Slow-Cooker All-Purpose Chicken Broth
Why This Recipe Works
Chicken broth is one of the most versatile and often-used ingredients in any kitchen. But while making a successful broth on the stovetop can be a tedious task, an equally tasty slow-cooker version is a breeze. Searching for a broth with unadulterated chicken flavor, we tested many combinations of chicken parts, finding a whole cut-up chicken too fussy and chicken backs, legs, and necks too liver-y. Chicken wings were the surprise winner—the resulting broth was remarkably clear and refined, and the long simmering time eked out every last bit of flavor from the chicken bones. Roasting the chicken wings was an easy way to incorporate dark color and pleasantly deep caramelized flavor. Additionally, we found that an onion, a little garlic, and some salt were all we needed to complement, and not distract from, the chicken.