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Nov 15, 2021

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth (Instant Pot)

By making this homemade chicken bone broth in the Instant Pot (or any multi-cooker), you can produce this amazing magical ingredient in just an afternoon. 

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth (Instant Pot) in a jar

Chicken bone broth can be used for any recipe that calls for chicken broth or stock. Making it in the Instant Pot or multicooker takes much less time than in the slow cooker or the stove top, plus, you don't have to monitor it at all. 

Instead of the usual 12 to 24 hours, this broth takes just 3 hours to make in the pressure cooker. 

You can use bones from either raw or cooked chicken. The fastest way to do this, if you haven't roasted a chicken recently, is to buy about three rotisserie chickens, strip them of the meat, and place the bones in the Instant Pot. 

Chicken bones in an Instant Pot

Tip: Don't throw out any chicken bones! I like to save and freeze the chicken bones from whenever we buy a rotisserie chicken. I also like to save the raw chicken backs from making a spatchcock chicken, as well as the wing tips from making party wings

For this broth, I used a combination of wing tips I had saved, plus I roasted about 4 pounds of whole chicken wings and chicken thighs. I stripped, shredded, and saved the cooked meat to use in a chicken and rice soup, along with the resulting bone broth. 

Chicken wings ready for roasting.

I also threw in some roasted wings with all of the meat and skin still on them to add some extra unctiousness to the broth. 

While not necessary, if you want even more richness in the broth, after you've stripped off the cooked meat, roast the bones at 450 degrees F for an additional 20 to 30 minutes to further caramelize them. 

You can also begin with raw whole chickens. Just strip the meat and roast the bones for a richer flavor. 

If you have access to Asian supermarkets, be sure to check out the chicken feet. They are perfect for this and loaded with collagen. 

More about bone broth: 

The virtues of bone broth may be the rage right now, but these beliefs are not new. In fact, centuries ago, bone broth was seen as good for the body and soul in many cultures. Some folks believe it may be an anti-inflamatory and helpful with joint, bone, and digestive health (Source: Heathline). I'll leave this up to the experts. Either way, this bone broth is amazing.

Bone broth ingredients in the Instant Pot.


How to make chicken bone broth in the Instant Pot:

Toss the bones, both stripped and meaty, into the pot. Add some onion, garlic, celery, carrots, cloves, whole anise pods, whole peppercorns, fresh thyme and fresh parsley sprigs, a bay leave, and fresh ginger. 

You also add some apple cider vinegar to the mix, along with about 3 quarts of water to the pot. The apple cider vinegar adds some acidity to the mix which will break down the collagen in the bones. You could also add some lemon slices instead, but I love the flavor the vinegar adds. 

How to strain and store the broth: 

Once you've pressure cooked the bones for 3 hours (the hardest part is pressing the plus sign 180 times to set the timing!), strain out all of the solids and use immediately or refrigerate for up to five days. 

You can also freeze the broth. Just be sure to leave a little room for expansion. 

You know that the broth is done when the bones easily snap in half. If you can't snap them in half, cook them for an additional 30 minutes. 

Bone broth ingredients in the Instant Pot after cooking.

The broth will gelatinize when it is refrigerated, which is a good sign. That means you've extracted all of the goodness from the bones. 

This bone broth can by sipped like tea in a mug. Just add a bit of salt and pepper and maybe some parsley for flavor. 

I love using it in soups, especially soups with Asian flavors. I used this batch for Instant Pot Vietnamese-style chicken and rice soup

When Thanksgiving rolls around, be sure to save your turkey carcass for making this broth. You won't regret it. 

Note: I used an 8-quart Instant Pot, but a 6-quart Intant Pot would work fine too. Just be sure to pay attention to the line in the pan that says "Max."

Check out this month's Multicooker Monday recipes! We have recipes made with the air fryer, Instant Pot, and the slow cooker. 

Multicooker Monday November 2021

Homemade chicken bone broth in a jar.

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth (Instant Pot)

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth (Instant Pot)
Yield: 16 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 3 HourTotal time: 3 H & 30 M
By making this homemade chicken bone broth in the Instant Pot (or any multi-cooker), you can produce this amazing magical ingredient in just an afternoon.


  • 3 pounds bones from roasted chickens
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 celery stalks, including leaves
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut in half, widthwise
  • 1 large brown onion, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 star anise pod plus one whole clove
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 4 one-inch segments of ginger root, peeled


  1. Place all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot and add 3 to 3 1/2 quarts of water to the pot.
  2. Cook on high pressure for three hours. The bones should snap in half easily. If they don't, cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  3. Release the pressure naturally for 30 minutes and then manually release the rest of the pressure.
  4. Strain out all of the solids with a fine mesh strainer.
  5. Cool the broth to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

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  1. Roasting the bones before making stock with them is key. I love the wonderful rich color of your bone broth, Karen! And thanks for the laugh when I imagined pushing that button so many times to reach 180 minutes! That's a lot of pushing! Instant Pot needs to make a new version with a touchpad where you can just key in a number.

    1. That would be great. I had to press it 170 more times to cook something for 10 minutes right after, lol!

  2. What a great idea using an Instant Pot. The 180X you have to push the button is well worth the hours saved.

  3. The broth has a beautiful color with a hint of color in it!

  4. I love this idea Karen! I always cook my bone broth all day, refrigerate overnight and cook more the next day. I only used my Instant Pot once, for a recipe that failed, so this may be a good use for it!

    1. You definitely need to give it another chance!

  5. Amazing step by step instructions Karen!


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