Instant Pot Chicken Stock

instant pot stock in soup
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Pressure Build/Release: 80 mins
  • Yield:

The Instant Pot pressure cooker makes quick work of many dishes that typically take hours, and this chicken stock is a perfect example. Wings are a good choice for stock making, but you might also use necks, feet, thighs, and other chicken parts. Or add a leftover chicken carcass to the pot along with any drippings you might have saved. Aromatics in this stock include onions, celery, and carrots, along with garlic and peppercorns. This chicken stock is fully customizable— feel free to include more garlic (or omit it), or add a sprig of rosemary or some chives if you'd like.

Scrub or rinse the vegetables, but you don't have to bother with peeling them. Peels and scraps add flavor and all of the solids are strained out and discarded in the end.

Chicken stock isn't just for soup! Use it as the cooking liquid for rice, bulgur, quinoa, and other grains. Add chicken stock to mashed potatoes or cauliflower in place of milk or lighten heavy sauces by using part chicken stock. It's also an excellent alternative to water for steaming vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 pounds chicken wings (or other chicken parts)
  • 2 carrots (cut into 2-inch chunks)
  • 2 ribs celery with leaves (cut into 2-inch chunks)
  • 1 onion (peeled and quartered)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled and halved)
  • 4 to 6 sprigs thyme
  • 3 to 4 sprigs parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 dozen black peppercorns
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cups water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    ingredients for instant pot chicken stock
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  2. Add the chicken, vegetables, garlic, thyme, parsley, bay leaves, and peppercorns. If you are making a salted broth, add the salt (you can always add the salt later).

    instant pot with vegetables and chicken for stock
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  3. Add about 6 cups of water to the pot. Make sure the ingredients are not above the max fill line, which is 1 3/4 inches below the rim of the pot.Older cookers have a higher max fill line, but the cooker should never be filled more than the 2/3 mark (approximately 1 3/4 inches from the rim). If too full, the liquids will splatter as the pressure is released. To avoid spatter, continue the natural release until the float valve drops.

    chicken stock in the instant pot with vegetables
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  4. Secure the lid and ensure the steam release vent is in the sealing position. Choose manual/pressure cook, high pressure, and set the timer for 60 minutes. When the time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 30 minutes or longer. Carefully release the remaining pressure.

  5. Strain the stock and discard the solids; transfer the liquids to a fat separator, if desired.

    chicken stock in gravy separator
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  6. For a clearer stock, strain once again in a mesh strainer lined with several thicknesses of cheesecloth.

    instant pot chicken stock strained
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  7. Use the stock for soups, stews, braises, or as a cooking liquid for rice and grains.

    chicken soup made with instant pot chicken stock
    Diana Rattray

How to Freeze Stock in Ice Cube Trays

  1. Pour the chicken stock into ice cube trays. Place the ice cube trays on a baking sheet and place the trays in the freezer.

    chicken stock poured into silicone ice cube tray
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  2. When the stock is frozen solid, transfer the cubes to freezer bags and return them to the freezer.

    chicken stock in a jar and frozen cubes
    Diana Rattray

Tip

  • Store chicken stock in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 6 months.