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Homemade Chicken Stock

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Nothing better than homemade chicken stock from scratch!  Make a big batch then freeze it until you need it


  • 4-5 pounds chicken leg quarters
  • 3 onions, quartered
  • 1 head garlic, sliced in half
  • 4 celery stalks, broken in half
  • 3 carrots, broken in half
  • 8 mushrooms, broken into pieces
  • 2 Tb whole black peppercorns
  • 3 Tb salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh italian parsley, crushed in your hands
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, crushed in your hands
  • 6-7 quarts cold water – just fill the pot to the top


  1. Dump everything into a large stock pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to low but allow the stock to simmer. Cook for 3 1/2 hours. **If you want to use the chicken, remove from the liquid after it boils for one hour. Remove the meat from the bones and return all the skin and bones back to the pot.
  2. Allow the broth to come to room temperature then strain out all the solids. If you want to remove all the chicken fat, refrigerate the stock and the fat will solidify on top then can easily be removed.
  3. Divide the liquid into containers. Can be frozen for 4-5 months.
  • Author: Carole Jones


  • Serving Size: 1 quart
  • Calories: 87
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 3581mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg