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.
How to make chicken bone broth
First, gather your ingredients.
To make chicken bone broth you will need the following:
- chicken bones (I use the bones from roasted chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken)
- apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper
- bay leaf
- other aromatic veggie scraps – onions, celery garlic, carrot
Keeping a scrap bag in the freezer
The cool thing about chicken bone broth is that is a food that can be made from things that you 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.
Cooking the chicken bone broth
Place all ingredients in a slow cooker, instant pot or in a stick pot on the stovetop, and fill with water.
For the slow cooker, cook on low for at least 12 hours, up to 24 hours.
In the Instant Pot, cook for 120 minutes on high pressure.
For the stovetop, after bringing to a boil, reduce to a simmer, partially cover, and cook for no less than 5 hours. (Note: For the stovetop method, you will likely need to add/ use more water as evaporation is much more of a factor.)
Once the cooking time is complete, use a strainer to separate the liquids from the solids.
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 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.
I also love to use it as a base for homemade chicken noodle soup. Chicken bone broth is a great base for many soups, actually.
Soup Recipes to Use Chicken Bone Broth
You may enjoy some of these recipes. They are some of my family’s favorites. You can make them with your chicken bone broth!🙌🏻 Some of them are Instant Pot recipes, some slow cooker and some are made on the stovetop.
- Chicken noodle soup from scratch
- Chicken tortilla soup in the slow cooker
- Chicken and corn chowder
- Turkey vegetable soup
- Lemon chicken orzo soup
- Slow cooker black bean soup (use in place of the vegetable stock)
- Instant Pot white chicken chili
- Ham and 15 bean soup (slow cooker or Instant Pot)
- Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup
- Broccoli cheese soup
- Instant Pot black bean soup (use in place of veggie stock listed in the recipe)
- Healthy lasagna soup (Instant Pot and stovetop instructions included)
- Pasta e fagioli soup (Instant Pot or stovetop instructions included)
- Irish potato leek soup (Instant Pot or stovetop instructions included)
- Instant Pot chicken and rice
Chicken Bone Broth FAQ’s
For about a week in the refrigerator.
As far as I can tell, yes. What makes it “bone broth” is the high levels of collagen. This is indicated by a gel-like texture once it is refrigerated. Mine gels every time I make it. Your bones-to-water ratio will determine how much collagen you get. For thicker stock, use less water or more bones.
If you are a stickler for the length of time, use the slow cooker method, provided in the recipe card. Either way works!
Yes! You can use any liquid that comes out from roasting that as well, as well as any skin, or any other part.
Yes. I often remove any leftover meat and set it aside. That being said, if you don’t plan on consuming the meat left on the bones, you can just go ahead and leave it on there.
I am not a medical or nutritional professional, and I do not pretend to be one on the internet. However, there are many potential health benefits reported to consuming bone broth.
They are both chicken broth by definition. However, chicken bone broth refers to a cooking process that extract the maximum nutrition, collagen, etc. out of the bones. This requires longer/ more cook time. Regular chicken broth can be made a bit quicker and will likely have less dense nutrition in the final product.
I do not find this necessary, especially if I am using the bones from an already-roasted chicken.
Yes! I have never used chicken feet, but they are said to be highest in collagen, and they make great chicken bone broth. We have been happy with the results we have using bones from a whole roasted chicken.
We have a reverse osmosis, so I use that for all of our cooking liquids. That being said, use the water that is available to you. Filtering is not a requirement.
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.)
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Chicken Bone Broth
- 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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