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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
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 quarts of broth 1x

Description

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.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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)

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • 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.

Tools

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Category: Building Blocks
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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