Best Bone Broth Recipe: Homemade Cold Remedy

It's the most delicious way to show that winter cold who's boss

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We all know that winter cold feeling—the one that Spice Spice Baby author Kanchan Koya likens to "when you feel like you've been run over by a truck from a viral or bacterial infection." In her cookbook, Koya, a Harvard-trained molecular biologist, uses science to prove the health benefit of 15 spices. The star anise, turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, black pepper and bay leaf in this bone broth pack a giant antiviral punch, ready to nurse you back to top health in no time at all.

Recipe adapted from Spice Spice Baby by Kanchan Koya

Immunity Boosting Broth
5 from 81 ratings
The star anise, turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, black pepper and bay leaf in this bone broth recipe are perfect for fighting the flu or a winter cold.
Prep Time
Cook Time
to 6 servings
Total time: 6 hours, 15 minutes
  • 1 pound bone-in chicken such as drumsticks, thighs, or wings
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 lemongrass bulb, crushed to expose the soft interior
  • ½-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1-inch piece fresh turmeric root, peeled and chopped
  • 4 to 6 black peppercorns
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 liters water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (to help extract nutrients from the bones)
  • Salt
Optional Ingredients
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)
  1. Place all the ingredients (except the fresh cilantro) in a large pot and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that may arise. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook the broth with the lid on for 3 to 6 hours.
  2. Strain the broth and serve hot with a garnish of freshly chopped cilantro. Store it in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for longer use.
Calories per Serving 8
Total Fat 0.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 3.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 0.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Total Sugars 0.1 g
Sodium 59.9 mg
Protein 0.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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