Chicken Broth: Easy Slow Cooker Method

By vgarrison

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 celery stalk and leaves, chopped

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 sprigs parsley

  • 6 black peppercorns

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • 2 pounds chicken pieces, skin removed

  • 4 ½ cups water

  1. Add all ingredients except the water to the slow cooker. The chicken pieces and vegetables should be loosely layered and fill no more than ¾ of the slow cooker. Add enough water to just cover the ingredients, and cover the slow cooker. Use the high setting until the mixture almost reaches a boil, then reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer overnight or up to 16 hours, checking occasionally and adding more water, if necessary.

  2. Remove the chicken pieces and drain on paper towels to absorb any fat. Allow to cool, then remove the meat from the bones. Strain the vegetables from the broth and discard. (You don’t want to eat vegetables cooked directly with the chicken because they will have absorbed too much of the residue fat.) Put the broth in a covered container and refrigerate for several hours or overnight, allowing the fat to congeal on top of the broth. Remove the hardened fat and discard.

  3. To separate the broth into small amounts to use when you steam vegetables or potatoes, fill up an ice cube tray with stock. Let freeze, then remove the cubes from the tray and store in labeled freezer bag. (Note the size of the ice cubes. Common ice cube trays allow for 1/8 cup or 2 tablespoons of liquid per section.)

  4. Tip: The broth will be richer than what most recipes call for, so unless you need “reduced” broth, thin the broth with water as needed. Assuming you remove the fat from the broth, the Exchange Approximation for it will be a Free Exchange.

Nutritional Facts

Yield about 4 cups
Serving Size
1/2 cup
Nutritional Analysis per serving
8.62 g
0.00 g
3.37 g
Sat. Fat
0.88 g
23.53 mg
22.11 mg
0.00 g
PCF Ratio

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3 replies

BeckyJ 2008-12-06 11:03:01 -0600 Report

Looks and sounds great but I am allergic to alcohol, is there another way to prepare this without the alcohol? or can I just leave it out?

Avera 2008-12-05 21:44:28 -0600 Report


Came back to add another comment. I made this recipe. It was so easy to just sit back and let the crockpot do all the work. I had not mentioned this, but slow cookers sure do save lots of energy also. The final result was just delicious and I froze it for later use. Got anymore low carb crockpot recipes?

Avera 2008-11-30 17:00:39 -0600 Report

I have not made my chicken broth in the slow cooker in years. I'm glad someone reminded me I could do it that way. This recipe is much better than the one I have. It sure makes me want to try it.