Caitlin Bensel

Choose the right chicken bones and aromatic ingredients for the richest, most flavorful broth.

Robby Melvin
May 14, 2018

For easy, DIY bone broth, look no further than this easy method and its key ingredients. Our simple recipe delivers collagen, which contains amino acids that can support bone and skin health. If you choose to use chicken feet, which add collagen to broth, you’ll find them at Asian markets. Ask the butcher to debone the chicken if you don’t want to do it at home.

View the recipe: Chicken Bone Broth

Poultry Parts

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A mix of carcass bones and high-collagen pieces like wings, drumsticks, or feet is best. Roast until brown for richer flavor.

Celery Stalks

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These bring fresh vegetal taste to mirepoix (a veggie mix that flavors stocks and sauces). Their flavor comes through easily, so we use less than carrots or leeks.

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Leeks

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Alliums are traditional in mirepoix. We like leeks because they’re mellower than other onion varieties.

Carrots

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The third part of this mirepoix, these lend a touch of sweetness for flavor balance. Less is more; too many carrots can take over the flavor.

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Garlic Head

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A halved head—versus sliced cloves— adds subtle garlic notes. This delicate flavor is what makes the broth feel complete.

Herb Blend

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A traditional mix of fresh thyme, parsley, and dried bay leaf provides fragrance and refined flavor.