Slow Cooker Paleo Chicken Broth

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I was at Butcher Bar a few days ago perusing their selection of grass fed beef when I spied some pasture-raised chicken on the top shelf.  It came to $12 for the chicken, but it’s worth it to know where the meat came from!chicken

I have to say that I find chicken really ugly!  Maybe it’s because I don’t cook whole chicken much or maybe I’m just too much of a city girl and seeing something resembling the real animal just freaks me out!

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Anyway, I compartmentalized my apprehensions and got on with the cooking.  I placed the chicken in the slow cooker (I use the Hamilton Beach slow cooker) and filled up the slow cooker with water so that it covers the chicken.chicken_in_slow_cooker

Then I added in approx 2 tablespoon of salt, 1/2 tablespoon of black pepper, and 1/4 cup of goji berries (for a bit a sweetness in the broth).

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Then left it in the slow cooker on a low setting for 5 hours.

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The chicken was super tender and the broth very tasty (you can add more salt and pepper to taste or).  I shredded the meat and ate it with a bit of soy sauce, or you can use coconut aminos if you want to avoid every last bit of soy.  I then stored the chicken broth in the fridge to drink by itself or to use as the base in other soups later!  The broth is like a bone broth – you can tell because it thickens a lot when you cool it in the fridge (that’s the gelatin in the broth).  So you get nutritious and delicious bone broth along with chicken meat without hardly any effort!

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Slow Cooker Paleo Chicken Broth
 
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • ½ tablespoons of black pepper
  • ¼ cup of goji berries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker.
  2. Add enough water to cover the chicken.
  3. Cook on low heat for 5 hours.
  4. Separate the broth from the chicken and goji berries. Let cool, and store the broth and the chicken meat separately.

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Comments

  1. Donny says

    This looks like a great recipe. Both the chicken and the broth.

    Where do you get the goji berries? Does Whole Foods sell them?

    I’m curious as to why you are eating GMO soy sauce though. It totally contradicts the Paleo diet plan.

    Also, how are the Raw Coconut Aminos as a substitute to soy sauce? Are they a good substitute?

    And FYI, Worcestershire sauce makes an excellent substitute for soy sauce and you don’t have to special order it. You might have to add 1 part water for every 3 parts Worcestershire sauce since it’s thicker than soy sauce.

    • says

      Great questions – I get goji berries from Whole Food (or they’re sold various places online). Soy sauce – I switched to tamari soy sauce (it’s naturally gluten free and because the soy beans are fermented to make soy sauce, the toxins are greatly reduced). This article explains it in detail: http://paleomagazine.com/is-soy-sauce-paleo

      Raw coconut aminos – they’re slightly different in taste (a bit milder), but a great substitute. The main draw back is that it’s rather pricey whereas tamari sauce is much cheaper.

      I’ve found worcestershire sauce to contain sugar and “natural flavorings”, which I’m not fond of.

  2. Dennis says

    What do you think of Nam Pla (Thai fish sauce) as an alternative to soy sauce?

    • says

      I find it tastes significantly different (it definitely has a fish taste), but I do like it for seafood dishes.

  3. Rachael says

    I know this is an older post, but I was hoping to find out if you put the chicken in the slow cooker frozen or if it was thawed? Thanks!

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