There are approximately a gazillion recipes for bone broth on the internet (give or take) and a growing number for the Instant Pot. Most traditional methods involve simmering bones – typically chicken or beef – for 12-24 hours. While this yields a nutritious and inexpensive bone broth, this method does require planning ahead and some time management.
In the past, I’ve used a slow cooker recipe to make my chicken broth. The only downside is that your whole house will smell like chicken broth for a day or two.
(While that’s not necessarily bad, it does get really old. REALLY fast. In fact, we have a name for that distinct chicken broth odor:
The Chicken Funk.
When I discovered that the Instant Pot can make the exact same nutritionally dense bone broth IN ONE HOUR and NOT MAKE MY HOUSE SMELL FUNKY… well, I was sold.
Disclaimer: I can neither confirm nor deny that I danced around my house shouting when I realized that I could make broth in one hour WITHOUT THE CHICKEN FUNK.
Three Ingredient Bone Broth
Personally, I’m a huge fan of America’s Test Kitchen. In keeping with their name, they test every recipe they develop – seeing exactly the best way to promote flavor. They came to the conclusion that the best flavor of chicken broth was actually quite simple – chicken meat, chicken bones, and salt.
While a lot of recipes add carrots and celery, ATK found that the addition of such things simply muddied the flavor.
I keep my recipe similar – I use chicken bones (leftover from my Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe), salt, and a little bit of apple cider vinegar.
The apple cider vinegar works to pull out the important nutrients from the bones – and provides a really lovely flavorful undertone.
I also use a high quality sea salt which I buy from Amazon to save money.
Oh, and I add water. (But water is water. I don’t really count that as an ingredient in my head.)
A Note About Size and Volume
Remember, you should never fill your Instant Pot more than 2/3 full when making bone broth. If you have a 6 quart IP, that means you should not fill it past the “10 line” in your bowl.
Also be sure to let the pressure release naturally, so that nothing bubbles/spills out.
And if you want to make your life a lot easier, you can freeze leftover chicken carcasses in these containers so that they are already in a round shape and easy to fit in your Instant Pot when you’re ready.
Yep, you can make broth straight from frozen bones.
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