Recipe – Chicken Broth

This recipe was designed by Nutritional Therapist and chef Christine Bailey from Advance Nutrition.


1 organic chicken
1 onion, coarsely chopped
3 carrots, chopped
2 celery sticks chopped
2-3 courgettes  sliced into 2 inch rounds
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, optional
2 tbsp coconut oil, optional
2 tsp dulse flakes
2 garlic cloves
Salt and black peppercorns


In a large stock pot place the chicken and enough water to cover the chicken.  Add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil then lower the heat to a gentle simmer.

Cook gently for at least 6 hours.

Remove the chicken and place on a platter to cool. Once the chicken has cooled remove all meat from the carcass. (This can be used for a chicken salad).

The stock can be strained at this stage and used.  For a richer stock add the carcass and continue to cook for a further 4-5 hours. Alternatively, the carcass can be used to make an additional batch of lighter stock following the recipe but using the carcass instead of the whole chicken

Allow the stock to cool, skim off fat and discard.  This stock will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days or can be frozen for up to 1 month.

This is what Christine says about her recipe:

“Bones, marrow, skin, and the cartilage are a great source of collagen. Collagen contains the amino acids: proline and glycine. Collagen has been found to help heal the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach and the intestines. This makes it useful against heartburn, gastric ulcers, reflux and gut conditions associated with intestinal inflammation.  By helping to repair a leaky gut bone broth is a valuable natural remedy for a host of gut related disorders.  Another great reason to drink my healing chicken broth is for skin health.  Being a good source of collagen you can support connective tissue, keeping the skin supple and glowing -this is a much cheaper option of course than botox.

You can make a meat broth from a range of bones and rather than spending a fortune on meat you can ask a nice butcher for bones. However I would make sure bones are sourced from animals that are organic and grass-fed or free-range.   I tend to make a healing chicken broth using a whole organic chicken.  This way I have wonderful moist chicken meat to eat separately in addition to the healing broth.”

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