Best chicken-bone broth recipe

Best chicken-bone broth recipe means saving up and freezing all the leftovers after enjoying the whole bird; and not tossing the carcass to the dogs.

Our own wellbeing comes first; they have to be satisfied with the crumbs that fall from the table. Of course, I'm only kidding; our dogs are much-loved pets. They are fed far better than fast food pellets.

This page was last updated on 6th February, 2024.

Take a moment next time you are tempted to buy chicken cubes or a collagen supplement. Read the contents; you will be shocked. Keeping them from going rotten means a heap of chemicals that you can do without; ultra-processed foods.

And in any case this best chicken-bone broth recipe is so simple.

Chicken bones bouillon.
  • Save your chicken-bones and the skin after the meal; freeze them.
  • When you have a pile simply drop the bones into any large pot; cover them with boiling water.
  • Use a potato-masher to get them well under the surface of the liquid.
  • Add a few bay-leaves, half an onion and a teaspoon of peppercorns.
  • Add a slice of lemon or tomato to acidify the broth.
  • Cover the bones and cook them for an hour or so; longer if you have the patience.
  • Strain off the bouillon; toss the chicken-bones to the dogs.
  • Freeze in cup-size containers.
  1. First choice for me, believing in slow food, made fast is to use a pressure-cooker; then it is only twenty minutes.
  2. A slow-cooker is fine but it takes so long and uses a lot of electricity; the greenie in me says "no."
  3. Just a pot on the wood-stove is fine; it must boil.


Mindfulness is everything whether using a sharp kitchen knife, a dangerous carpentry tool or even a pressure-cooker.

Many folk are quite anxious about the latter having had or heard of a mishap with a purple stain on the ceiling to remind one of the dangers.

Having said that today's pressure-cookers are very reliable appliances, with safety valves that are relatively foolproof. But I do know of one person who failed to set the catch, tried to open the device and came close to injuring herself.

Mindfulness is everything even in the kitchen.

Pressure cooker with beets.

A pressure-cooker will do the job in a third of the time with commensurately less electricity; and probably extract the nutrients from your chicken bones more efficiently.

A big hit in electricity prices is being experienced every July in South Africa; pressure-cookers are coming into their own.

They are environmentally-friendly appliances that in some small way reduce greenhouse gases; and not unimportantly make your life easier.

Pressure-cookers save you time and money. We use ours several days every week.

Cooking nutritious food is made out to be expensive and very time-consuming. It's a con; nothing could be further from the truth. Putting together a smoothie or a salad are both a piece of cake; and this best chicken bone broth recipe too.

Chicken-bones are a good source of magnesium; it is a vital element. One gets less than a half of the recommended dietary allowance from the modern industrial diet. There is about 50 mg in 100 grams of broth. It is needed for over three hundred very important biochemical reactions going on in your body all the time.

There are reactions like energy production in our cells, protein synthesis and a host of others that we have no clue about. A deficiency results in increased risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and insulin-resistance; that is not small beer.

Don't buy mineral supplements; just save your chicken bones.

Magnesium from nuts and seeds will help too; we enjoy them daily in our smoothies.


The tripe in broth is the best I’ve ever had, so full of collagen that it is solid at room temperature, sliced like glycerin soap from a big block. I am here for a five-euro lunch so nourishing that I can feel it filling all the potholes in my joints.

- Julia Langbein

Collagen is the protein that is the building block of all of our tissues; the cartilage in joints, muscles and skin. We simply must have it for our organs.

The very best collagen supplement is contained in this chicken-bone broth; it survives enzyme digestion in the gut up to a point. 

"Hydroxyproline-containing di and tripeptides survive circulatory enzyme digestion to stimulate skin growth; they promote hyaluronic acid production in fibroblasts, chondrocytes and synovium cells."

- Frontiers in Nutrition[3]

Chicken and celery soup

Improve your best chicken-bone broth recipe further by making vegetable stock from scraps. Don't toss those spinach stems, celery leaves and potato peels; keep them in little packets and drop them into the pressure cooker too.

Celery and chicken soup.

This chicken and celery soup enjoyed by the celebrated conductor Toscanini before every concert actually has no meat in it but only our best broth recipe. You could add a little of the breast should you desire. It makes a wonderful dish; he maintained it calmed his nerves.

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Bone health and dementia

Poor bone health and dementia are common bedfellows; the causes, physical inactivity and poor nutrition are common to both.

Bone loss especially in the femoral neck is associated with a 42% greater likelihood of dementia in the next ten years[2].

This best chicken broth recipe will certainly contribute to stronger bones; but we do need to walk too.

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Best chicken-bone broth recipe

Best chicken-bone broth recipe is made more easily with the aid of a pressure cooker.

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