Chicken broth can help boost the immune system and reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms.
To make chicken soup broth, you will need:
- 1 whole chicken (3-4 lbs)
- 8 cups of water
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 onion, chopped (optional)
- 2-3 celery stalks, chopped (optional)
- 2-3 carrots, chopped (optional)
- Start by rinsing the chicken under cold water and removing any giblets or excess fat.
- Place the chicken in a large stockpot and cover with 8 cups of water.
- Add the garlic, bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the chopped onion, celery, and carrots to the pot. (optional)
- Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
- Remove the chicken from the pot and allow it to cool. Once it is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and set it aside.
- Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer to remove any solids.
- You can use the chicken broth immediately in your soup, or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Enjoy your homemade chicken soup broth in your favorite soup recipes!
Chicken broth contains anti-inflammatory compounds which can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Enjoy numerous ways to savor delicious homemade chicken broth!