This Easy Crockpot Bone Broth is made from the scraps of a whole chicken, some veggies and spices in the slow cooker! Paleo, whole 30 and budget friendly!
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Once you give this Easy Crockpot Bone Broth a try, you’re going to fall in love! It’s no secret that bone both has become increasingly popular over the past few years. You can now find bone broth at basically any grocery store, online, or even in some cafes/restaurants! At it’s core, bone broth is really just soup made probably the same way your grandma used to make it… with bones that were either leftover from a meal, or that she got from a butcher (our gram’s still make it like this!). The bone and vegetables cook low and slow, creating an extremely nutrient dense, delicious broth.
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Many people drink bone broth because it’s so nutrient packed. When the bones are cooked low and slow they release their naturally occurring collagen + gelatin which is thought to be great for your gut health, skin + nails! Yes, bone broth certainly requires a little bit of time and patience to make, but it really requires no labor and is incredibly easy to do! If you have a crockpot.. and leftover chicken (or chicken bones!) you’ll be good to go!
Basically, all you have to do, is pile allll your chicken bones + scraps in the crockpot. I use the scraps and bones from my One Hour Whole Roasted Chicken or my Whole 30 Crockpot Lemon Rosemary Whole Chicken. Basically anything that we don’t eat, goes right into the crockpot. I load it up with spices + veggies, fill it up with water, and let it cook away! There really is no ‘wrong’ way to do it, and you can customize what you put in the crockpot for spices according to your taste.
I make my Easy Crockpot Bone Broth a little different from other people. Most people just strain the broth after it cooks + use/drink that. I take the veggies that cooked with the bones + puree them up to make the broth extra nutrient dense! I find it adds even more flavor, and who doesn’t want to sneak in extra veggies?! You have to give it a try!
Ways to use this Easy Crockpot Bone Broth
-As the base of a delicious soup
-Pour it in a mug and drink it up! It’s packed with protein + veggies and so cozy
-Add to sauces or stir fry’s for flavor
-Use in place of water or regular cooking stock
-Freeze it to have for a quick dinner or meal (or for when a pesky cold comes on!)
We hope you love this as much as we do! We make this year round (basically anytime I cook a whole chicken!) and it’s a staple in our kitchen/freezer. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how easy + delicious it is!
Easy Crockpot Bone Broth
- Bones from a whole chicken (You can use the scraps from a whole roasted chicken or rotisserie chicken)
- 3 celery stalks, halved
- 3 carrots, halved
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 8 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 lemon, halved
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- salt/pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a crockpot*, cover with filtered water and cook on low for 12 hours.
- Allow broth to cool slightly, and run through a strainer into a large pot or container. (This will just be easier to do if it is not scalding hot). I often strain mine through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to catch any miscellaneous herbs. At this step, the broth is ready to use, but I like to use up the veggies.
- Optional, but recommended: Carefully remove carrots, onions + celery from the strainer and place into blender. Puree in blender until smooth (You may need to add a little broth to the blender depending on it’s power)
- Stir veggie puree into strained broth and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
- *Note: If using leftovers from our One Hour Roasted Chicken Recipe, just place all scraps in a the crockpot. You can add additional veggies if you’d like, but not required.
You can view the estimated nutrition facts for this recipe here.
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