How to Make Easy Bone Broth from Rotisserie Chicken

Bone broth has gained significant popularity in recent years due to its numerous health benefits and versatility in the kitchen. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to make bone broth is by utilizing the leftover bones from a rotisserie chicken. In this article, we’ll explore the simple steps to create a flavorful and nutritious bone broth from rotisserie chicken bones and discover the various ways you can incorporate it into your culinary adventures.

All you need to make bone broth is pretty simple. Chicken bones and water. Yup, that’s it! Now there are many things you can add to your bone broth to extra add flavor and nutrition.

What can you add to your broth?

I am a “no waste” kind of person in the kitchen, I hate throwing food away, so I’m always trying to find ways to use my scraps from fruits and vegetables. One way is when I have skins, peels or scraps I will throw them in a gallon size freezer baggie and place them in the freezer. Now you can keep adding to this bag till full and then make your broth. I try not to keep my bag in the freezer for more then 2 months before making my broth. You can also just make broth from these veggie scraps to make vegetable broth!

The possibilities are endless but here are some ideas of ingredients you can add to your bones:

  • Onion peels/scraps
  • Carrot peels/scraps
  • Celery ends
  • Garlic or garlic peels
  • Fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme, or rosemary). You can just use the stems if you’ve used all the herb
  • Dried herbs (such as poultry seasoning, thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary)

So how can you use your bone broth?

Well there are many way to use it. Here are a few ways to use it:

  • Sip It: Enjoy a comforting cup of warm bone broth as a nourishing and soothing beverage on its own or with a dash of seasoning.
  • Soups and Stews: Use bone broth as a base for flavorful soups, stews, or chili recipes to enhance their taste and nutritional value.
  • Sauces and Gravies: Add richness and depth to your sauces, gravies, and braising liquids by incorporating bone broth into the recipes.
  • Rice and Grain Dishes: Substitute water or regular stock with bone broth when cooking rice, quinoa, or other grains to infuse them with extra flavor.
  • Braising and Poaching: Use bone broth as a flavorful liquid for braising meats, vegetables, or poaching fish, infusing them with a delicate taste.
  • Adding to homemade baby purees. I would make this once a week to add to my sons purees for added taste and nutritional value. If you’re interested in how to make homemade baby purees check out my Beginners Guide to Baby Purees.

Let’s talk bones

Prepare the Bones:

Remove any leftover meat from the rotisserie chicken bones, leaving as much cartilage and skin as possible. While the meat can be used in other recipes, the bones are the star of the bone broth show, providing a rich source of collagen, amino acids, and minerals.

Roast the Bones (Optional):

For added depth of flavor, you can choose to roast the bones before making the broth. Place the bones on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for approximately 20 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.

Making the broth

Equipment:

Simmer the Broth (a lot):

In a large stockpot, combine the chicken bones, vegetable scraps, and any herbs you’d like to add. Fill the pot with enough water to cover all the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer gently for at least 4-6 hours, or even up to 24 hours. The longer you simmer the better the flavor.

Chicken Carcass

Skim and Strain:

During the simmering process, impurities and foam may rise to the surface. Skim these off periodically to maintain a clear broth. Once the broth has simmered to your desired taste and consistency, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean container, discarding the solids.

Chicken Bone Broth

Storing the Broth:

Allow the broth to cool to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing it. In the refrigerator, bone broth can be stored for up to 4-5 days, while in the freezer, it can last for several months.

Making bone broth from rotisserie chicken bones is an easy and cost-effective way to enjoy the numerous health benefits and versatility of this nutrient-packed elixir. By following these simple steps, you can create a rich and flavorful bone broth that serves as a foundation for various dishes, adding depth and nourishment to your culinary creations. So, the next time you indulge in a rotisserie chicken, remember to save those bones and embark on a bone broth adventure that will elevate your cooking to new heights.

Chicken Bone Broth

In this recipe, we'll explore the simple steps to create a flavorful and nutritious bone broth from rotisserie chicken bones.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Gallon

Equipment

  • 1 Large Stock Pot
  • 1 Strainer
  • 1 Cheesecloth

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Whole Rotisserie Chicken Carcass
  • 1 Gallon Water
  • 2 tbsp Fresh or Dried Herbs (basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano)
  • 3 Cups Vegetable Scraps (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Remove any leftover meat from the rotisserie chicken bones, leaving as much cartilage and skin as possible.
  • Roast the Bones (Optional) For added depth of flavor, you can choose to roast the bones before making the broth. Place the bones on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for approximately 20 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
  • In a large stockpot, combine the chicken bones, herbs and vegetables. Fill the pot with enough water to cover all the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer gently for at least 4-6 hours, or even up to 24 hours for maximum flavor extraction.
  • During the simmering process, impurities and foam may rise to the surface. Skim these off periodically to maintain a clear broth. Once the broth has simmered to your desired taste and consistency, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean container, discarding the solids.

Notes

Storing the broth:
Allow the broth to cool to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing it. In the refrigerator, bone broth can be stored for up to 4-5 days, while in the freezer, it can last for several months.
Keyword Broth, Chicken, Rotisserie

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