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Chicken broth in a large pot with fresh veggies on the counter.

Super Immune-Boosting Chicken Bone Broth

Homemade chicken bone broth is extremely easy and inexpensive to make. Include the added ingredients of astragalus and apple cider vinegar to make it super immune-boosting.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 5 minutes
Servings: 16 cups
Calories: 26kcal
Author: Carolyn Thomas


  • 3-5 gallon stock pot with lid (and strainer).


  • 2 whole chicken bones with a bit of meat still remaining
  • 4 cups vegetable scraps celery, carrots, onions, and garlic
  • 20 pieces dried astragalus root
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 gallons water


  • Add chicken bones, vegetables (or vegetable scraps), garlic, astragalus root, water, and apple cider vinegar into your stockpot.
  • Let ingredients sit in the pot for about 15 minutes to allow the cider vinegar to start working.
  • Place the pot on the stove and bring it up to a boil. After about 15 minutes you'll start seeing a bit of scum rising to the surface, this is normal and is just the impurities from the vegetables or the chicken. Skim off as needed.
  • Once the broth has come to a boil, reduce heat, cover and allow it to simmer for up to 24 hours. The longer you can let it simmer, the more immune-boosting properties your broth will have.
  • Turn off the heat and carefully strain the broth. If you want to get a really clear broth, you can strain it through a cheesecloth, but this isn't necessary.
  • It's now ready to use to make soups, stews, chili, sauces and so much more!



  • Add the apple cider vinegar about 15 minutes before you cook your broth to help draw out all the minerals in the chicken bones.
  • If you're not comfortable keeping the pot going on the stove for 24 hours, you can also make this in a crockpot on medium heat.
  • Store broth in the refrigerator for up to a week and use it as needed for soup, stew, gravies, chili, for cooking rice, etc.
  • You can also freeze or pressure can your bone broth.


Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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