Healthy Cooking: Chicken

Broth

Broth (Photo credit: beautyredefined)

Hi guys, I probably won’t write another blog post until after the 12th because I am in the middle of a move.  However, I wanted to share a way that I cook chicken and how I make chicken broth.  I actually hadn’t cooked a whole chicken before the other day but I had one around and found a good easy recipe for making it.

Here is the link for the recipe.

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/02/25/recipe-the-best-whole-chicken-in-a-crock-pot/

Basically all you do is make sure your chicken is thawed, rub spice on it, and pop it in the crock-pot.  The recipe recommends chopping an onion and putting the onion in the crock pot first.  However, I didn’t have an onion so I started cooking the chicken without it and added the onion in later along with come carrots.  It turned out really good the meat just fell off the bone.

Preparing of chicken broth

Preparing of chicken broth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The next day I decided to make chicken broth which I make from a couple of half remembered recipes.  It has always turned out good, usually though I make it using the bones from a store bought rotisserie chicken and not

one I cooked myself.  I kept much of the juice from cooking the chicken to add some more flavor to the broth.  One thing I like about making your own broth is that you control the amount of salt and there is nothing artificial added in. 

Bones from  whole chicken sans meat

1 Onion

Carrots (1-2 large carrots or several baby carrots)

Celery (can be omitted but recommended)

Other vegetables ( whatever else you feel like adding)

Spices ( only add in a little since the broth is a base for other dishes, you want the chicken taste to come through)

Water

Place all ingredients in crock-pot fill until you cover all ingredients with water.

Set it on low and cook overnight at least 8-10 hours.

Fish out all the solids and discard them

Pour broth into several Ziploc baggies and seal tightly

Let them cool and then freeze until you want to use them.

 

I use the broth for a number of things.  I find that it makes ramen more tasty.  I also like cooking quinoa in it.

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