A few weeks ago, I made homemade chicken stock in my slow cooker for the first time in a very long time.
It’s not hard to make and the results are amazing, taking your food to the next level, so I’m not sure why or when I stopped making it on a more regular basis but now that I’ve made in again and realised how much better food tastes with real chicken stock in then I’m pretty sure I’ll be making it again… and again…
When I cook a chicken for Sunday Lunch I like to stretch the roast as far as I can which is harder than it looks when you have a family of four and the older the kids, the lass stretchy my chicken gets! I can get one Sunday Roast out of a chicken, one meal which just needs scraps of chicken, like egg fried rice or risotto and then the rest can be used to make homemade chicken stock which will then be used for things like soups and as a base for stews.
I find that the easiest way to make homemade chicken stock is in my slow cooker but that’s because I’m lazy I think. I like the way I can just put everything in the pot before I go to bed and come down in the morning to a pot of it ready to be used for whatever I need it for.
How to make homemade chicken stock in your slow cooker
Once you’ve used as much chicken as you’re going to use from your chicken carcass just put it in your slow cooker, whole if you can or if not just roughly break it apart. Season it well and add a couple of carrots, a stick or two of celery and some chopped onion and then cover it all with water. Turn your slow cooker on low and leave it for anywhere between 8 and 10 hours to cook.
When it’s done, you can discard the carcass and the vegetables strain it through a sieve and it’s ready to use. although I prefer to let it cool so I can just skim any fat off that rises to the top before I use it. There’s never much but I’d just rather skim it off with a spoon
This batch was used to make the most delicious half soup/half stew meal that I shared a few weeks ago….
This was made using a bit of a cheat to get the creaminess – I added a tin of chicken soup along with the stock and some chicken and veggies.
Have you ever tried making chicken stock before?
I want to try making vegetable stock next as I prefer to use that in my soups and I think a homemade stock would be amazing!
If you liked this recipe for homemade chicken stock you can save it to your own recipe box if you use Yummly – just click on the YUM icon at the bottom of this post.
Don’t miss out on future posts like this – receive updates directly to your inbox by email by adding your email address here and hitting subscribe. You can also follow me on Twitter, BlogLovin or Networked Blogs and I’d love to see you over on my Facebook page and on Instagram.