How to make homemade chicken broth?
I have made beef bone broth before using bones purchased at Whole Foods, in my slow cooker. I want to try making a chicken broth but do I have to cook the whole chicken first, remove the meat, and then use the bones for the broth? Or can I just make the broth using the whole chicken (uncooked)? And if so when do I remove the meat?
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Put the whole chicken in your slow cooker. No water, no oil but you can use any rub or seasoning you'd like. "Roast" on low for about 6-8 hours, until the meat is completely cooked through and fall off the bone tender. Carefully remove the chicken and clean the meat from the bones. (Use the chicken meat for dinner!) Put the bones back into the slow cooker and add your aromatics (veggie scraps, onion peels, etc.) and some peppercorns. Top with water and let the whole thing simmer away for as long as you like. Strain out the solids and you've got broth!
This is the pretty basic recipe/method, you can play around with adding bay leaves, garlic, peppercorns, herb bundles, etc.
I want to say much more, but I'll refrain and not let you dampen my day.
Everything above along with a couple bay leaves, whole peppercorns, a TBS of raw apple cider vinegar (it's supposed to help draw the minerals from the bones) and a sprig or two of thyme all goes into my largest slow cooker. I like to let it go for 30 hours on low. It makes the most flavorful, golden stock ever.
I sometimes buy whole chickens and cut them up. When I do that, I set aside the backs, necks and wings for stock.
Once in a while, I crave chicken soup with a mellow broth. In that case, I use the whole chicken in a pot and remove the meat once it is tender and easy to pull off the bones. Then the bones all go back into the pot for another hour or so.
You can also season and roast the chicken first, eat that and then put the bones, along with any juices from the roasting pan into water and let it cook into a tasty broth. The flavor of this one is richer than when you start with an uncooked chicken.
Experiment and you will figure out what yo prefer.