Chicken Stock

Chicken stock is the basis for so many recipes. And the quality of your stock can really make or break your dish. Don’t rely on that stuff in a can. It’s fine for an emergency like when you open the freezer to grab out a packet of homemade chicken stock and realize you are completely out (aaaggghhh!!!!!). Things like that never happen to me. I’m always prepared and on top of things. (In my dreams!) You can season the contents of the can to make it work in a pinch. However, once you start making your own, you’ll never go back (intentionally).

It really is a very simple process. You don’t need a lot of exact measures of ingredients, just a general idea that you’re heading in the right direction. The more you make it, the easier it gets. Just make sure you freeze any leftover chicken carcasses you have. Then, you always have the basis for your homemade stock.

chicken stock in a mason jar with thyme, a large carrot, and celery in the background

After you make and strain your stock, make sure you refrigerate it overnight. That makes it so easy to skim the fat off the top. If it comes out of the refrigerator looking like jello, that’s a good thing. It took me a long time to figure this out. The first time I pulled a container of gelatinous broth from the refrigerator, I freaked out! I mean, the stuff in the can is liquid. I must have done something wrong! Turns out, I finally did something right.

The best way to ensure you get the best quality stock is to throw in a pack of chicken necks or backs with your carcass. Don’t panic if you don’t have any leftover chicken carcasses. You can always just use the necks or backs to make stock. Most grocery stores sell them prepackaged.

chicken stock in a mason jar with thyme, garlic, a large carrot, and celery in the background

I like to make big pots of stock so that I have enough to last for a least a few weeks. I freeze it in ziplocs in 8 ounce portions because that’s the measure that I use most commonly. Feel free to freeze it in the portion sizes you use most.

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a jar of chicken stock with garlic, thyme, and celery

Chicken Stock

Rich and full of flavor, this chicken stock is the ideal base for soups, stews, and casseroles.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Broths
Cuisine American
Servings 4 quarts
Calories 58 kcal


  • 2-3 chicken carcasses or any combination of chicken carcasses backs, and necks
  • 1 large onion wedged
  • 2 large carrots cut in 2-3 inch pieces
  • 3 stalks celery cut in 2-3 inch pieces
  • 6-8 cloves garlic crushed
  • cup whole black peppercorns
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 2-3 sprigs thyme
  • Salt to taste


  • Place chicken, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves, and thyme (if using) into a large stockpot.
  • Fill stockpot with water.
  • Add salt, if desired.
  • Bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours, until broth starts to reduce down.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Strain broth into a large container.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 58kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 62mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g

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