Fact: bone broth is good for your gut (more on that in this post: Bone Broth 101).
Fact: store bought bone broth can be hella expensive.
Fact: making your own bone broth can be messy and time consuming.
Most important fact of this post: making your own bone broth in a pressure cooker is 1) easy 2) cheap and 3) doesn't make a huge mess or take a lot of time.
About a year ago I heard that you could make bone broth in an Instant Pot in under 3 hours. Previously, I had only made my own bone broth when I was at home at my parents with their massive Crock Pot and spacious kitchen. Needless to say I was intrigued about this Instant Pot.
What is an Instant Pot anyways?
Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot.
I did my research and found not one but MANY sources confirming that yes, you could make bone broth easily in the Instant Pot and yes, it was just as nutritionally rich as traditionally made broth.
I was sold.
I bought my Instant Pot on Amazon Prime Day and eagerly awaited it's arrival. To be honest, it took me a few weeks to actually TRY this device (it can be a little intimidating!) but I finally did and was impressed. I had quarts of delicious bone broth ready in just a few hours, and the clean up was way easier than my experience making broth in a CrockPot.
And while I've since made a handful of other recipes in the Instant Pot (many of which I'll be sharing here soon!), this device was totally worth it even if all I do is make this one recipe.
INSTANT POT CHICKEN BONE BROTH inspired by this recipe
This recipe changed my life, and I don't say that about every recipe. Bone broth is gut healing superfood and using the Instant Pot to make my own bone broth has made it less expensive and easier to incorporate this elixir into my life.
Makes 2-3 quarts.
- Bones from 1 3-4lb. chicken (I use the carcasses from 1-2 rotisserie chickens)
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 medium parsnip, chopped
- 3 celery ribs, roughly chopped
- 1 large onion, skin removed and roughly chopped
- 6 cloves of garlic, lightly smashed
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 8-10 peppercorns
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Sea salt to taste
- Optional: Handful of fresh herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme and/or parsley)
- Place bones, vegetables, herbs, spices and apple cider vinegar into the pot of your Instant Pot. Add enough water to just cover everything.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and lock into place.
- Flip vent valve to ‘Sealing’.
- Select ‘Manual’ setting and adjust time to 120 minutes.
- When cooking is done, allow pressure to release naturally.
- Allow broth to cool and then strain into jars for storage.
Purchase your instant pot here: Instant pot on Amazon
If you already have an Instant Pot, I want to hear from you! What's your favorite recipe? Leave a comment below and let me know!