Instant Pot Bone Broth

Utilizing a Whole Chicken with the Instant Pot

Welcome back to Part 2 of this series where we are talking about all the great ways to use an Instant Pot to get the maximum use from a whole chicken. The first step to making great bone broth is cooking a whole chicken in the Instant Pot. I covered this in Part 1 which you can read here in case you missed it.

Bone broth is an important ingredient in any real food kitchen.

I always keep a mason jar full of it in my fridge and have several containers stocked up in my freezer. It’s used as a base in all of my soups and is an irreplaceable addition in many recipes I make on a regular basis. I even drink a mug of broth once or twice a week because of it’s amazing health benefits.

Nourishing Traditions is a book I stumbled upon many years ago when I began to take an interest in cooking nutritious meals and living an overall healthier lifestyle. This book focuses on traditional ways of preparing foods to allow our bodies to easily digest and utilize the nutrients in our foods. The book extensively discusses the health benefits of bone broth.

Simmering chicken (or beef) bones in water for an extended period of time allows minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium to be released into the broth. It also releases the gelatin from the bones which contains amino acids and helps to heal the digestive tract and encourage proper digestion of proteins. This book inspired me to begin making bone broth on a regular basis.

Before I started using the Instant Pot, simmering bone broth on the stove top was a process that took 24 hours. Now using the Instant Pot., I can have nutritious bone broth ready to go in about three hours. It has definitely been a game changer in my kitchen! Anything that allows me to make healthy food in a shorter amount of time is a winner in my book.


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Instant Pot Bone Broth


  • 1 whole chicken fully cooked
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar


  1. Remove all meat from the chicken and save for another meal. Place the chicken bones in the Instant Pot. 

  2. Peel the carrots. Roughly chop the vegetables and place on top on the chicken bones.

  3. Fill the Instant Pot with water to the 10 cup line. Add apple cider vinegar and let sit for one hour.  

  4. Close the lid on the pot. Press the Soup button and manually increase the time to 120 minutes. It will take about 30 minutes for the pot to come to pressure before the timer starts.

  5. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes once the broth is finished cooking. Remove the lid and allow the broth to cool for 10 minutes.

  6. Strain the broth through a fine mesh sieve. 

  7. You may store the broth in the refrigerator for about a week. Alternately, allow the broth to cool and then place in containers to store in the freeze.




Enjoy your nutritious bone broth! Click here to see the third and final post in this series which will teach you how to make delciious chicken soup with the bone broth and leftover chicken.

Are you new to using the Instant Pot? I’ve complied a list of the Top 10 Highest Rated Instant Pot Accessories. Using these accessories can help you make the most out of your new kitchen appliance! 



  • Jillian
    Posted August 4, 2017 4:07 pm 0Likes

    I love chicken broth. My kiddos do too.

  • Morgan
    Posted August 4, 2017 4:08 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    I have aways been scared to try to make bone broth, but this seems so easy! Going to have to give it a try now. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kelsey Pfeifer
    Posted August 4, 2017 4:42 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    This looks amazing! I’m in!

  • Atim at EffiFit
    Posted August 4, 2017 10:14 pm 0Likes

    I love my Instant Pot. I’m going to make some broth after I make a chicken again.

  • Jessi Smith
    Posted August 6, 2017 2:05 pm 0Likes

    Nothing beats homemade broth. I do mine in the crock pot though. I guess I need to check out the insta pot.

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted August 7, 2017 9:03 am 0Likes

      I definitely feel like it was a good investment because of the time-saving aspect. I have never tried doing broth in the crock pot but I’ve heard it works well.

  • Mimi
    Posted August 7, 2017 11:20 am 0Likes

    This looks good. What’s even better is made from a crockpot. I will try this to help keep the kiddos warm. Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather LeGuilloux
    Posted September 14, 2017 6:57 pm 0Likes

    Great recipe for homemade broth.. there are so many uses for this. I also saw a tip to freeze broth in an ice cube tray for easy use into the future. I’m going to have to try this out, thanks!

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted September 16, 2017 7:22 am 0Likes

      Freezing in ice cube trays is a great idea! Especially if you just need to use a small amount and don’t want to pull a large container out of the freezer.

  • Belinda
    Posted September 14, 2017 7:11 pm 0Likes

    I’ve been putting off making my own stock and I really should do it. I think your post may have just given me the push I need.

  • Courtney
    Posted September 14, 2017 7:12 pm 0Likes

    My goodness, I never would have thought to remove the chicken from the bone. I mean, I’ve always heard the flavor comes from the bone, but reading this made it make sense. I personally love chicken broth, so I’ll be trying this recipe!

  • Lauren Grant | Zestful Kitchen
    Posted September 14, 2017 10:19 pm 0Likes

    I’m so addicted to the Instant Pot!! But I haven’t done this…love this idea!

  • thatssodarling
    Posted September 15, 2017 9:30 am 0Likes

    Ahh there are soo many raves about the instant pot! Keep the recipes coming!! Looks yummy.
    XO- Ashley

  • Stephanie Mumford
    Posted September 15, 2017 12:04 pm 0Likes

    I didn’t know that bone broth was so easy to make! I will definitely be doing this throughout the fall and winter to keep my immunity up!

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted September 16, 2017 7:16 am 0Likes

      SO easy! I drink a mug of it almost every day during the colder months. I really think it does help the immune system.

  • fatima
    Posted September 15, 2017 12:59 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    this looks so yummy! I will definitely try it out!!

  • These Lovely Acres
    Posted September 16, 2017 7:19 am 0Likes

    I used to do the same thing! I cringe when I think of all the bones I wasted.

  • Kelly
    Posted September 16, 2017 3:00 pm 0Likes

    I really love chicken broth! I crave just the broth sometimes as it gets into the colder months! I have to say, I’ve never tried to make it myself!! I’m definitely going to give this a shot. Thanks!

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted September 19, 2017 2:05 pm 0Likes

      I love it too! I make it in big batches, freeze it, and just pull it out whenever I need it.

  • Ginger
    Posted December 27, 2017 7:54 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    I was wondering if this could also be pressure canned, like in pints? Also if canning would you use a small amount of salt, since the canning process usually calls for it?

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted December 29, 2017 12:10 pm 0Likes

      Yes you can definitely pressure can it! I personally have not tried it but my mother has canned quite a bit of broth. She just adds about a 1/2 tsp of salt per quart.

  • Yogi O'Leary
    Posted February 21, 2018 12:44 pm 0Likes

    I am 65 and grew up on a farm and we raised all of our meat, veggies and dairy. I have fond memories of those times I have 5 male siblings and myself the oldest and only girl. My mom is an amazing cook and still cans, makes preserves and still practices cooking healthy although they no longer live on a farm. Dad is 94 and mom is 82 and I do believe that eating diet is a big reason they are still active, independent and extremely healthy. Not much eating out for them and we never ate out when we were kids. Myself and all of our siblings are following suit . I commend you for choosing a self sustainable lifestyle you will not regret it. I am thrilled that more people are doing this nowadays. Our food is so contaminated now and we are what we eat! Kuddos to yo!. I am going to try your bone broth in my new IP. Thank you for sharing. Yogi O’Leary

    • Hannah Bayn
      Posted February 25, 2018 2:46 pm 0Likes

      Wow that sounds like an amazing way to grow up! I’m sure you appreciate all the skills your parents taught you as a child. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I hope you enjoy the bone broth!

  • Patsy Hurt
    Posted October 16, 2018 12:09 pm 0Likes

    How long would you pressure can then for??

  • stacey
    Posted January 18, 2019 6:07 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    Would it be possible to do this with a store bought rotisserie chicken?

  • Howard Campese
    Posted July 25, 2019 8:15 am 0Likes

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