Good Eats Chicken Stock (From Alton Brown)

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 6 hrs

If Alton created it, it must be good. And for Alton, this recipe is unusually simple. ;)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place chicken, vegetables, and herbs and spices in 12-quart stockpot. Set opened steamer basket directly on ingredients in pot and pour over water. Cook on high heat until you begin to see bubbles break through the surface of the liquid.
  2. Turn heat down to medium low so that stock maintains low, gentle simmer. Skim the scum from the stock with a spoon or fine mesh strainer every 10 to 15 minutes for the first hour of cooking and twice each hour for the next 2 hours. Add hot water as needed to keep bones and vegetables submerged. Simmer uncovered for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Strain stock through a fine mesh strainer into another large stockpot or heatproof container discarding the solids. Cool immediately in large cooler of ice or a sink full of ice water to below 40 degrees. Place in refrigerator overnight.
  4. Remove solidified fat from surface of liquid and store in container with lid in refrigerator for 2 to 3 days or in freezer for up to 3 months. Prior to use, bring to boil for 2 minutes. Use as a base for soups and sauces.
Most Helpful

I usually just throw my stock together and it usually works well. I was feeling a bit brain dead today so went of in search of a recipe to jog the brain for ingredients. This stock is wonderfully simple with a good balance of chicken and veg etc. The garlic is an excellent addition giving another level of flavour. I made this stock to freeze and as usual, reduced it way, way down to a quater the liquid you thought I'd end up with. This saves heaps of freezer space. I'll add in more water when I use it in the future.

JustJanS June 04, 2009

Good stock! I made this as directed but didn't count out the peppercorns, lol. It smelled great and filled the kitchen with a great aroma while it was simmering away. The taste was rich and it I'm using it as a base for a chicken noodle soup today. Thanks 2Bleu. Made for Photo Tag.

lazyme October 13, 2008

This is so good! I made it yesterday and tasted it today after removing the solidified surface fat. I can't wait to made soup now! I followed the recipe almost as written. The store didn't have any leeks (you'd never guess that I live in a large city with how regularly ordinary ingredients are unavailable). To compensate I used a very large sweet onion in place of the leek and onion. I loved the aroma of the herb infused stock bubbling away on the stove. The cooling down method is inspirational. So much safer than allowing it to sit on top of the stove until it cools down or placing it in the fridge while still hot. Thanks for sharing.

Dreamer in Ontario October 07, 2008