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Homemade Chicken Stock

This Homemade Chicken Stock has a full, rich flavor that has been slowly simmered for hours to give recipes a little extra boost.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Author Amanda Rettke--iamhomesteader.com


  • 1 whole chicken, meat mostly removed
  • 1 large red onion, quartered
  • 2 ribs celery cut into large pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into large pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorn, can use ground pepper instead
  • 12 cups water, (you may need less depending on the size of your chicken, start with 4 cups and add as needed)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled (optional)



  1. Place chicken in a large stockpot. Add onion, celery, carrots, salt, pepper, garlic (optional) and cover with water, making sure water is covering the ingredients (about 12 cups).

  2. Cook on a low simmer, covered for 4 hours. Add more water if needed to keep chicken covered with water while cooking.

  3. Remove chicken from the stock and strain the broth into jars through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding the vegetables.

  4. Store the stock in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator, or in your freezer for up to 3 months (using a freezer-safe container).


  1. Place the chicken into the slow cooker.

  2. Add in the onion, celery, carrots, salt, and peppercorn.

  3. Pour the water into the slow cooker until the ingredients are completely covered. Put the lid on, and cook on high for one hour.

  4. After cooking on high for one hour, change the setting to low to allow everything to simmer for 8-10 hours. (The longer it simmers, the more flavor you will get.)

  5. After it has simmered up to 10 hours, remove the bones and pour the stock through a small, fine-mesh strainer into jars.


  1. Put the chicken into the pot (no vegetables), add water to cover the chicken, lock the lid, and cook the chicken for about 25 minutes on high pressure.

  2. After the pressure releases naturally, remove the chicken (storing any that could be used later) and let the stock cool before pouring it into airtight containers.