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Chicken Bone Broth for a stockpot
1 Organic Chicken
2cm knob ginger chopped, 2 cloves garlic
2 carrots, 4 celery sticks chopped
1 red onion (optional)
6 cups water
Parsley, Chilli (optional)
Pepper & salt to season
Brown the onion, carrots, and celery in a pan until onion is soft.
Place Organic chicken whole into a stockpot. Cover with the Water & throw in ginger, garlic, celery, carrots & onion.
Bring to the boil and low the heat to a simmer for 1hr.
It’s ready when you pick up a leg that the meat pulls away from the bone. Please make sure the meat is cooked properly.
De-bone & de-skin the chicken. Put the meat back into the soup.
Season with Salt, pepper, a small handful of parsley and Chilli if desired, for more of a punch.
Just before serving squeeze fresh lemon juice into the pot. Serve with sourdough bread.