If you’re looking for a new way to make chicken or beef bone broth. I have a simple tutorial on how to make bone broth in the Ninja Foodi.
Don’t have a Ninja Foodi? Don’t worry, I got you. I have instructions for the Instant Pot, slow cooker, and stovetop in the notes.
Bone broth in the Ninja Foodi
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I recently bought a Ninja Foodi (thanks Amazon Prime Day!) and I have been spending all week making delicious (and super easy) meals in it.
Yesterday I made an easy Southwestern Roast Chicken (recipe on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen) and today I took the leftovers and made a nourishing bone broth in the Ninja Foodi.
Tomorrow I’m making a Chicken Zoodle Soup.
I love that one chicken can create so many healthy meals but this Ninja Foodi stock is so easy all you need is chicken bones, vinegar, and vegetable scraps. It’s a great recipe to reduce food waste!
What are the benefits of bone broth?
A common question I often get asked is is bone broth good for you? So let’s chat about that for a second.
Aside from the minerals and amino acids (albeit a small amount) found in bone broth, one of the biggest benefits of bone broth is collagen.
Some of the benefits your body may experience with regularly consuming bone broth are:
- Increased gut health and digestion
- Muscle repair
- A strong immune system (there is something about chicken soup when you’re sick and this is why, well that and the fact that it’s an easy way to get in fluids and to help with stuffed nasal passages)
- The glucosamine helps with inflammation in joints.
- The collagen and minerals also help with beautiful hair, skin, and strong nails.
As you can see there are multiple benefits. One batch isn’t going to make a world of difference, except for the help with a stuffed nose (see the link to the study above).
If all else fails, you don’t even have to do it for the nutritional benefits. You should make bone broth because it tastes so darn good!
Vegetable Scraps in Broth
To save on food waste in my kitchen, I have a secret.
Whenever I meal prep on Sundays, I save my vegetable peels and scraps.
While I peel carrots, chop celery, leak leaves, the first layer of onions, snap asparagus, etc. The pieces of the vegetables that I would have thrown away go in a resealable bag and into the freezer.
By doing this, I save on food waste and I use the scraps for broths and stocks.
Adding the vegetable scraps and peels mean more minerals and micronutrients to my soup bases.
Let’s not forget to mention it makes a more flavourful broth.
What can I make bone broth out of?
In this particular recipe, I use a rotisserie chicken carcass (skin, bones, etc) but you could also go to your local butcher and buy bones. Just ask for some soup bones.
To make a rich beef broth, you can buy bones and roast them then do the same as I’m doing with the chicken. It’s that easy.
Why Do You Add Vinegar to Bone Broth?
Adding apple cider vinegar or distilled vinegar to the liquids before you cook it helps with the nutritional profile of the bone broth by drawing out more minerals from the bones.
How much vinegar do you add to bone broth?
1 tbsp is all you need.
Is it OK to Add Salt to Bone Broth?
I don’t recommend it. The bone broth itself will have a ton of flavor. If you find that it needs some salt, you can salt it when you serve it.
This way you can control the salt levels as it won’t be as concentrated.
Can I Freeze Bone Broth?
Absolutely! What I like to do is freeze homemade broths so I can easily throw it in a soup when I’m in a hurry.
How to store bone broth in the freezer
Here is how you can store bone broth in the following ways:
After many requests, I am slowly adding container counts to my recipes for 21 Day Fix and Ultimate Portion Fix.
When it comes to bone broth, 8 cups are equal to 1 red but most count it as free. You do as you see fit.
Don’t forget, if you’re looking to establish healthy habits (like adding more vegetables to your diet in fun and tasty ways) be sure to secure a spot in the 30 Days to a Healthy Habits Challenge.
How to Make Bone Broth in The Ninja Foodi
My favorite way to make bone broth is in the pressure cooker. Instead of having it go in a slow cooker for 24 hours, I have it done in the Foodi in 1 hour (plus time to come to pressure).
You’ll have no problem fitting the whole chicken in the Ninja Foodi. I have the 6 qt model and it always fits. However, if you have a massive superhero chicken, you can break it into pieces and add it.
Since there isn’t a Ninja Foodi soup setting, I simply cook it on high pressure for an hour. That’s it. Not other buttons to press.
How to Strain Bone Broth Without a Mess
Mary, a reader of Randa Nutrition, left a brilliant comment on how she makes bone broth without a mess.
“Great timesaver recipe! I like to tie the carcass in cheese cloth prior to putting in the pot. Eliminates the strain process.” – Mary
How genius is that?
More Healthy Chicken Recipes
As I work on creating more Ninja Foodi chicken recipes, I didn’t want to leave you empty-handed.
Here are some more healthy chicken recipes:
If you’re using a rotisserie chicken and looking for more leftover ideas. Here are 13 healthy recipes using rotisserie chicken leftovers.
Also, try this delicious and healthy Chicken Zoodle Soup.
Don’t forget about this easy oregano lemon chicken.
Ninja Foodi Bone Broth
- 1 chicken carcass bones, skin, etc
- 2-3 cups vegetable scraps carrot peels, leeks, onions, celery ends, etc
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Add all of the ingredients to the Ninja Foodi. Add enough water to cover the chicken and vegetables.
- Put on the lid, seal it and pressure cook on high for 60 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.
- Open the lid and let it cool.
- Strain the liquid into a bowl (and don't forget to pick the chicken for meat for soup).
- Skim the fat: if you want to skim the fat let the soup cool (speed it up by throwing it in the fridge) and skim the fat that solidifies.