I’ve been bad about sharing recipes lately and part of that is because we had gotten kind of a rut. We don’t have a ton of time to try really involved recipes so we tend to fall back on our tried-and-true favorites. But for Christmas my mom got me Alison Roman’s “Dining In” and it’s been a total game changer. None of the recipes are particularly complicated and all them incorporate interesting ingredients that I might not have used otherwise. One of my favorites is her golden chicken broth. I never tried making my own broth before because I always assumed it was time-consuming and costly because it required whole chicken pieces. I could not have been more wrong as Alison was unashamed to admit she saves chicken bones and carcasses for such occasions. We used the leftovers from a rotisserie chicken and it proved more than sufficient for a flavorful broth. I loved the unexpected flavors of fennel and turmeric in her recipe. The first time I made it, I followed it to a T, since we were spending a lazy, rainy Sunday at home. The second time, I didn’t have as much time to kill, so I threw everything in a slow cooker, cooked it on low overnight, and was pleasantly surprised to find the same velvety broth in the morning. The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily tweak it according to what ingredients you have on hand – no fresh ginger or turmeric? Just used powdered. No fennel? Just use the celery and maybe throw in a carrot or two. Sear the ingredients in a pot beforehand if you have time; don’t bother if you don’t. At the end of the day, it’s just chicken broth that you’ll most likely use with something else. We use ours to make lentils, sauces, even add flavor to frozen peas on weeknights. Oh yeah, and as a base for the obvious chicken soup, like the one pictured above.
Slow Cooker Chicken Broth
1 large yellow union, unpeeled, halved
2 heads of garlic (peel and all), halved crosswise
2 (2 inch) pieces fresh turmeric, peeled and halved lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon ground
1 (4 inch) piece ginger, peeled and halved lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon ground
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 large fennel bulb, chopped
2 fresh or dried bay leaves
2 whole star anise or 3 whole cloves
1 (3 1/2 to 4 pounds chicken carcasses, backbones, and/or wings)
salt and pepper
If you have time, add a tablespoon of oil to a pot and sear the the onion, garlic, fresh turmeric and ginger (add to the slow cooker later if you’re using ground) all cut side down for about 4 minutes until everything starts to char slightly and become fragrant. Add the celery, fennel, bay leaves, and star anise (or cloves). Cook until the vegetables start to soften (about 4 more minutes). Add everything to the slow cooker along with the chicken (and ground spices if you’re using them).
If you want to do this as quickly as possible, just toss everything directly into the slow cooker and say “BAM!” like Emeril (or don’t if there’s people around).
Add enough water to cover the chicken bones. Season with salt and pepper (but don’t overdo it because you can adjust the seasoning at the end). Cook for at least 8 hours (I usually just let it go overnight), but this recipe says you can cook slow cooker chicken broth for up to 24 hours – it’s up to you! Strain, store, and enjoy!
(recipe adapted from Alison Roman’s “Dining In”)
Omg this looks amazing! Drooling right now ahaha <3
This looks amazing! I definitely want to check out this cookbook and the recipe! Thanks for sharing!
Oh wow, I absolutely could have done with this last month when I had the flu haha – such tasty comfort food! Hope you’re having a lovely week so far 🙂
I know! I’m making some more this week because I’m getting over a cold.
This looks so delicious and easy?! Definitely saving it to try later!
Oh wow I bet this broth tastes amazing!!!
Well this recipe sounds amazing and so does the cookbook! I get in ruts of making the same thing too.
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I feel like pinterest has perpetuated this myth that making chicken soup with an actual chicken is difficult – I can’t tell you how many recipes I see that call for box stock and cooked chicken! I’ve never made a bone broth though, perhaps I’ll give this a try!
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Right?? Cooking shows made me think it was hard, too, but it’s actually pretty inexpensive and easy. I’m making another batch this morning since I’m working from home!
This looks delicious.
I love the recipe.
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Omg this looks so delicious!!
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Looks delish! Thanks for the recipe.
It looks delicious:-)Thanks for sharing!
Yummy, that sounds so comforting right now! Other than when making homemade chicken and noodles (which is pretty rare) I’ve never tried to make homemade broth before–good to know you can do it in the crock pot!
This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing
Looks delicious, I’ve been wanting to by a slow cooker as I’ve had more time on my hands recently. Can’t wait to try! http://mariannyc.com/2018/02/26/free-blogger-ebook-media-guide-kit/
I can’t live without mine! They’re super inexpensive and require very little work!
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that made me hungry! I need to check out Dining In, I know what it’s like to be stuck in a runt.
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adorable title and I’m loving this recipe 🙂 Looks so delicious!
This looks sooo good. It’s such a comfort food. I’d love to try this myself. Also, your plate is so pretty dear.
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