Chicken Bone broth is one of the most healing foods you can consume, including popular beef bone broth. Rich in nutrients like collagen, gelatin and glycine, chicken bone broth can help to protect and heal your gut lining, boost skin health and improve joint function.
One of the keys to a health-boosting chicken bone broth is the long cooking time (at least 24 hours), because this infuses it with all of the beneficial nutrients.
Another problem with many store-bought broths and stocks is their inclusion of some of the worst ingredients and chemicals around — like MSG.
To reap the awesome benefits of chicken broth, you should try this easy-to-make healing recipe for your digestive system and more today!
The health benefits of beef and chicken bone broth are very similar. Both bone broths are easy for the body to digest and soothing to the digestive system. They’re also both consumed by many people to boost skin and joint health. Either broth can be used on a bone broth fast.
When fasting, supporting with chicken bone broth can help you make it through more comfortably. The best way to buy bones is from your local butcher. Ask for the best bones for making soup.
Whole Foods often sells organic chicken backs and necks, and yes, chicken feet. These parts contain a lot of collagen and gelatin which are fantastic for your gut, bones, teeth and hair, so if you can stomach it, add several to your pot. This can be made in an Instant Pot in under two hours, or in a crockpot in around 48 hours. I highly recommend use the slow cooker.
In general, I don’t recommend beef or chicken bone broth instant pot recipes because they’re cooked at a higher temperature for less time.
Nutrition Facts of Chicken Bone Broth
The exact nutrition content of this chicken bone broth recipe will vary depending on a number of factors, including the exact ingredients used, the length of cooking time and how much fat is skimmed off the top.
In general, chicken bone broth nutrition is low in calories, fat and carbs, which makes sense because the chicken parts and vegetables are all removed at the end. In terms of sodium: you are in control of how much salt you put in it, but for this recipe, I recommend about a teaspoon of high-quality pink Himalayan sea salt.
There are several variations on making chicken broth (including instant pot chicken bone broth, chicken feet bone broth or a whole chicken bone broth recipe). In this recipe, you can use various chicken parts, or you can use an entire chicken. Either way, I would not reduce the cooking time.
Tips For Making Bone Broth
- Use good quality bones: I recommend using bones from animals that have been properly and sustainably raised, meaning pasture-raised chickens and grass-fed cows. Animals raised in commercial farming operations often loaded with growth hormones and antibiotics and have been raised in unhealthy and cruel environments. I highly recommend finding a local farmer to get your meat and bones from.
- Cook times: For chicken bones, I recommend 24-48 hours. If using beef bones, I recommend 48+ hours. The longer you cook the bones, the more nutrient-dense your broth will be.
- Adding veggies and herbs: I like to add carrots, onion, celery, and 1/2 bunch of parsley to my broth for added flavour and nutrients. Add the essential oils and fresh herbs like fresh oregano, fresh thyme, parsley, spring onion
- Supercharge your broth: Chicken feet make for the very best bone broth. They are made of tendons, bone, and cartilage that will give you the gelatin-rich broth that you are looking for. To use chicken feet in your broth, be sure to peel the yellow membrane off the foot. Simply boil the feet in water for 1-2 minutes (no longer) then place it into a cold water bath. The yellow membrane should come right off. After peeling off the yellow membrane, cut off the talons at the first knuckle. The chicken feet are now ready to go into your broth slow cooker.
- Keep the bones covered with water. This will prevent any off flavor from dried, burned bones.
How to Make Chicken Bone Broth
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Add bones to a baking dish. Roast for 45 minutes. This step is optional but recommended.
- You will need either a 6-quart slow cooker or a large stockpot. Place bones into a pot, cover with water and add the apple cider vinegar. For the slow cooker, set on HIGH for 2 hours then lower to low for the duration of time. For the stockpot, bring to a boil then lower down to a simmer for the rest of the time.
- During the first couple of hours of cooking, impurities will rise as you cook the bones. Simply skim the cloudy/foamy residue with a large spoon and discard.
- About 6-8 hours before the broth is done, add any veggies or fresh herbs for flavor.
- Once the broth is done, allow to cool slightly and strain through a fine-mesh strainer to remove bones and veggies. Once cool, store in the fridge for no more than a week or freeze for later use.
The following recipe is for my easy chicken bone broth. The recipe is the same for beef, and pork bones. The time for cooking is a bit longer for bigger bones like beef and bison.
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When fasting, supporting with broth can help you make it through more comfortably. The best way to buy bones is from your local butcher. Ask for the best bones for making soup. Whole Foods often sells organic chicken backs and necks, and yes, chicken feet. These parts contain a lot of collagen and gelatin which are fantastic for your gut, bones, teeth and hair, so if you can stomach it, add several to your pot. This can be made in an Instant Pot in under two hours, or in a crockpot in around 48 hours.
Approx. 2 little water
3-4 pounds organic beef or chicken bones + feets**
1 onion, sliced
2 smashed garlic cloves
1 smashed old ginger
2 celery stalks
3 carrots chopped
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 bay leaves
3 sprigs fresh Thyme
5-6 Sprigs Parsley
1 tablespoon peppercorns
I teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 drop doTerra ginger essential oil
1 drop doTerra Turmeric essential oil
2 drop doTerra Fennel essential oil
Preheat oven to 400°F. Add bones to a baking dish. Roast for 45 minutes. This step is optional, but recommended.
Add bones and feet to a slow cooker. Pour water until they’re covered by at least 1-inch.
About 6-8 hours before the broth is done, add any veggies and fresh herbs for flavour.
Leave cooking for 48 hours, adding water if any evaporates. Alternatively, you can make this in your Instant Pot, if you don’t have slow cooker. Simply set to “manual” and click to 120 minutes.*
Strain. Add additional himalayan salt or seasonings. Store in Mason jars, or freezer-safe (BPA Free) containers if you plan to freeze some. Bone broth keeps for up to one week in the fridge.
The bone broth should “gel” and become thick upon cooling. When ready to drink, simply heat stovetop or in a microwave.
**The best way to buy bones is from your local butcher. Ask for the best bones for making soup. Whole Foods often sells organic chicken backs and necks, and yes, chicken feet. These parts contain a lot of collagen and gelatin which are fantastic for your gut, bones, teeth and hair, so if you can stomach it, add several to your pot.
Note: Calories are negligible and nutritional information may vary.
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Asian
- Serving Size: 10
- Calories: 74
- Sugar: 0
- Sodium: 275mg
- Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 7g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 4g
- Cholesterol: 5mg
Keywords: Chicken Bone Broth, Chicken Stock
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