If you are looking for the ultimate in comfort food then this Instant Pot Chicken Broth is a recipe you have to try. Super tasty, easy to prepare, and the instant pot does all of the hard work for you. An amazing chicken bone broth that you are going to love.
There is nothing quite like Chicken Broth to give you that hug in a bowl. It can often be the ultimate comfort food, the dish that you turn to that will make you feel better, and also delivers flavor. The best thing about this is that not only can you enjoy it as it is, especially with adding a few little extras which I have suggested below, but it also can be hugely versatile in your cooking. This is the ultimate instant pot chicken stock that you can add as a base for soup as well as many other recipes. It is going to be a staple in your cooking I guarantee it.
Some people think that getting such an intense level of flavor in your homemade stock will take time and a lot of effort on your part, so this is where I have good news. The instant pot does all of the work. The best part about using the instant pot is that it delivers big intensity of flavor. You can use roast chicken, leftover bones, chicken pieces, or a whole chicken that you can then use the meat for another dish. So let’s get to it.
Ingredients needed for the Instant Pot Chicken Broth
- 2 lbs chicken wings or chicken bone parts (such as, back bones, necks or wing tips)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 ear corn, husked with silk removed and cut into 3 pieces
- 1/2 white onion, sliced
- 2 celery stalks with leaves
- 2 carrots, cut into slices
- Bunch of cilantro (or parsley, based on flavor preference)
- 8 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Bay leaf
How to make the Instant Pot Chicken Broth
Now that you have got all of the ingredients together it is time to make the chicken stock.
Step 1: Prepare the vegetables and chicken
Start off by preparing the vegetables. Cut the corn into three pieces and slice the carrots and onion. Then, rinse the chicken with cool water and pat dry with paper towels
Step 2: Combine ingredients in Instant Pot
Add the chicken wings or parts to the Instant Pot. Then, add in the garlic, corn, onion, celery, carrots and cilantro. Pour the water over the top of the ingredients, then add in the salt, pepper and a bay leaf.
Step 3: Pressure cook the ingredients
Now that everything is added to the pot, place the lid on top and close it. Make sure the valve is pointed toward sealing. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.
Step 4: Release pressure
Once the cook time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release for 30 minutes. Do not do a quick release as the slow decompression will allow the flavor of the broth to develop more.
Step 5: Strain the broth and enjoy!
Strain the broth and discard everything except the corn and the celery if you want them in your broth or soup.
Recipe notes and tips
With many recipes, no matter the simplicity or ease of it, there will always be extra tips to take note of. It will help you to ensure that you can get the recipe right the first time. I have a couple of suggestions and notes that will help you when making this recipe.
- If you decide to include other fresh vegetables, add the carrots from the beginning to cook. This will ensure that the carrot cooks through. If you are using zucchini, they cook quickly so cook all of the ingredients except the zucchini on high for 15 minutes and then add another 2 – 3 minutes with the zucchini.
- Another important note to mention is that it’s very important to make sure your bones do have a bit of meat on them.
- You can add the corn to your broth to serve or you can also eat it separately since it is already cooked.
- Make sure you release all of the high pressure from the instant pot before you lift the lid. Be careful as it will be hot.
Variations to try
When it comes to any recipe it is always good to hear of any variations you could make and try. This is by no means an exact recipe, and you can do your own thing when it comes to what you add or how you make it. Here are a couple of recommended variations that you might want to try.
- You can use this broth in recipes that call for chicken stock. You will add such a depth of flavor that it will elevate any dish.
- Vegetables will work so well with this broth/soup. I suggested corn, carrots, celery and onion. But you can add other veggies to the dish like cabbage or broccoli when it is done cooking in the Instant Pot.
- Cook some smoked bacon until it is crispy then add it to the finished broth before serving to add a different texture and flavor to the soup.
- Whole peppercorns are a great way to add a little bit of heat to this dish.
- Perfect as a base for chicken soup. Add some shredded chicken from grocery store rotisserie chickens to make it a complete dish.
- When you have had a roast chicken you can use the leftover chicken carcass to create an incredible homemade bone broth.
There will always be questions that people may have, so hopefully, I will have managed to answer some of the common ones below.
Why is homemade chicken broth better?
Sure it is easy to buy some store-bought chicken broth but I am here to tell you that there are a couple of reasons why homemade broth is better. Firstly, it is more flavorful. It packs a punch because the chicken bones and other ingredients really give that intensity. It is also economical. You can create a huge batch for the same cost as a small amount you can buy in the store. Another reason is that you know exactly what has been put into it. There are no added preservatives to increase shelf life. Last of all, the instant pot or electric pressure cooker does all the work. If this doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.
Can you make this ahead of time?
You can absolutely make this ahead of time. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or if you are super organized it can be frozen. It will last for 2-3 months in the freezer.
What should I do with leftovers?
If you do have any leftovers or are needing to store them until you need them then make sure you let the stock cool completely and then add them to an airtight container. Mason jars or glass jars with a lid are great for this. Store in the refrigerator or freeze.
Can I use a slow cooker?
A slow cooker can work really well when looking to make your homemade chicken stock. You can use vegetable scraps, chicken breasts, chicken wings or leftivers of a roasted chicken. The slow cooker will take longer, it will need to cook low and slow. But it will still give you that incredible flavor.
I hope you enjoy your Instant Pot Chicken Broth.
Instant Pot Chicken Broth
- Wash the vegetables and cut them into thin slices. Cut the corn into three pieces.
- Place the chicken wings (or parts) in the Instant Pot.
- Next add the garlic, corn, onion, celery, carrots and cilantro. Pour the water on top. Add the salt, pepper and bay leaf. Stir everything together.
- Close the lid of the Instant Pot and point the vent valve toward sealing. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.
- When the cook time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release for 30 minutes. Then, open the vent to release remaining pressure.
- Strain the broth and discard the solid ingredients. ***If you would like to enjoy a cup of the broth immediately, you could add the the cooked carrots, celery, onion and corn back into it.