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Crockpot Homemade Chicken Broth

This homemade chicken broth takes just minutes to make. You'll love the rich flavor and the money it saves you. You'll never want to use store bought broth again!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 1 crockpot ful
Author: Lydia @ ThriftyFrugalMom.com


  • chicken bones (can use turkey bones too)
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar* (see Notes below)
  • ½ Tbsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 onion, chunked (opt.)
  • 2 carrots, chopped (opt.)
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped (opt.)
  • water


  • Place bones in crock-pot.
  • Add vinegar, salt, pepper and any onions, carrots and celery that you want (as well as any other seasonings you feel like throwing in).
  • Cover with water and put the lid on the crockpot.
  • Turn it on to low and allow the bones to cook at least 8 hrs.**  (Cooking it longer will not hurt anything—you’ll just get more nutrients from the bones.)
  • Strain out the bones, skin and vegetables.***
  • Use broth immediately or once cooled, divide into containers and freeze.****


* The vinegar helps to draw the nutrients from the bones (which is super healthy and good for you!) and you won’t taste it as it is such a small amount.
** I like to start this right before I go to bed and then just let it cook all night long.
*** I like to use a fine mesh strainer, but a colander with a coffee filter in it will work too.
**** I find it works well for me to freeze the broth in 1 to 2 cup portions since that tends to be the amounts that I use the most.
(2 cups chicken broth = 1 can chicken broth.)
ALTERNATIVE: You can also do this on the stove top. Just simmer on low for 8 hrs. or longer.  You may also need to stir occasionally to make sure that nothing is sticking to the bottom of the pan.