Instant Pot Chicken Broth

Instant pot filled with ingredients for chicken broth

This easy recipe for Instant Pot chicken broth is the best way to make flavorful chicken broth in an Instant Pot.


  • 3 pounds chicken wings or drumettes
  • 1 carrot, cleaned and snapped in half (no need to peel)
  • 1 onion, cut in half (peel can stay on)
  • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
  • 1 small bay leaf (or break a larger leaf in half)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns (if you have them)
  • A few sprigs of thyme or parsley


  1. Add chicken, carrot, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt, peppercorns and sprigs of herbs to the Instant Pot. 
  2. Add about 3 quarts/ 12 cups water. Make sure not to fill your Instant Pot more than ⅔ full. 
  3. Optional Step: This step will make a clearer, less cloudy broth but is optional, not essential: Press the saute button and bring the water to a simmer. After about 20 minutes, the broth will be simmering and white foam will be gathering on top. Use a spoon or ladle to skim off the white foam. 
  4. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot. Make sure the steam release valve is set to “sealing.” Press the Manual button and program the Instant Pot to cook at high pressure for 40 minutes. It will take about 20 minutes for the pot to come up to pressure. 
  5. After the cooking time is done, let the pressure release naturally. If you try to release the pressure manually, broth might spew out of the pressure release valve.
  6. Strain the chicken and vegetables from the broth (The chicken and veggies are edible if you want to eat them. Just add salt for flavor.)


Instant Pot chicken broth can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It can also be frozen for later use.

I only use one small bay leaf because I find the flavor of bay leaf to be overpowering in chicken broth.

This broth is lightly seasoned, but you'll probably need to add more salt for flavor when the broth is done.

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