Chicken Broth or Bone/Mineral Broth

by Simla on June 9, 2011

This year’s transition from spring into summer has been a bit bizarre in many parts of the U.S. Many people went from shivering from cold straight to summer! As such, there seems to be one bug in particular that seems intent on making us suffer from sore throats and lots of sniffles, much later into the year than usual.

My broth simmering on my stovetop.

After two years of no colds or bugs whatsoever (thank goodness!) and after dodging this bug 2 times before (sore throat was creeping in but I was able to get rid of it overnight in both cases)… it got me. This week, I am tearing through tissues like nobody’s business and nursing a hoarse voice, which I tend to get with any cold. Bummer.

And you would think my voice could at least sound sexy. But no. I just sound like a frog.

Oh well. If you’re in the same boat right now, suffering from an upper respiratory infection of any kind – this recipe is your get-well buddy. It will help nurse you back to health.

Added bonus is that it is fantastic for bone health and overall electrolyte recovery and balance, and supports hormone health (in particular adrenal and thyroid health), and muscle and general relaxation.

Bone (Mineral) Broth

Prep time:  10-15 minutes
Cook time: 2 – 4+ hours

You can use this broth immediately as a soup or to cook other foods like rice or meat dishes. Or, you can freeze it in batches to use at a later time in similar ways. Aim to use all-organic ingredients, especially when it comes to the meat: grass-fed (beef) or organically-fed (chicken) meats raised without hormones or antibiotics.

In this recipe, you won’t be eating the vegetables after the broth is prepared – just discard or compost them when done. All the nutrients from the vegetables are deposited into the broth. You may, however, eat the meats that are cooked in the broth – this way, you save time when preparing your next meal!

So, put it on the stove top and let it simmer away one day when you’re puttering around your house… or splayed out groaning on the couch because you feel miserable.

Note: The point of this broth is not to have a vitamin-dense soup (most vitamins will be cooked away), but a mineral-dense soup, which is also very healing.


In a very large, deep pot, place:


  1. Place all ingredients in the pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn flame down to maintain a light-medium simmer.
  3. Skim off any “gunky” bubbles and residue that floats to the top.
  4. Cook for minimum of 2 hours, up to 4-5 hours (longer the better).
  5. Do not leave unattended. Set a timer and check periodically to make sure the water level is sufficient to cook the ingredients, that you have enough liquids for later use, and that the pot doesn’t burn!
  6. When done, strain out and discard all ingredients except for any cooked chicken or other meats you want to use in other dishes. You’ll be left with just broth.

Other suggestions:

  1. Set aside the cooked chicken to use for later. Shred with a fork or portion into pieces and use within 1-2 days or freeze for later use.
  2. For the broth: use what you need, then freeze different sized portions in lead-free glass containers for later. Defrosts quickly in a warm pot (do not use microwave).
  3. You can garnish with parsley, sprouts, fresh and dry herbs and spices, and more lemon juice before serving. Use your imagination and play with flavors. The possibilities are endless!

To your health ~


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This recipe is shared with you courtesy of Simla Somturk Wickless, MBA, CHC, CNE, founder of Delicious Health LLC. Simla is a health, nutrition, and balanced living coach whose mission is to transform Busy Bodies into healthy, Balanced beings TM. Simla loves working with women entrepreneurs, professionals, and autoimmune clients to help them double their energy, tame their stress, get to their natural weight without dieting, and take back control of their health to live intensely pleasurable and impactful lives. Learn more  at or

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