When I first started making a whole roasted chicken, it was because I was learning to eat a Paleo diet. I now make a whole roasted chicken at least once a month. While a whole chicken is relatively inexpensive, the best way to get your money’s worth is to use every part of the chicken. As part of my Paleo diet effort, chicken (bone) broth was highly recommended. Of course, the best things about this homemade crock pot chicken broth recipe is that I know exactly what’s in it, I never salt it, and it can be used for a variety of things later.
I hated making chicken broth initially. Spending the time at night picking off nearly every piece of meat I could find was annoying. I felt like a hobo scavenging for food. Now that I’ve done this for nearly 2 years, I no longer hate it. It’s time I spend in the kitchen quietly picking at the chicken, thinking about the day or planning the next. And, I look forward to providing healthier alternatives for my family. I always have a good stash of frozen broth in the freezer ready for anything from a good old fashioned bowl of chicken and rice soup, or chicken and yellow rice dinner …. which I plan to share a recipe for next week (perfect for busy families)!!
Let me tell you, making chicken broth is one of the easiest things you can do. I’m almost on auto-pilot … barely have to think about what I’m doing these days. If you decide to make this, be sure your morning is clear so you can spend the time putting the broth in jars and allowing to cool and freeze.
So, let’s get to it … before you make the broth, be sure to save any left over chicken meat. Just pull it off in chunks. If you’re looking forward to the chicken and yellow rice recipe for next week, you’ll need to freeze about 2 cups of the pulled chicken. Bite sized chunks are perfect!
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Supplies You Need
Large Crock Pot/Slow Cooker (I use a really old version of the Rival 6-Qt Crock Pot – seriously mine’s over 15 yrs old and still kickin’)
Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner (makes for easier cleanup)
Cleaned glass jars for freezing broth (about 10 if you only do 1 cup portions)
Small strainer to make sure chunks aren’t in your broth (I use Cuisinart Fine Mesh Strainers)
Sharpie and freezer tape
Easy Homemade Crock Pot Chicken Broth Recipe
Ridiculously Easy Homemade Crock Pot Chicken Broth Recipe
This is a no-frills easy crock pot chicken broth recipe - perfect for making your own soups, stews, etc.
- 1 leftover chicken carcass include giblets
- 2 carrots unpeeled, rough cut
- 1 onion peeled, quartered
- 1 celery optional, rough cut
- 10 - 12 Cups Water
Place chicken carcass in a crockpot.
Chop ends off carrots (and celery if using) and cut in large chunks. No need to peel. Place in crock pot with chicken bones
Peel and cut ends off an onion. Cut in quarters and place in crockpot with chicken bones
Cover chicken with water. I have a large crockpot that holds 12 cups of water, easily
Cover and cook on high about 3 to 4 hours. Then switch to low for another 10 hours. (I usually switch to low right before I go to bed).
Strain liquid into glass jars making sure to leave room at the top if you're freezing them. I usually freeze in jars filled with 1 cup or 2.5 cups broth. Label the jars with the amount of liquid and date.
Let cool before storing in the freezer.