Chicken Bones and Backs

The hidden gems of the chicken!

You may be thinking, chicken backs?! A hidden gem? No way! But hold on, don't discount this yet. Chicken backs have great nutritional values, and some cooks and chefs even say they can be cooked as a chicken wing. We've got some great tips and tricks to use these backs and how they can benefit you!


Most chicken backs don't contain a large amount of meat, but the chicken backs we have here at 3C, beg to differ. Our chicken backs offer a great amount of meat which make them perfect for cooking. You can coat them in batter and deep fry them, which many chefs refer to as "chicken ribs", or you can smother them in your favorite sauce just as you would a chicken wing and throw them on the grill! 


These aren't the only ways to prepare a chicken back. Many people use them for broth, or soups! The marrow in the bones gives the stock great flavor and the meat on the back enhances it that much more. Homemade broth is a great source of nutrients, it is rich in minerals and gelatin, unlike what you get at the store.


We found a great broth recipe that takes very little ingredients and effort!

Step 1: 
Put thawed chicken backs into a pot and cover them with water. 
Step 2: 
Put it on medium-high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low to keep the broth at a visible simmer.
Step 3: 
Remove the meat from the bones after about an hour (this prevents the meat from getting overcooked, stringy, and tough). Return the bones to the pot after you removed the meat. 
**Tip- let the backs cool on a platter for 20 minutes before you pick the meat off
Step 4: Stock Cooking
Let the bones simmer for about 20 hours. Add a little apple cider vinegar to improve the mineral extraction. Add herbs and veggies if you want- it will make it more of a golden color, but you don’t have to. 
Step 5: 
Eat your cooked chicken- because now you’re hungry. (Think tacos, casseroles, sandwiches, or throwback into the broth for soup). 
Step 6:
When the time comes, pour the broth through a colander into a large metal bowl (careful—it’s HOT!). 
Freeze it or Use the broth in things like rice or as a soup base (add your seasonings and veggies). 



Chicken backs are great for your canine friends as well! If you are feeding a raw diet, these make a great addition to their kibble. The bones are a great source of natural glucosamine and can easily be eaten raw. 



As always, thank you for supporting your local rancher!  

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