Homemade Chicken Stock

Looks like a gross picture huh? Chicken bones? Well, all this yuckiness in that huge stock pot made the most delicious chicken stock. 10 times better than anything you can buy in the store and wayyyyy healthier. Far less sodium and no preservatives = a healthier, happier you (okay, maybe not happier, but hey, I felt pretty happy after I made this goodness!). Want another reason to try this recipe (as if the above isn't enough...) - its dirt cheap to make and you can feel virtuous for not wasting the chicken carcus! It really is a win win situation. :)

This recipe makes a lot of chicken stock, but thats no problem. You can freeze chicken stock for a couple months in the freezer. Freeze it in 4 cup portions for ease of use when you thaw it! And if you think you won't use lots of chicken stock, think again! Stock goes in everything and making your own soup can be a delicious adventure. Do try out this recipe, put your own twist on it and remember, this recipe is just a guideline! Be creative and enjoy the process and the amazing smell in your house as this stock simmers away!

Chicken Stock
Recipe from Anna Olson


  • 1 chicken carcus (some meat left on it is okay)
  • 2 onions, cut in half, peel intact
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 whole peppercorns
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley


  1. Put all ingredients in a large stockpot and cover with cold water. Slowly bring up to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat (no higher than medium). Once the fat and impurities start rising to the surfact, skim the sop of the stock with a spoon.
  2. Keep the stock at a bare simmer, uncovered, for 2 1/2 hours from when it first starts to simmer. A vigorous boil would disturb the ingredients and the stock will come out cloudy. Strain the stock while its still hot. Discard the veggies, herbs and chicken bones.
  3. Now that you have great stock, you can make amazing soups and sauces! Have at er!

So, thats it, pretty simple huh? Hope you get a chance to try this out at some point. You will be able to taste a difference - its that good!

Happy Cooking my Friends!


  1. This is definitely a base for most of the recipes. Thank you for sharing this .

  2. No problem! I was so surprised at how much better homemade stock is, so I was excited to share it!

  3. Can't Wait to try this... Roasted a chicken tonight, so now I have an excuse to make the stock!