This chicken bone broth is as full of nutrition and health benefits as it is easy to make. It’s also keto, paleo, and able to be made in a slow cooker. And you can even use what’s left of a rotisserie chicken. Did we mention the taste?!
As you’ve no doubt heard, chicken bone broth (what we used to simply call chicken stock) is profoundly healthful with untold immune-boosting properties that grandmas everywhere have intuited for centuries but scientists are just recently beginning to understand. It’s also keto, paleo, and, for the frugal among us, can be made with what’s left of a rotisserie chicken. You can, of course, tweak whatever you toss in the pot, reflecting your favorite aromatics, including onion, garlic, carrots, black peppercorns, and all manner of other herbs and vegetables.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Chicken Bone Broth
- Slow cooker (if following the slow cooker method)
- 5 pounds chicken necks, backs, and/or feet (can be raw chicken or bones from a rotisserie or roast hen)
- 5 quarts water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 3 sprigs thyme (optional)
- If the bones are raw, you can first brown them*, if desired, to increase the complexity of flavor of the resulting bone broth. To brown the bones, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C), toss the chicken parts in a roasting pan, drizzle with a little olive oil if desired, and slide them in the oven until richly browned, 30 to 60 minutes.
- If using a stock pot, toss the bones in the pot. Add the water, salt, and vinegar, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, covered, for 12 to 24 hours, skimming any fat and film as it cooks. If necessary, add a little water to keep the bones submerged.If using a slow cooker, toss the bones in the pot. Add the water, salt, and vinegar, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 24 to 48 hours, skimming any fat and film as it cooks. If necessary, add a little water to keep the bones submerged.
- Strain out the bones and add salt to taste.
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Recipe Testers’ Reviews
This chicken bone broth recipe is a very simple and cost-efficient way to make your own broth. Either save bones from your roasted chicken (collect the in the freezer until you have enough) or buy chicken backs (or chicken feet, if you are brave ) at your trustworthy butcher. You can even throw in a couple turkey necks or wings/drumsticks to make the broth even richer. The stock will become very stiff in the fridge and keeps about 1 week. I drink 1 or 2 cups broth every day. Makes you feel so much better! I roasted the chicken backs (not the feet!) at 425°F for about 1 hour, turning them once. I drained the fat and kept it. It’s wonderful to fry in. I made the stock on the stovetop about 2 gallons at a time. I don’t salt the stock but add salt later when I use it for cooking or drinking. Usually I never add vinegar but did this time, because it’s what the recipe said. I didn’t notice a big difference in taste or color. I let the stock simmer for 24 hours on the lowest setting, uncovered, so that only the occasional bubble appeared on the surface. I didn’t add any water. The yield was about 90% of the water you add. After cooking, I think it’s important to de-fat the broth and strain it through a fine-mesh sieve.
Bone broth is very healthy for you so I was excited to make this recipe.
Finding the “off” cuts of chicken is becoming more difficult. Most stores don’t carry them, and now many butchers don’t, either. I used a combination of wings and thighs to make this broth. I roasted them in the oven for 30 minutes. I chose to add the thyme to the pot, as there were no onions, garlic, or other ingredients for flavor. I allowed it to cook for 24 hours in an 8 1/2-quart slow cooker, as the volume of water was too much for my regular 6-quart slow-cooker. There was no need to add any additional water while cooking.
After straining, this recipe yielded 18 1/4 cups (4 1/4 liters) broth. The resulting broth is much lighter than I am used to making, but I’d attribute that to the large volume of water. Also, it didn’t gel after being refrigerated overnight. Because of the roasting there was little fat to skim off. I’ve used this in a stir fry and a couple light soups so far. My husband had a cup of just the broth with his lunch once or twice. As is, the recipe makes a perfectly acceptable light broth. I’m not sure if another day’s cooking would have made any difference to the final broth or not.
I usually like to add a couple aromatics for flavor, like onion, garlic, and bay leaves, and I think I missed the addition of those. I did like the amount of broth that this made.
Originally published March 21, 2020
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This chicken bone broth recipe is a nice, simple way to make stock. With very minimal ingredients and effort, I was able to make a flavorful broth.
I roasted the bones and I’m glad I did. I do think roasting enhanced the color and flavor.
For the stock, I used my slow cooker on low for 48 hours and only needed to add 3 cups water. My yield was 2 quarts.