Homemade Chicken Stock

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 10 cups
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1 chicken back and breastbone

8 sprigs parsley

3 stalks celery, halved 

1 carrot, halved 

1 clove garlic, halved 

1 medium onion, halved 

1 medium tomato, halved 

8 black peppercorns 

2 bay leaves 


  1. Put the chicken back and breastbone, parsley, celery, carrots, garlic, onions, tomatoes, peppercorns and bay leaves in a large (6-quart) pot. Add water to cover completely, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and cook at a bare simmer, skimming the scum from the surface periodically and adding additional hot water as needed to keep the ingredients submerged, until the stock is flavorful, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Strain the stock through a fine-mesh sieve, and then divide it between two containers to cool quickly. Let cool completely before freezing or refrigerating. The stock keeps for about 1 week in the refrigerator and for many months in the freezer.