Instant Pot Chicken Broth

You’ll never want to buy store-bought broth again after making this flavorful Instant Pot Chicken Broth. I absolutely love homemade chicken broth, and it’s incredibly easy in the Instant Pot. Because even though homemade broth is worth standing over the stove for, it’s pretty awesome that you can use the Instant Pot and not even think about it!

instant pot chicken broth in mason jars with instant pot machine behind them.

This recipe calls for a few simple ingredients and seasonings you probably have in your kitchen already. So if you think making your own broth is too difficult, think again! It’s really simple, it can be refrigerated or frozen to use later, or, you can sip on some for lunch!

What is Chicken Broth?

Chicken Broth is a liquid that results from cooking the bones and leftover meat of a chicken carcass in water. It’s cooked alongside vegetables and seasonings to create a flavorful base for soups and other recipes. This recipe is made in the Instant Pot so it’s quick and simple, and makes clean up a breeze.

chicken broth in a mason jar next to an instant pot

How Do I Store Instant Pot Chicken Broth?

Once cooled, store this recipe in glass jars or containers in the fridge for up to one week.

Can I Freeze Instant Pot Chicken Broth?

This is a great recipe to make and freeze for future recipes! Allow the broth to cool fully before storing it in the freezer. You can freeze it in ice cube trays, plastic freezer bags, or freezer-safe containers for up to three months.

Can Chicken Broth Sit Out Overnight?

This Instant Pot Chicken Broth shouldn’t sit overnight as it is made with a chicken carcass and needs to be refrigerated. For this reason, I recommend removing the inner pot from the Instant Pot to allow it to cool faster, as the inside of the Instant Pot will retain heat.

overhead shot of instant pot chicken broth recipe with a white and blue linen towel

Tips for Making Instant Pot Chicken Broth

  • Be very careful when removing the pot from the Instant Pot as it will be heavy and hot. 
  • Give yourself plenty of time for the Instant Pot to relieve its pressure naturally, as it can take some time.

What Can I Add to m Chicken Broth?

Want to give your broth a bit of extra flavor? Here are a few ideas of things you can add:

  • Roasted garlic
  • Roasted or sauteed onion
  • Salt
  • Ginger (tastes especially good with garlic)
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemongrass
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • A cheese rind (toss in while cooking for incredible flavor!)
  • Lime peels while cooking, or a squeeze of lime when eating
side view of chicken broth next to an instant pot pressure cooker

What Can I Do With Chicken Broth?

You can do countless things with chicken broth. Here are common ways to use up chicken broth, and a few you might not have ever thought of!

  • Drink it! Chicken broth is delicious as-is, and is especially good for you after you’ve been sick.
  • Use it as a base for soup. Chicken stock is the base for plenty of soups, like Chicken Noodle Soup, Instant Pot Southwest Soup, of Butternut Squash Soup.
  • Use it in any recipe that calls for broth.
  • Add it to pasta water for extra flavor.
  • Use it in place of 1/2 the water when you cook rice.
  • Add it to your pan when cooking chicken.
  • Use it as a base for gravy.
  • Add a little to your mashed potatoes.
2 jars of instant pot chicken broth with baby carrots and ingredients sprayed around

Can I Pour Broth Down the Drain?

Yes, you can, but you have to keep in mind that broth contains fat which can congeal in your drain and pipes. Instead of just pouring it down, start by running your hot water for about 15 seconds. Add the broth to the running water slowly. After you’ve poured out all the broth, leave the water running for another 15 seconds to make sure all of the broth clears the pipes.


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  • Turkey: You can also make this recipe using a turkey carcass instead of chicken. 
  • Celery: Try adding celery to the broth for extra flavor.

More Tasty Recipes You’ll Enjoy

If you like this chicken broth recipe, try these other delicious recipes from the list below!

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Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Yield: 8 cups

Instant Pot Chicken Broth

Instant Pot Chicken Broth

Swap out store-bought broth for this simply delicious Instant Pot Chicken Broth.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 2 – 3 lbs. of leftover meat carcass
  • 3-4 carrots, cut into quarters
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 tbsp of whole black peppercorn
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Add all of your ingredients to the Instant Pot. Add enough water to fill to your max line within the inner pot in your Instant Pot.
  2. Set to High Pressure for 120 minutes.
  3. Allow for a natural release.
  4. Once the pressure has completely released, allow it to cool as it will be extremely hot.
  5. Transfer the broth to a mason jar, or glass storage container to keep fresh for up to one week.


  • Be very careful when removing the pot from the Instant Pot as it will be heavy and hot. 
  • Give yourself plenty of time for the Instant Pot to relieve its pressure naturally, as it can take some time.

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