Bone broth

Bone broth

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(10 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

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Serves 4

Packed with nutrients for healthy bones, hair and nails, this soup is made with selenium and zinc-rich chicken bones and antioxidant-rich coriander

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal150
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 1 meaty chicken carcass, plus any jellified roasting juices from it, skin and fat discarded



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  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced



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  • zest and juice 1 lemon



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  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1-2 red chillies, halved, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • small pack coriander, stems and leaves chopped and separated
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely grated

Optional topping

  • 250g pouch wholegrain basmati rice


  1. Break the chicken carcass into a large pan and add the onion, 1.5 litres of water, the lemon juice and bay leaves. Cover and simmer for 40 mins. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly, to make things a bit easier to handle.

  2. Place a colander over a bowl and scoop out all the bones into the colander. Pick through them, stripping off the chicken and returning it with any onion as you work your way down the pile of bones.

  3. Return any broth from the bowl to the pan – and any jellified roasting juices – along with the chilli, ground coriander, cumin, coriander stems, lemon zest and garlic. Cook for a few mins until just bubbling – don’t overboil as you will spoil the delicate flavours. Taste, and season only if you need to. Meanwhile, heat the rice following pack instructions, then toss with the coriander leaves. Ladle the broth into bowls and top with the rice.

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30th Nov, 2017
Quick and easy. Delicious but better if you leave more meat on the bones. I did not feel like rice and used Vermicelli and pad choi. Next time cook the vermicelli separately as it sucked up the soup (use half the amount you would for rice and two pad choi.
16th Sep, 2018
Loved this...made it for my partner who is suffering with the flu! Skipped the rice and added diced potatoes, carrots and a small piece of grated fresh ginger
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8th May, 2017
A lovely refreshing broth. I used a leftover rotisserie chicken carcass as well as roasted wing tips and thigh bones. I cooked it for longer than stated (3 hours on a simmer) and it turned out amazing. I didn't add fresh coriander as I hate the stuff but my husband added some to his portion. We will definitely make this recipe again!
22nd Feb, 2017
Delicious recipe. We didn't bother with the rice topping but just sprinkled the coriander leaves on top of the soup before serving.
26th Dec, 2016
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9th Nov, 2018
made it for my partner who is suffering with the flu! Skipped the rice and added diced potatoes, carrots and a small piece of grated fresh ginger
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