Homemade Chicken Stock

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How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock

A lot of different meals taste great with chicken stock as their base! You can prepare a tasty, flavorful, and nourishing broth from leftover whole chicken.

Homemade chicken stock recipe

The carcasses can be easily used to produce chicken stock. It is, in my opinion, a really simple and useful way to stock my cupboard without wasting anything. I often make it whenever I have the opportunity so that I can use it to make gravies. I can drink it on ill days, in addition to using it as a flavor in various recipes. In fact, ready-made broths are offered for purchase in the market. However, I prefer to make it myself because I have more control over the salt content, and it saves me some money.

What do you need to make it from scratch?

  • Base. Chicken carcasses and water
  • Herbs. Parsley, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves
  • Seasoning. Onion, garlic cloves, peppercorns, and salt
  • Vegetables. Carrots and celery stalks

Try this recipe; Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs and save the bones!!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours.
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 1-2 whole chicken (carcasses only)
  • 2 onions (cut into quarters)
  • 6 cloves garlic (whole)
  • 2 carrots (roughly chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (roughly chopped)
  • 8 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 3 sprigs each rosemary.
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8-10 cups water


  • Add the chicken carcasses to a large pot and add the cleaned and chopped vegetables and the rest of the ingredients. Make sure the ingredients are covered in water.
  • Cook over high heat until the mixture starts boiling.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and partially covered with the lid, simmer for 3-4 hours skimming as needed.
  • Strain broth through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Discard the bones and vegetables.
  • Refrigerate for 4-5 days or freeze for 2-3 months.
If you make a large batch and need to keep it for a long period of time, you can also can it.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 673mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2706IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.


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