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Chicken Stock Story (& Recipe)

Chicken stock, like any meat stock, is rich in minerals, gelatin, and collagen. It keeps bones and teeth strong, joints supple, hair soft. I’ve got experience with that last one …. my hair was dry with grey coming in and I started drinking stock. Within weeks, my hair softened up with less grey; I think the collagen in the stock had a lot to do with that.

As a kid, my mom made chicken soup; there always seemed to be a pot on the stove. As I grew up and turned vegan in my early twenties, cooking chicken wasn’t in my vocabulary.

Nowadays, I make a pot a week with the recipe below. You don’t have to use chicken, try other kinds of meat if available; just leave the bones in to get benefits.

Chicken Stock Recipe

Makes about 4 quarts


  • 4-5 lb whole, pastured chicken ~or equivalent weight in bony parts (neck, back, breastbone, wings, joints)
  • Gizzards from one chicken (optional)
  • 2-4 chicken feet (optional)
  • 6-12 eggshells, cleaned (optional)
  • 5-6 quarts cold filtered water
  • 2-3 Tbs. acid (i.e. raw apple cider vinegar, lemon)*
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley


Remove gizzards from cavity as well as the wings and neck – If the bird’s head is intact, keep it there – better for stock.

Place whole chicken or bones in a stainless steel/ceramic pot with all but the parsley.

Let stand for 30-60 min.

Bring to a slow, gentle boil – removing scum that rises to the surface.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hrs.

Remove the whole chicken from the pot and separate meat from bones (Using bones only? Leave it be and simmer for a total of 6-24 hrs.).

Place cleaned carcass back into pot, cover, and simmer for another 4-22 hrs.**

Add parsley 10 minutes prior to stock being finished for extra minerals.

Strain stock into a large bowl and put in fridge until fat coagulates – rising to top.

Skim and reserve fat to use in other delicious dishes.

Store stock in pint/quart containers in fridge for 1 week, or freeze for 3 months.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Fat that rises to top acts as a preservative, so leave it there until ready to use stock.

  2. Chicken feet are gelatin-rich. They’re worth the effort to find them. Purchase them from your local butcher/farmer, or at (2 chicken feet per gallon of water).

  3. Substitute any other meat on bone for chicken (i.e. lamb, venison, beef). Note that beef bones can cook up to 72 hrs.

*Using an acid helps to leech valuable minerals (calcium, phosphorous, sulphur) from the bones and put them into your stock water. 

**Cook 6-8 hrs. if you’re in beginning stages of healing digestion (i.e. stage 1 of B.E.D). Cook longer once your digestion has improved. Keep in mind, that if stock is cooked longer than 24 hrs. it can acquire an “off taste”.

Benefits of Bone Stock

Parsley Power: A Green Vegetable Smoothie💚

Nutritional Consultations with Tara, NC.


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Campbell-McBride, N. MD. (2011). Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Soham, Cambridge; Medinform Publishing.

Fallon, S. (2010).  Nourishing Traditions.  Bogart, GA: B.E.D. Publications.

Mercola, MD. (2013). Bone Broth – One of Your Most Healing Diet Staples. Retrieved at

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May all bellies be happy!

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3 comments to Chicken Stock Story (& Recipe)

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  • Tara

    That is a great question.
    I typically recommend people start taking bone stocks and more saturated animal fat once they’ve made progress in balancing gut flora and are able to digest fats properly.

    Yet, meat stocks (which are milder than bone stock) can be used while healing gut dysbiosis, especially if one has a leaky gut (where the intestinal lining is permeable).

    Meat is highly recommended in the early stages of healing gut flora imbalances, yet this food can be tough to digest for those with dysbiosis. That said meat stocks can be made and carefully strained of the cooked saturated fat that rises to the top.

    Bone stock provides amazing properties and fuel for the intestinal cells, helping to close up gaps in a leaky gut. Glutamine, also found in bone broth, is important metabolic fuel for cells in the small intestine. All said bone stocks and animal fats are wonderful to move towards as soon as you are able.

    During stage 1 of healing gut flora imbalances you can experiment with small amounts of easier to digest fats such as cultured, raw butter; ghee; coconut oil; fermented cod liver oil; egg yolks; young green coconut “pudding”; goat/cow milk kefir (if tolerated); wild salmon; sardines; olive oil; olives; avocado; X-Factor Butter Oil (Green Pasture); and other healthy fats such as soaked nuts and seeds.

    Lamb makes a nice meat stock that is gentle, soothing and full of healthy fats and using lamb stew meat can usually be tolerated by those healing the gut in the initial stages.

  • Jenneta

    thanks for the recipe. I am confused about rendered fat benefits to heal the gut. Donna says that cooked saturated fats may feed pathogenic flora in an unhealthy digestive system, thats why I have been tossing the fat lately. What is your thought on this? Personally, I love dishes made with animal fats because I grew up eating meals made with them.
    Thank you,

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