This canning rotisserie chicken and making bone broth from the leftover bones is one of my favorite things to do to stock the pantry. My favorite place to get rotisserie chicken is at Sam’s Club. The plump and juicy rotisserie chickens are only $4.98 each! I think Costco has a similar deal on the rotisserie chickens or you can get them at your local grocery store or Walmart.
For this recipe I used 2 rotisserie chickens. I used the 3rd rotisserie chicken to make home-canned healthy chicken soup.
Detailed Steps for Canning Rotisserie Chicken
The first step is to remove the chicken meat from the bones.
Then add the chicken meat to the canning jars. Leave a 1-inch headspace.
Add hot chicken broth to the jars leaving the 1-inch headspace. There is also an option to add a half teaspoon salt to each jar.
Wipe the rims of the jars, remove the air bubbles, and add the canning lids and screw bands.
Chicken or any meat are low acid foods and require pressure canning as opposed to a water bath canner. See my article on beginners guide to canning for a complete guide on canning.
Place the filled jars into the pressure canner and process according to your canner’s instructions. The processing time for pint jars 75 minutes. Process quart jars for 90 minutes.
When the canning process is complete and the canner has had time to depressurize, remove the hot jars with a jar lifter and place jars on a dish towel on the counter and do not disturb for 24 hours.
Other Methods for Canning Chicken
Using rotisserie chicken is not the only way to can chicken. You can also use chicken breasts or chicken pieces from a whole regular chicken. Chicken can also be canned using raw chicken and putting raw meat pieced in the jar using the raw pack method. I think using cooked chicken gives the best taste to home-canned chicken.
Making Homemade Bone Broth from the Leftover Bones
One of the best parts about canning the rotisserie chicken is making homemade chicken broth from the leftover chicken carcass and bones.
Use this recipe that I put together for making the bone broth in a roaster oven. It makes 9 to 10 quarts of lovely, healthy, delicious bone broth. Homemade bone broth can also be make in an instant pot as included in another one of my recipes.
Enjoy the Results of Canning the Rotisserie Chicken
Canning chicken results in having chicken on your pantry shelf whenever you need it. It is great to have this healthy chicken with no added preservatives and knowing what is in the jar. This chicken is ready to be used in soups, stews, casseroles or for chicken salad, for many quick meals.
Home food preservation is such a great way to save on the grocery store and have shelf stable and healthy meals and other food ready to eat in your pantry.
The above general method can be used to can a variety of meats including beef, wild game, beef stew, ground meat, pork shoulder and turkey. Canning soups and stews is very similar, basically just smaller pieces of meat and vegetables.
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- Rotisserie Chicken
- Chicken Broth
- Add the cooked rotisserie chicken to the canning jars leaving 1-inch headspace
- Add hot broth leaving 1-inch headspace
- Wipe the jar rims, remove air bubbles and add lids
- Pressure can for 75 minutes for pints, 90 minutes for quarts
- Remove the jars and set on counter for 24 hours
- Use this recipe to make bone broth from the leftover carcasses and bones