Homemade Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

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Why Homemade Chicken Bone Broth?

Bone broth has quite a reputation for its fantastic gut healing properties. Below, you can find my recipe for homemade chicken bone broth. It’s become my basic ‘go to’ bone broth recipe. I find it’s light taste easier to drink than beef bone broth and it’s also very easy to use as a base for all types of soups.

Adding a couple of carrots to the recipe gives a sweet taste to the broth. Of course, you could also add some other flavorings like thyme, garlic etc., whatever suits you. I like to keep this basic recipe pretty simple so I can use it in a number of different soup and casserole recipes.

I first started making bone broth when I was diagnosed with leaky gut and I found that it helped a lot. Just drinking a couple of cups of this delicious and satisfying broth each day will help your leaky gut and help provide an energy boost too.

Bone broth is also great for:

  • Boosting the immune system.
  • Improving the health of joints.
  • Overcoming food sensitivities.
  • Thinning mucous during colds and flu.

Bone broths are recommended in healing leaky gut and other health issues as it contains a range of useful nutrients such as:

  • Magnesium, sulfur, calcium and silicon all in an easily absorbed form.
  • Natural Collagen – good for maintaining healthy skin.
  • Gelatin – helps seal a leaky gut and helps support the balance of probiotic growth.
  • Glutamine – also helps seal and support the integrity of the gut.

In order to pull out all the minerals and goodness from the bones, it’s best to cook it for around 20 hours. If you can do 24 hours, all the better. A programmable slow cooker makes the job of simmering the bone broth for the long time needed. Find the slow cooker I use here.

At the end of the cooking time, the bones will have disintegrated and the Apple Cider Vinegar will have done it’s job of helping leach the minerals out of the bones and into the flavorful broth.

Using organic free-range chicken will ensure you are not cooking any nasty chemicals into your concentrated broth.

The broth keeps for a few days in the fridge, or pour it into glass jars (leaving some room at the top of the jar for expansion) and place in the freezer for later use.


I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please feel free to leave a comment.

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  1. I love bone broth! It has really helped me when I suffer a flare up from my IBD. I also heard you can use bone broth during a fast. Do you know anything about that?
    Thank you for writing such a helpful article about bone broth. I am really looking forward to try your recipe.

    • Hi Theresa, Thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes, bone broth is helpful for so many conditions. I also drink it when I have a cold/flu bug. It’s easy on the digestion, nutritious and comforting if your appetite is low during illness. It definitely does thin down mucous in the body, helping clear your stuffed up nose and congested sinuses during a virus attack.

      I guess you could use it during a fast due to it’s soothing and nutritious qualities, but I haven’t tried it. If you give it a go, please let me know how it went. 

  2. I’m allergic to Apple cider vinegar and carrots. Can I omit them and still receive the same benefits from the broth? Also, I’ve never looked for chicken feet in the store before. If I can’t find them can I substitute with something else or just not worry about it?
    Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!

    • Hi Kim thanks for your comment. You can use any other type of vinegar, it’s used to help pull the minerals from the bones. However, if you are unable to tolerate any vinegar, it’s ok. Leave the carrots out if you are allergic to them, it won’t make any difference to the healing benefits of the broth, I include them as I like the sweet flavour they give the broth. Chicken feet help supply more of the health giving collagen. I live in Asia where chicken feet are easy to find. If you can’t find them, don’t worry too much, just use the best free range organic chicken you can source and your broth will still turn out well. I hope you’ll soon be enjoying your own homemade chicken bone broth!

    • Hi and thanks for visiting. Great to hear you are adding bone broth to your diet. Not sure where you are in the world, but I would try an Asian grocer/butcher/supermarket or Chinatown.

    • Haha, thanks for pointing out that I forgot to mention the water part. Yes you should cover the bones and vegetables completely. When I’m using my slow cooker to make this broth I just fill it up to the top with water. During super long cooking times in a slow cooker you’ll lose a little water, but you can top it up, I usually only have to do this once.

  3. Hi, may I know the ratio of water and vinegar to make the broth. I have GERD. Is it ok to use vinegar and onion?

  4. Re: your bone broth recipe. I’m assuming, besides the ingredients you shared, I should add water. How much water do you recommend? How many cups of broth does your recipe produce?
    Thank you


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