Slow Cook

Chicken Stock

October 24, 2014
2 Ratings
Photo by Alpha Smoot
Author Notes

There is much debate over what makes a stock vs. what makes a broth -- some people say there are no vegetables in stock, just bones and water; Some say that if there are vegetables, they should go in at the very end to avoid stock cloudiness; some say yes to salt and some say definitely no.

I’m not here to argue, I’m just here to tell you how I like to make stock when I’ve got a chicken carcass left over. Heads up: There are vegetables and salt involved. It’s not the clearest stock, but it’s dark and hearty and full of flavor -- it will boost any recipe you add it to. —Cara Nicoletti

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 4 hours
  • Makes 5 cups
  • Carcass, wings, and feet (if the chicken comes with them) of one chicken
  • 1 large yellow onion, unpeeled and cut in half
  • 1/2 head of garlic, unpeeled (halved horizontally)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into chunks
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • Salt to taste
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  2. Spread chicken carcass, wings, and feet (if you have them), onion halves, garlic, and carrots on sheet trays and roast until carcass is deeply golden brown, about 30 minutes. Pour off the drippings and reserve them for another use (like gravy).
  3. Add the roasted carcass, wings, feet (if using), and vegetables to a medium stockpot along with celery, thyme, bay leaf, and peppercorns. Add water until ingredients are just submerged. Bring this mixture up to a boil over medium heat and then reduce it to a simmer.
  4. Simmer, covered, for three hours. With about twenty minutes left, add the 1/2 lemon if you're using it.
  5. Simmer for twenty more minutes, and strain.

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Cara Nicoletti is a butcher and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. Cara started working in restaurants when she moved to New York in 2004, and was a baker and pastry chef for several years before following in her grandfather and great-grandfathers' footsteps and becoming a butcher. She is the writer behind the literary recipe blog,, and author of Voracious, which will be published by Little, Brown in 2015. She is currently a whole-animal butcher and sausage-making teacher at The Meat Hook in Williamsburg.