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Delicious Homemade Chicken Broth

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Grocery store chicken broth can't compare to the delicious and healthy homemade broth here! What's great about making this yourself is that it is healthier, has less sodium and in addition to making the broth, you'll also be left with a lot of delicious chicken meat as well.

Ingredients:
  • one whole chicken (My local Walmart always has the organic whole chickens on sale for less than $5)
  • carrots
  • celery
  • onions
  • bay leaves
  • parsley
  • garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • whole black peppercorns
  • * stock pot
Instructions:
Place the whole chicken into the stock pot. Then put some salt and pepper on it, before setting it aside so you can cut your vegetables. Cut 3-5 long carrots into chunks, a few stalks of celery and two onions. Then, take out the garlic and you'll need about 8 cloves of garlic. Take a large bunch of parsley and wash it and set it with all the cut vegetables. If you don't have every ingredient on hand, just use what you do have. Put all the vegetables in the stock pot on and around the chicken. Then, put 2 bay leaves on it as well. If you have whole black pepper, or peppercorns, take a tablespoon of them out. Then use the back of a saute pan or some other object to crack them, then place in stock pot. If you don't have this, just add some black pepper instead.

Cover the chicken and vegetables with water and place on stove. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for a couple hours. Check on it regularly - and when you see the foam settling on the top of the water, take a spoon and skim it out. If you can't get it all, that's ok - just get as much out as possible. When I simmer mine, I place the lid on the pot but leave a little crack or opening. When you check on it, use a pair of tongs to pull on the chicken - if you do so and it starts to fall apart easily - your chicken is ready to come out.

Once the chicken falls off the bones easily, you need to remove it from the pot. I have a colander on top of a bowl all ready for this. Then I carefully use two pairs of tongs or whatever I need to grab the chicken pieces out of the stock pot to set into the bowl. I get all the pieces out and let it cool in the bowl. Once cooled enough to touch it, I will pull all the chicken off of the bones and put it into a new clean bowl.

Once all the chicken is separated from the bones, I discard any fatty pieces. At this time, your broth could be done. You don't need to cook this for as many hours as I do, but I think it adds more flavor and extracts more from the chicken bones this way. So, after I remove the chicken, I usually use a colander to also remove all the vegetables at this time. I remove them to prevent them from turning into complete mush - and the flavor from the vegetables has already infused the broth fully. So at this point, all I have left is the broth and I then put the bones back into it. Like I said, this is optional - as the broth could be done now after only two to three hours. But, if I have the time, I throw the bones back in and let it simmer for another hour or two. If you want your broth to be really rich in flavor, you don't need to water it down. But if a lot of water has evaporated and you want to add a little more and you can see how thick the soup is, feel free to do so. I usually add more water.

Leave it simmering as long as you like. Then, use a colander again to get rid of the bones. Let your broth cool down. It is recommended to transfer it into the fridge so that the fat can rise to the top and be skimmed off. Once ready to use the broth, you'll likely want to add additional salt.

The broth is delicious and rich in flavor and nutrients! I usually pour portions of mine into 1-cup containers which will be stored in the freezer. I also make chicken and dumpling soup with the broth and chicken - my son loves it!
Chuckie881 year ago
Good job showing ur little man how fun food can be.
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.... my teach teached me how to make vegetable stock out of this method =D but urs look even more delicious:D
HollyMann (author)  sabu.dawdy1 year ago
Thank you!
ag1tator1 year ago
Yumi, look very delicious :)
flavrt1 year ago
Good job, Holly. Your pix are bright, your narrative is clear, and the whole thing makes me salivate.

There is another matter, perhaps more important. To those of us who grew up in kitchens where only whole birds were prepared, using carcasses for broth and picking the bones seems obvious. Too easy to forget that authentic food is a culture to which ever fewer people are exposed. Maybe half of young North Americans will view your recipe as alien technology. We have to fight that tide.

You are carrying the torch of civilization. Noblesse oblige.
HollyMann (author)  flavrt1 year ago
I love your comment! What a good point you have. I must admit that I don't remember my mom ever making this when I was a kid, even though she is a wonderful cook. When I first made it, just handling the whole chicken was half alien to me! So I am glad my son is being exposed to real food - he loves it so much and is a big part of why I make it! I love also that you get so much meat from the chicken - very little left to throw away. It is odd to me that some kids are brought up without any exposure to real food - vegetables, fruit, etc. I know some kids who refuse to eat anything other than their preferred chicken nuggets or hot dogs. I think people will eventually get back to basics more - we'll see! :)
Yum! One day I'll make my own chicken broth!
HollyMann (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
:) It's so good!
Looks absolutely delicious? I want!!! :-)
HollyMann (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thank you Mario! I want some too! :)
PitStoP1 year ago
Looks goody as usual Holly... =)
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
thanks so much!!! :)