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Homemade Chicken Broth


Homemade Chicken Broth

This recipe is a modified version of another recipe by my friend Miss Dot. She is extremely talented and has a wonderful blog that I highly recommend.


Homemade Chicken Broth Ingredients:

  • 1 whole pasture-raised chicken
  • 1-2 onions, quartered
  • 1-2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2-4 stalks organic celery, roughly chopped
  • 4-6 cloves garlic
  • Pink Salt, to taste
  • Filtered Water to cover

Servings:  1 1/2 gallons


Homemade Chicken Broth Instructions

Take the chicken and wash well. Deeply pierce the skin all over with a long serving fork (this is to let the juices deep down in the tissues to release over time), and place in a very large stock pot. Add a little salt then add water till it covers the chicken. Heat on the lowest setting possible and let it sit for at least 18 hours. The water should never boil but should just sort of bubble a little.

Once the chicken has given up all it’s juices, take it out (it will fall apart so you will need to use a tool that can scoop it up) and set aside in a big bowl to cool off. Next add the veggies and let that simmer or bubble for another couple of hours or so. Turn off the heat then remove and discard the veggies.

Cool for a few hours and then pour through a cheese cloth-lined strainer to catch any tidbits still left in the pot. Put thoroughly cooled broth into containers in the fridge. After a day you can take them out and skim off the fat which can be saved in the freezer.

Another helpful tip, you can also buy ice cube trays and freeze individual stock ice cubes, which is really handy if you find yourself needing to make soup for one, but only have containers of stock for 6.

Ready In: Overnight

Dr Jockers Comments:

Bone broth has incredible health benefits that support the gut membrane, the joints, the immune system, hair and skin.  The key nutrients in the broth are not easy to get from other food sources and they include collagen, gelatin, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, glycosamino glycans, proline, glycine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.  These nutrients are considered beauty foods because they help the body with proper structural alignment and beautiful skin and hair.

Bone broth provides the nutritional synergy to calm an overactive immune system while supplying the body with raw materials to rebuild stronger and healthier cells.   This is why it is such a great healing food to have when the body is encountering stress from bacterial or viral infections as well as digestive disorders and leaky gut syndrome.

You can find pasture-raised chicken from a local farmer or you can order the bones from US Wellness Meats.  Pasture-raised chicken are chickens that were raised on natural grass eating insects and weeds without any grain-feeds.  This concentrates essential fats and anti-oxidants into the bones and tissues of the animal.

This is great to drink each day, to use on other dishes or to make for a stew.

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23 Responses to Homemade Chicken Broth

  1. Arthur Williams April 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    If you add something acidic like cider vinegar or whey you will get the minerals in solution much quicker. Try it with a piece of chalk. Calcium and magnesium are not very soluble in neutral water. Add about a quarter of a cup. Start tasting after 6 hours. When you get to the point where there is no further change in taste you will have the maximum amount of nutrients that the chicken will release.

  2. Helen Brickell August 16, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    When making chicken broth do you need a whole chicken. I saved 2 chicken breast bones. can I use that. do I need cheese-cloth

    • Dr. Jockers August 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

      Yes you can use the chicken bones, the cheese cloth is helpful but not necessary.

  3. Cindy Pickles December 8, 2015 at 3:29 am #

    I usually leave the chicken cook in crock pot for 3-4 hours, take it out and remove the chicken and put the bones back in the pot to cook for 48 hours. I was told to leave them in until the bones become soft, that way you know you have gotten the most minerals from the bones. The flavor is amazing. Yes I add vinegar.
    How much shoul one drink each day. I usually have 4-6oz. Thanks

    • Dr. Jockers December 8, 2015 at 6:22 am #

      That is fantastic Cindy! 4-6oz per day is a great regimen! If you feel good with it, you can certainly go up to 8-16oz daily.

  4. Barbara December 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    Do you recommend beef broth?

  5. Mary Lucy December 9, 2015 at 3:49 am #

    Can you use turkey instead of Chicken?

  6. Albert June 30, 2016 at 6:38 am #

    I use an Electric Pressure Cooker (3 Litre size) to make chicken bone broth weekly. I put in 2 kg of chicken feet , some garlic, onion, ginger, lemon ,sea salt and Apple Cider Vinegar, fill water to near top end. I cooked them for 3 cycles, and then remove all the solid pieces. This is how I make chicken bone broth. Any comment?

  7. Christina Rosa July 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    What if you eat a plant based diet. Any way to get the benefits without eating animal products?

  8. Samar July 21, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    I mix veal and chicken bones, I debone the chicken and use the meat for shish taouk. I add apple cider vinegar, a mix off whole spices, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, all spice, ginger, onion, garlic, Himalayan salt. I leave it on low heat for 24 hours. When I drink it , I add little bit of turmeric and home made hot shatta… it tastes so good and it feels amazing

    Thank you for your encouraging informations

  9. Krista August 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    How long do you suggest to do a bone broth detox?

    • Dr. Jockers August 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

      3-7 days is great Krista!

      • Krista August 20, 2016 at 11:21 am #

        Awesome! Thanks Dr. J!

  10. Rose October 17, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    Thanks for sharing so many informations.
    I have an intolerance to chicken (not only chicken protein, also eggs). What would the alternative be?

    • Dr. Jockers October 20, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

      Sorry to hear this! You can do a turkey, fish, lamb, bison or beef bone broth.

  11. E. Sprouse April 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    In the one recipe it said discard the vegetables. Can you eat them and can you eat the chicken meat or discard it as well?

    • Dr. Jockers April 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

      Good question. Yes you can consume both!

      • E. Sprouse April 25, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

        Thank you for your website and for all the information you give to those of us who want and need it.

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