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Nourishing Bone Broth in the Instant Pot

In my last post I gave my favorite recipe for Instant Pot Spiced Chicken. The next step in this ‘recipe flow’ is to leave the bones from the chicken in the pot, add a few more ingredients, and make this Nourishing Bone Broth.

Instant Pot Nourishing Bone Broth

Why Bone Broth?

The health and healing benefits of bone broth are huge. The collagen in bone broth supports bones, joints, skin, hair and nails; it contains glutamine, which strengthens gut health; and has tons of immune supporting properties. I add turmeric which also helps decrease inflammation in the body.

Bone broth is inexpensive and super easy to make, and I literally drink it in a mug on the daily. You can use it as the base for soups (like my Lemony Orzo Chicken Soup), drink it for an extra immune boost (seriously, it is that good), and use it as a liquid to cook your vegetables in. You can even use it as a healthy and flavorful base for any sauces you like to make.

Here’s my current favorite recipe you can make right in your instant pot.

Recipe: Nourishing Bone Broth

  • Bones from one whole pastured organic chicken (preferably with bits of meat still left)
  • 1 leek, or regular onion, quartered (whatever onion you have on hand will do)
  • 2 carrots, chopped into large chunks
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped into large chunks
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 8 cups filtered water

Add all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot and give a gentle stir. Press the ‘soup’ button and set the time for 100 minutes. Be sure the valve is set to ‘seal.’

Let the magic happen.

Once the machine beeps after the 100 minutes, turn the Instant Pot off and let the pressure release naturally. Remove the top and let the bone broth cool, then strain into glass jars or gallon freezer bags. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for future use.

Other Recipes From this Recipe Flow:

Recipe notes:

  • I like to freeze a few small amounts of bone broth in the little square containers I used to use when making baby food for my kids – it’s a great way to have just a little bit you can add to a mug or saute veggies when needed.



Alessandra Macaluso is the author of What a Good Eater! , Lucy the Bee and the Healing Honey, and The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. She’s also a Qigong and Tai Chi instructor, and overall wellness advocate. Her work has been featured in several anthologies which can all be found on her Amazon author page, and she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, and many other online publications.

Alessandra is a northerner-turned-southerner, enjoying the south with her children, Penelope and Ciro, and her husband, Greg.

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