I use to think I’d never know how to make basic bone broth, let alone write a post about it, but it’s surprisingly simple. I may put up another post on using a whole chicken but I never waste a good chicken bone so this is a tutorial using only a couple of leftover thigh bones which made enough broth for a nice pilaf! Waste not want not right? With a whole chicken it’s really just a whole lot more bones and a whole lot more of everything else too anyway, the principle is the same.
You don’t want to take the meat off while they’re hot (these were leftover from the night before) so if you just made some fresh hot chicken you want to wait until they cool off completely first! Then peel off all of the meat, if you are using bones with the meat still on them. Don’t toss out that good chicken! I used mine for tacos but you could use it for fried rice, chicken salad, even an omelette!
See how much chicken came off of that bone? Wow! Now combine the bones (I had two) with about 4 cups of water and some chopped garlic
I love fresh garlic but for things like this I totally cheat. I get these huge jugs of chopped garlic at Coscto and use it all. of. the. time. I put about 3 Tbsp in with the bones and the water, and 3-4 Tbsp of kosher salt
Then set my dutch oven (or a big pot works too) to simmer for 3-4 hours. That way you get as much of that chicken flavor out of the bones as possible!
I had to take a close up too, doesn’t that look good??
When it’s done (and your house smells AMAZING) let it cool then strain it; I have a nice meshy soup strainer (this is the one I use – Winco MS3A-8D Strainer with Double Fine Mesh, 8-Inch Diameter (affiliate link) for this, definitely worth dropping a few dollars for and it latches right over the edge of a bowl or another pot if you want to strain it that way. Then all you have left is that beautiful golden liquid
It ended up making about 3 1/2 cups, including the sheen of oil on the top. I took this picture when I was using the broth for a nice pilaf and had already skimmed off a good portion of the oil. There will be a post about that next week!
How to Make Basic Bone Broth
- 2-3 chicken thigh bones
- 4 cups of water
- 3 Tbsp chopped garlic
- 3-4 Tbsp kosher salt
Remove chicken from the bones (if they aren't already bare)
Add bones to 4 cups of water in a pot or dutch oven
Add Fresh garlic and salt, bring to a simmer for 3-4 hours, strain
Use for anything! Soup, Pilaf, Veggies, etc
What do you use broth for? There are so many things you can do with it! Let me know in the comments below