Cooked Chicken and Chicken Broth
1 whole chicken (it can be cut up or whole)
3-4 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 celery stalk
Seasonings (I use a French type of seasoning) to taste
Grease the inside of a slow cooker with softened butter or oil. You can also use a stove top pot to cook this in, but cooking time will be shorter and you will have to tend to the pot more often. If you have the insides of the chicken, like the liver and kidneys, throw them in the pot as well. Pour water over the chicken and in a food processor chop up the carrots, celery, and onion and place those in the slow cooker or pot along with the bay leaf, salt, and seasonings, if using. Set the slow cooker on low for about 6-8 hours, or longer. If cooking on the stove, cook on simmer or low boil for a couple of hours until the meat falls off the bones.
Take the meat off the bones, after the meat has cooled off. Eat immediately or store meat and broth.
You could use cut up turkey parts instead of chicken. You can use the broth to make soup or gravy to use in other recipes. Store leftover broth and meat in Mason jars and freeze. Broth and meat can be frozen together, or separately. If storing separately, add some broth to the chicken so it doesn't get freezer burn.
Some suggestions for chicken and broth:
Chicken noodle soup
Chicken rice soup
Chicken pot pie
Chicken and gravy
Chicken and dumplings
Chicken and rice
Chicken and noodles
Chicken ala king
Note: I also put a piece of kale in my broth, then I remove it after cooking.