Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Chicken Broth

If you are anything like me, about midway through the week, you find yourself stopping at the grocery store buying a rotisserie chicken...and you're not happy about it. You know you can make something better (you simply don't have the time), and you know about half of it will go to waste. Well, I can't help you get more time in the day, but I do have a solution for what to do with the leftovers!

I have been mortified when I flip over the box for chicken broth, and see all the "ingredients." Some I can't pronounce, others I feel don't need to be in chicken broth. I wanted to make my own, but the idea of adding another thing to make from scratch for a recipe seemed silly. However, I started toying with the idea of making it from leftover ingredients and storing it in my fridge for when the day comes I needed it.

I started with the leftover rotisserie chicken, but didn't want to stand over a boiling pot or have to think about it all day. So I threw the chicken in the slower cooker, roughly chopped one onion, smashed some leftover garlic, and covered all of these with 3 quarts of water. I set it for 10 hours (because I was going to bed and didn't want to deal with it until the morning); however, the cooking time can be adjusted to how much time you have. Nothing is cooking in the cooker, we are just wanting to heat everything up so it releases it juices and becomes chicken broth.

Ingredients in slow cooker for chicken broth

When I got up in the morning, the broth was ready to be strained, and put in jars. I took the leftover chicken and onions and squeezed the liquid out of them, as that was the best and most flavorful broth. Once I was done, the broth could be stored in the fridge for 2 weeks to a month.

Chicken broth in mason jar

One leftover rotisserie chicken
1 onion, chopped
3-6 garlic cloves, smashed
3 quarts of water

Take the chicken, onion, and garlic and place it in a slow cooker. Cover with 3 quarts of water, and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. Once done cooking, using a strainer remove the broth into jars. Make sure you squeeze the chicken and onions to remove more broth and juice. Once you are done, it can be stored in your fridge for 2 weeks to a month. Chicken Broth


  1. This could be used for turkey stock as well! Just put the leftover turkey bones and meat in the crockpot, add a little extra water to cover the bones, and everything else is the same! I hope you enjoy!

  2. I did something similar with all of the turkey bones, We now have 6 jars of broth.

    1. Fantastic! You will be set for some time now :)