Rotisserie Chicken Bone Broth

This easy recipe for Rotisserie Chicken Bone Broth shows you how to make a collagen rich and nutrient dense broth in the instant pot or slow cooker by using a store bought whole rotisserie chicken. Use any chicken carcass including a Costco chicken!

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Rotisserie Chicken Bone Broth Ingredients

  • Whole Rotisserie Chicken: You can use chicken that you roasted yourself or a store bought rotisserie chicken. Either way, make sure the meat has been stripped off the bone for use. 
  • Celery, Carrots & Onion: These vegetables are a mirepoix and the most popular aromatics that start a soup or stew. They give the broth flavor and nutrients.
  • Garlic: I like adding crushed whole garlic cloves to the broth but you could add garlic powder if you don’t have fresh garlic on hand.
  • Salt & Pepper: The bones may have a little bit of salt because of the way the chicken was seasoned. Make sure you add just a little at first and adjust at the end to your liking. I like making my broth a bit more on the salty side. 
  • Water: I like adding filtered water to my broth but any water will work especially since the instant pot will come to a high enough temperature in order to kill any bacteria. 

Healing Benefits of Bone Broth

  • Contains collagen which helps heal the gut lining 
  • Strengthens bones, teeth, nails and hair (we can definitely see a difference)
  • Reduces joint pain and inflammation
  • Boosts immune system
  • Bone broth from rotisserie chicken aids in healing allergies, asthma and arthritis 

Source: WebMD

Can I Use Rotisserie Chicken to Make Bone Broth?

Although you can purchase (expensive) bone broth in stores, making it yourself is much more cost effective and way easier. ESPECIALLY if you did what I did and use the bones of a rotisserie chicken.

Ideally, you want your chicken to be organic as the quality of the bones relates to the quality of the minerals being pulled from them. Not only did I purchase this chicken from whole foods, but I got a couple dinners and a large pot of soup out of it!

Can I freeze Bones and Vegetables Before Making Broth?

Yes!  Many people including myself have a constant bag going that contains vegetable and bone scraps from cooking various meals.  Once a gallon zip lock bag is filled up, it’s my sign that it is time to make a batch of bone broth! 

­Is Costco Rotisserie Chicken Healthy?

When people think of rotisserie chicken, they often think of Costco as it is a staple in the store and many people buy it for it’s low price and convenience. I always say that health is in the eye of the beholder. 

Personally, I wouldn’t make this broth with a Costco rotisserie chicken unless it was all I had because typically they are not raised in an environment that would contribute to the best nutrients possible in your broth, but it is up to you!

Whole Foods does sell organic chickens that are pre-cooked and don’t forget, you can cook a whole healthy chicken yourself! 

Which Bone Broth is Healthier: Chicken or Beef?

Chicken and beef are equally dense in nutrients IF the animal was raised in a way where it was getting the proper care and feeding.  This usually means that the cow or chicken needs to have access to grass and be grass fed and pasture raised in a farm where it has access to movement and not factory farmed where it is feed grains and antibiotics.

With that said, they both offer different nutrient profiles and different flavors that can be used in different types of cooking. I tend to make more chicken bone broth than beef because it is easier and because it goes well in many more of the dishes I cook rather than beef. 

How to make Rotisserie Chicken Bone Broth in the Instant Pot

Making bone broth in the instant pot will save a lot of time.  Typically the most nutritious bone broth has been simmered for at least 24 hours.  Since an instant pot cooks under pressure it will take about 4 hours from start to finish. 

1️⃣Follow instructions in original recipe steps 1-4 however, instead of adding bones and vegetables to a stock pot, add to the instant pot. 

2️⃣Add water enough to your max fill line depending on the size of your instant pot. 

3️⃣Set instant pot to manual HIGH pressure for 120 minutes. It will take about 3o minutes for the instant pot to come up to the correct pressure.

4️⃣Once instant pot is done cooking, let the pressure release manually before straining and adding broth to jars for storing. 

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How to make Rotisserie Chicken Bone Broth in A Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

  1. Preheat oven to 450F and place all bones and vegetable on a sheet pan evenly spaced.
  2. Roast for about 15-20 minutes or until bones and veggies have a nice brown roasted color.
  3. Add bones and vegetables to a crock pot or slow cooker.
  4. Add 12 cups of water and turn on low for 24 hours.
  5. Cool broth and strain out bones and vegetables.
  6. Add to mason jars leaving some room at the top for expansion or other containers and cool down before storing in fridge.

How Long Can I Store Bone Broth in Fridge?

If bone broth has been stored in an airtight container without being opened, it can last up to a week in the fridge. If it is being used daily and its being exposed to oxygen, it will last 3-4 days.

The true test to see if your bone broth has gone bad is always to smell it.  If it smells weird then toss it! To keep bone broth from going to waste, freeze in mason jars with room at the top OR in ice cube trays. 

Can You Add Chicken Skin To Bone Broth? 

While it’s not necessary to add chicken skin to your bone broth, you can add some if you like. It will add a bit of extra flavor, collagen and it will add additional fat content. This is great for those on a low carb or keto diet. 

Is It Ok To Drink Bone Broth Every Day?

Yes! Bone broth is a very healthy addition to your every day routine. It is nutrient dense and will help replenish minerals and vitamins that we often lack in todays food system. As far as how much bone broth to drink each day, that depends on the person but most feel the benefits drinking one cup of bone broth per day. 

Should You Put Vinegar In Bone Broth?

It’s been known that adding vinegar to your bone broth could help extract more of the nutrients. While this may be true, you can decide whether or not to put it in. Many people use apple cider vinegar or even lemon juice to accomplish this. Personally, I do not like the taste of vinegar or lemon juice in my bone broth so I leave it out. 

How To Use Bone Broth

rotisserie chicken bone broth

Rotisserie Chicken Bone Broth

This rotisserie chicken bone broth is made with the bones of a store bought rotisserie chicken and can be made in the instant pot, slow cooker or on the stove top. 
4.23 from 98 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 16 cups
Calories: 42kcal


  • 1 whole Rotisserie Chicken meat stripped off
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 2 medium carrots rough chopped
  • 1 medium onion peeled and quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 12-16 cups water


  • Preheat oven to 450
  • Place all bones and vegetable on a sheet pan evenly spaced
  • Roast for about 15-20 minutes or until bones and veggies have a nice brown roasted color
  • Add bones and vegetables to a stock pot or crock pot
  • IF CROCKPOT: Add 12 cups of water and turn on low for 24 hours
  • IF STOCK POT: Add 12 cups of water, bring to a boil and simmer for 12-14 hours
  • IF INSTANT POT: Add 12 cups of water and pressure cook on high for 180 minutes using a manual release.
  • Cool broth and strain out bones and vegetables
  • Add to mason jars or other containers and cool down before storing in fridge.



Broth can be frozen for a couple months! Make sure you leave enough room in your container for it to expand Broth can be used to saute instead of oil (i.e – saute kale in broth instead of oil) Recommended serving is 1 cup per day. It takes about 2-3 weeks to REALLY notice a difference in your digestion and skin! Makes a great gift to give to anyone having health or digestive issues!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 123mg | Sugar: 1g

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  1. 3 stars
    Good recipe, but the actual text content left a bit to be desired. If you really want people to eat better, you also have to meet them where they are. Not everyone has the luxury of affording the Whole Foods chicken which, while organic, comes at almost double the price tag of the one from Costco or the local supermarket. I also seem to recall Whole Foods thinking that peeling oranges and packaging them in a plastic container was a great idea. So perhaps less poverty shaming and just the recipes?

  2. Thanks for this post! If I freeze the chicken broth in a mason jar, can I just it in the microwave and what I don’t use I can refreeze?

    1. Great question, Katy. Unfortunately, no. Refreezing thawed broth is a risk we never recommend taking. -Krista (Team Thyme & JOY)

  3. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to try both the slow cook & instant pot recipes.

    I didn’t take it as “shaming”- I looked at it as an suggestion/opinion. Just like all recipes…we use what we have on hand- unless we’re following it to the tee.
    I appreciate recipes that I can jump to quickly and conveniently. “Thyme and Joy-” has done the work of researching/posting on a public forum (sponsored or not- moot point) to help readers like myself. I appreciate her hard work and it saves me time.
    If I choose to use a chicken carcass from- Sams club- Costco- Organic….the “bones” of the recipe are there!

    Thanks again!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfect! I had 4 rotisserie chickens that I stripped, portioned, & froze the meat for fast dinner add-ins… and am looking forward to having this bone broth on hand! Thank you so much!

  5. I am so excited to have homemade bone broth for the first time! I made your recipe today and I love it. I also appreciate your truths about the best choices and then your readers can make the best choice for them from there. Keep doing what you do and I can’t wait to check out your website tomorrow.

  6. I’m wondering if the bones and vegetables absolutely have to be roasted? especially if the bones have already been cooked (ie. rotisserie chicken). I’m sure it adds flavor but I’m just curious.

  7. 5 stars
    When making the recipe in the instant pot, should I pressure it for 180 minutes as the recipe says or 120 minutes as you say in the article? Thank you. I’m looking forward to making this recipe.

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