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Slow Cooker Chicken Bone Broth

In the recipe for Easy Peasy Slow Cooker Roast Chicken, I told you to save the bones. Bone broth is the reason why. After you’ve roasted 2 or 3 chickens and have frozen and saved the bones, it’s time to make a batch of broth. This is another super easy recipe that takes almost no prep time. In a day, you’ll have delicious bone broth that you can drink or use in soups or other recipes. And this stuff makes the store-bought watery liquid look like a joke. Bone broth is full of nutrients that are good for your gut, your skin, your bones, your joints… everything! And this stuff is a bargain. Bone broth has become a “thing” and boutiques are selling it for $4.00-$8.00 a cup. You’re making it with “free” materials you would have thrown away.



Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 24 hours

Makes about 8-10 cups of broth, depending upon the size of your slow cooker


  • One onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • Any other vegetable trimmings you have you can throw in if you want.

  • Bones and leftover juices from 2 or 3 roasted chickens

  • 2 T organic apple cider vinegar

  • 8-10 cups of filtered water

  • Put the chopped vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker

  • Put bones and juices from 2 or 3 cooked chickens in the slow cooker

  • Add apple cider vinegar

  • Add filtered water until the bones are covered

  • Cook on low for 24 hours

  • Filter out the bones and vegetable trimmings with a large wire mesh strainer (this can be kind of messy)

  • Store liquid broth in the refrigerator for about a week. Good for several months in the freezer.

  • Note that when the broth is cooled, the fat from skin, trimmings or juices that were in the cooker will rise to the top. It’s easy to skim off when it’s cooled off in the refrigerator or freezer.

  • When you’ve made broth “right” it’ll have a gelatinous texture when it’s cold. You know, like jello. If it doesn’t, you may have added too much water…


One final note: When you warm up the bone broth to drink it, do NOT use the microwave. Microwaves can damage the proteins in the gelatin.