Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock {GF, Paleo}

Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock is the dump it and forget it way to make homemade chicken stock.  It’s so easy and so much better than store bought! {GF, Paleo}

Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock is the dump it and forget it way to make homemade chicken stock. It's so easy and so much better than store bought! @FlavortheMoment

What’s better than homemade chicken stock?  Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock obviously!  I’ve been an advocate for homemade stock ever since I went to cooking school and discovered the difference it makes in a dish being good and a dish being great.

Homemade stock is so much better than store bought because the gelatin from the bones gives the stock a silky mouthfeel.  It’s also more flavorful and even fresher, which will take your soups, stews, and sauces to the next level.

I’ve got an Easy Homemade Turkey Stock recipe that’s made the traditional stove top way, so you can always check that out if you’d rather have your stock ready faster.

This Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock is the hands-off approach and cannot be easier.  Our ingredients are simply chicken parts, an onion, a carrot, celery, and a bouquet garni, which consists of a bay leaf, 6 peppercorns, a sprig of parsley and a sprig of thyme.

Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock is the dump it and forget it way to make homemade chicken stock. It's so easy and so much better than store bought! @FlavortheMoment

The purpose of a bouquet garni is to add flavor to soups, stews, and in this case stock.  Add it to anything you’re cooking to add a nice depth of flavor.  You can wrap it in cheesecloth as shown below, or just dump it in and strain it out after cooking.

bouquet-garni-process

Once you’ve made you’re bouquet garni, dump everything into your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock is the dump it and forget it way to make homemade chicken stock. It's so easy and so much better than store bought! @FlavortheMoment

You may notice that my chicken parts look icy, and that’s because I’ve been buying whole chickens, breaking them down, and reserving the backbones and various other parts for stock.  It place them in zip top bags and freeze them until I’m ready to use them, which makes things really convenient for me.

From there, add enough water to cover the ingredients by about 2″.

Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock is the dump it and forget it way to make homemade chicken stock. It's so easy and so much better than store bought! @FlavortheMoment

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours to 24 hours, skimming the scum occasionally.  The longer you cook your stock, the more flavor it will have!

When it’s done, let it cool completely and skim the layer of fat off of the top.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve and chill or portion and freeze!

stock-strain-process

You’ll notice a huge difference when you use homemade stock, and since this method is so easy, you may never want to buy it again. 🙂

Recipe Tips/Tricks:

  • You can use a rotisserie chicken carcass or bones from cooked chicken to make an even more flavorful stock!  If you’re not ready to make stock right away, simply freeze the carcass/bones in a zip top bag.
  • Any chicken parts will do, but be aware that if you use wings or other parts with the skin on, you should skim the scum from the top more often.  Even with skimming, there’s a good chance that the stock will become cloudy as the fat will emulsify with the stock.  If your stock does become cloudy, don’t worry — it will still taste great!
  • If your sieve isn’t catching all the particles from your stock, line it with a double layer of cheesecloth.
  • Turkey carcass/bones may be swapped for the chicken!

Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock is the dump it and forget it way to make homemade chicken stock. It's so easy and so much better than store bought! @FlavortheMoment

Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock

Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock is the dump it and forget it way to make homemade chicken stock.  It’s so easy and so much better than store bought! {GF, Paleo}

Ingredients:

Chicken parts:

  • Cooked or raw chicken carcass, wings, necks, backbone, and giblets (do not use liver!), trimmed of excess fat, and cut into smaller pieces if necessary*

Aromatics:

  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large carrot, cut into large pieces
  • 1 large stalk celery, cut into large pieces

Bouquet Garni:

  • 1 small piece of cheesecloth or the dark green top of a leek
  • kitchen twine
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 peppercorns

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken parts and aromatics into a slow cooker and fill with water until it covers the mixture by about 2″. Set aside.
  2. Place the sprigs of thyme and parsley, bay leaf, and peppercorns on the cheesecloth or leek top, and tie together with a piece of kitchen twine. Place in the slow cooker with the chicken parts and aromatics.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8-24 hours, skimming the scum from the top occasionally. Strain into a large bowl using a fine mesh strainer and cool completely.
    Store in the refrigerator or portion and freeze in zip top bags or ice cube trays.

Recipe Notes:

  • This recipe can be made with any amount of bones. Simply use the same amount of aromatics and the bouquet garni and add enough water to cover by about 2″.
  • Don’t throw away that carcass from your cooked chicken! Place it in a zip-top bag and refrigerate it or freeze it until ready to use.
  • Any chicken parts will do, but be aware that if you use wings or other parts with the skin on, you should skim the scum from the top more often. Even with skimming, there’s a good chance that the stock will become cloudy as the fat will emulsify with the stock. If your stock does become cloudy, don’t worry — it will still taste great!
  • If your sieve isn’t catching all the particles from your stock, line it with a double layer of cheesecloth and strain once more.
  • This recipe is also perfect for turkey stock!
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Slow Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock is the dump it and forget it way to make homemade chicken stock. It's so easy and so much better than store bought! @FlavortheMoment