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Making Crock Pot Chicken Stock is a great way to stock your freezer with homemade chicken stock. Perfect for all your quick and easy soup recipes.

Pouring chicken stock in a jar
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Chicken stock is the perfect recipe to make with your leftover chicken carcass, vegetables and simple seasonings. It is easy to bye store bought chicken stock, but making your own is a great use of your leftovers and you know exactly the ingredients.

Making it in the slow cooker is even easier, because all the ingredients get tossed in and the crockpot does the rest. You can even learn how to make chicken stock on the stovetop in a large stock pot with a gentle simmer.

Why This Recipe Works

I love this recipe because of how simple it is to make. We love to make whole roasted chickens and using the leftovers to make chicken stock. The flavor is amazing and a great base to many different recipes.

The next time you make a whole chicken or turkey, save the turkey carcass or leftover chicken bones. This homemade chicken stock recipe is easy to make and you will love the flavor.

Ingredients

Chicken Stock Ingredients - chicken carcass, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, black peppercorns, thyme, rosemary, water
  • Whole Chicken Carcass (leftover from a roasted or rotisserie chicken)
  • Carrots, roughly chopped
  • Celery Stalks, roughly chopped
  • Large Onion, quartered
  • Cloves Garlic, smashed
  • Bay Leaf
  • Whole Black Peppercorns
  • Sprigs Fresh Thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • Sprigs Fresh Rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • Water (or enough to cover ingredients)

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Seasoning – Feel free to use different fresh herbs or spices.
  • Chicken – This is a great recipe for homemade chicken, but you can also use the carcass from a rotisserie chicken. Make a turkey stock recipe with a turkey carcass.

How to Make Chicken Stock

Adding the carcass to the slow cooker

Step 1 – Place the chicken carcass at the bottom of the 6-quart crockpot.

Adding the veggies to the carcass

Step 2 – Add the roughly chopped carrots, celery, and quartered onion to the crockpot.

Adding the veggies to the slow cooker with carcass

Step 3 – Place the smashed garlic cloves, bay leaf, and whole black peppercorns in the crockpot.

Adding the rosemary sprigs to the veggies
  • Step 4 – Add the sprigs of thyme and rosemary to the bones and vegetables.
All the ingredients in the crock pot

Step 5 – Pour in enough cold water to cover all the ingredients, usually around 12 cups of water. Cover the crockpot with the lid.

Cooked chicken and vegetables in a large pot

Step 6 – Set the crockpot to LOW heat and let it cook for at least 12 hours, or up to 24 hours for a richer flavor. Allow the stock to cool; skim off any fat that rises to the surface before using the stock. 

Recipe Tips

  • Chicken Carcass – The recipe calls for a leftover chicken carcass. This can be from a roasted or rotisserie chicken. The carcass should still have some meat and connective tissue on it for the best flavor. A fresh, uncooked carcass can also be used but may yield a lighter stock. 
  • Skimming Fat – Once the stock is cooled, a layer of fat will solidify at the top. This can be easily skimmed off if a leaner stock is desired. 
  • Fine Mesh Strainer – Use a strainer to remove the veggies and chicken bones from the stock. Then pour the chicken stock in a jar.
  • Adding Salt – I usually do not add salt when making chicken stock. When I use it to make recipe, this is when I add in salt.
Chicken Stock in a Jar

Ways to Use Chicken Stock

There are many ways to use chicken stock. It stores great in the fridge or freezer to use in your soup recipes, making risotto, or drink it when you are not feeling well. It is packed with healthy minerals and collegan to help beat that sickness.

Chicken Stock in a jar

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store any leftover broth in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days or freeze to last longer.

How to Freeze Chicken Stock

Freezing chicken stock is great way to allow it to last longer. We like to pour individual servings in an ice cube tray or a freezer container. It will easily last for up to 6 months. You can then add the cubes to a skillet dinner recipe or when making a batch of grains.

What is the Difference between Chicken Broth and Chicken Stock?

The difference between chicken broth and chicken stock is chicken stock is a bone broth and chicken broth is made from meats. We have used both stock and broth to make recipes.

More Easy Chicken Broth Recipes

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Crock Pot Chicken Stock

5 from 1 vote
Chicken stock is very easy to make in the slow cooker. Let the crock pot do all the work to make the most delicious chicken stock.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Cuisine American
Course Sauces
Calories 176

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken carcass leftover from a roasted or rotisserie chicken
  • 2 carrots roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 4-5 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 12 cups water or enough to cover ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken carcass at the bottom of the 6-quart crockpot.
  • Add the roughly chopped carrots, celery, and quartered onion to the crockpot.
  • Place the smashed garlic cloves, bay leaf, and whole black peppercorns in the crockpot.
  • Add the sprigs of thyme and rosemary.
  • Pour in enough water to cover all the ingredients, usually around 12 cups.
  • Cover the crockpot with the lid.
  • Set the crockpot to LOW heat and let it cook for at least 12 hours, or up to 24 hours for a richer flavor.
  • Allow the stock to cool; skim off any fat that rises to the top before using the stock.

Recipe Notes

Chicken Carcass: The recipe calls for a leftover chicken carcass. This can be from a roasted or rotisserie chicken. The carcass should still have some meat and connective tissue on it for the best flavor. A fresh, uncooked carcass can also be used but may yield a lighter stock. 
Skimming Fat: Once the stock is cooled, a layer of fat will solidify at the top. This can be easily skimmed off if a leaner stock is desired. 
Store any leftover broth in an airtight container for up to 3-4 day or you can easily freeze it for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 176kcal, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 15g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 57mg, Sodium 77mg, Potassium 212mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 2156IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 28mg, Iron 1mg

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