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Homemade Instant Pot Chicken Stock cannot be beat. The flavors are magnified by trapping the steam while cooking! Plus, it’s cooked in no time.

I was floored with my first taste of Homemade Chicken Broth made in a pressure cooker! With a handful of quality ingredients, and mostly hands off time, you’ll love this chicken broth and what you can make with it!

Bowl of Homemade Chicken Stock with carrots, noodles and chicken

Instant Pot Chicken Stock

With autumn approaching, it’s time to be thinking of comfort foods like soups and stews. If you cook a lot, like I do, your pantry may be filled with boxes or cans of chicken broth. It’s versatile and provides flavor and the base for many dishes.

But if you’d like to take your recipes up to the next level, try making and using Homemade Instant Pot Chicken Broth or Stock. It’s a million times better than anything you can purchase!

What’s the Difference Between Chicken Broth and Chicken Stock?

If you use these terms interchangeably, you’re not alone. And the foodie police really don’t care! But here are the definitions, FYI.

Chicken broth is typically made from chicken meat. Chicken without the bones is simmer along with aromatics, vegetables and seasonings until the flavors are extracted.

On the other hand, chicken stock is made from bony parts of the chicken, so that both the meat and bones are cooked. Stock becomes thicker and richer than broth due to the gelatin extracted from the bones. Stock tends to be unseasoned, though I make mine flavored with salt, pepper and garlic like my chicken broth.

A bowl of soup made with Instant Pot Chicken Stock

How Do You Make Instant Pot Chicken Stock or Broth?

First, I promise this is VERY simple. The hardest part for me, as an infrequent user of my pressure cooker, is remembering how to use it!

  • To make the stock, start by sauteing my bone in chicken pieces in some vegetable oil in the Instant Pot. Once the pieces are browned, I remove them to a bowl. Since the surface area in the bottom of the IP is not huge, do this in batches.
  • PRO-Tip: The fond or brown bits left on the bottom of the pot, is priceless. Through the maillard reaction, the fond has concentrated flavor and which will be released into the stock when liquid is added.
  • The fond should be brown, not black. If it’s burnt, the resulting stock will have an underlying burnt flavor.
  • Note that dark meat adds more flavor than white meat. I use a combination as I like to have the breast meat for soups.
  • Browning the chicken pieces helps bring out more flavors.
  • After that, the chicken and all the other ingredients, including 12 cups of water are added to the IP.
  • Select high pressure and set the timer for 60 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is done, either allow the pressure to release naturally or turn the vent to a quick release. Note there will be a lot of steam, so be careful opening the vent to prevent an injury.
  • Allow the stock to cool slightly before removing the chicken and then pouring the liquid through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Discard the vegetables and peppercorns. Set the chicken aside to shred for future recipes.
  • Refrigerate the stock so you can remove any excess fat which will solidify on the surface. Reserve the fat for other uses, if desired. Keep the fat in a sealed container in the freezer for long term storage.
  • Place the stock in containers to freeze or store in your refrigerator depending on how soon you will use it.
Overhead view of Homemade chicken stock, noodles and vegetables in a white bowl with a red handled spoon

How Long Does Homemade Stock Stay Fresh?

Properly stored, homemade chicken stock will be good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. If you won’t used it in that time period, stock can be frozen for up to a year in an airtight container.

Uses for Your Homemade Stock or Broth

I find using homemade stock for soups gives the biggest bang for your buck. Of course, if you’re scheduled for a colonoscopy and have to be on clear liquid diet, it’s like drinking liquid gold!

This chicken stock is also great for when you’re under the weather. Full of nutrients, it’s still easy on the system. The steam from a piping hot bowl of chicken broth or stock will help open sinus passages as you inhale the wonderful aroma. Plus there’s some magic healing potential from homemade chicken soup which is based on broth or stock. Why do you think some chicken soups are called Jewish Penicillin???

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Process shot of making IP chicken stock

Saute your chicken pieces, then add herbs, vegetables, water and, finally, cook under high pressure for 60 minutes.

Instant Pot Chicken Stock

Instant Pot Chicken Stock

A rich, flavorful stock made with bone in chicken, vegetables and seasonings!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • A whole chicken (giblets, etc. removed) or 3 pounds of bone in white and dark chicken pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into thirds
  • 2 stalks of celery, cut into thirds
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 5 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 12 cups water

Instructions

Set your IP to saute and add vegetable oil. In batches, brown all the chicken pieces and remove to a bowl.

When all the chicken is browned, return the chicken to the Instant Pot along with all the other ingredients.

Select high pressure and set timer to 60 minutes. When timer goes off, turn off the IP and either let vent naturally or use the quick release (there will be a lot of steam!).

When the pressure is released, remove the lid. Remove the chicken pieces to a clean bowl.

Let the stock cool a bit before pouring through a fine mesh strainer to remove the vegetables, herbs and impurities.

Cover the bowl and let cool in the refrigerator. When cool, scrape off any accumulated fat on the surface and divide into storage containers.

When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred  the meat and place in storage containers to use in future recipes.

Notes

The stock can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or frozen up to one year

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 44mg Sodium: 584mg Carbohydrates: 2g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g
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7 comments on “Instant Pot Chicken Stock”

  1. Quick and easy! I am making some broth today for the lunch too.

  2. I love my PC and make stock all the time, good stuff:@)

  3. I think I’m one of the last people out there without an Instant Pot. I must say I’m loving that this stock is made in such a short period of time. I’m remembering times my sat on the stove all day! And all of your chicken soups sound delicious!

  4. Nothing matches homemade chicken stock, Liz! And the instapot makes it so quick. I kind of got carried away once and thought that if I doubled the time I’d get double the flavor. Wrong, lol! The bones started disintegrating and turning to sand in the pan!

  5. The instant pot makes life so much easier. Homemade stock is really delicious and so good for you. Just in time recipe to prepare for the cold and flu season.

  6. Stock is perfect for an instapot even though I still don’t have one! This sounds great Liz and I love knowing the difference between stock and broth!

  7. Of all the trendy cookware on the market, it’s the Insta-Pot that has eluded me. I bet browning the bones makes all the difference in the world. I’ll have to make this one the old fashioned way.

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