How to Make Chicken Broth and Have Cooked Chicken for the Freezer A kitchen hack to be prepared; cooked chicken in the freezer ready for a quick meal and homemade healthy broth in the freezer or canned.

If you want to know how to make chicken broth and have cooked chicken and broth in your freezer, you are in the right place!

I love to make chicken broth and have cooked chicken in my freezer!  Sometimes I freeze the broth and sometimes can it but either way, it is a great feeling to know it is all prepared and ready to grab when I need it.  It makes preparing dinner so much easier and quicker.  Even if it is frozen solid when I think of it or run in the door, a few minutes in the microwave quickly makes it usable.  

This is something you can do in an evening, on a Sunday afternoon, or any time to have home cooked chicken in menu sized portions waiting in your freezer and healthy, homemade chicken broth in the freezer or canned and in the pantry.  

 

What you need:

About 6 pounds of split chicken breasts–you want especially the bones but the skin is good too

8 quarts of filtered water

1/4 cup dried minced parsley

1/8 cup Adobo or your choice of seasoning

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar to bring out the good stuff in the bones

Add all of this to a large stock pot

pot of chicken broth

Bring it to a boil and then turn down the heat, cover loosely and let it simmer for 2 1/2 hours or more.

chicken broth

Use a slotted spoon and scoop out the chicken pieces so they can cool.  

cooked chicken

When it is cool enough to handle, remove the chicken from the skin and bones.  It easily shreds with your fingers as you do this.  You could also cube it with a knife and cutting board if that is how you would like it to be ready for your recipes.

shredded cooked chicken

Turn off the burner and let the broth cool too.  

To freeze; allow to cool completely and then put into containers in the portions you will use.  I strain mine by pouring it through a strainer as I package it.  That makes sure I didn’t miss any small bone and makes it nice and smooth with no chunks.  That is totally optional.

chicken broth

If you are going to can it, put it in the refrigerator overnight or until the fat has firmed up on the top.  It can then be scooped off the top.  This needs to be done for canning, as the fat could keep it from sealing correctly.  To learn how to can your broth, look here. (Coming soon!)

fat on top of broth

In 3 hours, while doing many other things between, I had 3 containers, 1 pound each, of shredded, cooked chicken.

cooked chicken ready for freezer

And after canning the next day, I had 7 quarts of canned broth and 1 quart for the freezer (because my canner holds 7 quarts).  See here for instructions on how to can your broth.

jars of canned chicken broth

Stay tuned. . . I am working on posting great recipes that the chicken and/or broth fall right into! 🙂

 

       

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