Quick and Easy Chicken Stock

slow cooker chicken stock

I have a simple recipe for you today. In fact, it’s so simple that I never considered it “blog-worthy.” But the other day, after whipping up another batch and getting it ready to freeze, I realized that my method for making chicken stock is so easy that everyone should hear about it.

This rich and beautiful stock is the base for nearly all of my soups and chilis. I use it to make my risotto. I use it in braises. The long-simmered flavor comes from overnight cooking in the slow cooker. Though it’s doing its thing for hours, it literally takes five minutes of active prep time.

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Throw a whole chicken in your slow-cooker, along with the limp carrots, celery and onions at the bottom of your produce drawer (I’m on to you…) and you’ve got your next meal well on its way to homemade awesomeness. By the way, have you ever read a label on the back of store-bought chicken broth? Not only is it a huge source of hidden gluten, but it has SO MANY unnecessary and yucky ingredients.

The only problem with this stock is that the warm, cozy fragrance of soup simmering away all night sometimes makes my tummy a bit growly come morning. That’s a small price to pay…promise.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

Alison Needham
This is the easiest way imaginable to make your own fresh chicken stock. A few minutes of your time yields rich and delicious stock that you can use in all of your soups, braises and chilis.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 2 quarts
Calories 897 kcal

Equipment

  • slow cooker

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken, carrots, celery, onion, bay, peppercorns and salt (if using) in a slow cooker and cover with water (fill to one inch above the chicken).
  • Cover, set to low and simmer for 8 hours. Pick the meat off of the carcass and reserve for another use, and return to the pot and continue to cook on low for an additional 4 hours (really you could cook it up to an additional 16 hours, it’s pretty forgiving and just gets richer).
  • Cool slightly and carefully pour through a strainer into a bowl. Ladle broth into jars or another storage container, leaving a couple of inches of head-room. If desired, chill in the fridge for several hours until the fat congeals at the top (I never do this as I like a little extra fat in my stock). Scoop the fat from the top, cover and use within 5-6 days, or freeze for 6 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 897kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 73gFat: 58gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gMonounsaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 3873mgPotassium: 1298mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 21103IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 4mg
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7 Comments

  1. This looks great! I usually only have a leftover whole chicken after I’ve finished making homemade chicken soup. Do you think that carcass would work even though it’s already been cooking and simmering for several hours?
    I’d love to make my own chicken stock for so many reasons beyond knowing what’s in my food.

    1. Yes! It may not be quite as potent, but bones have quite a lot of flavor so give it a try. 🙂

    2. I make chicken stock both ways. I save (raw) backbones, wing tips, cartilage, etc. when cutting up a chicken and toss in the freezer until I have enough pieces to make stock. When I use the carcass from a roasted chicken I also add juice from a lemon or a little vinegar to draw the calcium out of the bones. The cartilage also helps set up the stock making it gel when cooled. Good thick chicken stock is full of cartilage-building proteins and amino acids.

      1. Awesome tips, Debbie! Thanks for sharing. And yes, the stock should gel when cooled. 🙂

  2. Hi Alison,
    I wanted to leave a comment to let you know how much I enjoy your site. It is so beautiful! The quality of you photographs makes me want to jump into my computer and eat your yummy recipes! I wrote a blog post review I wrote about your Warm Autumnal Rice and Vegetable salad, which was absolutely delicious by the way. If you are interested, you can read the post here: http://newceliacmom.blogspot.com/2014/03/Recipe-Review-Warm-Autumnal-Rice-and-Vegetable-Salad.html. Thanks again for being such a great resource!

  3. mary eslin says:

    Husband and I are both diabetics and I was searching for healthy/homemade/easy and luscious recipes. and there you were! Your site is just lovely.
    Thank you so much for your slow cooker chicken stock recipe. Do you think it would make a good vegetable stock if I just left out the chicken carcass?

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