Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love the difference!

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

How to make chicken stock

Flavored with fresh chicken, vegetables, and seasonings you will be amazed at how deliciously different stock from scratch tastes verses the box kind from the store.  Every time you make a chicken or turkey breast, freeze the carcass to make your own stock at a later date.

It is worth the extra time and really very simple. The difference is amazing and you won’t ever go back to store bought stock!

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

How to store homemade chicken stock?

The finished and cooled stock can be stored in mason jars in the refrigerator or frozen in quart or gallon zippered bags. I have also frozen it  in my silicone cupcake pan.

Then I pop them out and store them in a gallon freezer bag. That is nice for when I just need a little bit for dinner.

This is my favorite way to store the stock because it is so easy to grab and go.

How long does homemade chicken stock last?

If you store this in the fridge, it will last 3 to 4 days. For extended use, keep the homemade stock in the freezer and it will last up to 3 months.

Making things like  Stock from scratch is so empowering! Not only can you save a significant amount of money, but  there is just something that satisfies the soul when you create something at home that you usually purchase in a box.

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

Is chicken broth and chicken stock the same?

It is not the same. Chicken stock is made from chicken bones and the chicken carcass is used.

Chicken broth is made from the meat and has a different flavor typically than bone broth.

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

How to Make homemade Chicken Stock with very little work.

It is not as difficult as you might think to make this easy stock.  It just takes a little bit of time on the stove while you tend to other things.

But other than that it takes practically no work. Give this a try and you will just how simple and easy it is.

The flavor can’t be beat and tastes amazing! We actually just made this  delicious roast chicken and now we can use it to make make a delicious homemade stock.

If you are in a jam you can pick up a rotisserie chickens at your grocery store. Enjoy it for an easy weeknight dinner and then save the carcass for stock.

Let’s get started making quick chicken stock!

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

Chicken stock ingredients:

  • entire cooked or raw chicken
  • carrots
  • onion
  • stalks of celery
  • salt and pepper
  • bulbs crushed garlic

How to make chicken stock:

First, place your chicken in a large stock pot with vegetables, and enough water to completely cover -at least 4 quarts.

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!
Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!
Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

Bring to a boil and skim foam off the top as it cooks, reduce to a simmer. Cook chicken for an hour.

If using a whole chicken- Take chicken out of the pot, remove meat for other recipes.

How long should you cook chicken stock?

Return bones and skin to pot and simmer for 3-4 hours, skimming the top as needed.

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!
Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

Turn off heat, skim off the  fat, strain broth through a sieve or cheesecloth to remove small particles.  Allow to cool.

Place in an airtight container or freezer bag to store.

This recipe Yields about 2 quarts. Keep reading for the full recipe.

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

It is that easy to make Homemade Chicken Stock.

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

How much does this actually cost?

Since you are already buying the chicken for dinner and were probably going to toss it out – the only cost involved is the veggies. Those are cheap already. Woohoo!!

This is budget friendly and will save you money in your grocery budget. Yeah!

I try to use what we have and make the most of ingredients already on hand. This homemade stock is so easy to make when you are already making a chicken.

There is always a whole chicken in my freezer because I grab them when they go on sale. By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.

In fact, I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for a family vacation or maybe just some wiggle room in the budget.

Easy recipes like this keep my family happy and my grocery budget in good shape. This is how I keep our grocery budget reasonable.

You can give your family really great food and not blow your budget or take forever making things. This recipe is a great example of really great quality food for a great price and little effort!

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

You can also try chicken stock slow cooker version for an even easier way to make this.

We love to make a chicken in the slow cooker or instant pot for a quick dinner and  you can use it to make broth after you enjoy the chicken. We love the pressure cooker for super fast meals.

What are you waiting for? You need to roast a chicken and then make some delicious chicken stock. Also learn how to boil chicken.

Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

See – making homemade is very easy and so simple! Give it a try today!

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Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!

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How to Make Chicken Stock

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Learn how to make chicken stock and save money from the store bought version. This is much better and packed with a ton of flavor. You will love it!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Simmer 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 2 quarts
Cuisine American
Course Mixes and Seasonings
Calories 883
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 entire cooked or raw chicken
  • 3-4 carrots carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 4-5 stalks of celery
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 4 bulbs crushed garlic

Instructions

  • Place your chicken in a large pot with vegetables, and enough water to completely cover -at least 4 quarts.
  • Bring to a boil and skim foam off the top as it cooks, reduce to a simmer. Cook chicken for an hour.
  • If using a whole chicken- Take chicken out pot, remove meat for other recipes.
  • Return bones and skin to pot and simmer for 3-4 hours, skimming the top as needed.
  • Turn off heat, skim off the fat, strain broth through a sieve or cheesecloth to remove small particles. Allow to cool.
  • Place in an airtight container or freezer bag to store.
  • Chicken stock can be stored in refrigerator up to 3 days or in freezer for up to 3 months.
  • This recipe Yields about 2 quarts.

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields 2 quarts (64 oz.).

Nutrition Facts

Calories 883kcal, Carbohydrates 15g, Protein 72g, Fat 58g, Saturated Fat 16g, Cholesterol 286mg, Sodium 1294mg, Potassium 1114mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 7g, Vitamin A 15855IU, Vitamin C 16mg, Calcium 90mg, Iron 4mg

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  1. Awesome tutorial! I’ve always wanted to try my hand at homemade chicken stock. Looking forward to getting to know you and your blog better in our SITS group this week!

  2. Have tried some of your recipes. Next are the crock pot ones. We need easy and healthy due to diet restrictions.

  3. If making chicken stock with bones only, not whole chicken but with all the veggies, how many carcasses should I use for this recipe?

  4. 5 stars
    While you are saving carcasses you can be saving vegetable scraps in a gallon (or 2) baggie. All of the onion scraps including paper skins (help with color too), all the celery cut-aways excepting the bitter root end, any carrot peels and cut off end excepting the greenery can be used at no cost at all. I’ve found that minuscule amounts of a few other vegetable like string bean ends/strings do not throw off the flavor. If you can simmer it longer (easier in a crock pot) to the point the skin, connective tissues, and cartilage mostly dissolve then more calcium can leach from the bones too, thusly you are getting all the nutrition from what you paid for. If you cool it in the fridge, then you can remove the fat to also be used elsewhere as an ingredient because, like butter, chicken fat is only half saturated. I hope folks stop paying so much for bone broth!