How To Make Chicken Stock

I’ve found that one of the biggest challenges in converting to a local diet is avoiding adding pre-made ingredients to recipes.  You’re making risotto, its already far more complicated than you’d hoped, and well, there’s no such thing at the super market as locally produced chicken stock.   You want to throw together a quick soup, and again, the  store might have organic chick stock, but it comes from god knows where.  Not to mention, its oddly expensive.

Luckily for you, you just made this killer roast chicken, and you’ve got a carcass to work with. I hear you saying ‘Ugh! Carcass!’.  Get over yourself, that’s what it is.  Now let’s make some stock!

Basic Chicken Stock

Chicken Carcass





2 sprigs thyme


In a LARGE stock pot, dump all your ingredients, and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, and then immediately reduce to a simmer.  Let it go for at least 4 hours, covered, with a vent to release some steam (you know, tilted hat pot configuration).  I don’t like to add salt to the stock till the end – I find that the chicken usually has enough.  Feel free to add whatever veggies and herbs you like to deepen the flavor.  I personally love throwing in some fennel and leeks. Taste as you go, and see what it needs.

After you’ve simmered, strain out the solids and place stock in the refrigerator over night.  The fats will solidify at the top, and you can simply lift them off with a spoon.

Your stock is ready to go!  Freeze off in portions, and you’re all ready (with a quick defrost) to make any recipe that needs a little chicken stock.

This entry was published on March 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm. It’s filed under recipes, Slow Food and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “How To Make Chicken Stock

  1. Nothing like homemade stock!

  2. Homemade chicken stock has no comparison! I always use my slow cooker to make stock. It keeps it at a consistent temperature (something my less than state of the art stove can have a hard time with). I can throw every thing in, walk away, and not think about it until it’s done. Sounds yummy!

    • I always forget about using the crock pot…like lots of things in life, I’m too much of a control freak to let my cooking take care of itself! Excellent tip though – I need to work on my slow cooker skills!

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