Easy chicken stock

Chicken Stock

Serves 2

  • 2 kg raw higher-welfare chicken carcasses, legs or wings chopped

  • ½ head garlic, unpeeled and bashed

  • 5 sticks celery, roughly chopped

  • 2 medium leeks, roughly chopped

  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped

  • 2 large carrots, roughly chopped

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

  • 5 sprigs of fresh parsley

  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme

  • 5 whole black peppercorns

  • 6 litres cold water

Place the chicken carcasses, garlic, vegetables, herbs and peppercorns in a large, deep-bottomed pan. Add the cold water and bring to the boil, skim, then turn the heat down to a simmer. Continue to simmer gently for 3-4 hours, skimming as necessary, then pass the stock through a fine sieve. Allow to cool for about half an hour, then refrigerate. Once the stock is cold it should look clear and slightly amber in colour. I usually divide it into small plastic containers at this point and freeze it. It will keep in the fridge for about 4 days and in the freezer for 2-3 months.



Try this: If you still think you can't be bothered to make stock, then use some good chicken bouillon, or simply buy it premade.

Nutritional Information

Easy chicken stock

The best thing to do with Sunday roast leftovers

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This chicken stock recipe is so simple – just chuck a few things in a pan and let it do its thing
Serves 2
4h 20m (plus cooling time)
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Stock is usually one of those things that even chefs don't have time for at home, but here is a really easy recipe for a good chicken stock. I find that I tend to make this after we've had our Sunday roast − I just throw the carcass in a pan with any root veg and herbs I happen to have. However, you'll probably get a cleaner-tasting stock if you use raw carcasses.

Place the chicken carcasses, garlic, vegetables, herbs and peppercorns in a large, deep-bottomed pan. Add the cold water and bring to the boil, skim, then turn the heat down to a simmer. Continue to simmer gently for 3-4 hours, skimming as necessary, then pass the stock through a fine sieve. Allow to cool for about half an hour, then refrigerate. Once the stock is cold it should look clear and slightly amber in colour. I usually divide it into small plastic containers at this point and freeze it. It will keep in the fridge for about 4 days and in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Try this: If you still think you can't be bothered to make stock, then use some good chicken bouillon, or simply buy it premade.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 1472
    74%
  • Carbs 25.8g
    10%
  • Sugar 18.6g 21%
  • Fat 91.6g 130%
  • Saturates 25.3g 126%
  • Protein 129.8g 288%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 2 kg raw higher-welfare chicken carcasses, legs or wings chopped

  • ½ head garlic, unpeeled and bashed

  • 5 sticks celery, roughly chopped

  • 2 medium leeks, roughly chopped

  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped

  • 2 large carrots, roughly chopped

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

  • 5 sprigs of fresh parsley

  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme

  • 5 whole black peppercorns

  • 6 litres cold water