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Instant Pot Chicken Back Broth

Two jars of chicken broth on a wood table in front of an Instant Pot
Instant Pot Chicken Back Broth

Instant Pot Chicken Back Broth. Pressure cooking chicken backs with some aromatics to make a cheap batch of broth – and the most useful ingredient in my kitchen.

I’m a hype man for pressure cooker chicken broth. Using real, homemade broth is one of the secrets of professional kitchens, and one of the best things you can do to improve your home cooking.

Why pressure cooker broth? Because pressure cooking does a better job, and a faster job than stovetop cooking. Pressure cooking pulls more flavor and gelatin out of the bones in an hour than a four hour stovetop simmer will give you.

Now, my favorite way to make broth is out of chicken scraps, the leftover carcass of a roast chicken. It’s making broth out of nothing at all – or at least scraps and an onion.

My second favorite way is to buy a grocery store rotisserie chicken. It’s about the opposite of chicken scraps; it’s more expensive, but it’s also more convenient if I don’t have a roast chicken lying around.

Then there’s this recipe- the cheapest way to make broth when I don’t have a chicken carcass. Broth wants chicken bones and skin, and chicken backs are the cheapest way to get them. (Necks and feet are also good, but around here I have to go to a specialty chicken store to get them. I can find chicken backs at my local grocery store, in the freezer section of the meat department, near the other odds and ends like beef soup bones and pork shanks.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Back Broth

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Two jars of chicken broth on a wood table in front of an Instant Pot

Instant Pot Chicken Back Broth

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 quarts of broth 1x


Instant Pot Chicken Back Broth. Pressure cooking chicken backs with some aromatics to make a cheap batch of broth – and the most useful ingredient in my kitchen.


  • 3 pounds chicken backs
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and halved
  • 1 large carrot, scrubbed and broken in half
  • 1 celery rib, broken in half
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 8 cups of water, (Or up to the max fill line in your cooker)


  1. Everything in the pot: Put the chicken backs, onions, carrot, celery, bay leaves, salt, and peppercorns in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, then pour in 8 cups of water. (The water should cover everything – you can add more if you need to, up to the max fill line of your cooker.)
  2. Pressure cook the broth for 60 minutes with a Natural Release: Lock the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 60 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker (use Manual or Pressure Cook mode in an Instant Pot) or for 50 minutes in a stovetop pressure cooker. Let the pressure come down naturally – about 30 minutes. (It takes a long time for all that water to cool off.) If you’re in a hurry, let the pressure come down naturally for 20 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  3. Strain and save: Unlock the lid and open it away from you to avoid any hot steam. With a slotted spoon, scoop the chicken bones and vegetables out of the pot and discard; they gave their all to the broth. Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer. Refrigerate the broth for a couple of days, or portion into 2-cup containers and freeze for up to 6 months.


  • I find chicken backs in the freezer of my local grocery store, near the beef bones and chicken fat and other odds and ends. Chicken necks and chicken feet are good substitutes. So are chicken wings, but wings are expensive.
  • The only absolutely necessary ingredients are the chicken backs, onions, salt, and water. The rest are good to have, but you can make four-ingredient chicken broth if your pantry is running low.
  • It doesn’t have to be chicken backs, though they’re the most common cheap chicken part I can find in my local grocery store. If you have a poultry store that will give you other chicken pieces, you can use a mix of backs, necks, and feet – just get about 3 pounds of them.
  • Frozen chicken backs? Just break them up enough so they’ll fit in the cooker. No need to change any timings – the hour under pressure is long enough.


  • Category: Building Blocks
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Chicken Back Broth, Pressure Cooker Chicken Back Broth

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Valeena Caballero says

    Yayyyy, finally something to do with all of those frozen chicken backs. I buy whole chickens when on sale and using my ‘truss-ty (see what I did there?) kitchen and chicken bone cutting scissors, cut up ‘them Gallus gallus domesticus into pieces, fling in ziplock bags, and freeze for easy meal planning. But I always plan to “one day” (queue the wistful music) in the near future to make broth with the frozen backs. It’s a little chilly and rainy down here in Northern Baja California right now and it is the perfect weather for chicken soup.
    Thank you!! Or as the locals say because I don’t speak a word of Spanish, ¡Gracias!

  2. Harold Delk says

    Been making pressure cooker stocks for years and recently added a “weapon” to the arsenal: a chamber vacuum sealer. Let the stock cool and then add two cups of stock to a bag, seal it, and pop into the freezer. I freeze them flat so they’ll take up less room in the freezer and in our wee-little RV fridge. When ready to use simply defrost and snip off the corner of the bag to pour. The prices and size of the chamber vacs have come down considerably and fit nicely in a home kitchen.

    • Thanks for the tip – I’ve been drooling over chamber vacuum sealers for years. If I only had the counter space for one…

  3. I love how good the broth is after I cook a chicken in my pressure cooker. So thick and yellow! This year I received an All American canner/cooker for my birthday and want to can some broth. Thanks for the recipe!

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