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How to Make Chicken Stock: The Easy Way

Find out how to make chicken stock, the easy way for a rich stock free of preservatives & chemicals.

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock isn’t pretty, is it? But at least it makes food tastes pretty good!

I shared how to make “roasted” chicken in your Crockpot last Thursday.  Today, I’m going to share how to make easy homemade chicken stock also in your crockpot using your leftovers from the Crockpot Lemon Garlic Whole Chicken or another whole chicken. 

I learned how to do this from 100 days of real food and actually that was where I first saw the idea of cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot. 

Once you have cooked your crockpot chicken and taken all your leftover meat off your chicken.  Throw all your bones, skin, onion, and garlic (whatever was left) back into your crockpot.  If you used the Crockpot Lemon Garlic Whole Chicken recipe you will want to take out the lemons but leave everything else.

Chop up some carrots, celery & onion if you have any and add some fresh herbs.  If you used the lemon garlic whole chicken recipe, having all those ingredients really isn’t important since you already have a lot of flavors in the chicken juice at the bottom.  If you are using leftover chicken bones from something else you may want to make sure you have all or most of the ingredients. 

I have made this many times without all the herbs or vegetables because my local store does not have a good fresh herb selection and what it does have is high priced.  So don’t skip making this just because you don’t have everything.

Then you fill your crockpot to the top with water and turn on low and leave overnight.  

In the morning you will have homemade chicken stock.  It’s really that easy. 

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 20 minutes


  • Leftover bones from Crockpot Lemon Garlic Whole Chicken or another Whole Chicken
  • 1 onion, chopped in chunks
  • 1 rib of celery, chopped in chunks
  • 1 carrot, chopped in chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • Water


  1. Put your bones in your crockpot and add onion, carrot, celery and herbs.
  2. Fill the crockpot with water until almost at the top.
  3. Turn your crockpot on low and leave overnight or at least 8 hours.
  4. Let stock cool for awhile before storing it.
  5. Pass stock through a colander or sieve so you don't get any bones or herbs into your stock.
  6. Store in refrigerator or freezer.


I usually freeze mine in 1 and 2 cup portions in freezer bags and freeze for later use. Defrost in refrigerator.
Made sure bags aren't touching as they freeze or they will freeze together.

I love making my own chicken stock.  It saves money, it’s easy and you can freeze it to use later!  With soup season and the holidays coming, it will be great to have chicken stock on hand.  

Freezer Chicken Stock

Ready for the Freezer


Yummy recipes that use chicken stock:

 Roasted Red Pepper Bisque

Roasted Red Pepper Bisque


2 Bean Dip 

2 Bean Dip
 Have you ever made your own chicken stock?  What other cooking staples do you make yourself?
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Catherine Buller-Sokolowski

Friday 12th of January 2018

Thanks for sharing your 40 healthy dinners. Your crockpot chicken recipe brought me here and I'm so glad it did! I have wanted an easy way to make stock for a long time. This is perfect!

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Friday 9th of January 2015

[…] it so much.  But I love how it takes little effort, produces great results, and I get free chicken stock out of it as well!  I mean seriously that’s […]

ann brezek

Wednesday 11th of June 2014

I do a turkey frame soup but have never done it in a crock pot! the begining of that recipe kinda sounds like this! Hmmmmm


Friday 13th of June 2014

If you try it in your crockpot let me know. That soup sound interesting, I've never made anything like that.

Diane Hill Roark

Saturday 8th of February 2014


I need to make a lot of this chicken stock up and freeze it. I use so much chicken stop everyday, especially this time of the year for soups. I pinned it! Blessings, Diane Roark


Friday 13th of June 2014

Thanks for pinning Diane. I love having chicken stock in my freezer. Saves money and I think it tastes better!

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Friday 24th of January 2014

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