If you’re anything like me, you’ve been buying chicken broth for years from the grocery store without thinking twice about it. Luckily, I stumbled across a post on insta of a mom making her OWN chicken broth! I was completely intrigued; I didn’t know that was a thing?? Buckle up because healthy homemade chicken broth will rock your world. Homemade broth requires very little effort on your part, is filled with incredible flavor and nutrients, and reduces food waste. It’s a winner in my book!
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Benefits of homemade chicken broth
To put it simply, homemade chicken broth is a game changer and you’ll never want to buy store-bought broth again.
In Making Homemade Broth, we touched on some of the great benefits to making broth yourself that are worth repeating here. They’re THAT good.
- Lots of Nutritional Benefits
Like all homemade goods, you know exactly what goes into your homemade broth and don’t have to worry about any harmful additives or preservatives.
Due to it’s few contents of a roast chicken, veggies, herbs, and water, homemade chicken broth is bursting with nutrients like collagen, calcium and magnesium. Healthy homemade broth boosts immunity, fights inflammation, and is easily digestible to support gut health.
- Reduces Food Waste
Tasty broth uses ONLY food scraps and water! It truly reduces food waste and can use up meat scraps, bones, vegetable trimmings, and more.
Of course fresh herbs and vegetables can be used to supplement your broth but aren’t necessary if you can store up enough leftovers!
- Stores Well
I love being able to make something in bulk and make it last. Homemade broth can last in your fridge for a week, frozen in portions and stored in the freezer for months, or if you’re into canning it can last for upwards of a year!
- It’s SO Easy!
The ease of this recipe cannot be stressed enough!
It requires a large pot filled with water, vegetable trimmings, and leftovers from a roasted chicken.
Within an hour you’ll have incredibly tasty broth and your house will be smelling amazing!
how to: prep the vegetables and chicken
If you’re planning on making broth, the few weeks ahead start storing any vegetable trimmings and chicken scraps in a storage bag in your freezer. I usually plan to make broth after every time I roast a whole chicken.
Doing this allows none of the chicken bones or meat to go to waste and I can reuse them fresh.
Large chunks of ingredients are totally okay flavor-wise, but it may be easier to stir if you halve large carrots or celery and separate the chicken bones.
Some of my favorite scraps to save are:
- Onion skin and bulbs
- Garlic skin
- Carrot peels and ends
- Celery leaves
- Juiced lemons
how to: make healthy homemade chicken broth
Add all ingredients to a large stockpot and fill with water. There should be enough water to cover the contents of the pot.
Toss in additional fresh vegetables and herbs to supplement the flavor.
Some of my favorite add-ins are:
- Extra carrots, celery, and onions if needed
- Fresh sprigs of oregano and thyme
Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour. Once cool, strain thoroughly and store.
(To get more life out of the strained vegetables and meat, try composting! Just don’t compost the bones, they should be tossed)
Stir into your favorite soups and sauces, or enjoy plain for a flavorful pick-me-up!
Healthy Homemade Chicken Broth
- 1 roasted chicken leftovers meat and bones
- 4-8 cups combination of vegetable scraps and fresh vegetables onions, celery, carrots, garlic, mushrooms, lemon, oregano, thyme, pepper
- 8-10 cups water as needed to cover stockpot contents
- Add chicken leftovers and vegetables to a large stockpot over high heat. Fill with water until covered.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour.
- Let cool and strain.
What are your favorite ways to use chicken broth? Share in the comments below! I love using chicken broth to thin out Italian sauces and to serve as the base for lots of soups!