Learn how to use the chicken backs to make delicious shredded chicken perfect for a homemade potpie or chicken noodle soup. Slow cooked chicken backs yield plenty of bones to also make healthy bone broth. This part of the chicken is often scraped but the meat is very tender and can be used in your favorite chicken recipe.
How to cook Chicken Backs in the Slow Cooker
Cooking the chicken backs is a two step process. First, you need to cook them in the slow cooker until the meat is done. Then, after the meat is shredded and set aside you can put the bones back into the slow cooker to make homemade bone broth.
Chicken Backs in the Slow Cooker
Step One: Place the chicken backs in the slow cooker and then cover with water. You want to use just enough water to cover the backs.
Step Two: Add in onions, any fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
Step Three: Cook on low for eight hours.
Step Four: After slow cooking set the chicken backs on a plate and separate the meat and the bones.
The chicken backs yield light and dark meat that is flavorful and tender. This meat can easily be added back into your favorite soup recipe, a chicken pot pie, or any chicken recipe that calls for shredded chicken.
Now, let's cook those bones to make some healthy homemade bone broth.
How to use the Chicken Backs to make Bone Broth
Step One: Place the bones back into the slow cooker and cover with water. Add enough water to completely cover the bones with about an inch over top of them. A little water may evaporate so you want to make sure to add plenty.
Step Two: Add one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, this helps break down the collagen in the bones to make it more abundant in the broth. This step can be omitted but I always add the apple cider vinegar and can't taste it in the final product.
Step Three: Add in an onion, quartered. Then, add in any fresh herbs or dried herbs.
Step Four: Cook on low for twelve hours.
Step Five: Run the broth through a fine kitchen strainer to separate off any leftover bones or scraps that didn't break down.
Chicken bone broth will develop a thick layer of gelatin when cooled, this is what you want... all that collagen from a healthy and natural source! I often keep it on hand and warm up a cup to drink during the day. There is just so many benefits to adding bone broth to your diet!
How to store bone broth
The bone broth will keep in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can also freeze the bone broth for up to six months. Freeze in a freezer bag or be sure to only fill the jar three quarters of the way full when freezing. The bone broth needs to cool completely before storing in the fridge or the freezer.
The many benefits of bone broth
Bone broth is a very nutrient dense super food that provides excellent benefits when included into your diet. Including bone broth into your diet on a regular basis not only provides your body with essential vitamin and minerals but also aids in digestive health, bone health, healthy skin and joint health.
Using the tender meat from the chicken backs
You can use the tender white and dark meat of the chicken backs to add into any recipe. Makes great soups, a delicious chicken pot pie, or any recipe that calls for shredded chicken. Be sure to add back in the broth to your soup recipe.
Whatever you choose to make, don't let that tender meat go to waste. I made a simple chicken pot pie with the shredded chicken yielded from the backs. Be sure to use that tender meat, this