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The characterization of chicken broth as a cure for sickness is one of the main reasons for finding this dish soothing. It may even be your ideal food solution if you are not feeling too well.

Homemade Chicken Broth Recipe

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This homemade chicken broth is rich in flavor, seasoned with herbs,  and is so much better than store-bought chicken broth.
Servings: 14 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 day
Slow cook 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes


  • Instant Pot or slow cooker


  • 3 lbs Chicken (bones +chicken feet)
  • 2 carrots cut in half
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 onion (cut in half)
  • 1 head garlic (cut in half)
  • 4 sprigs rosemary (fresh)
  • 4 sprigs thyme (fresh)
  • 1 sheet Dried Kelp or Kombu (this adds the umami flavor) - optional
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • Enough water to fill full line on Instant Pot (about 10 cups)


  • Arrange the chicken bones and carcasses to your instant pot then add all the vegetables and spices, and fill with water until it reaches the full line.
  • Close your instant pot ensuring the pressure valve is in the closed position. Press the "slow cook" setting and set for 24 hours or more. I did mine for 48 hours (optional).
  • After it is done cooking, open your Instant Pot. Put a colander over a large mixing bowl and pour the chicken broth it. Lift the colander to strain out all the solids and discard them.
  • If you added some chicken feet, there may have some chicken fat in your broth or stock. If you don’t want the fat, you can wait until it cools and spoon off the fat from the top.
  • Let the broth cool down before transferring to glass containers or mason jars (I used 28 oz). Fill up to the top if storing in the refrigerator. Fill up to just below the neck if storing in the freezer.
  • The broth will be kept in the fridge for about 5 to 6 days (just check for spoilage), or 6 months if store in the freezer.

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1.) If using a crockpot or slow cooker: Cook on LOW for 24 hours.
2.) Stove Top Instructions: Simmer in your largest stockpot on low for 24 hours.
3.) Substitute 3 to 4 chicken backs if you don’t have chicken carcasses and bones.
4.) You can add dried kelp or kombu to add the umami flavor but this is optional.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1581IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Asian
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