How to Make Chicken, Beef and Veggie Broth on the Cooktop
I roast so many chickens I have no idea why it took me so long to post about making homemade broth! Chicken broth is easy to make, requires little planning and of course it tastes better and is far more beneficial to your health than store bought. It’s also cheaper. (Click here for beef broth recipe, veggie broth below)
This is The Cooktop Method, but….
In this post we are discussing how to make broth on the cooktop. If the Instant Pot or Crock Pot is more your style, click!
Bone broth is nutrient dense! It contains vitamins and minerals that are easily absorbed by the body including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur chondroitin, glucosamine, and a variety of trace minerals. Bone broth is rich in gelatin which supports healthy digestion. Broth has natural anti-inflammatory properties and inhibits infections…hence it is commonly referred to as “Jewish Penicillin”.
There are many recipes for making chicken broth, this is how I do it…I make a roasted chicken and after it’s carved and eaten I use the “frame” to make broth. BUT if roasting your own chicken isn’t going to happen you can even use a store bought rotisserie chicken if you want! Whole Foods Market has organic free range rotisserie chickens.
I remove almost all the meat from the chickens frame, then I place the ‘frame’ and any leftover bones from the meal in a large stock pot (or crock pot) with giblets and apple cider vinegar and let sit for an hour.
Then I add carrots, onion, celery, garlic, peppercorns and Herbs de Provence. Herbs de Provence is a combination of savory, thyme, rosemary, lavender and fennel.
I bring the ingredients to a boil, place the lid on, turn the heat down to a very low simmer and I go to bed! When I wake up in the morning I check it and usually let it simmer a few hours more. I let mine simmer anywhere between 18-24 hours. Then I strain it through a screen colander, add sea salt and voila! I have broth. Really not much work since it simmers while you sleep and live your life!
After broth is completely cooled I either make soup, drink it, or place broth in mason jars and freeze. I take them out and thaw them as I need them. You can also fill an ice tray with broth and freeze so you have one ounce portions for small jobs. I like the ice trays with lids…I don’t like leaving my broth open in the freezer:) Notice how much richer my broth is than store bought.
The Recipe: Homemade Chicken Broth and Veggie Stock
You will need: A stock pot , mason jars and ice trays with lids for storage, see below. (Affiliate links)
Helpful hints: Makes approximately 14-16 cups broth. Keep in mind the measurements do not have to be exact. I don’t measure the water, I just add it till it completely covers the chicken and is a few inches below the rim of the stock pot. Sometimes I use more or less carrots and celery depending on what I have on hand. Click here to learn to make beef broth. To make veggie broth follow the recipe below using 12 cups water and omit the bones. Instructions for making broth in crock pot below. Keep in mind most crock pots don’t hold as much water as a stock pot.
I roast so many chickens I have no idea why it took me so long to post about making homemade broth! Chicken broth is easy to make, requires little planning and of course it tastes better and is far more beneficial to your health than store bought. It’s also cheaper.
- 1 chicken frame, leftover bones and giblets (from roasted or rotisserie chicken, if using a store bought rotisserie chicken ask butcher for giblets)
- filtered water, enough to cover chicken with a few inches over the top
- 1 T apple cider vinegar
- 1 T whole pepper corns
- 1 T herbs de Provence
- 3 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 4 carrots, cut into thirds
- 1 yellow or white onion, peeled and quartered
- 4 stalks celery. cut into thirds
- 3 pinches sea salt
(if making veggie broth, leave out the chicken and apple cider vinegar, then follow the rest of the instructions)
After roasting and carving a chicken place chicken frame, leftover bones form your meal and giblets in a stock pot.
Place enough filtered water in the pot to cover the chicken frame with an extra 3-4 inches or so above.
Add 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Sit down and eat your amazing roasted chicken dinner.
After chicken carcass has soaked in vinegar water for an hour, add vegetables, herbs and spices (except sea salt).
Turn flame on high and bring to a boil, then turn heat to low. Gently simmer with lid on pot. Go to bed and have sweet dreams. In the morning check your pot.
I usually cook my broth anywhere from 18-24 hours. (Note: some people cook it as little as 8 hours or as many as 48. The longer you cook it the richer it becomes.
If you decide to simmer it over 24 hours you may need to add some water if the water evaporates too much)
When you are ready, turn off heat.
Stir and allow broth to cool down a bit. When broth has cooled strain out solids. I like to place a mesh colander in a big bowl and pour broth through mesh strainer.
Discard solids and season with sea salt to taste.
When completely cooled pour into mason jars. If placing in freezer leave at least 2 " of air space at top of jar or it will crack.
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Post tags: Gluten free, grain free, dairy free
Hello! Thanks for the awesome recipe. I’ve used this twice now, once with chicken and once with a couple of cornish hens we had for Christmas Eve. I am loving the flavor, but yours are so dark. I am just wanting to know – how do you get them so dark? Is there something secret I’m not doing? Mine have just been the average broth color…not even close to as dark as yours.
Hi Ashley. You are welcome. I do it exactly as the recipe reads. I am wondering if you might be adding more water than me? That is my only guess. I place the chicken frame (and leg, wing bones, giblets etc if I have them) and fill the water 3-4 inches above the frame. After simmering 24 hours with the lid on I usually have about ten cups broth. If you are adding more water than that, it will be a lighter color and probably less flavorful. Although my recipe is a little spicier than most so that is not necessarily a bad thing since most broth is rather bland. I made broth with two chickens last night, doubled the recipe and it turned out so dark this time. I think there is a little variance every time I make it, but it’s definitely darker than store bought every time. I hope this helps!
I love the addition of Herbs de Provence in this recipe…haven’t seen that in any chicken broth recipe before. I’m making some right now and will add it…also, have you ever tried this in a crockpot?
Hi Raina! Thanks and no I haven’t used a crock pot but it’s a great idea!
I do my bone broth in the crock pot and it works fabulously! So easy!
This is in my crockpot right now! I’m using the bones from your Dutch oven whole chicken recipe…which was to die for. My husband said he just wanted to drink the gravy from it!
Thanks Stephanie! Glad it’s a hit!
Could you please post a link to the dutch oven chicken recipe? I couldn’t find it! Thanks!
Heather I am not sure what Dutch oven recipe you are asking for? For broth?
Why do you add apple cider vinegar?
Adding apple cider vinegar helps release calcium from the bones:)
Great post, I do almost exactly what you do except for the Herbs de Provence, a great suggestions and I will definitely be adding that.
I do have 2 questions:
What size Mason jars do you use? I have recently started using them and learnt after filling and freezing that some of them aren’t recommended for this. Have you ever had a problem with breakage?
Also, I save all my chicken bits in the freezer and then when I have enough use them for stock. But I am never sure what to do with giblets. Should I freeze them for use later?
Never really sure what to do.
Thank you. Yes you can freeze the giblets and use them at your convenience. I have experienced breakage with my mason jars but only when I fill them too full:( I use the both the large (4 cup) and small size jars.
Does 1 T equal one teaspoon or one tablespoon?
A capitol T stands for Tablespoon:)
I’ve read that broth should be gelatinous…does soaking for the hour in vinegar water help with this?
No the soaking in apple cider vinegar is supposed to release more minerals from the bones. Broth becomes gelatinous as it cools and a think layer appears on the top. Chicken broth make much less of a layer than beef broth:)
In my experieince glass jars are less likely to break if I let them cool in the frig before putting them in the freezer as well as being careful about how full I fill them.
Absolutely. I also leave the lid loose till frozen and then tighten it up:)
My mason jars have cracked and broke in the freezer and I thought I left enough room in them. I also let them cool completely, too. Can you tell me how much room to leave at the top, when filling them with broth? Thanks for all the info!
That is so frustrating! I leave about three inches. I also leave the jar lid a little loose and tighten it after freezing. Hope this helps!
Will this recipe work with Human Meat?
Bones Jared…you use bones. Sheesh.
Please repost the recipe for your Dutch Oven Chicken recipe. I cannot find it on your site.
I am not sure which recipe you are referring to, but would love to help you, can you add some details? I have several chicken recipes cooked in a crock pot, roaster, or cast iron skillet…give me some hints, other ingredients perhaps?
Stephanie posted on September 22, 2014 that she made your “Whole chicken Dutch oven” recipe and her husband loved it. I have looked for it but have not been able to find it.
I am not sure which roasted chicken recipe Stephanie was referring to, but if you click on the link below it will take you to a post that contains links to all my roasted chicken recipes:)
Stephanie posted on September 22, 2014 that she made your “Whole chicken Dutch oven” recipe and her husband loved it. Looking for that recipe
Here are all my roasted chicken recipes in one post. Maybe you can find the recipe she is referring to…
do you have your own recipe for herbs de provence or where can I buy it?
You can get it at the grocery store or amazon:)
Any concerns about leaving the stockpot on the stove top overnight? My husband is a little concerned and I’ve never done it 🙂
If you have it on a low simmer it should be fine. But if you or your husband would prefer use a crock pot. Many people do and it works great!
Thank You so Much it’s a blessing to have this website to help people like me.
I am so glad it helps you!
Unfortunately, I am sensitive right now to vinegar! Can I use anything in its place? Or will enough calcium leach from the bones without it? Tnx!
Hi Cheryl, you can leave it out entirely or perhaps use another acid like lemon juice.