The foundation of a perfect chicken noodle soup is the broth. A perfect cold remedy to make a simple immune-boosting chicken bone broth!
What is Bone Broth?
According to MedicalNewsToday, “Bone broth is a liquid containing brewed bones and connective tissues. To make bone broth, people use cow, chicken, and even fish bones.” Bone broth has traditionally been made using animal bones which are boiled in a cooking pot to extract the flavors and nutrients. By roasting the bones first, it adds a darker color and more caramelized flavor to the broth. You can drink the broth as it is or use it in sauces, gravies, and soups.
Benefits of Bone Broth
Bone broth is highly nutritious because it contains bone marrow and additional vegetable ingredients used to enhance the benefits. Bone marrows contain iron, vitamin A & K, selenium, and zinc to list a few. It also contains the protein collagen which will likely turn into gelatin when cooked which has important amino acids. Bone broth can aid in digestive health, fight inflammation, and improve joint health.
What are Juniper Berries?
Juniper berries are found on evergreen shrubs grown in many parts of the world including North America, Europe, and Asia. They have a tart, pine-like flavor that is used in small amounts as a spice or flavoring agent. These small berries have been used in both culinary and medicinal purposes as it provides many health benefits. Some of those benefits junipers berries offers are:
- Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
- Antidiabetic properties that help reduce blood sugar significantly
- Promotes heart health
- Contains powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties
Benefits of Turmeric & Ginger
- Turmeric – Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Like ginger, it can help support immune functions, with skin conditions, and aids in brain health. Juice this in its natural form with ginger for an immune-boosting power shot.
- Ginger root (Ginger) – Mentioned by Healthline, “Ginger is a flowering plant that originated in Southeast Asia. It’s among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and it’s closely related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.” It contains medicinal properties that can help with osteoarthritis, drastically lower blood sugar, and treat chronic indigestion to name a few.
Spices are a great way to add some extra benefits to your soup.
- Star Anise
- Black Cardamom
These spices help aid in combating viruses and infections, improve digestion, and detoxify the body. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants that can boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, and much more.
Did You Know?
We did our research and we found that “Bone broth dates back to prehistoric times when hunter-gatherers turned otherwise inedible animal parts like bones, hooves, and knuckles into a broth they could drink.” Hence, this is how we continue to improve our longevity since the beginning of time.
Notes: For an even stronger bone broth let simmer for an additional 5-8 hours totaling about 12 hours. This bone broth is amazing and fast to cook but to enhance the flavor further if you have time simmer longer! Also, the quality of the bones is super important so make sure to look for organic chicken bones!
How To Make Chicken Bone Broth
Tools used: Large Stockpot or Dutch Oven, Measuring Cups & Spoons, Sheet Pan, Parchment Paper, Cooking Gloves, Soup Ladle, Tongs, Mesh Strainer, Large Bowl, Wooden Cooking Spoon, Large Weck Jar or 32oz Mason Jar, Knife, Chopping Board
Servings: 15 Cups | Course: Soup | Cuisine: American
- 5 lbs Organic Chicken back Bones
- 12 Baby Carrots (diced)
- 3 Celery Stalks (diced)
- 1 Whole Yellow Onion (halved with skin-on)
- 7 Cloves Garlic (peeled)
- 4-5 Inches Fresh Ginger (quartered w/ skin-on)
- 2 Inches Turmeric (quartered w/ skin-on)
- 4-5 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
- 2 Sprigs Fresh Sage
- 2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
- ½ Ponderosa Lemon (juiced and reserved lemon for broth)
- 2 Bay Leaves (fresh or dried)
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 2 Whole Star Anise
- 4 Whole Allspice
- 8 Whole Juniper Berries
- ½ Tsp Whole White Peppercorn
- ½ Tsp Whole Fennel
- 4-5 Whole Cloves
- 10 Cups Water
- 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- Grey Coarse Salt
- Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
- Avocado Oil (or any neutral tasting oil)
Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 5 hours 40 minutes
Time needed: 6 hours and 10 minutes.
- Preheat your oven at 375℉. Now, in your large bowl, season your chicken meat with the skin and bone on with grey sea salt and black pepper. Drizzle some olive oil and massage the seasoning into the chicken. Next, cut your onion in half with the skin on so it doesn’t burn during the roasting process and peel your cloves of garlic. On your lined sheet pan place all your chicken bones, onion, and garlic. Add additional seasoning and oil before placing it into the oven.
- While the chicken bones are roasting in the oven, we can start washing our vegetables, herbs, and spices. On our chopping board let’s chop our vegetables and spices. Set them aside in a large bowl and then remove the chicken from the oven when done. Let’s move all the ingredients over to the stove area.
- With your large Dutch oven, place your chicken, onion, and garlic into the pot first. Next, add all your vegetables, herbs, spices, and ponderosa lemon. Now, pour the water and apple cider vinegar. Bring it to a boil on medium heat and then let it simmer on medium-low for 3-4 hours after. Give it an occasional stir.
- Once the chicken bone broth has finished simmering for about 4 hours now, in another clean large bowl place your mesh strainer on top. Remove all the solids from the broth.
- Now that you are left with just a clear broth, transfer over to an airtight container like a large mason jar. Let it cool, and then refrigerate up to 7 days for freshness or up to 3 months in the freezer.
- If you don’t want to wait, pour yourself a cup into a mason jar mug and enjoy the warmth. Your body will start feeling all warm and cozy! And the perk of knowing your immune system is boosted!