Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

Slow Cooker Chicken Stock
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock
Colin Lucy

Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

The slow cooker is the perfect vessel for making chicken stock because it cooks low and slow, allowing the flavors to meld together gently. The stock doesn’t need to be tended to at all. You can usually buy chicken bones from your local butcher, but if you cannot find any, you can use chicken thighs and wings.

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3
Servings
1608
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Note: A good method for cooling stock quickly is to place the stockpot in a sink filled with ice and cold water. Stir the stock intermittently as it cools.

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, halved
  • 3 quarts water, cold or at room temperature
  • 1 rib celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 Pounds raw chicken bones, including carcass, necks, and feet (no fat or skin, but bits of meat are OK), rinsed in cold water
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a 6-quart slow cooker.

Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours.

Skim the surface of the stock, and then strain the stock through a large fine-mesh sieve into a large stockpot or container (discard the bones and vegetables). Allow the stock to cool thoroughly (see Note). Then cover and refrigerate it overnight.

Use a spoon to remove any congealed fat from the surface of the chilled stock, and discard it. Store the stock in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze it in 2- or 4-cup containers, or in ice-cube trays for use in individual dishes, for up to 1 month.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
112g
100%
Saturated Fat
32g
100%
Cholesterol
680mg
100%
Carbohydrate, by difference
1g
1%
Protein
138g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
1752µg
100%
Vitamin B-12
8µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
3mg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
20mg
27%
Calcium, Ca
83mg
8%
Folate, total
227µg
57%
Iron, Fe
10mg
56%
Magnesium, Mg
151mg
47%
Niacin
50mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
8mg
100%
Phosphorus, P
1125mg
100%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
89µg
100%
Sodium, Na
529mg
35%
Water
501g
19%
Zinc, Zn
11mg
100%

Slow Cooker 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.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cooking Tip

Legs take longer than breasts to cook. For more consistent results, mark the chicken on the grill and then finish cooking them in an oven.