Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe
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Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe

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Peppercorns and a handful of herbs add the perfect seasoning to this low-sodium stock developed by our Test Kitchen home economists. To give it even more flavor, they first browned the chicken and sauteed the veggies. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3-3/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3-3/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 2-1/2 quarts water
  • 1 celery rib with leaves, cut into chunks
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole peppercorns

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 33 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides in batches. Remove from pot. Add carrots and onion to same pot; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until onion is tender.
  2. Return chicken to pot. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Skim off foam. Remove chicken from pot; let stand until cool enough to handle. Remove chicken from bones (save meat for another use); return bones and skin to pot.
  3. Slowly return stock to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 3-4 hours longer. Strain stock through a cheesecloth-lined colander; discard vegetables, bones, skin and spices. If using immediately, skim fat. Or cool stock, then refrigerate 8 hours or overnight; remove fat from surface before using. (Stock may be refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen 4-6 months.) Yield: about 2 quarts.
Originally published as Homemade Chicken Stock in Light & Tasty December/January 2002, p61

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 260608
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"This stock recipe is fantastic! The soup I made with it was delicious and I'm happy to have extra stock in the freezer to use in the near future."

ConnieK User ID: 282614 34090
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"The best!!!! I make this whenever my local grocery store has whole fryers on sale. The browning of the chicken pieces and sauteed vegetables definately adds depth to the stock. This freezes very well and can be used in place of low salt chicken stock in any recipe that calls for chicken stock."

teri396 User ID: 3790128 39765
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"used chicken legs and simmered all day, reduced by half. whole house smelled wonderful."

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