Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chicken Stock

This is my amazing chicken stock.  I am serious, it is the best.  My father actually taught me how to make this, and he is one of the reasons for my cooking.  I use this for all my soups as a basis.  The key ingredient to a good chicken stock and soup is parsnip.  If you have not used parsnip in your stock to date you are missing out.  Also another key is that you sauté your vegetables in olive oil first for a few minutes to get the vegetable flavors.  If you are adding your vegetables to boiling water your loose the taste of those vegetables in a stock.

When you make chicken stock use a whole chicken, it is a money saver.  You can remove the chicken breasts from the chicken, and save for another dinner, and then cut up the rest of the chicken and put it into the pot.  If you are new to cutting a whole chicken don’t worry you are just making chicken stock, it doesn’t matter how you cut it, so just go for it and practice. Also, from one whole chicken you get two chicken breasts for another dinner, chicken stock, and cooked chicken for a chicken salad.  That is much cheaper than buying all those pieces separate.

This chicken stock can be frozen or just saved in containers in the refrigerator.  Another great idea is to put chicken stock in your ice cub trays.  So if the recipe calls for a little chicken stock you can just take a few cubes from the ice cube tray and you don’t have to use a huge container.

Also using this recipe you can make an excellent soups and even my excellent chicken soup, that recipe is coming soon.

It is very easy and your will love it.

Chicken Stock

1 whole chicken
2 carrots
1 small celery root
2 stalks of celery
1 parsnip
2 yellow onions
1 whole garlic
1 tsp of paprika
7 whole allspice
7 whole black pepper
4 bay leaves
½ bottle of dry white wine
6 cups water
1 tsp kosher salt

– Cut all the vegetables into small cubes (carrots, celery root, celery, parsnip, and onions)
– Clean the garlic and smash each clove or you can chop it to your liking
– Pour some olive oil into your pot and let it warm a little.  Then put all your vegetables and garlic into the pot and sauté for about 5 minutes.
– Take the allspice and black pepper and crush in a mortar and pour into your pot
– Then take the rest of the spices (paprika, bay leave, and salt) and pour into the pot
– Sauté for about 5 more minutes
– Pour half a bottle of dry white wine into the pot
 – Let it cook for 5 minutes
– Pour in the water
– Bring it to boil and taste if you want more salt for flavor. I usually add some.
– Take your whole chicken and clean it as you wish.  I save the breasts for other dinners.  Take the insides (heart, liver etc.) and put into pot.  Cut the wings off and cut them into two pieces and put into the pot.  Cut the legs off and cut into two pieces and put into pot.  Then take the rest of the whole chicken body and put into the pot.  If you do not want to cut the chicken up and want to use the whole chicken for the soup you would cut the chicken in half and put both halves into the pot.  Let the chicken simmer for 45 minutes.
– After simmering for 45 minutes take the chicken out and let cool. You can make chicken salad out of this chicken.
– Take away any remaining chicken fat that has risen to the top of the soup.
– Using a potato masher, crush the vegetables.  Then using a colander drain the stock into another bowl and remove all the vegetables.  I usually through out these vegetables.
– You can freeze this and save the stock in containers, ice cube trays or make soup right away.
– Makes about 8 cups of stock.


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31 Responses to “Chicken Stock”

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    Melissa - bargainshoppermom — July 29, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    Hmmmm parsnip…never tried. Love your blog! Your pictures are great!!!


    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

      Melissa – Ohh you are missing out on the parsnip!! Let me know if you do try it out.

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    Mike — July 29, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    I’ve had Ewa’s chicken soup and I’ve had her Dad’s soup. Absolutely the best!!!!!!

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    Magdalena — July 30, 2010 @ 12:19 am

    Hi Delish. I make very similar stock but always with a parsley root .
    Parsley root is a Polish specialty – it is smaller, spicier and gives more flavor than sweet parsnip.
    Unfortunately in France and in general abroad, it is difficult to buy the root parsley, where it was replaced by a parsnip (at least one can buy parsnip – a few years ago no parsley roots and no parsnips).
    I always have some stock frozen, to use for the sauces or risotto.
    Have a NICE DAY!

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

      Magdalena – Sorry for the late reply but i have been moving and just getting back into the swing of things. Hmmm so interesting about parsley root I am going to have to find it here and try it out. I do use celery root sometimes but i have never tried parsley root. You got me very curious now. So funny to hear about France, you would think you could find everything there 🙂

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    Darina — July 31, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    This is a great recipe. Now I have no reason not to make my own chicken stock–which really is much better for you. And better tasting. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

      Darina – Sorry for the late reply but i have been moving and i am just now getting back into things. It is an awesome recipe. No excuses now not to make stock! 🙂

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    Sonia Barton — August 1, 2010 @ 10:00 am

    I love your blog – so creative – it actually makes me want to cook – even though I don’t. (there are many reasons why I don’t currently cook – I’ll get back to it some day) You are helping that along faster than it would have gone on it’s own.

    I came over to tell you that I was awarded an Award this morning and part of it is passing it on. I have included you in the pass along.

    Come see and post if you choose to accept.

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

      Sonia, so sorry for the late reply i have been moving this past month and have not had a lot of time to blog. THANK YOU for the award. I will write about it on my blog and let you know when it is up. Thanks again!

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    Juliana — August 2, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    Great recipe for chicken stock…will definitely use it 🙂

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

      Juliana – I would love to hear about it 🙂

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    redmenace — August 3, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    I must use chicken stock more than anything else in cooking. Lemon, of course, is a close second. Your recipe looks perfect. Thank you!

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

      Robin – sorry for the late reply on this but i have been moving and my blog has suffered due to it, but i am back now. Let me know when you try it and how it goes. So lemon huh? I am curious now, what do you use lemon for that you make a lot of? I do use it for dressing, on fish, drinks, lemon soup, but not that much that i would say it is my 2nd after chicken stock. So now i am really curious what you use it for.

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    honeybee — August 22, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

    mmmm… i always want to make self-made chicken stock rather than use the instant pack available at shop. Great post!

    • Delishhh replied: — August 27th, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

      Honeybee – Ohh you should try it. It is very easy and you can make lots of it and freeze it.

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    honeybee — August 22, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    how long you can keep the chicken stock in refrigerator?

    • Delishhh replied: — August 27th, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

      Honeybee – at least a week. I have kept it two weeks. But if i need to keep it longer i make small containers and put it in the freezer.

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