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Crockpot Homemade Chicken Broth

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Homemade Chicken Broth in a crockpot is an easy and fuss-free way to make delicious chicken stock anytime. It’s a simple way to elevate soup season anytime you have leftover chicken bones!

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What is the Difference Between Chicken Broth and Chicken Stock?

“Bone broth is essentially stock,” says New York chef Marco Canora. “The confusion comes from the traditional definition for stock, which is more viscous due to the collagen that seeps out of joints and bones during long-term cooking, and broth, which is thinner and is made with more actual meat (versus meat-stripped bones used for stock). The confusion comes from the fact that the current trend uses the word “broth” even though bone broth is essentially stock.”

Health Benefits of Chicken Stock

Just as mom always said, chicken stock is incredibly healthy. It contains “nutrients, as well as collagen, marrow, amino acids and minerals. These may protect the digestive tract, improve sleep and support joint health. Additionally, adding vegetables and herbs to either stock or broth can increase the vitamin and mineral content and release beneficial aromatic plant compounds.”

For example, parsley, oregano, and thyme “are all sources of antioxidants that are commonly used in stock and broth. And certain cooking methods, including simmering, actually increase their antioxidant capacity.”

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Homemade Chicken Broth Ingredients

Ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here is a simple list of what you will need to make homemade broth.

  • Chicken bones: You can use leftover bones from a roasted chicken or raw chicken bones.
  • Vegetables: Onion, carrots, and celery
  • Aromatics: Garlic, bay leaves, fresh thyme, parsley, salt and peppercorns

How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock

  1. Add the ingredients to a 6-quart slow cooker: Place the chicken bones and/or carcass in the middle of the crockpot and scatter the chopped vegetables around it. If needed, you can tuck loose bones inside the carcass to save space. And then add the bay leaf and fresh herbs to the pot.
  2. Add water to cover the chicken bones. You can add even up to an inch from the top of the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for at least 8 hours.
  3. Once cooked, remove large pieces of bones and vegetables from the broth and strain into a bowl. A cheesecloth is helpful if you prefer a very clear broth. Otherwise, strain into a bowl using a fine-mesh strainer.
  4. Let the broth cool completely, then transfer to storage jars or freezer-safe containers.

Tips on Making Chicken Stock in the Slow Cooker

  • Fresh herbs make a more flavorful broth.
  • Let the stock simmer for 8 hours or more.

How Long Can Homemade Chicken Broth Be Stored in the Refrigerator?

Although there is varied advice on this subject, most professional chefs and the FDA say, “For safe food handling, soup broth should only be held refrigerated for up to three to four days.”

Homemade broth can be frozen for 1 to 2 months for a longer shelf life.

How to Freeze Homemade Broth

  1. Cool the chicken broth completely.
  2. Package. Label and store in freezer-safe containers or zip-top bags. I prefer a quart size for soups later on.
  3. Freeze for up to 3 months.
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Crockpot Homemade Chicken Broth

What I love about using my slow cooker for making chicken stock is that it’s completely self-contained. It frees up my stove for other uses. And… while the slow cooker makes its magic on the kitchen counter, it’s bathing my home with the most delicious aroma… ever. That’s comfort food at its best.

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Crockpot Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth in a crockpot is an easy and fuss-free way to make delicious chicken stock anytime. It’s a simple way to elevate soup season anytime you have leftover chicken bones!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 10 cups
Author: Stephanie Wilson



  • 3-4 lbs of mixed chicken bones
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 medium onions quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic with skin on
  • 1 bay leaf
  • small bunch of fresh thyme leaves parsley, rosemary if available
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 10-12 cups water


  • Add the chicken bones and/or carcass to the middle of a 6-quart slow cooker. Scatter chopped vegetables around the bones in the crockpot insert. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and add the garlic cloves, bay leaf, and fresh herbs.
  • Pour water into the crockpot to cover the bones. It’s okay if the water level is within an inch of the top. Cook on low for at least 8 hours, or until the broth has reached a beautiful golden color.
  • Remove the larger pieces of bones and vegetables with a slotted spoon and discard them. Then, strain the broth in the slow cooker using a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth for a clearer broth into a bowl.
  • Transfer the bone broth into jars and cool. Then refrigerate for up to 3 days and freezer in freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months.

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bone broth, chicken stock, slow cooker chicken stock
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