A more flavorful and collagen-dense take on our Instant Pot Chicken Stock, this Instant Pot Bone Broth is a delicious addition to homemade soups and makes a healthy breakfast or lunch option if you are trying to increase your natural collagen and gelatin intake.
Instant Pot Bone Broth Recipe
Bone broth is a richer, more flavorful substitute for chicken stock and a delicious and healthy option for light lunches.
It’s a staple in most paleo or whole 30 diets – and though we don’t follow any prescriptive diet plans anymore, I still often have a big cup of bone broth for “lunch” after I’ve been fasting for the morning. It’s delicious, comforting and jam-packed with nutrition.
We used chicken bones for this recipe, but this method works with beef or pork bones, as well.
I primarily make bone broth for it’s ability to reduce intestinal inflammation, but there are so many other benefits to it as well:
- nutrients like glucosamine which support joint health
- gelatin which supports healthy digestion, sleep quality and skin
- amino acids which help promote collagen production and liver support
- high in protein
- essential minerals like magnesium, calicum, iron, zinc, manganese, phosphorous, selenium, etc.
- collagen also supports digestive health and has benefits for skin, hair and nails
This recipe can be canned to make it shelf-stable! We always go through at least a quart or two of chicken broth a week, so I keep half of the broth from this recipe in the fridge and freeze the other half for the following week. It can be kept in the fridge for up to five days.
This chicken broth is a great way to use up leftover chicken bones from our favorite recipes and any spare vegetables you have lying around. You can even use veggies that are past their prime, as long as they are not moldy. (It’s a great way to use up the tops of celery, soft carrots, and the leftover half of an onion from a recipe that didn’t call for a whole one.) I save the chicken bones (by placing in a freezer bag until I’m ready to make the stock) to get extra mileage out of my groceries.
You can also roast the bones before making this broth for a deeper flavor.
Is Instant Pot Bone Broth as healthy as stovetop bone broth? Yes, you get all of the same health benefits as making your bone broth on the stove (or in a crockpot) without having to spend 12+ hours cooking it!
Why do you had apple cider vinegar to bone broth? The acidity of the apple cider vinegar acts as a solvent and helps extract the calcium and minerals from the chicken bones.
How do I make my bone broth gel? You need to add additional gelatin or gelatin-rich bones like chicken necks or feet if you want your bone broth to gel.
Can you freeze this chicken broth? Yes! You can freeze in freezer-safe containers or freezer bags for up to 3 months. I sometimes like to freeze the broth in a silicone ice cube tray before placing in a freezer bag so that I can have small amounts of broth to add to sauces or while blanching vegetables. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.)
Why do you have two cooking times? We cook this bone broth in two stages to avoid the vegetables adding a bitter flavor to the stock. Overcooking your bone broth can lead to bitterness. (Check out 5 common mistakes making bone broth here.)
Also, my friend Corinne just put out an Instant Pot ecookbook for just $4.99! I have tried a few of the recipes myself and they are delicious and family friendly. I highly recommend it for a reliable collection of Instant Pot recipes to help you fall in love with your IP (if you haven’t already).
Instant Pot Bone Broth Ingredients
- Chicken bones
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Bay leaves
- Carrot, chopped
- Celery stalk, chopped
- Onions, quartered
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: if I’m not planning on adding this broth to other recipes and just plan to drink it plain, I add a Tablespoon of fresh ginger for a bit of heat.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Instant Pot <– I’m so excited to upgrade to this one with air fryer capacities soon! (You can also just buy the lid which adds the air fryer capacity to your standard IP.)
- Measuring cup and spoons
- Silicone ice cube mold, for freezing
How to Make Instant Pot Bone Broth
If you want, you can roast the bones in your oven for 20 minutes at 400ºF to add a deeper flavor to your broth.
If you want your broth seasoned, apply the seasoning to the chicken bones.
Place the bones and apple cider vinegar in your Instant Pot, then fill your IP about 3/4 of the way full with water.
Secure the lid and select the “Soup/Stew” setting and increase time to 1.5 hours (90 minutes).
Natural release, and then add in the veggies and bay leaves. Secure the lid and set time to 1 hour (60 minutes). Adding the veggies halfway through the cooking process reduces bitterness.
Carefully pour the broth through a sieve/strainer to remove the vegetables and bones. The meat can be removed from the bones and used in soup, and veggies will be perfectly cooked!
Makes about 8 cups of broth.
Grab your free printable for our easy homemade bone broth recipe:
- 6+ chicken bones
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1-2 onions, quartered
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 8 cups water
- If you want, you can roast the bones in your oven for 20 minutes at 400ºF to add a deeper flavor to your broth.
- If you want your broth seasoned, apply the seasoning to the chicken bones.
- Place the bones and apple cider vinegar in your Instant Pot, then fill your IP about 3/4 of the way full with water.
- Secure the lid and select the "Soup/Stew" setting and increase time to 1.5 hours (90 minutes).
- Natural release, and then add in the veggies and bay leaves. Secure the lid and set time to 1 hour (60 minutes). Adding the veggies halfway through the cooking process reduces bitterness.
- Natural release.
- Carefully pour the broth through a sieve/strainer to remove the vegetables and bones. The meat can be removed from the bones and used in soup, and veggies will be perfectly cooked!
- Makes about 8 cups of broth.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This nutritious, delicious bone broth recipe is super simple and adds incredible flavor to any recipe you add it to.