How To Make Instant Pot Chicken Stock
So last November, Black Friday to be more specific, I bought myself a little present. I impulse bought an Instant Pot, at a hefty 35% discount, I might add. Ive been experimenting with the Instant Pot for a few months and the other day I made my first Instant Pot Chicken Stock. OMG. You guys. This is the best chicken stock Ive;ever made. The extra pressure during cooking really pulls out so much more flavor and collagen to make an ultra rich broth.
How Do You Make Instant Pot Chicken Stock
This is the best and easiest part. Put all the ingredients in the instant pot. Pour in enough water just to cover everything. Put the lid on, seal and set it for 45 minutes. Then do a full natural release. You dont want to use a quick release for a couple of reasons, the flavor has more chance to develop and a quick release may cause boiling liquid to come out of the valve.
After the stock has cooled slightly, you can use a spoon to skim off some of the fat from the top.
Strain the veggies and chicken carcass and then use in all the recipes.
You can freeze it in jars or in ice cube trays for when you need just a couple tablespoons.
Easy peasy huh?
Instant Pot Chicken Stock
Stop! Dont toss out those chicken bones and veggie scraps; turn them into chicken stock. This simple Instant Pot chicken stock recipe will save you money and cut down on kitchen waste.
Making your own stocks at home is an easy way to save money on your grocery bill and use up kitchen staples that might otherwise get pitched. Instead of tossing out limp carrots or forgotten celery, add them into a pot with chicken bones, water, herbs, and seasoning and transform them into fragrant homemade chicken stock.
Were going to show you how just how simple it is to make homemade chicken stock in an Instant Pot. However, you dont need an Instant Pot to make chicken stock. It does cut down on time, but if you dont have one you can adapt this recipe using a regular stockpot. Well show you how below.
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How To Make Chicken Stock
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This Chicken Stockrecipe is so easy, and requires very little hands-on attention from you, and results in some delicious, very cost-friendly chicken stock.
Youll use your crock pot/slow cooker or your instant pot/pressure cooker to make this recipe, just set it and forget it while it cooks all day!
So. You roasted a chicken for dinner, and have a chicken carcass in your fridge. Or you got a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, and after the chicken was eaten, you considered throwing the bones away?
Dont do it! This is a great way to use up all the vegetables in your fridge that are past their best, use a chicken carcass, and get some gorgeously flavored stock to use in your favorite recipes later on.
Whenever I have a bag of carrots that are past their best, but still good I throw them in a zip lock bag in the freezer. I add celery ends whenever they start to wilt. If I dont have any freezer veggies I just use fresh ones from my refrigerator. The point is this recipe is incredibly forgiving, and very versatile.
Homemade chicken stock is always full of flavor, and I love that you can customize it to your own personal tastes. I do this by adding fresh rosemary, oregano or thyme to mine.
How To Use Chicken Stock
Chicken stock can be used many different ways. Use it as a base for soups;or sauces. Chicken stock is ideal for making risotto or braising vegetables. Use it to poach chicken breast for flavorful tacos or to add to salads. Recipes that call for chicken stock are endless!
Ready to get cooking? Use your homemade chicken stock to make Spicy Apple and Sweet Potato Soup.
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Pressure Cooker Chicken Stock
If you are using an electric pressure cooker like an Instant Pot, all you have to do is throw everything in there and program it. You can even leave it on overnight because the keep warm setting will keep the temperature in the safe zone without cooking it any more.
- New to the Instant Pot? Check out our post How To Use an Instant Pot: A First-Timers Guide.
Unlike stocks cooked on the stove, with a pressure cooker theres no evaporation; all the liquid stays in the cooker. In fact, youll likely wind up with more liquid than you started off with, because some of it will cook out of the bones and meat.
I dont add a lot of liquid when I make my stock. I dont even measure it; I just eyeball it, adding enough to barely come level with the bones. Its a method more than a recipe, one that gives you a very concentrated stock with a robust flavor.
Storing The Chicken Stock
After I cool and strain the stock I store it in 1 or 2 cup mason jars in the refrigerator for upto 7 days. If it doesnt get used up immediately then it can be frozen for upto 3 months. You can thaw the stock overnight in the refrigerator. Or if youre like me and always remember it in the last moment you can microwave it. Remember to remove the lid before nuking.
Ill be making some delicious recipes using the chicken stock and theyll be in the blog soon. So watch this space or follow me.
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Chicken Bone Broth Vs Chicken Stock
In this recipe I give you the cook times needed to make chicken bone broth or chicken stock. If youre wondering what the difference is between bone broth, chicken stock and chicken broth, the main difference is in how long they cook. Bone broth has the longest cook time, which extracts the most nutrients from the bones.
- Bone broth is made with bones and sometimes meat, vegetables and aromatics. It is cooked for a long time to extract more nutrients from the bones, and has the highest gelatin content. Bone broth is often thicker than stock.
- Chicken stock is made with bones, vegetables and aromatics. The cook time is shorter than the cook time for bone broth. Chicken stock has a richer flavor than chicken broth.
- Chicken broth is made from meat, vegetables and aromatics. It has a shorter cook time than both stock and bone broth.
How Many Times Can You Reuse The Bones
Remember that you can re-use the bones to make even more chicken stock!
You can! In fact, when I make Instant Pot chicken stock, I make a triple batch. I buy organic chicken from the grocery store and have learned that I can get about three rounds of stock before my bones turn to mush.
Every bird is different though, so youll have to play with it to see how many batches of stock you can get.
For example, I made stock for my sister-in-law and was only able to get two solid batches of stock. She buys her chicken from a local Amish farm and after two rounds, there were literally no bones left!
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How To Use Instant Pot Chicken Breast
Congratulations! You’ve got tender, juicy chicken breast that’s ready to use in this week’s meals. Rub a little butter and salt on your whole chicken breasts and reheat for an easy weeknight meal . Use cubed chicken in Chef John’s top-rated Spicy Chicken Noodles. Shredded chicken makes Mexican night a breeze when used in this Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup or Baked Chicken and Rice Chimichanga. Browse our entire collection of chicken recipes for more inspiration.;
How To Make Any Stock In Your Instant Pot
Cut down on the time it takes to make homemade stock and you’ll find yourself making more of it.
I am a big believer in the glory of homemade stock. Grocery bought stock works just fine for many applications, but if you want to give your mealsparticularly a nice soup or saucethat extra restaurant-level complexity of flavor, homemade stock is the way to do it. You can make it from the scraps that you have leftover from making other thingsjust throw chicken bones and carrot tops and other trimmings into a zip-top bag in the freezer until you’ve collected enough to make a decent stock.
Making stock isn’t a particularly complicated processbasically you put your bits into a deep stockpot, cover in water, and let is simmer slowly for several hours. But the timing part is what is often annoying, particularly if you don’t have several hours to babysit a pot on the stove. A slow cooker will work just fine, but I’ve found that making stock in the Instant Pot means that you can coax just as much flavor out of your scraps and into the stock as you would doing the stovetop method.
It’s ridiculously easy, and it has the added benefit of freeing up stove space. It’s also the only way I can convince myself to make stock when it gets so warm out that turning on the oven seems like an awful plan. Do you need an Instant Pot to make stock? Of course not. But will you end up making a lot more stock using one? Maybe so! I do.
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What Do You Use Homemade Chicken Stock For
As mentioned above, I;love using it for homemade chicken noodle soup. It will also work in any other recipe calling for chicken stock. I use my Instant Pot Chicken Stock when I make chicken curry. I use it when I make gravy.; Basically any recipe that calls for chicken stock, I use this.
Its basically liquid gold. I mean look at it
I also use it when my son is craving ramen and I dont want to use the seasoning packet. Its perfect for that!
Whatever you need, this Instant Pot Chicken Stock is going to come in handy!
Why You Should Make Bone Broth And How To Make It
So what is bone broth anyway? Bone broth is basically stock; thats been cooked for such a long time that the tendons and connective tissues have dissolved and the bones are falling apart and fragile. The extra long cook time;helps more collagen and nutrients dissolve into the broth. Its because of this that so many people consider it to have healing benefits for the joints, gut and immune system. We arent nutritionists so we wont go too far into that, but what I can tell you is that bone broth tastes more rich and intense than regular stock or broth. Its absolutely delicious as a warm drink or light soup. I especially love adding a little fresh pepper, minced ginger and herbs to mine. Think of it as a savory tea.
Its also an excellent swap for stocks in soups and since it does taste more flavorful, it can make soups and stews extra delicious. Try it in our Lemony Chicken Vegetable Soup, its excellent.
You can technically make bone broth on the stovetop, but it will take a very long time over 24 hours. Since we cant commit to standing next to a simmering pot for that long, we turn to a pressure cooker or slow cooker to make it. A pressure cooker takes about 4 hours, while the slow cooker will take 24 to 48 hours.
For the most rich and intensely flavored broth, roast your bones. We simply add them in one layer to a baking sheet and roast in a very hot oven until brown. It takes about 30 minutes.
Instant Pot Chicken Stock Recipe
This Instant Pot Chicken Stock will become a favorite kitchen staple! Silky smooth with the perfect depth of flavor, this really elevates any meal it touches. A healthier, tastier and more economical alternative to store bought. Great for soups, chili, marinades and so much more!
How To Store And Freeze Chicken Stock
I like to funnel my cooled stock into jars and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. The stock is often good for another week after that, but if thats the case, I recommend boiling it before using it. That tends to give it a fresher taste.
To always have stock on hand, freeze it for up to one year.
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If you plan on making stock in your Instant Pot regularly, , you really want to think about getting a steamer basket like the one pictured above. It is a GAME CHANGER when it comes to making stock. Before I bought my steamer basket for my Instant Pot, I used my mesh strainers ;to separate the stock from the solids. It did the job, but it was rather tedious and a little messy.
The steamer basket, though, is ridiculously easy to use. Just lift all the solids from the pot with the baskets handle, and youre left with a pot full of stock.
I also highly recommend an extra inner pot. Not just for this recipean extra pot comes in handy all the time. I make two batches of stock with the same bones, so having an extra pot means I can lift the steamer basket from one pot and simply set it in the next. EASY PEASY.
- Prep Time:5 minutes
What Is Chicken Stock Good For
Just about everything! Well, not everything. But it makes just about anything it touches taste really, really good. Just about any soup will be made way better if you use this homemade stock instead of store-bought stock , but you can also use it in place of water to cook grainsrice, barley, quinoa, etc. Here are a few recipes that use chicken stock to get you started:
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What You Need To Make Chicken Stock In The Instant Pot
Keep in mind that there are so many other things you can put in your stock, this is just what I like to put in mine .
- chicken bones/carcass I like to make my instant pot chicken stock from carcass. You can see how I cook a whole chicken in an Instant Pot here. This way I can use up the meat in a meal prep and then make use of the carcass for the stock.
Tips And Notes On Making Homemade Instant Pot Chicken Stock
- If you have time, roasting the chicken carcass and the vegetables before adding to the Instant Pot can add a different depth of flavour to your chicken stock.
- Dont feel the need to follow my recipe exactly! If theres something you dont like, omit it! The stock will take on the flavour of the vegetables you add so if you dont like something, why have your stock taste of it!
- Be sure to let the stock cool before storing.
- For the best tasting stock, I try to stick with fresh vegetables. Like I mentioned earlier, if the vegetable scrap is looking like its about to brown any second now, I dont use it for stock as I feel like the taste will reflect that.
- If you have a Large Mesh Steamer you can place it in your liner first. That way, you can easily just lift it up and separate all the ingredients from the stock when its done pressure cooking.
- Need a chicken recipe so youll have some bones for the stock? Heres a delicious way to make a whole chicken in a Dutch oven and heres how to cook a whole chicken in an Instant Pot.
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Difference Between Broth Stock And Bone Broth
- Broth: A cooking liquid that has been flavored with something . Broth is typically more clear and not simmered as long as stock.
- Stock: Cooking liquid simmered for a long period of time with bones. Stock is typically rich in color.
- Bone Broth: Bone broth is made with bones and simmered for such a long time, gelatin and trace minerals are released from the bones and the bones are able to be broken or crumble easily after cooking.
You can read more about the technical;differences here.;
Today, I am showing you how to make both Instant Pot Chicken Stock and Instant Pot Bone Broth.;;
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