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Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe

Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe - Learn how to make homemade chicken stock in just a few easy steps! Slow Cooker, Instant Pot and Stovetop Instructions included!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 3 quarts
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 to 5 pound) organic whole chicken or equal amounts of bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion quartered
  • 1 clove garlic quartered
  • 2 celery ribs cut into large pieces
  • 2 carrots cut into large pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • fresh water

Instructions

Slow Cooker (4 hrs on High setting or 8 hrs on Low setting)

  • Place chicken in 6-quart slow cooker. Add onion, garlic, celery, carrots, salt, pepper, thyme and cover with water, about 4 - 5 quarts. Cover and cook 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low settings. Remove chicken from stock and use for other recipes. Strain vegetables from stock and discard.

Stove (4 hrs)

  • Place chicken in large stockpot. Add onion, garlic, celery, carrots, salt, pepper, thyme and cover with water, about 4 - 5 quarts Cook on low simmer, covered for 4 hours. Add more water if needed to keep chicken covered with water while cooking. Remove chicken from stock and refrigerate for future recipes. Strain vegetables from stock and discard.

Instant Pot (25 minutes + natural release)

  • Place chicken in Instant Pot. Omit adding vegetables and herbs. Add fresh, cold water to the 10-cup line on the inside of the interior pot of the Instant Pot. Cook 25 minutes at high pressure. Let pressure release naturally. Remove chicken from stock and refrigerate for future recipes.
  • Allow stock to cool, and store in freezer-safe, airtight containers. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use. Stock will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week and in the freezer up to 1 year.

Notes

You can also use leftover chicken bones for your stock. Use in place of the whole chicken in this recipe.
Make-Ahead:
Store homemade chicken stock in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 
Freezer Friendly:
Store homemade chicken stock in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Additionally, you can portion your homemade chicken stock into ice cube trays and freeze. Then, transfer the frozen chicken stock cubes to a freezer-safe, zip top bag and freeze for up to 3 month.