This rich Slow Cooker Chicken Broth that you can use for soups or gravy transforms your leftover roasted or rotisserie chicken in your crockpot over night.
I filed this post under “main dish” as well as “tips & tricks”. Main Dish because you can make soup out of it. Duh, right? But this post really deserves a spot under Tips & Tricks. Why? Well, let me ask you this: Do you ever get a rotisserie chicken or make a whole chicken for dinner? If yes, do you just pick the meat off the bones and toss everything else? Well, if that’s the case, this post is for you. Once you make your own chicken broth in the crockpot overnight, you’ll never through away another chicken (or turkey, for that matter) carcass again. It literally takes a few minutes to dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker at night after you finish your dinner. Then, all you have to do is wake up, strain the broth into a separate container, pick off any meat you want to keep, then voila! Two meals out of one.
I always keep boxed chicken broth on hand. You never know when you’ll need it for a last minute meal. Fine. But the difference in taste between home made broth compared to store bought is remarkable. This method is far less work than my roasted beef broth method which, by the way, is divine and absolutely worth the work. But making chicken broth out of a leftover whole chicken is a total no brainer to me, especially because I always have carrots, celery, onion and garlic in my kitchen… and if you don’t, you should. Here’s the best part: if you start off with a super delicious and damn good chicken or turkey, your broth will be all that more amazing. Kinda makes sense, don’t you think? I used this broth to make this unbelievably delicious chicken tortilla soup in the picture below, and the shredded chicken came from my slow cooker whole chicken recipe.
I also used this method to make turkey broth with our leftover Thanksgiving turkey and was so pleased with myself after making this creamy turkey and wild rice soup that was also super good! So, friends, the moral of the story is that you should start making broth like this and if I ever hear about you throwing a chicken or turkey away, I will find you and turn you into a believer!
- Remains of cooked whole chicken including any meat, skin, bones (can use turkey as well)
- 1 onion, quartered
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 whole cloves garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Fill with water and cover with lid. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 12 hours or over night.
- Strain broth into a bowl. You can pick of any meat and add it to the broth. Use within 3 days or freeze for future use.