Babushka's Chicken Broth Recipe

Inspired by the clear chicken consomme-style broth my Russian mother made for my brother and I throughout our childhood (fondly remembered for slurping down with egg noodles), which she now lovingly makes for her granddaughter.


This has been an important element of our gut healing journey.

My original broth was plain, so after asking mum how she did hers I was inspired to start making this instead. It's such a comfort and healing food and makes the best base for chicken soup but is also delicious and nourishing on it's own.


Please note, that contrary to many other gut healing pages, I don't advocate for 'long cook' chicken broths for those with eczema and allergies due to histamine content which is why I use a whole chicken - so I can cook for shorter but get all the taste!




1 whole chicken (or 2 bags of chicken wings) - preferably organic and free range
1 carrot, sliced
1 stalk celery (reserve the leaves) sliced
1 brown onion, quartered
1 parsnip, sliced
2 sprigs fresh parsley with stalks
2T fresh dill with stalks
8-10 black peppercorns
2 teaspoons himalayan salt

Put chicken and peppercorns into a large pot and fill with water.


Cover and heat slowly until water begins to boil, then take the lid off and turn down to a very low setting.
You may wish to skim off anything that rises to the top.

Simmer until the chicken is tender (around 1.5 hours).

Take the chicken out and put on large tray. When it's cooled enough, pull most of the
meat away and some of the skin, and put the bones and the rest of the skin back into the pot.
You can then use the meat for other dishes or use with the finished broth to make a soup.
Simmer for another 45-60mins.

Add the vegetables and salt to the chicken in the pot.
Simmer for 30 minutes (I find any longer and the vegetables turn the broth bitter).

Add celery leaves and the herbs, then turn the heat off.

Leave for 20 minutes or so for those flavours to infuse.
Check taste and season further if needed.

Strain broth and serve with extra finely chopped parsley and dill.




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Maryana Lishman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Coach who supports and empowers families to reach their health goals. All information, opinions, and recipes provided on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition and are not a substitute for advice from your doctor.  All words are her own and should not be taken as prescriptive or medical advice. Please seek professional advice before making changes to your diet or lifestyle. Throughout this site, there are various affiliate links where she may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you, should you decide to purchase.

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