How to Make Chicken Bone Broth: Tips and Tricks for Success

Mar 20, 2020

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Chicken bone broth is a mineral-rich, beautifully restorative tonic supporting health and wellness. This chicken bone broth recipe is so straightforward you can make it blindfolded.

Broths and stocks have been a staple in traditional cooking for centuries. Before all the modern meat processing techniques, our ancestors used every part of the animal (nose to tail) by preparing stocks and broth, etc.

What is bone broth?

Bone broth is liquid gold. In fact, it is collagen rich since you slow simmer chicken with bones and chicken feet for long hours to extract all the nourishing nutrients. In addition to the chicken bones, you also enhance the flavor of your broth with vegetables and fresh herbs.

Properly prepared stocks and broths are ridiculously nutritious, filled with minerals of bones, cartilage, marrow, and vegetable as electrolytes. Adding apple cider vinegar during cooking helps draw out more minerals from the bones—specifically calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

These stocks and broths produce nourishing and flavorful soups and sauces – a prized ingredient for most traditional and scratch cooking.

how to make chicken bone broth

How to make chicken bone broth at home

It is very simple. This chicken bone broth recipe will work for everyone. If you can do basic kitchen tasks, you can make bone broth. We use apple cider vinegar and fresh herbs to create a more robust flavor.

Benefits of chicken bone broth

The gelatin in the broth is a digestion aid and has been used successfully in treating many intestinal disorders. Gelatin is not a complete protein (it only contains arginine and glycine in large amounts). It acts as a protein sparer. Meaning it allows the body to utilize the absorbed complete proteins better – it also helps with the digestion of muscle meats.

Regularly making rich and nutritious stocks and broths are worth all the time and effort. You and your family will gain so many health benefits.

Lastly, the test for a good bone broth is simply chilling it and seeing if it thickens (even to the point of jelling completely.) The gelatinousness is the key to all the fantastic benefits.

If you are not into beef bone broth, do not worry. Here is a beef bone broth recipe.

Happy broth-making!

For even more hands of experience, utilize your slow cooker. Follow steps 1-2 and add all the ingredients to the slow cooker bowl instead of a stock pot. Cook on low for 24 hours.

Chicken Bone Broth

This is a simple recipe for a nutrient-dense, deliciously gelatinous broth for sipping or soup-making.

  • 1 whole chicken or 3 lbs of chicken bones
  • 4 quarts of cold filtered water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  1. If you are using a whole chicken, cut off the wings and the fat glands and remove the gizzards from the cavity. Cut the chicken parts into several pieces.

  2. Place the chicken as well as the chicken pieces into a large stockpot. Add the vinegar, water, carrots, onion, and celery. Let it sit for 30 minutes.

  3. Bring the pot to a boil, and remove all the scum that rises to the top. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 24 hours.

  4. About 10 minutes before the cooking ends, add the parsley.

  5. Remove the whole chicken from the stock. Once cooled, remove the chicken meat from the carcass. You can use this meat for soups or salads.

  6. Strain the stock into a large bowl, and refrigerate. Skim off the fat that has risen to the top. Transfer into glass containers and store in the fridge (up to 5 days) or freezer (up to 6 months).

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and is for educational purposes only.

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