Slow Cooker Paleo Chicken Broth

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I was at Butcher Bar a few days ago perusing their selection of grass fed beef when I spied some pasture-raised chicken on the top shelf.  It came to $12 for the chicken, but it’s worth it to know where the meat came from!chicken

I have to say that I find chicken really ugly!  Maybe it’s because I don’t cook whole chicken much or maybe I’m just too much of a city girl and seeing something resembling the real animal just freaks me out!

Anyway, I compartmentalized my apprehensions and got on with the cooking.  I placed the chicken in the slow cooker (I use the Hamilton Beach slow cooker) and filled up the slow cooker with water so that it covers the chicken.chicken_in_slow_cooker

Then I added in approx 2 tablespoon of salt, 1/2 tablespoon of black pepper, and 1/4 cup of goji berries (for a bit a sweetness in the broth).


Then left it in the slow cooker on a low setting for 5 hours.


The chicken was super tender and the broth very tasty (you can add more salt and pepper to taste or).  I shredded the meat and ate it with a bit of soy sauce, or you can use coconut aminos if you want to avoid every last bit of soy.  I then stored the chicken broth in the fridge to drink by itself or to use as the base in other soups later!  The broth is like a bone broth – you can tell because it thickens a lot when you cool it in the fridge (that’s the gelatin in the broth).  So you get nutritious and delicious bone broth along with chicken meat without hardly any effort!


Slow Cooker Paleo Chicken Broth


Slow Cooker Paleo Chicken Broth


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoons of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of goji berries (optional)


  1. Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker.
  2. Add enough water to cover the chicken.
  3. Cook on low heat for 5 hours.
  4. Separate the broth from the chicken and goji berries. Let cool, and store the broth and the chicken meat separately.

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