John Besh's Chicken Stock Recipe

John Besh's Chicken Stock Recipe
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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.


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.


Calories per serving:

9 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Low Fat Abs, Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 1g 1%
  • Carbs 0g 0%
  • Saturated 0g 0%
  • Fiber 0g 0%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 0g 1%
  • Cholesterol 1mg 0%
  • Sodium 6mg 0%
  • Calcium 1mg 0%
  • Magnesium 0mg 0%
  • Potassium 3mg 0%
  • Iron 0mg 0%
  • Zinc 0mg 0%
  • Phosphorus 1mg 0%
  • Vitamin A 3µg 0%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 0%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 0%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 0%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin K 0µg 0%
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