Taproot at Home :: Homemade Chicken Broth

Taproot at Home :: Homemade Chicken Broth

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Homemade Chicken Broth

Recipe by Ashley English 
Photographs by Rikki Snyder
Originally published in Issue 7::GATHER. Also available with additional recipes in Special Edition, MAKE

Chicken broth is exceptionally easy to make at home and unrivaled in flavor and texture to its store-bought counterpart. Save the unused bits when making spatchcocked chicken and you’ll already have most of your ingredients assembled come stock-making time! 

carcass and any leftover skin from cooked chicken, and reserved giblets, neck and backbone
3-5 quarts of water
1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
2 cloves peeled garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt
a bay leaf
several whole black peppercorns
several sprigs of fresh thyme and/or parsley, if desired


  1. Put everything but the sea salt into a stockpot; cover with the water.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a very low simmer.
  3. Cook uncovered for 3-4 hours, occasionally skimming the foam off of the top.
  4. Add the salt, and adjust to taste.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve.
  6. Cool the chicken stock in a bowl in the fridge. Remove any fat that hardens on top upon cooling.

The stock will keep in the fridge for a few days, or the freezer for a few months. Happy cooking!