Today I am showing you how to make chicken bone broth, a nutrient dense super food, and you can make it in the slow cooker, or my recent favorite – the Instant Pot (Amazon affiliate).
I sometimes call this chicken stock, even though using the two interchangeably is not completely accurate. Bone broth cooks the bones very long, until they become soft. Here is a great article that explains the difference, in case you are curious.
Our entire household was sick last week with an upper respiratory infection. With a kid in daycare, we get exposed to a lot of germs (<-understatement of a lifetime).
So when my sniffling self went to the fridge one morning last week to make my breakfast, I spied a picked over rotisserie chicken, and I knew I just had to make us some chicken bone broth!
The cool thing about chicken bone broth is that is a food that can be made from things that your normally throw away. You could store chicken bones in an airtight container in the freezer until you are ready to make it.
Heck, I even save the ends of my veggies (carrots, celery, onions, garlic, already used bay leaves). Talk about frugal! Those all can also be saved in the freezer in a freezer bag.
How to Use Chicken Bone Broth
As for uses? When I am sick, I will drink a little bit warmed up, just straight out of a mug. It is actually pretty tasty, warm and comforting all by itself, if you ask me.
I also love to use it as a base for homemade chicken noodle soup.
Side note: Here is my chicken noodle soup recipe. You may never buy the canned stuff again.
Chicken bone broth is a great base for many soups, actually.
I use is to cook veggies in, like green beans, peas or lima beans. You can also use bone broths as the base for many sauces or gravies.
Tools You Will Need to Make Bone Broth
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- A large stock pot, or slow cooker, or Instant Pot (my personal favorite)
- A mesh strainer to separate the liquid from the solid bits
- Storage containers – I recommend glass to store the broth, like these mason jars
(Do not use these to freeze! They may crack.)
Chicken Bone Broth Recipe
- Bones from a whole chicken (I used the carcass of a store bought rotisserie chicken)
- 2 stalks of celery roughly chopped
- 2 large carrots roughly chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic smashed and peeled
- 1 onion quartered
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Fresh herbs (optional - I used parsley and thyme from the garden)
- salt and pepper to taste
- inches Cold water covering the chicken carcass by about 3-4
- 2 leaves bay (optional)
Place the chicken bones into a 12-quart stock pot, and cover with water. In the Instant Pot, do not exceed about 2/3 full.
Add the veggies, herbs and apple cider vinegar.
Bring to a low boil.
Reduce heat to the lowest setting.
Partially cover, and simmer for at least 5 hours. You can cook it longer, but I would say no less than 5 hours. The longer the better!
Strain and store in the refrigerator.
Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot, and add water until it is about 2/3 full.
Place the lid on, lock it, seal the vent.
Use the manual setting to cook for 120 minutes.
Use the quick release valve when time is up, or feel free to let it release naturally. Both ways work!
After releasing pressure, remove the lid, and use a strainer to separate the liquids from the solids.
Place all ingredients in a slow cooker, and fill with water.
Cook on low for at least 12 hours, up to 24 hours.
Use a strainer to separate the liquids from the solids.
Have you ever made bone broth?
Are there any additional uses for bone broth that I didn’t mention?
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