Easy Homemade Chicken Stock
The secret to a well-“stocked” kitchen….Homemade Chicken Stock. Up your cooking game with a supply of this easy, tasty, golden chicken stock and boost the flavor of all your home cooked meals. You’ll never buy store stock again.
This is the one ingredient I can’t ever get enough of. Every soup, stew or sauce that calls for chicken stock starts with this recipe. I “stock”pile it. I try my best to always have it available but occasionally, I’ll have to use that stuff in a box.
But really….It just doesn’t compare to a homemade chicken stock. Plus, your house smells amazing while it’s simmering on the stove for hours. It’s one of those things I like to make when it’s cold and rainy. It’s where comfort food begins. It’s what you throw on the stove when you want people to think you’re slaving away on something incredible but really…you’re boiling chicken here.
The best news is….you probably have the ingredients on hand right now…except, maybe, for the fresh dill. I rarely have dill just lying around, it has a short shelf-life…it gets wilted and slimy in less than 5 days, I can’t seem to get it to last much longer without freezing it. It’s just not the same after that. Carrots, celery, garlic, onions, herbs and chicken. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Clean eating at it’s finest.
Homemade Chicken Stock
Chicken stock is the savory liquid that’s made by simmering chicken parts and chicken bones with aromatics like onions, celery, carrots and herbs. The flavor is concentrated by hours of cooking making the stock super versatile.
It can be eaten alone like a chicken consomme or a chicken bone broth but it’s most commonly used as a base for soup, stews and gravy.
Drinking Chicken Stock as a bone broth is actually quite healthy because it contains higher levels of vitamins and nutrients than chicken broth.
Chicken Stock vs. Chicken Broth
Chicken Stock is usually made from both the meat and bones of the chicken while chicken broth is usually made mostly from the meat. Chicken Stock has a heartier, richer flavor because of the gelatin produced from the inclusion of bones during the cooking process.
You can use chicken stock and chicken broth interchangeably but I prefer using stock over chicken broth because it has much more flavor.
How To Make It
This easy chicken stock recipe is simple to make. You’re really just tossing everything into a pot and then letting it simmer for a few hours.
- Place the chicken, vegetables, herbs and garlic in a large stockpot.
- Fill the pot with water until just covering the chicken.
- Simmer the chicken for up to 4 hours, skimming the surface to remove the foam periodically.
- Strain the chicken stock and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Although tempting as it may seem, don’t try to reuse the chicken…the cooking process is going to deplete the meat of all it’s flavor. Plus, boiled chicken. Don’t try it.
I do give it to the dog on occasion but most of the time it’s a sacrificial chicken. It’s taking one for the team. Really. Kinda wasteful some would say but once you taste this liquid gold you will quickly feel the guilt melt away.
There are several variations you can try with your chicken stock to mix up the flavor.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Using up a leftover roasted chicken for the stock really intensifies the flavor because the roasting process amplifies the tastiness of the chicken stock.
- You can also roast chicken wing tips and chicken backs to create a flavorful base for making your stock.
- Add in aromatics like cilantro for a southwestern flair or lemongrass for a Thai twist to your chicken stock.
- Skip the salt if you’re sensitive to sodium.
- Add in orange peels or lime for a hit of citrus.
Recipes Using Chicken Stock
This is the same stock I used in The Best Homemade Chicken Soup….EVER….and that’s why it’s the best homemade chicken soup…ever. 🙂 We also use it in so many other recipes like this Creamy Tuscan Chicken Tortellini Soup and this cream White Chicken Chili.
It’s also fantastic for this easy Chicken Noodle Soup!
If you’re looking for a Beef Stock recipe, this one is simple and fantastic!
Get the Recipe: Easy Homemade Chicken Stock
- 1 4-5 pound whole chicken
- 2 small or 1 large vidalia onion, cut in quarters
- 1 bulb of garlic cut in half
- 3 medium or two large carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 2 large stalks of celery cut into 2 inch pieces
- 3 large stalks of dill
- 3 large pieces of parsley
- 3 tablespoons kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons fresh ground pepper
- In a large heavy bottom stock pot or dutch oven, place the chicken breast side up and cover with all the vegetables, garlic and herbs. Season with the salt and pepper. Fill the pot with water just covering the chicken...do not overfill or it will dilute the flavor.
- Bring the water to a boil over med-high heat and then turn the heat down to low. Allow the stock to simmer for 1-3 hours. The longer you allow it to simmer the more concentrated the flavor will be. Longer is better.
- When the stock is done, remove the chicken and large pieces of vegetables using a slotted spoon. Pour the remaining mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Skim some of the fat off the top of the stock and transfer to storage containers. Use as needed in recipes calling for stock.
- Note: The stock can be stored in airtight containers refrigerated up to 2 days or frozen for up to 3 months.