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Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

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Put those leftover chicken bones to good use with this healthy slow cooker chicken stock. Perfect to use in homemade soups.

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Making homemade healthy slow cooker chicken stock is so simple and tastes much better than store bought. There’s not a lot of effort involved. Everything goes into the slow cooker and simmers all day long.

Store your chicken bones in the freezer until you have enough to make for stock, or use the bones of a rotisserie chicken after using up the meat.

What is the difference between chicken stock and chicken broth?

Stock is made by cooking the bones, mirepoix (onions, carrots, celery), and water for several hours. Broth is made by cooking the meat, mirepoix and water for a short amount of time, typically under 2 hours.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Perfect way to use up leftover chicken bones
  • Tastes great in soups, gravies, sauces and more
  • Great way to use leftover chicken bones
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Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

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How to make this recipe

1 – Place the chicken bones in the slow cooker. Chop one onion and add it to the slow cooker. Slice the other onion in half and push the whole cloves into the onion halves.

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2 – Add the remaining ingredients.

3 – Cover the slow cooker and cook at low for 12 hours.

chicken stock ingredients in the slow cooker

4 – Strain the liquid in a large bowl and refrigerate overnight. Skim the fat from the top of the liquid and discard.

5 – Use the stock in your favorite dishes and enjoy.

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How do I store my homemade chicken stock?

Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 5-6 days.

Can I store chicken stock in the freezer?

Add stock for freezer safe reusable bags and freezer flat. Properly stored, the stock should last a couple months.

Calories per serving (1/12 of the stock): 30

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Yield: 12 Servings

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

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Put those leftover chicken bones to good use with this healthy chicken stock that slow cooks all day. Perfect to use in homemade soups.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken bones (rotisserie chicken bones works great)
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and ends chopped off
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 10 cups water

Instructions

1. Place the chicken bones in the slow cooker. Chop one onion and add it to the slow cooker. Slice the other onion in half and push the whole cloves into the onion halves.

2. Add the remaining ingredients.

3. Cover the slow cooker and cook at low for 12 hours.

4. Strain the liquid into a large bowl and refrigerate overnight. Skim the fat from the top of the liquid and discard.

5. Use the stock in your favorite dishes and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 230mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Emily Flint

Monday 15th of March 2021

I make chicken stock all the time on my stovetop and never thought to do it in my slow cooker. What a great idea! I also like your flavor additions, just slightly different than I've done in the past but it made the stock extra yummy!

simplylowcal

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Thanks, Emily! The slow cooker makes this so convenient. :)

Michelle

Monday 15th of March 2021

This is my kind of fix it and forget it recipe. So easy, and so much better than store bought

simplylowcal

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Thanks, Michelle. I agree, so much better than store bought. :)

Elizabeth

Monday 15th of March 2021

Homemade chicken stock is the best, and making it in the slow cooker makes it even easier and fuss free to make! Great recipe!

simplylowcal

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Thanks, Elizabeth!

Julia

Monday 15th of March 2021

Perfect recipe! I have all the ingredients and need to stock up on chicken broth 😍

simplylowcal

Sunday 21st of March 2021

I hope you enjoy it, Julia.

shanna

Monday 15th of March 2021

I love how easy this is to make and that it is healthier.

simplylowcal

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Thanks, Shanna!

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