Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken & Bone Broth

This is one of my all-time favorite slow cooker recipes that I will make quite often in the fall and winter. Not only is it a warming dish for cold, snowy days, it is loaded with health promoting benefits! And using the slow cooker makes this an easy meal, which can be ready by the time you get home from work.

Simmering the bones releases the healing components, which are supportive in helping you achieve optimal health.

iStock_000014780964_SmallHere are four reasons to get your bone broth on:

    1. Promotes healthy digestion. Bone broth contains an amino acid called Glutamine, which helps repair the lining of the gut. It also includes gelatin, which can help to restore a healthy gut mucosal lining, promoting a healthy transit time.


    1. Promotes healthy bones and joints. Bone broth is full of minerals that support bone and joint health, such as calcium and magnesium. Again, the gelatin can support your joints and helps to reduce inflammation


    1. Healthy skin. Gelatin contains the amino acids glycine and proline that help with the production of collagen, which is an important structural element in skin and can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.


  1. Supports your immune system. A large portion of your immune system is located in your gut, so keeping it healthy is a huge step in keeping a cold or flu at bay.

These are only a few of the many benefits of making bone broth a staple in your diet!


Roast chicken

  • 1 whole free-range chicken
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 lemon, sliced in half
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper

Place all chopped vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the sliced lemon inside the chicken. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once the chicken is ready, remove the chicken from the cooker and allow to cool. Once cooled, remove the meat from the chicken.


Bone Broth

  • Bones, skin, cartilage from roast chicken
  • Juices and vegetables from slow cooker
  • 10 peppercorns
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 star anise

Place the bones, skin, and cartilage back into the cooker with all the juices. Fill the slow cooker with water and add peppercorns, star anise and parsley.

Cook on low for 12 hours.

Strain the broth from the remains. Add the meat from roasted chicken and serve as soup or drink bone broth alone.

Can be frozen for later use.




Tracy Thiessen C.H.N.

TracyTracy Thiessen is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, C.H.N.C.™.  Her interest in nutrition started at a young age, when she learned how to prepare meals but also began to question what was in the foods she ate.  Her curiosity and interest continued after seeing major improvements in her own health after modifying her diet and altering her lifestyle, which led her to the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where she graduated from the comprehensive R.H.N Holistic nutrition course in Calgary, Alberta in 2012.

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