Nourishing instant pot chicken bone broth made in under two hours. This delicious golden healthy bone broth is made from a whole chicken and is great to have stocked in your freezer.
If you have a whole chicken on hand and are looking to use the scraps wisely you have come to the right place. Did you know you could make nutritious bone broth from a whole chicken you already ate? Yup friend, you can. So don't throw that carcass out yet, we have some bone broth making to do.
Let's be honest friends. We are in a time right now where the foods we make and eat need to accomplish two things.
First, we need to be eating as many foods as possible that will boost our immune system.
Second, we need to have foods that are pantry staples that allow us to cook other foods.
I have been having a hard time finding organic chicken broth at the store and well, we use it a lot. If this crazy time hasn't motivated you to learn how to cook ALL the kitchen basics I don't know what will. We need to be as self sustainable as possible and making our own damn chicken broth makes us a little more self reliant!
But of course I am going to also teach you all the benefits of bone broth as well. If you aren't in to learning about why things are healthy, that's cool too, just use the links below. Or you could be super duper cool and pin an image for later by clicking on any pic in the post.
How is bone broth different than stock?
Let's talk about how chicken bone broth is different than chicken stock.
The difference between a stock and bone broth is the amount of time it is cooked. Chicken bone broth is cooked for a very long time to extract vitamins and minerals from the bones of the animal. When cooked for longer periods of time you end up with a thicker liquid due to the collagen extracted from the bones.
The collagen found in the bone broth is what makes it so nutritious.
Stock is made in the same way a bone broth is made. You use bones and some scraps of meat and it is seasoned very little. You can use bone broth interchangeably in recipes. However bone broth is also known for a warming healthy beverage to sip on.
Health benefits of chicken bone broth
Bone broth has gained a lot of popularity over recent years due to more focus on gut health. But bone broth has actually been around for centuries.
If you have gut issues such as crohns, IBS, diarrhea, yeast over growth, bone broth can help heal your gut.
Bone broth is rich in macro minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium. Up to 50% of the population is deficient in magnesium, which plays a huge role in over 300 functions of the body.
Being deficient in magnesium can cause irritability, fatigue and brain fog.
High in collagen, which decreases inflammation, reduces joint pain and improves skin.
Contains amino acids and is high in protein, again to due the collagen released from the bones in the animal.
I like to keep things REALLY simple when making bone broth. I don't like it to have any extra flavors because I use it as a drink, or to add to other meals. To make this bone broth you will need:
- organic whole chicken carcass
- apple cider vinegar (optional)
I highly suggest you use organic meat for bone broth. All of the toxins, and gmo's and pesticides from eating non organic meat can be retained in large amounts in the fat and bones of the animals.
I also recommend you using spring water or at minimum filtered water.
How to make instant pot chicken bone broth
It is really easy to make bone broth in your instant pot. And to be honest I prefer it this way than making it in the slow cooker. I don't love the smell of bone broth while it is cooking, so the shortest amount of time needed is what I prefer.
I used a 6 quart instant pot for this recipe.
Chop- roughly chop your veggies. No need to peel your carrots. Just make sure you clean all the veggies first.
Add- place your chicken in the instant pot first. The chicken can have some meat and leftover skin etc still on it. Then add your veggies and cover with water. You will add enough water until it reaches the max fill line on your instant pot.
Cook- place the lid on your instant pot and make sure your pressure not open. Turn the instant pot to "soup" and cook for 2 hours (120 minutes). Once finished cooking let the instant pot naturally release.
Strain- You will want to strain your broth thru a fine mesh sieve so that you don't have chunks of stuff floating in your broth. First remove all of the large pieces like the chicken and veggies. Then pour the broth thru a sieve. I do this twice. If you don't have a sieve I have improvised with using a regular colander and lined it with paper towels or cheese cloth. It is kind of a pain in the ass that way but it works in a pinch.
How to use chicken bone broth
You can use bone broth any way that you would use chicken broth or chicken stock. You can use it in:
- Soups and recipes that call for broth
- I prefer chicken broth or bone broth for my meat dishes as well like cooking a roast in the slow cooker
- Sip on it as a hot beverage like tea
- A great morning kick start to heal the gut and prime your system
How to store
I prefer to store my bone broth in left over glass jars. I reuse glass jars from everything I buy, and my husband likes to make fun of me for it all the time. That's why the jars in the pictures don't match!
For bone broth I reuse the biggest jars I have. Old marinara jars are perfect for this. Be sure you don't fill the jars to the tip top because liquids expand in the freezer and your jar will shatter.
If you would like, you can also store in individual portions or measure out any size you want. You are in charge here friend.
You could even get crazy and pour it into ice cube trays or silicone molds. I have done it all.
Need a recipe to use your new instant pot chicken bone broth? I got you girlfriend. Check out this super yummy and comforting Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup.Print