Slow Cooker Chicken Bone Broth – Savor the Best

Bone broth recipe for slow cooker

This slow cooking chicken bone broth is easy and hands-free. Just throw everything in the cooking pot, put it to cook and let it do its own thing. The result is a delicious, rich and nutritious broth that you can use in a variety of recipes or drink as is. Plus, it’s a great way to use a chicken carcass, whether you use a roast chicken from the store or a homemade chicken.

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The main difference between chicken broth and bone broth is the time you cook the broth. Bone broth takes much longer to cook, allowing time for collagen, amino acids and other nutrients to be extracted from the bones. It creates a more nutrient-dense broth with a richer flavor.

You can even use bones from our chicken quarters or chicken thigh recipes. This is the best way to get the most out of your chicken dinner.

Use this bone broth anywhere you use chicken broth or chicken broth. Add a rich flavor to recipes like our Moroccan chicken stew and chicken meatball soup. You can also use it to make sauce or sauce for recipes like fried chicken fillet or the wine sauce in our chicken pie.

❤️ Here’s why this recipe works

  • Adding an acidic ingredient like vinegar helps break down collagen and extract more nutrients from the chicken carcass
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  • A long, slow boil breaks down connective tissues and helps extract more flavor and nutrients to create a rich, tasty broth.
  • Using a slow cooker makes this a hands-free and hassle-free recipe. You can set it up in the morning and leave it all day without having to worry about removing it or looking at it.
  • This is the perfect way to use leftover vegetables or herbs in your kitchen and reduce waste.
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  • store-bought broth doesn’t even come close to the flavors of homemade chicken broth. This roast chicken broth will take all your homemade soups and stews to the next level.

🗒 Here

is a list of the ingredients you will need for this cooking pot bone broth recipe. Scroll down to the printable prescription card to see all the details.

  • Chicken bones. You can use the carcass of a roast chicken or the leftover bones of your barbecued chicken legs.
  • Vegetables. We use celery, carrots and onions. You can use vegetable scraps and peels because you will strain the broth later.
  • Apple cider vinegar. Any acidic ingredient will work here. You can use lemon juice or a different type of vinegar. Even if you omit the acid, the long cooking time will break down the bones and cartilage.
  • Salt and pepper. We throw whole peppercorns, but you can also use a pinch of ground pepper.
  • Herbs. Almost any herb will go great in this broth, so use whatever you have on hand. We use garlic, bay leaves, rosemary and sage. Some other options are tarragon, oregano, thyme and marjoram.
A slow cooker with vegetable scraps and chicken bones.

👨 🍳 Recipe Highlights

Here’s a brief overview to get an idea of what to expect with this slow cooker bone broth recipe. Scroll down to the printable prescription card to see all the details.

  1. Place all ingredients in a large slow cooker and cover with water
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  3. Cook over high heat for 1 hour, then reduce to low and cook for 12 to 24 hours. The bones will soften and crumble if you cook them long enough.
  4. Strain everything through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids.
  5. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Store in the

  7. refrigerator for three days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


, carrots and onions used in this recipe are a classic combination of aromatic vegetables that adds depth of flavor. But you’re not limited to those vegetables. Try adding any combination of shallots, scallions, leeks, peppers, ginger, fennel, or lemongrass.

You can add other herbs like thyme, oregano, marjoram, tarragon, or basil.

Use the bones of a whole smoked chicken for a slightly smoky flavor, or make turkey broth with a turkey carcass.

Ways to Use

Crock Pot Chicken bone broth


  • instead of water when cooking rice or pinto beans
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  • Use it as a base for soup and stew. It is guaranteed to make the best chicken soup.
  • Boil the potatoes for your next batch of mashed potatoes
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  • Add to risotto
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  • Make salted oatmeal groats
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  • Use it in sauces like our white enchilada sauce
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  • Take it directly from a cup.
Three Mason jars filled with chicken bone broth.

😉 Tips for success

  • Cook the broth until the bones soften and crumble. That’s when you know collagen and other nutrients had a chance to be released.
  • Use a fine-mesh metal strainer to strain the liquid and discard the solids.
  • Since bone broth is full of collagen, it will gelatinize when you refrigerate it. As soon as you heat it again, it will return to a liquid state.


broth in airtight containers such as mason jars and store in the refrigerator for three days


You can freeze this slow cooker bone broth for up to six months. We don’t recommend freezing liquids in glass jars, so use plastic containers or ice cube trays to freeze it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Homemade slow-pot chicken bone broth is much better than store-bought broths, and it is very easy to make. Don’t throw away your chicken carcass (or turkey carcass for that matter), use it to make a tasty, nutrient-packed broth that you can use for all your culinary needs.

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Turkey noodle soup can’t be better than when you make it with bone broth. It’s comfort food at its finest. Serve with homemade cookies and a green salad.

Use this homemade bone broth to make turkey farro soup or smoked pea soup, or any number of delicious recipes. It’s the perfect way to improve your soups and stews.

Beef bone broth or beef broth is a delicious and nutritious way to make use of leftover beef bones. You can freeze the bones until you have enough to make broth or soup.

This recipe was initially published on October 12, 2015. Culinary specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

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