a few weeks and add to your Instant Pot when you are ready to make your broth.
  • If you have a newer Instant Pot select the “soup/broth” setting instead of manual and make sure your pot is set to high pressure.
  • If you would like to add in additional seasonings, sage, rosemary, and thyme are all good choices.
Straining instant pot bone broth.

Storing Info

STORE bone broth in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

FREEZE bone broth in Ziploc bags as mentioned on the recipe card, or pour broth into ice cube trays and once frozen pop out and store broth cubes in a Ziploc freezer bag. Broth will keep well for up to a year in the freezer.

Reheat broth on the stove or in the microwave until warmed. If frozen into cubes, blocks of broth can be dropped into soups or stews for some added flavor.

Jars of instant pot bone broth.

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Instant Pot Bone Broth Recipe

Use leftover chicken bones to create a rich and flavorful Instant Pot Bone Broth! It's healthy and a perfect addition to your recipes!
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Release Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 12 cups
Calories: 9kcal
Author: Life Made Simple Team
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Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken carcass - at least or use 1-3 lbs of bones
  • 1 small onion - peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 celery ribs - washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots - washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar *
  • 12 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt - can increase to taste to omit
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns - can increase to taste to omit

Instructions

  • Place chicken bones, onion, celery, carrots, bay leaf and vinegar into the instant pot.
  • Add just enough water to cover the ingredients without going over the max line. It should be roughly 12 cups of water for a 6 quart pot. Add the salt and pepper if you are going to use them.**
  • Put the lid on top and lock into place. Turn the valve to seal, press the manual cooking button and set to high temperature for 180 minutes.
  • After the allotted cooking time, let the pot naturally release for at least 30 minutes.
  • Open the pot carefully and use a slotted spoon to remove the large bones and vegetables into another bowl. Let them cool before throwing away.
  • Pour the broth through a fine mesh strainer to remove any remaining food bits. Let the broth cool before putting it into a container or jars. Once refrigerated you can easily take off the fat that will be sitting on the surface.

NOTES

*Apple cider vinegar helps break down the bones more.
** I don’t use any seasoning so that I can have more versatility and control when I use the broth for a variety of recipes.
-Another way to store your broth is in freezer bags, 2-4 cups per your preference. Lay the bags flat on a cookie sheet until frozen (make sure the bags are fully sealed). Then you can remove from the cookie sheet and store flat or standing in your freezer. Label and date bags. Or if you have a vacuum seal machine that’s a great way to freeze in bags too!

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Bone Broth Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
9
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
117
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
51
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
1703
IU
34
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
14
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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