Monday, November 2, 2009

Chicken in a Crockpot & Homemade Chicken Stock

So I saw this at 2 separate blogs, and after giving it a few tries, I thought I'd share! I saw this at The Grocery Cart Challenge and The Happy Housewife. and was truly inspired to give it a try.

Now there is a disclaimer. Cooking a whole chicken and it's assorted leftover "parts" is not pretty. It is actually very non-photogenic. If you don't like to touch a whole chicken or leftover bits, this won't be pleasant for you. But, I think it's totally worth it for great stock.

I filled the slow cooker with celery, onion, carrot and garlic, and smashed a chicken into the pot, too. I came to the realization that I need a bigger crockpot. I could barely get all my veggies AND my chicken in there. I looked at my favorite thift store for a bigger crock, but no luck yet so I added it to my Christmas list. I cooked the chicken on low for 8 hours.

Then I took the chicken out to serve for dinner, and got as much of the meat off of the bones and saved that for another night. I put the chicken carcass back into the crockpot with the veggies and chicken juice, and filled it up with water. Below is the contents of the crockpot before filling it up with water: (I know, not very yummy looking)

So I cooked the crockpot full of chicken parts and water all night on low. This totally freaked me out - I woke up at 1:40 am freaking that the crockpot was on fire or some totally ridiculous dream. Then...I couldn't get back to sleep. So I ended up watching PBS at 3 am, smelling chicken stock the entire night. It made me very hungry.

The next morning, I drained out all the "parts" and veggies and spilt up the stock. It was way too early to be dealing with chicken stock after smelling it all night, but I got 2 yogurt containers full of the good stuff.

I have started buying extra chickens to have on hand to make this more often. I loved that the homemade stock so much better than the boxes of (expensive!) stock I had been buying. What a great idea!

This recipe is now included in my Creatively Domestic's Freezer Meals ebook for sale on Amazon. To view this recipe and many others, please visit (and buy if you're interested) from that site.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking

1 comment:

  1. Oh baby, oh baby. Try this with a turkey carcass after Thanksgiving. I freeze my broth in one or two cup portions, great for gravy/sauce or soup. And since we usually deep fry our Thanksgiving bird (no drippings for gravy, the best part), I get a package of legs the week before, roast them and then make broth. Wow.

    I let the broth cool before putting it up in plastic. Hot liquid + plastic containers = a little toxic for me.