A versatile, flavorful chicken stock that is great to have on hand. Use it in soups, sauces and gravy.
When it comes to chicken stock, nothing beats a homemade version. I have been making my own for years now. Each time I would make Homemade Chicken Soup, I’d start by making my homemade broth.
Homemade broth used to be a labor of love. It would simmer all day long. But now, with the Instant Pot, it’s done in a fraction of the time. And thank goodness too because with the holidays approaching, you’re going to want to have this Instant Pot Chicken Stock on hand for all the things.
When I make chicken stock from scratch, I like to use chicken bones. This means that whenever I make roasted chicken or buy one of those rotisserie chickens at Costco, I save the carcass. That is where you’re going to get a lot of your flavor from. For this Instant Pot Chicken Stock recipe, you’ll need about 2 pounds of chicken bones. This means a couple of leftover chicken carcasses will work.
You will also need veggies. Like chicken carcasses, I also save veggie scraps and trimmings in a bag in the freezer. When the bag is full, I use it to make stock. When it’s not full yet, and I just need to make stock, I’ll use fresh. Both methods give very flavorful stocks. This recipe calls for celery, onions, carrots and a serrano pepper. I have used green bean trimmings, potatoes and turnips too.
Finally the herbs and spices. Whenever making a poultry stock, sage, bay leaf and thyme are my go to for herbs. You can use fresh or dried. Whatever you have on hand. Just keep in mind that dried herbs are more concentrated so 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon of dried.
Also, salt and pepper are a necessity. I like to season before the stock starts cooking and then adjust after it has finished. Unlike canned stocks, you can really control the saltiness of homemade chicken stock. I err on the side of less salty, in case the recipe that I’m using it in also requires salt.
This is the best and easiest part. Put all the ingredients in the instant pot. Pour in enough water just to cover everything. Put the lid on, seal and set it for 45 minutes. Then do a full natural release. You don’t want to use a quick release for a couple of reasons, the flavor has more chance to develop and a quick release may cause boiling liquid to come out of the valve.
After the stock has cooled slightly, you can use a spoon to skim off some of the fat from the top.
Strain the veggies and chicken carcass and then use in all the recipes.
You can freeze it in jars or in ice cube trays for when you need just a couple tablespoons.
Easy peasy huh?
Nope! This technique works for any stock. I especially like to make it with the Turkey carcass after Thanksgiving.
As mentioned above, I love using it for homemade chicken noodle soup. It will also work in any other recipe calling for chicken stock. I use my Instant Pot Chicken Stock when I make chicken curry. I use it when I make gravy. Basically any recipe that calls for chicken stock, I use this.
It’s basically liquid gold. I mean look at it…
I also use it when my son is craving ramen and I don’t want to use the seasoning packet. It’s perfect for that!
Whatever you need, this Instant Pot Chicken Stock is going to come in handy!
JenJanuary 28, 2020 at 3:28 pm
This had pretty good flavor, but a little peppery. I also threw in some little button mushrooms. I appreciate having the weight listed for carcasses and not having to peel onions & garlic!
I’m making a second batch now but left out the peppercorns.
I have an 8 qt instant pot. Putting in cold water even with the pot hot from the first batch, took 30 min to come to pressure & start cook time. The first batch took 1 hr 15 min to naturally depressurize. So total time for me was 2 1/2 hrs for a batch, which is WAY less time than simmering all day long.
Thanks for sharing this recipe!
DesereeJanuary 28, 2020 at 7:59 pm
I love how fast it is! And I love the idea of button mushrooms, I’ll have to add those to mine next. That is the beauty of making your own stock, you can add (and take away) just about anything! :)
Jim O'BrienOctober 23, 2019 at 2:28 pm
So simple. Delicious stock!
DesereeOctober 23, 2019 at 3:49 pm
Yay! I am happy to hear you enjoyed it!
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)November 7, 2018 at 11:59 am
This stock is calling my name for some homemade chicken soup.
JamielynNovember 7, 2018 at 9:28 am
Love this!! I’ve been wanting to make my own chicken stock. The instant pot method looks so simple!
Toni | Boulder LocavoreNovember 7, 2018 at 6:58 am
This looks really tasty and really easy to make!
Katerina @ diethood .comNovember 7, 2018 at 3:32 am
I LOVE how you made it in the instant pot!! I can’t wait to try this!!
Melanie BauerNovember 6, 2018 at 11:32 pm
Oh my goodness, this looks incredibly perfect! So tasty and flavorful, need to make this!
Brandy O'NeillNovember 6, 2018 at 7:08 pm
Love how you made this in the Instant Pot! Definitely trying this!
Dorothy at Shockingly DeliciousNovember 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm
LOVE this! I use the freezer bag too. I have never thought to freeze in an ice tray. Perfect when you just need a little!