This easy recipe for Instant Pot chicken broth is the best way to make flavorful chicken broth in an Instant Pot.
Especially during the winter months, a batch of homemade chicken broth in your freezer is a gift to your future self. Especially if your future self is surrounded by children with sniffly noses and sore throats. A mug of warm chicken broth is soothing and nourishing on its own. Without too much effort, it can also turned into a pot of belly-warming soup for dinner.
I know that chicken broth can be made with a chicken carcass or bones, but my family doesn't eat chicken often enough to amass bags of chicken bones in our freezer. So when I make chicken broth, I buy wings (or drumettes, if I can't find wings) because wings provide flavor and collagen for a rich and delicious broth.
Instant Pot chicken broth is fairly quick and very easy to make. Using a slow-cooker to make chicken broth is also a great option - follow this same recipe and cook on low for 8 to 12 hours.
I like to keep individual portions of chicken broth in the freezer, stored in sandwich-sized freezer bags. This is mainly for one of my kids who prefers a mug of broth over a mug of lemon and honey tea when she has a cold. I also keep larger portions frozen for a quick dinner of Matzo ball soup.
More Soup Recipes:
- Instant Pot Vegetable Broth
- Instant Pot White Bean, Cabbage and Tomato Soup
- Instant Pot Red Lentil Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas
- Stove-top Simple Vegetable Soup
The Difference Between Stock and Broth
Broth is seasoned with salt. Stock is not seasoned. That’s about it!
How to Freeze Chicken Broth
- Let chicken broth cool completely before pouring it into Ziploc freezer bags or freezer-proof glass jars. In both cases, allow several inches of extra space for the liquid to expand as it freezes. To cool the broth, I put the pot, without a lid, into the refrigerator to chill. A faster method is setting the soup pot in a sink or large bowl filled with ice water. In both cases, mixing the broth helps it cool faster.
- I like using Ziploc bags because my freezer is small – I lay broth and soup down flat in the freezer so I can stack several bags on top of each other.
- Defrost broth by putting it in the refrigerator overnight. Or, run cool water over the bag of frozen broth until the liquid begins to break up, then reheat immediately.