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How To Make Chicken Stock and Bone Broth

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Ready to get warm and cozy? When the days get colder, a cup of delicious chicken stock or broth is just what you need!

This is a step-by-step guide to making the most delicious, extra concentrated bone broth. Or you can simply follow the recipe up to step 4 to make chicken stock.

How to Make Chicken Stock and Bone Broth

There are many ways to make stock and bone broth. You can use any bones with meat or without any meat (bones from roast chicken, ribs, etc.), with or without vegetables, various herbs and spices. Make sure to use salt and add lemon juice or vinegar as that will help release more collagen and will help balance the flavors.

To make chicken stock or bone broth, you can use:

In this recipe we're using the Instant Pot method but you can find more information about the slow cooker/crockpot method and Dutch oven method in this Keto Bone Broth recipe.

What's The Difference Between Chicken Stock and Bone Broth?

There are a few differences between stock (whether it's chicken or beef), and bone broth. Firstly, the flavor of bone broth is typically more concentrated than stock. Also, bone broth contains more protein and more minerals than stock. For these reasons, bone broth is easier to store than stock as it will take less space in your fridge and freezer.

For easy storage, you can pour your bone broth or stock in several freezer bags or in an ice tray and freeze for up to 6 months. When you need to add flavor, just pop a few of them out and add to soups, sauces or gravies!

Note that the nutrition facts in this recipe are estimated based on similar ready-made products. Most of the ingredients are used partially for flavor with large parts discarded.

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Serving size cup, 240 ml stock

Allergy information for How To Make Chicken Stock and Bone Broth

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free
Low FODMAP

Nutritional values (per serving, cup, 240 ml stock)

Net carbs0.5 grams
Protein3.6 grams
Fat3.1 grams
Calories41 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 32%, fat 64%
Total carbs0.5 gramsFiber0 gramsSugars0 gramsSaturated fat0.7 gramsSodium0 mg(0% RDA)Magnesium120 mg(30% RDA)Potassium401 mg(20% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 10 cups stock)

  • 2 chicken carcasses (about 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs)
  • 2 medium celery stalks
  • stalks from 2 fennels or 2 more celery stalks
  • 1 medium yellow or red onion, halved
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • juice from 1 fresh lemon or 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 whole allspice
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 8-10 cups water, enough to cover the bones, no more than 2/3 capacity of your pressure cooker
  • Other options: carrots, leeks, parsnip, parsley roots or celeriac

Instructions

  1. Cut the celery in thirds. Peel and halve the onion and garlic. Place the chicken carcasses in the Instant Pot or a pressure cooker.
  2. Add water until you fill about two thirds of its capacity. Add the celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves, allspice, vinegar (or use lemon juice), salt and pepper.
    Note: Apart from these vegetables you can use carrots, leeks, parsnip, parsley roots, or celeriac. How To Make Chicken Stock and Bone Broth
  3. Set the program to Manual with the valve in the sealed position, and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.
  4. Remove the lid. Using tongs, remove all of the vegetables, spices and chicken, and place them in a deep baking tray. Let the meat cool down until cool enough to touch. Shred the meat off the bones and reserve for another use. You can add the meat to soups or cook with some cauliflower rice. Stop at this step if you want to make chicken stock, or continue to the next step for more concentrated bone broth. You should get about 10 cups of stock.
  5. Place the bones and skin back in the pressure cooker, cover with a lid and cook on the same settings for another 60 minutes with the valve still in the sealed position. How To Make Chicken Stock and Bone Broth
  6. Let the pressure release naturally and remove the lid. Strain the bone broth to remove the bones and any leftover skin. Discard the solids.
  7. (This step is optional but recommended for better storage.) Pour the stock in a pot and cook on medium-low for about 60 minutes, until it's reduced to about a third. Once reduced, it will be less opaque. You should get about 4 cups of concentrated bone broth.
    Note: Alternatively, you can use the Sautee setting on your Instant Pot to reduce the stock. How To Make Chicken Stock and Bone Broth
  8. Pour in a storage jar to keep refrigerated for up to 5 days, or pour in freezer bags or freezer-friendly containers to store for up to 6 months. How To Make Chicken Stock and Bone Broth
  9. Use just like you would chicken stock or bone broth. It's delicious to drink straight from a cup, or use to make soups, gravies, sauces and more! How To Make Chicken Stock and Bone Broth

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, cup, 240 ml stock)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken stock
0.5 g3.6 g3.1 g41 kcal
Total per serving, cup, 240 ml stock
0.5 g3.6 g3.1 g41 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

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Comments (2)

This is the most flavourful chicken broth I've tried! I don't know why it never crossed my mind to boil the bones again and make bone broth from the stock. Much better than bone broth made from bones only. I used some in chicken noodle soup and have 4 more containers in the freezer. Delicious!

Thank you! It's the only way I make it 😊