Basic Chicken Stock

READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
Recipe by breezermom

I make this every couple of months to have chicken stock/broth on hand for recipes. I can use the cooked chicken for recipes, and all the sodium and preservatives are eliminated from my chicken stock. The smell in your house while this is cooking will make you hungry! It smells wonderful. For convenience, I freeze the stock into ice cube trays and then put them into freezer bags. 5 to 6 cubes is equal to one cup. The stock will be good in the freezer for about 6 months.

Top Review by Deantini

This stock turned out great! I made exactly as written except perhaps adding a bit more water. I did use 3 chicken legs instead of a whole chicken, pretty sure that it did not make a difference. A rich beautiful stock that will come in handy in all my rice dishes, soups, stews etc. I just love making my own stock. Thanks for posting this keeper!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the chicken and giblets (except the liver) in a large stockpot. Add the water and bring to a boil, uncovered, over high heat, skimming off all scum.
  2. Adjust the heat so that the water still bubbles gently, then add the remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 3 hours, occasionally skimming off the scum.
  3. Pour all through a large colander or sieve set over a very large heatproof bowl. Save the chicken to use in soups, salads, sandwiches, etc. Discard the other solids. Let the stock cool. Cover it with plastic food wrap, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. In the morning, uncover the stock and discard the fat that has solidified on the top, then ladle the stock into ice cube trays for freezing. Once frozen, store in freezer bags and use in recipes!

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