Dinner is over and you find yourself with a roasted chicken carcass. You could toss it in the garbage – but if you toss it into the slow cooker with a few simple ingredients you’ll wake up to some delicious homemade chicken broth or stock. Last week we had rotisserie chicken spinach salad (thanks to a trip to Costco), so I took my rotisserie chicken carcass and made chicken broth while I slept!
I think Costco rotisserie chickens are my favorite. They are larger than the ones you’ll find at grocery stores and for only $4.99 they are definitely the best bargain. I do like the flavor better, too. And that transferred really well into the stock. I think it’s better than my homemade chicken broth using my own roasted chickens, which I made on the stove top.
Leftover roasted chicken carcass (basically everything leftover)
See my post about roasting chickens or just use a store bought one.
Five (5) carrots
Five (5) celery stalks
One (1) onion, quartered
Two (2) bay leaves
Parsley, fresh or dried
A couple whole garlic cloves (or not, if you don’t like it)
Salt, pepper to taste
HOW TO PREPARE
1.) Throw all ingredients into slow cooker
2.) Fill slow cooker with water, leave about an inch at the top to avoid overfilling
3.) Cook on high heat for about 8 hours. I have seen recipes that say to cook it on low, but I’m paranoid about keeping chicken at a low temperature for so long. That’s just me. So I cooked mine on high and it still turned out great. I’ve seen recipes that go for as long as 16 hours, but I found overnight was plenty on high.
4.) Using a ladle – spoon the broth mixture through a colander with very small holes into a larger bowl. If you have cheese cloth you can use this over a regular colander. This is to remove any bits of bone or vegetables from the broth. Be careful it will be hot.
5.) Pour strained broth into smaller containers for freezing. Leave some extra room to account for the liquid expansion when it freezes. I froze mine in 2 cup containers to make for easy measuring later.
Here are other Slow Cooker Crockpot recipes we’ve recently posted:
- Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples recipe
- Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Pumpkin recipe (you can’t taste the pumpkin!)
- Slow Cooker Chicken Santa Fe recipe
- Slow Cooker Breakfast – Overnight Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oats
- Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup recipe
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