Nutritional value of crock pot chicken juices?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 08, 2011 at 10:17 PM

I made this recipe the other day from Everyday Paleo:


After cooking the chicken, I was left with about 3-4 cups of juice/fat that came straight from the chicken. The recipe doesn't call for any liquid/broth, so I was wondering if there was any nutritional value to this "broth." I decided to keep it, so its currently just sitting in my fridge waiting to be used. Is it even worth saving and are there any nutrients in the broth? It did come from a free-range, organic chicken. Any ideas how I could use it, besides drink it straight up? Thanks!

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on September 08, 2011
at 10:38 PM

Laura, I saved the juices from the same recipe. I reduced it down a bit in a saucepan, cooled overnight in the frige, then froze it in ice cube trays to use as Nemesis suggested + anything that calls for water (even sauteing greens, etc.) Not sure about the nutritional value, but refrigerating it turned it in to a bounce-a-quarter-off-of-it jello, so it least has a healthy supply of gelatin/ collagen. Tasty stuff, IMO.



on September 09, 2011
at 07:02 AM

Very nutritious. If it is pure chicken juice, just heat it, season and drink. Fabulous! Lots of gelatin in there, and loads of other goodness.



on September 08, 2011
at 10:51 PM

The leftover liquid is chicken stock if the chicken you cooked still had the bones. This is no different than any other broth or stock and can be used as desired. As mentioned above, I wouldn't keep it more than a few days in the fridge but if you freeze it in portions you can use it instead of water whenever you want extra flavor.



on September 08, 2011
at 10:23 PM

Use it as a soup base, or toss in the crockpot with a heap of veggies and let it cook all day. I wouldn't "re-use" stock more than once, though.

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