This 24-hour bone broth is packed with nutritional value. A staple of the paleo diet, bone broth has been credited with countless disease curing claims, and health benefits, most of which are greatly exaggerated. However not all. Be sure and read the blog for my breakdown on the real benefits of this chicken bone broth recipe.
Need a chicken recipe to get your bones from for this homemade bone broth? How about making a Whole Roasted Chicken in the Air Fryer?
- 10 Chicken Drumsticks (Organic if possible)
- Green Onions
- A whole head of garlic
- Dry Thyme
- Dry Rubbed Sage
- Black Peppercorns
- Dry Rosemary
- Cider Vinegar
- Soy Sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Filtered Water
Why 24 Hours?
24 hours is not necessary to make a decent bone broth. Especially with the small bones of a chicken. However, it takes a long slow simmer to get at the minerals deep in the bones. You are missing out on lots of calcium and magnesium with a short 6-8 hour simmer.
I see no benefit to wasting any portion of the nutritional value. Especially when I literally just need to go to bed and wait till tomorrow to have my tasty bone broth.
The Real Story on Bone Broth Nutrition
I am not a doctor, nor do I have a formal education in nutrition. However, I am scientifically literate and love debunking myths.
Bone broth has been credited with countless disease curing claims and health benefits, most of which are greatly exaggerated.
The truth is very few studies have been done to measure the actual nutritional value of bone broth. One of which raised concerns about heavy metals.
This heavy metal concern is why I prefer to use a ceramic-lined slow cooker in my recipe.
I’m not going to try and dazzle you with a bunch of nutritionally competent scientific mumbo jumbo. If you are willing to take my word on that you can take it in plain English.
Inflammation Is Everything
Most common diseases and ailments we suffer in modern civilization are caused or exacerbated by inflammation in one way or another. Arthritis, cellulite, Chrones Disease… The list is long.
The anti-inflammatory properties of bone broth are not exaggerated. Especially when you double down on it by adding something like turmeric which also is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
I believe that many of the outlandish claims that bone broth suffers from are because people used it and quickly felt real relief from the inflammation caused by symptoms of known and unknown ailments they already suffer from.
The story on calcium is interesting. Most people consume milk as the sole source of calcium in their diet. They are not wrong for the most part.
Milk does in fact have calcium, but the untold story is one of lactic acid and how the body copes with it. Young people metabolize lactic acid quite efficiently with no lasting health problems.
The elderly, however, do not. Frequent consumption of milk and other dairy products can lead to a build-up of lactic acid in one’s system. Without the robust metabolism of youth, the body’s best way to cope with a harsh change in PH is to actually pull calcium from the bones to neutralize the acidic buildup.
With this in mind, I would recommend bone broth to anyone as possibly the best source of calcium available today.
Chicken Bone Broth is loaded with gelatin, this may be its defining characteristic when compared to other broths, and stocks.
Gelatin is one of the main reasons to consume bone broth for its health benefits. Also one of the causes for much of the disease is curing misunderstandings.
Gelatin contains all the building blocks that the stomach and intestinal linings need to repair themselves.
Autoimmune disease is caused by the body’s immune system attacking itself by mistake.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is the escape of particles of waste, or undigested foods leaking through the stomach or intestinal lining and causing immune responses in the body.
The gelatin in bone broth can be instrumental in maintaining good gut health and reducing the symptoms of certain autoimmune disorders.
How I Use Bone Broth
A few months ago I started drinking a cup of bone broth a day replacing one meal with it in fact. Yes, I have lost weight. Bone broth is a low-calorie nutrition bomb so of course, I did. I went all-in at first. These days I have a cup 3-5 times a week and use the broth in cooking almost every day.
Pan getting a bit too hot and scorching your snap peas – add a splash of bone broth. Need a quick sauce to go over some Pork Chops – add a cup of bone broth and some chives to the pan after searing and reduce till a rich pan sauce forms.
This chicken bone broth recipe has earned a permanent place in my refrigerator. I will be making sauce, and drinking cups of it for a long time I think.
Anyway, thanks for reading this far, and good health.
– Chef Eric
Slow Cooker Bone Broth
- Slow Cooker
- fine strainer / cheese cloth
- Cutting Board
- 10 Bones from roasted chicken drumsticks (meat removed)
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 rib celery
- 3 green onions
- 1 head fresh garlic
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp dry thyme
- 1 tsp dry rosemary
- 1 tsp rubbed sage
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- Separate 2 cloves of garlic from the head, and crush with the flat side of a knife and set aside.
- Cut the rest of the head of garlic exposing the interior of as many cloves as possible and add to slow cooker pot.
- Cut all other vegetables in half length wise and add to pot.
- Add the dry herbs and spices and the rest of the ingredients, including the chicken bones to the pot.
- Add 16 total cups of water and place slow cooker on low for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours or more use tongs to remove as many solids from the broth as you can, then use a ladle to strain the broth through the finest mesh strainer you have. Cheese cloth would be ideal.
- Allow broth to cool to room temperature before storing in refrigerator for up to 1 week or freezing for up to 2 months.
- Add salt to taste
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