Easy Homemade Chicken Stock ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

Last week, I shared a recipe for Easy & Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup, which is super simple and a favorite here at my house.  One of the reasons why it is so wonderful is the homemade chicken stock that I make!

For years, I was buying both vegetable and chicken broths/stocks.  As a side note, apparently some people use the words "broth" and "stock" interchangeably.  However, while I was doing research on this topic, I found out that a broth is made by using meat, while a stock uses bones (or a combination of meat and bones).  Because of the gelatin released from the bones during the cooking process, it is naturally thicker and more flavorful.  Yum!

Without further ado, here is my super easy recipe for delicious homemade chicken stock!




Homemade Chicken Stock


Ingredients

2 - 3 chickens, or chicken parts (equalling about 10 lbs. total)

Homemade Vegetable Broth (recipe here)
OR
Storebought Vegetable Broth
OR
Any combination of onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and herbs (such as parsley, oregano, thyme, bay leaves, etc.)

Kosher salt, to taste
Whole black peppercorns, 1 - 2 tsp.



Directions

1. Place the chicken in a large stockpot.
Note: Whole chickens are perfect for stock, but in these pictures, I used 10 lbs. of chicken parts that were on sale!

2. If you are using vegetable broth, add to the stockpot.  If necessary, add enough water to cover the chicken.

3. If you are using the vegetables and herbs, add them to the stockpot and cover with water.
Note: Placing the herbs and veggies in cheesecloth will make them much easier to remove later.

4. Bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, for a minimum of 4 hours.  Skim the "fluffy stuff" off the top.

5. Strain the contents of the pot.  Reserve the chicken and discard the vegetables and herbs, if using.

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6. Chill the stock overnight.

7. Meanwhile, shred the reserved chicken and use however you like.  I love using it in the chicken soup!

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8. The next day, remove the surface fat by skimming with a large spoon.

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9. You may use the stock immediately or freeze.  Bon appetit!

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Personally, I always freeze half of the stock and half of the chicken.  That means, the next time I want to make chicken soup, I just have to dice up some veggies and throw it into the pot with my thawed stock and chicken.

Also, depending on what you make with the stock, you may want to dilute it with some water to thin the consistency or blunt the taste a bit.  On the flip side, you may decide to add more salt and pepper for your soup.  The beauty is that you can control your flavors and sodium intake, all while making stock that is sooo much better than what you'll buy at the store.



So that's it!  Easy, right?  It's basically just covering chicken with water and boiling for a few hours with whatever veggies and herbs you might want to throw in.  Skim the surface and you have some amazing stock to use in any recipe!  Yes, it takes a while, but it's all hands off "cooking" and if you use my recipe for vegetable broth, it doesn't even involve a knife and cutting board.  Super simple!

What item do you make that is so delicious that you'll never buy storebought again?




7 comments:

  1. So if we don't use the vegetable broth, we just cover with water and add the veggies? I can't wait to try this out! Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

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  3. Chicken broth: After washing the chicken and adding few drops of white vinegar to remove any bad smell you put the chicken in the pot with:

    Bay leaves, head of garlic (cloves cut into halves), around 10 cardamoms and a little pieces of fresh ginger. You add around 1/2 tea spoon of each of : salt, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon (all powders) and a pinch of Cayenne pepper.

    This is my main ingredients I add more things depending on what I will use it for.

    If you cook your basmati rice in this stock it's yum!

    1st wash your rice and soak it with water for about 1/2 hr at least. Then you pot it in the pot and cover it with chicken stock for about an inch above the rice (around one finger).
    Boil in medium heat and when the water disappear lower the heat to the minimum and leave it for at least half an hour. You can add the boiled chicken to the rice after the liquid disappears and let it cock with it in the last half hour or fry it and serve it with the rice. We serve this rice with some fried almonds and raisins and with chili tomato sauce. We also add a 1 table spoon of ghee and some saffron with a bit of rose water to the rice before the last half hour.

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  4. This is a great recipe to have on hand!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  5. I always seem to get it too salty or not salty enough! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

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  6. Yes! It's essentially making a vegetable broth at the same time as your chicken stock. It's the typical way of making a stock, but I always seem to have enough veggie broth on hand for a quick short cut! Make sure that when you add the chicken and veggies, there is enough water to cover the entire lot. I hope it turns out well!

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  7. Delish recipe! My stock isn't always tasty so can't wait to try this recipe and see if it improves! Thanks for sharing!

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