I made this originally for a friend who was hospitalized with a severe ulcerative colitis flare. The supplemental ginger and collagen from the (secret ingredient) chicken feet made it go down so well that I decided to share the recipe with all of you.
The Most Gut-Nourishing Meal Conceived Of By Moms 👩🏼⚖️🍲
Isn’t it amazing how smart our parents get as we grow older and became parents ourselves in many cases?
For all the buzz around bone broth as a food craze, it is something that really has always been around. Perhaps it was old timey nutritional horse sense and perhaps it was sheer thriftiness. Either way, it used to be fairly commonplace for mom to have a pot of various saved food scraps simmering away on the back burner 🔥.
A resurgence of interest in grassroots nutrition has given new life to the idea that scratch made chicken soup 🍲 is the best thing for you when you’re not feeling well 🤒.
With this in mind, I set out to create something to help nourish a friend back to health who was racked by a severe ulcerative colitis flare that landed him in the hospital 🏥.
It’s common knowledge that hospitals don’t exactly have the best of reputations for food. The problem becomes all the more more dire with irritable bowel disease.
To create my nutritional remedy, I ended up using my Instant Pot Smoked Pork Bone Broth as a starting point and then made some adaptations to remove things that might irritate his gut.
The most critical changes were the addition of the ginger and the chicken feet. Yes, chicken feet. Speaking of those chicken feet…
The Secret Ingredient: Chicken Feet 🐓
A typical bone broth is already pretty filling, as anyone who has witnessed it solidify at fridge temperatures has seen. However, we needed to up the ante in this case through sheer nutritional need. Enter the chicken foot.
Is the idea of using chicken feet unappealing to you? This recipe will still work with any chicken parts, but I would just substitute the feet for more wings.
You could also theoretically use a collagen supplement of some kind. I just personally don’t like using things from containers when I have a “real food” option available.
Chicken feet have a lot going for them in this case, though. They are basically all connective tissue, which turns to precious collagen rapidly under pressure cooker conditions.
They’re also incredibly cheap — $1.89/lb 💵at my local Asian supermarket. That’s also the sort of place I would start looking for them if you intend to make this recipe. Barring that, I would simply approach the butcher at your local supermarket and inquire about ordering them there.
A Word About The Importance Of Good Poultry Snips ✂️
For about two decades, I have used the shears ✄ that came with my fancy department store knife set 🔪. They have certainly served me well, but my hands take a horrendous beating each holiday season. They’re just not made to cut through things like turkey ribs and chicken feet.
A friend gave me these OXO kitchen shears recently. Having put them through most of a holiday season now I can say this — they’re awesome. I’m really learning to love my new “poultry without pain” life using them. If you are going to break down a lot of poultry for soup, they are definitely an investment worth making.
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Gingery High Collagen Instant Pot Keto Bone Broth 🥣
I wrote this filling and gut soothing recipe originally to make for a friend who was hospitalized with a severe ulcerative colitis flare. The supplemental ginger and collagen from the (secret ingredient) chicken feet made it go down so well that I decided to share the recipe with his wife and now all of you.
- 2 pounds whole chicken wings
- 1 pound chicken feet
- 1 onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 stalk celery
- 8 cloves garlic
- 1 inch ginger root
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 4 cups water
- Instant Pot
- fine mesh strainer
- large bowl
- food storage containers
- poultry shears
Dice the onion, carrot, and celery. Mince the garlic and ginger finely. Place all into the Instant Pot.
Cut each whole chicken wing into sections, including the tips. DO NOT DISCARD THESE. They’re collagen gold! Place all of this into the Instant Pot.
Add the water to the pot. If the 4 cups of water called for in the recipe is not sufficient to cover the ingredients, add a little more to top off.
When the Instant Pot finishes, turn off and let the pressure release naturally.
Press down on the strainer gently with a spoon. We don’t want to leave anything behind! Discard the spent solids.
Portion the bone broth among at least four food storage containers to facilitate rapid cooling. Let cool on the counter for approximately 15 minutes, then move to the fridge. Or do what I do and freeze half and refrigerate half.
The name of the game here is to get everything as finely chopped up as you can so that the Instant Pot can do it’s job as efficiently as possible. It will set up as hard as gelatin in the fridge. Just microwave to turn it back to liquid.
I automatically freeze half when I make this. It’s highly nutritious stuff so little microbes also like it, even when properly refrigerated. It goes downhill fast, so I would make an effort to consume it within a few days.
Along the same lines of it being nutritious for bacteria as well, please do follow the instructions for trying to speed along the cooling to get it down to safe refrigeration temperature as quickly as possible.