Simple chicken bone broth

Serves 6

A bowlful of warming homemade broth is the perfect way to replenish your body after heavy eating and ease yourself back into healthier habits, so you can feel fresh and glow from the inside-out.

This rich and nourishing chicken bone broth is packed with easily digestible and absorbable vitamins, minerals and amino acids (the precursors to protein), as well as glucosamine (helpful for joints) and collagen to help improve the structure and smoothness of our skin. A mug or bowl of the wonder liquid will not only help boost immunity, but also help restore your radiance. Prepare when you have a bit of time to spare and keep on call in the fridge or freezer.

Wellbeing Wisdom

  • Collagen from chicken bones helps improve structure and smoothness of skin
  • Garlic contains a wealth of minerals, including manganese, selenium, phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron and copper

Ingredients

  • Leftover bones of roast chicken or turkey
  • 1 large leek, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Bouquet garni (thyme, parsley & rosemary)
  • Salt & pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Roast your bones in the oven for 15 minutes for extra flavour.
  2. Place the leek, carrots and celery in a deep pan, along with the bones, two litres of cold water, bouquet garni and whole, peeled garlic cloves. Cover with a lid and simmer for 1-2 hours on a low heat (the longer the time, the more flavoursome and nutrient-dense the broth). Skim off any foam that raises to the top.
  3. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve to leave you with a clear broth. Season to taste and serve immediately.