Chicken Bone Broth Goodness
I remember getting a whole chicken at Costco and thinking it was one of the greatest things to add to our weekly menu! We have dear friends who have been to Africa and back and before they left, the wife talked to me about using the bones of our Rotisserie chicken for broth. I liked the idea but my broth in a box was so much “easier”.
Fast forward a few years later, I began to learn the health benefits of broth from bones and how it is quite different than store bought broth. I started with my Costco chicken leftovers and made my first batch of broth. Since learning about the importance of eating REAL food, I have switched to purchasing Organic whole chickens from Costco and making my chicken and broth from scratch.
I grew up hearing that Chicken soup was healing for you when you had a cold. It began to make sense to me! Traditional chicken soup was always made from scratch and contained the healing minerals and vitamins from the bones and fat to help your body get better.
Chicken soup in a can does NOT contain the minerals and nutritional benefits that we need for colds. Both of my grandmothers are in their 80’s and I truly believe it has to do with the traditional healing foods that they ate growing up.
Bone Broth is one of the first things I start my clients on when they have an autoimmune disease. Kids with severe food allergies have also benefited from taking bone broth on a regular basis. The gelatin acts as a “seal’ for those who have leaky guts. Bone broth is also for the healthy person contributing to immunity and joint care and repair.
Introducing Bone Broth into your Family Menu
Introducing bone broth into our family meals called for me to tweak our menu a bit. Here are a few ways we introduced it into our menu:
1. Cook rice/quinoa or noodles with bone broth
2. Cook vegetables in bone broth
3. Add the “gelatin” like substance from cooled bone broth to toast or any main or side dish like butter
4. Add Soup to your weekly menu using bone broth as your base
6 Easy Weekly Soup Recipes
Having soup is one of the easiest ways to drink bone broth. However, making soup can be quite overwhelming to someone. Here are a few simple helps:
1. Add our Fresh Salsa to bone broth and call it “Spicy broth”. Squeeze a lime in it and it is very close to a traditional mexican lime soup. You can add the chicken and some beans in it and it is tortilla soup.
2. Throw a bag of veggies in the broth, add salt and pepper and chicken and you have a traditional chicken soup.
3. Cut up these canned biscuits and place them in boiling bone broth and add chicken. You have chicken and dumplings!
4. Add coconut milk, cilantro and cayenne pepper with chicken and side of rice and you have a coconut soup!
All of these soup ideas can be used as a breakfast and great leftover for lunch!
Kids and Bone Broth
When I start my kids on bone broth, I ask them to just try 1/4 cup. Now, my kids can tell the difference in good fatty bone broth and traditional boxed. For my kids I gave them the broth to drink in a coffee mug like a warm tea or coffee drink. They actually liked drinking it that way and would almost rather drink it than eat soup some nights.
As a family of 6 I get at least 3 meals out of my one whole chicken and that is so cost effective for us! As I get rid of processed boxed foods, I am able to purchase an organic chicken and my family is getting way more nutrition than before. I am thankful for bone broth, thankful for friends who teach me these things and thankful we have taken little steps in this long journey of health to incorporate it into our weekly routine.
“I could eat bone broth soup everyday!”- Michael Stewart
Happy Independence Day! Try this little sparkle of goodness next week after the fireworks are over and you too will be thankful!
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Chicken Bone Broth
- 1 Whole Organic Raw Chicken
- 1 Large Crockpot
- 64 oz Filtered Water Varies based on size of crockpot
- 2 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
- Varies Various Vegetables Carrots, Celery, Garlic and Onion
- Varies Various Herbs and seasons rosemary, turmeric, thyme ect.
- Varies Salt and Pepper to taste Add this after broth is cooked
Place the Raw whole chicken breast down into the crock pot. (Include organ meat)
Lightly salt your bird. You can add your veggies at this time but I usually just salt the top of the bird and put crushed garlic over top (Can add Grassfed Butter or Ghee to coat the bird)
Close lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
At this point you can use the chicken for meals or set aside. You can also start your broth with the chicken still whole. Either way, you will fill the crock pot with filtered water until it reaches about an inch above the bird. (If you cook the chicken and water at the same time, you want to add slightly less water, as the chicken will produce some liquid itself. You will want to increase your cooking time to 12 hours)
Next, If you cooked your bird prior to adding water, you will take a fork and separate the cooked bird. It will be moist and pull apart easily. Add 2 TB of Apple Cider Vinegar, any desired vegetables and or herbs. Close lid and continue cooking on low.
Cook on low for 6-12 hours (I cook mine for 8 hours in crockpot and 2 hours in Instant Pot) for the fullest richest amount of bone broth. (No more than 24 hours) You can use the broth after the first 6 hours. Place in a mason jar and let cool to store. Can be stored in the fridge 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to a year.
I will usually put a chicken in the crockpot before going to bed and cook over night. In the morning, I will place my water, vegetables and ACV and let it cook until dinner time. At dinner time I will create a soup using this wonderful and nutritious broth! (If using an Instant pot, you will cook the chicken for 30 minutes and broth for 1-2 hours...if you cook chicken and water at same time, reduce amount of water and cook for 2 hours)
You can drink the broth on its own or create a soup! 1/2- 1 cup per day is a great start for healing treatment for the gut or for support when sick or keeping well. Enjoy!!