Bone Broth Recipe


Bone Broth 😯 ?  What in the world is Julie doing with “Bone Broth”???  To be totally honest with you, I have been wanting to post about Bone Broth for years, but you know how time sneaks away.  I promise this isn’t just some Halloween party idea…although it really does double as that too, and I will explain how.  This bone broth is REAL bone broth made from chicken and the main reason I wanted to share this recipe with you is because it has many healing qualities when someone is ill with a cold/virus, or even chronically ill in your family.  You know how chicken noodle soup has always been good for the soul & sick, well it turns out the broth is what really soothes (does it replace medicine, absolutely not).  At least this is what I have concluded from my experiences.  You see, I have a really really good reason for serving a hot cup of bone broth at our house.  Let me explain…

Our oldest teen was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis 1.5 years ago after years of unexplained joint pain, skin rashes, and general exhaustion.  She is now on a very intense treatment plan with a pediatric rheumatologist and we are doing everything we can to get her into medicated remission, and then hopefully remission.  It has been a difficult ride, for all of us, especially our daughter so I don’t talk about it a lot.  However, if I can help soothe someone that is ill, you can be darn sure I will share my experiences and tips as a Mom who has tried everything to help their child.

This recipe is my healthier version of “Bone Broth” and it is full of protein from the chicken.  I chose to use chicken just out of preference, but I do know that bone broth can also be made with beef.  Our teen loves chicken ( I mean REALLY LOVES CHICKEN), so this only made sense.  I do know that many studies show that meat can exacerbate arthritis symptoms.  We have tried avoiding different foods due to these studies and my honest opinion is that when our daughter was restricted it stressed her out so much that her symptoms increased!  So, I am a firm believer that if you love meat, and you actually crave it, you should eat it and not worry about what all of the studies say.  I’m going with my gut here guys, literally.  No study is going to override what I have learned being a Mom for 18 years.

TIP: Our daughter enjoys drinking the bone broth on the way to school to help with morning belly.

Bone broth to the rescue! This easy recipe will help fight off cold, viruses, and even sooth arthritis.

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So, with all of that being said, here is the easy delicious Bone Broth recipe.  Keep in mind that you are using an entire chicken, so feel free to use all of the actual meat for other dishes during the week, or shred it into the bone broth.  Either way works just great.  This bone broth is obviously a perfect base for chicken soup and can be used instead of canned stock in all recipes.

Boo!  Oh, wait…almost forgot.  On a happy note, our daughter’s 18th birthday is at the end of October, so there’s no better time to serve real “Bone Broth” then at her birthday party that usually has a spooky Halloween theme.  These skull glass jars are so cute!   It really makes for a savory tasty drink at any Halloween party.  Another fun idea would be to use a crock pot and keep the broth in there and make a “Bone Broth” sign complete with a ladle and paper to-go coffee cups.  Teens and adults love broth, trust me.



Bone broth to the rescue! This easy recipe will help fight off cold, viruses, and even sooth arthritis.


Bone Broth Recipe

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Bone Broth Recipe


  • 1 whole chicken (including giblets)-organic chicken is best
  • 16 cups or 1 gallon of water
  • 1 cup of favorite tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lemon
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1-2 bay leaves (remove at end of cooking)
  • S & P to taste (start with 1 tablespoon each)
  • (Optional: very finely minced in food processor 1 onion, 2 carrots, 3 celery)-totally not necessary, but does add more nutrients & flavor.


Simmer chicken in water for 1-2 hours and until the chicken falls off of the bone.

Strain everything out of the broth putting the chicken on the side to cool and use for other dishes throughout the week.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer for another 30 minutes.


Bone broth to the rescue! This easy recipe will help fight off cold, viruses, and even sooth arthritis.








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24 Responses

  1. Lorri Rauscher says:

    I hope that your Daughter gets better. Thank you for sharing yr Bone Broth.Have you ever thought of putting Ginger in it because of its healing qualities? Just wondering if it would give a different flavour.

    • Julie says:

      I haven’t, but you could certainly try it. Unfortunately, my daughter doesn’t like ginger. Let me know how you like it!

  2. Diana Smith says:

    Confused: do you cook the chicken in just the water and then add “other ingredients “ after removing Chicken? What part of the recipe are the other ingredients?
    Love you sight!

    • Julie says:

      Disne, you can do it either way, but this last time I made it I let the chicken go for a while with just salt. Then added spices etc. after it was out of broth.

  3. Vickie says:

    Hope your daughter gets into remission soon. I am going to look up this type of arthritis. I have rheumatoid arthritis and have had canned chicken and beef bone broth in cabinet for a little while. Bought thinking I would have that for help with weight!! Now will make my own and try it for the arthritis!! Thank you.

  4. Linda of No.Cal. says:

    GOD BLESS !! You are awesome !!
    Sounds like a great recipe… thank you. The cooked chicken works for soooooo many dishes. ?hugs. Linda

    HaPPy early BiRThDaY to your daughter.

  5. Darlene says:

    Healing prayers for your precious daughter (and) the family as well. What an am amazing mother you are Julie♥️??

  6. Pam Beck says:

    Julie I think you are a strong and gracious person to share something this personal. I can’t imagine how very difficult it would be to see your child go through this. I have a close friend who has been diagnosed with Lupus and she is trying bone broth. I pray for healing and strength for your daughter and strength for you and your family. God Bless

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, so much Pam! Many people when I say arthritis they fluff it off. It’s way more than just aches and pains. She’s been through so much. And still has a long road ahead. XOXO

  7. Julie says:

    Hey momma sorry to hear about your adult child
    Harass. She can vote now! I didn’t know. I’m glad she likes this. Sounds good
    To me……giblets???? Kinda scary…haaa.
    Love you momma
    Happy Birthday Adult Child
    Congratulations on passing your driving test

  8. Terri says:

    Hi Julie, Thanks for sharing this, I love promoting natural cures. I expected you to make a comment about needing to use the bones, but you didn’t. I know it’s called bone broth and should be obvious, but the healing power is in the bones. You can’t use boneless chicken for a good healing broth. Also, turmeric is very good for you and will add a little yellow color to the broth as well as a bit of a peppery taste. A little goes a long way with turmeric. Maybe your daughter would like that. Sending lots of love, gratitude and healing thoughts. Thanks again!

    • Julie says:

      Terri, the recipe states to use a whole chicken. It also states to remove bones after it is complete. There is also a photo of the whole chicken. I hope that is sufficient for the reader to realize that the bones are used.

  9. Kaycee says:

    Thank you for sharing such a personal story and the recipe for your chicken bone broth. I grew up with Mom’s chicken soup for every aliment, and I still crave it with every cold and tummy ache! Prayers for your daughters remission and Happy Birthday wishes too!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Kaycee! Thank you so much for these prayers and kind words. Daphne is doing great today. Fingers are crossed!!

  10. carol bittner says:

    Dear Julie, one more amazing post! Yes, bone broth is a wonderful thing for joints and just good health in general. I started making it years ago because our dog was getting old and achy. I read about it and thought I’d give it a try. Honestly, I do believe in its healing qualities. Now we are on our second dog and she gets it also (loves it). Guess I should mention that my hubbby & I drink it too; especially in cold weather, it’s a very satisfying drink. Comes in handy; freeze in ice cube trays; then add it to soups, casseroles etc. Thank you for sharing; funny (not ha ha funny) how bad times bring about good things. Continued good health to your oldest teen. And blessing to you; you are a fantastic Mom.

    • Julie says:

      Carol, Don;t you think they should serve really good bone broth at Starbucks! We should open up a bone broth drive thru 😉

      • carol bittner says:

        Starbucks bone broth……sounds like a great idea. We could make a fortune! and customers could get healthy!

  11. Sarah says:

    Hi Julie, just wish all the best to your daughter though I’ll never use the bone broth recipe or any other’s recipes (I’m vegan).

  12. Sarah says:

    Great so glad to here that!

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