Health Benefits of Chicken Bone Broth With Recipe

Updated on September 30, 2017
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Spent many hours in the kitchen, in mornings and in the evenings, cooking up not just a storm, but a hurricane.

Many people have just now come to realize the health benefits and nutritional values found in bone broth. Bones from animals such as cows and chickens were usually discarded or used as part of meat by-products, but today it is considered to be quite healthy for consumption.

What Is Bone Broth?

Broth by itself is basically a soup like meal which may consist of a few pieces of meat or vegetable simmered down. Bone broth is basically the boiling of the bone in a soup like fashion and consuming the liquid which contains the nutrition from the bone's broth. But what is it so special about bones which makes it so healthy to consume it's broth? Don't we get the same nutrition by simply consuming the meat of the animal instead of the bones? These are questions I myself have asked and have done a thorough research as to why bone broth is quite essential and nutritious for human consumption.

What Are Bones Made Of?

Bones contain collagen. Collagen is a known protein.It is a part of the connective tissue in the skin which helps in firmness, suppleness and constant renewal of skin cells. Collagen is vital for skin elasticity. Ligaments are another type of connective tissue that attach two bones and consequently hold the joints together. Bones also contain a mineral called Calcium Phosphate which adds strength to the bones. Collagen and Calcium combined makes the bones flexible and strong to resist certain levels of stress.

Collagen is made up of several amino acids, Hydroxyproline, Glycine, Arginine, and Proline. Apart from giving your skin that elasticity, it gives strength to your hair also. Collagen is a huge part of the body's essential protein needs as it makes up for 70% of protein in the skin and 30% within the body. Bone broth comes in quite useful as it helps to replenish collagen not being produced in the body as quickly as it should due to aging and other health issues.

Bone Nutrition Vs Meat Nutrition

Bone Nutriton
Meat Nutrition
Calcium
Protiens
Collagen
Fats
 
 

The table above shows the major benefits of consuming the foods above. While meats are powerhouse for protein and fats, Meat bones are good source of calcium and collagen which is quite essential for your entire body.

Bone Broth
Bone Broth

Bone Broth Nutrition

Getting that nutrition from bone broth doesn't mean that you boil a few bones today, drink the broth and then you boil some more bones a few month down the line and consume the broth again. If you want the right nutrition from the bone broth, you simply have to make it part of your consistent diet just like any other food. Bone broth can easily be substituted for either lunch or dinner. But the next big question normally asked is which meat bone broth has the best nutrition for consumption? Chicken bones are not strong in collagen levels as cow bones, but when we look at chicken feet collagen, then the power kicks in.

Here is a small table with basic broth weight between chicken and cow.

Chicken Bone Broth Vs Beef Bone Broth

Chicken
Beef
Cooks Faster
Gives More Energy
Easy Digestion
Beef has a much richer Flavor
Chicken bone broth has a higher omega-6 ratio than beef bone broth.
Beef bone broth is higher in minerals.
Chicken bone broth has a higher protein content
 

Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Chicken Bones
  • 1/2 Cup Sweet Corn
  • 1 chopped Scallion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Sliced
  • 2 Oz Thyme
  • 2 Pinch Salt
  • 2 Liter Water
  • 1 hand pack choy, chopped
  • 3 Potatoes, Diced
  • 1 tbsp Spoon Black Pepper, Sprinkled

Instructions

  1. Boil Chicken Bone for 1 hour.
  2. Slice Garlic and Scallion
  3. Place chopped garlic and scallion in dish.
  4. Add Pinch of Thyme, and sweet corn to dish
  5. Add Salt to boiling chicken bone broth
  6. Add mix of seasoning and vegetables from the dish
  7. Slow cook for 20 minutes for broth to flavor

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: Serves 2
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2
Calories 18
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 1 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 955 mg40%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Other Benefits of Chicken Broth

Chicken bone broth is a good cold fighter. When you have a full blown cold, chicken broth can help to alleviate the symptoms. University of Nebraska Medical Center, says in a 2008 UNC press release that there is “evidence that chicken soup might have an anti-inflammatory activity,” which can benefit respiratory problems.

So now that you know all the benefits of bone broth, the only decision you should be making right now is whether to use beef or chicken. Bon Apetit.

© 2017 Clive Williams

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    • TessSchlesinger profile image

      Tessa Schlesinger 

      6 months ago from South Africa

      I guess I have to. It's one of my favourite foods. :)

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      6 months ago from Jamaica

      Tessa, I have been drinking chicken foot soup and chicken bone broth for decades. I especially cook the chicken foot until extremely soft an tender and the bones melt away in your mouth. Quite delicious.,

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      Tessa Schlesinger 

      6 months ago from South Africa

      So I was just wondering if eating chicken bones (they are so soft when they are cooked for a long time) was not a good thing to do. I found your article. I make chicken soup every night before I got to bed - veggies and chiicken, a little red wine, a handful of parsley, an that's eat. Delicious. :)

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      11 months ago from Jamaica

      Well Eric,,,,I guess your health is OK.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      11 months ago from Jamaica

      Go for it Louise, I can assure you you wont be disapointed.

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      Louise Powles 

      12 months ago from Norfolk, England

      This sounds really good and easy enough to make too. I'll definitely give this a try. =)

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I guess I have been eating my wife's Pho' for so long I forgot that her bone broth base was good for you. Love both kinds. Thanks

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