John Besh's Chicken Stock Recipe

John Besh's Chicken Stock Recipe
Staff Writer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

I make my favorite chicken stock from the leftover carcasses of Sunday’s herb-roasted chicken. In the same way, I hang on to the fish heads and bones and the shells of shrimp, crab, and crawfish as flavor bases for the best stocks.

After making a pot of stock, I pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it. After they’re frozen, I store the cubes in a freezer bag. That way, I can easily retrieve them as I need them, without having to defrost quarts of stock at a time.

Adapted from My New Orleans: The Cookbook by John Besh.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 leek, white part only, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound roasted chicken bones and carcass
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

Directions

Heat the canola oil in a large pot over moderate heat. Cook the onions, celery, carrots, leeks, and garlic, stirring often, until they are soft but not brown, about 3 minutes.

Add the chicken bones and carcass, the bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns, and 3 quarts water. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to low and gently simmer, skimming any foam that rises to the surface, until the stock has reduced by half, about 2 hours.
Strain through a fine sieve into a container with a cover. Allow the stock to cool, cover and refrigerate, then skim off the fat. Freeze the stock in small batches to use later.

Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Chicken Cooking Tip

Allow meat to rest for at least ten minutes before slicing into it; otherwise, the juices will leak out.

Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.