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Recipe: Dog-Friendly Chicken Stock

Great chicken soup can only be made with great quality chicken stock. Try our chicken stock recipe today to put in soups, gravy, casseroles and many other dishes.

Chicken stock: A staple of any kitchen

We keep chicken stock in the fridge or freezer all year but in winter it is a staple in almost everything. We use it to cook vegetables, grains that are cooked by the absorption method, soups, gravy, name it, all dishes are improved with stock.

And did we mention, dogs love it!

Stock is easy-peasy deliciousness, using mostly leftovers and just a little time, too.

So, what do you need to make chicken stock?

Next time you have a whole chicken, remember to save the bones and cartilage, plus any juice or tasty bits, in a pot (a slow cooker is ideal) and add any or all of these:


  • Chicken bones, cartilage and any juice or tasty bits
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms – I use shitake dried mushrooms from the Asian section
  • Bay leaves
  • Peppercorns
  • A spoonful of Apple Cider vinegar
  • Parsley


  1. Add all the ingredients to a pot or, ideally, a slow cooker.
  2. Cover completely with water, bring to a simmer and turn it down to a low simmer.
  3. Let the essence of the stock cook low and slow. The longer it cooks, the more goodness is extracted, and if cooked for 24 hours becomes a ‘bone broth’. You may need to top up with water as it will reduce while cooking, or you can simply dilute it to taste when you are using the final stock.
  4. Once cooked, strain through a steel mesh strainer. I usually discard the ingredients, not the stock of course! However, you can save the vegetables for your dog – the carrot, in particular, can be very sweet. I never give cooked bones, no matter how soft they have become, so these are discarded. Essentials Complete 22 has all the calcium (from bones) they need.
  5. You may need to remove any fat that settles on top once cooled.

Chicken soup is good for the soul—and the body!

Chicken soup is not only good for the soul, but it is also good for the body too and its goodness is built on the depth and quality of the stock.

Whether for sick dogs or sick humans, chicken soup does wonders.

Giving Chicken Stock to an old dog might just give him or her a new lease on life – and it will help with those aching joints.

The nutritional profile of bone broth

If you would like to know more about the nutritional profile and benefits of bone broth for humans (and this applies as to dogs, too) can be found in this newsletter 

While there are a multitude of recipes on the web, we often make Asian-style with Rice Noodles and Chinese Greens, or traditional with lots of root vegetables.

If you're looking for a more traditional healing version, visit here. Remember to leave out the onion and lentils if sharing with your dog.


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