A pot of homemade chicken stock with a ladle hovering over it with some chicken stock
Homemade Chicken Stock aka Penicillin Soup!

This liquid gold has been hailed as one of the healthiest superfoods, helping many with aliments from bad digestion to flu symptoms. For this reason, chicken soup is often called “Penicillin soup” due to chicken also containing an amino acid called cysteine which thins any excess mucus in the lungs and helps in the healing process of many illnesses.

Homemade chicken stock served as a broth or soup is a natural remedy for many illnesses and adds a nutritional and flavour boost to many dishes. A healthy gut recipe, this chicken stock takes 24 hours to come to perfection to add to soups, stews, risottos, sauces, etc. Best of all, make a huge batch and freeze in smaller portions for future cooking.

Most store-bought stock cubes contain wheat flour, but food manufacturers are starting to take notice of gluten-free options and are adding friendly flours like cornflour or potato flour to their cubes. Just double-check the packaging before adding it to your shopping basket.

Read my blog on Why Stock Taking is a Must in a domestic kitchen, especially for gluten-free diets. This blog will give you detailed information about all the advantages of making homemade stock, including chicken stock.

Chicken stock ingredients next to the Instant pot

If you haven’t got much room in your freezer for containers of liquid stock, then try making a concentrated reduction into stock cubes. Boil down the strained stock to a thick gel, taking care not to let it stick to the bottom and pour them into ice-cube containers to solidify. These can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks or in the freezer for at least 6 months.

A pot of homemade chicken stock with a ladle hovering over it with some chicken stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

by Sandra - Fun Without Gluten
Homemade Chicken Stock is a natural remedy for many illnesses and adds a nutritional and flavour boost to many dishes. A healthy gut recipe, this chicken stock takes 24 hours to come to perfection to add to soups, stews, risottos, sauces, etc. Best of all, make a huge batch and freeze in smaller portions for future cooking.
Using a whole chicken to make the stock will give you plenty of tender, poached chicken meat to add to use in salads, sandwich fillings, pasta dishes, pie fillings or whatever dish calls for cooked chicken meat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 15 mins
Course Basics, Soups
Cuisine General
Servings 800 ml

Equipment

  • Large, deep stockpot, or
  • Slow Cooker/Crockpot, or
  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole, raw chicken, with giblets & liver (if included)
  • 1 onion, cut in half
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 leek, remove end and wash well, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery sticks & leaves, roughly chopped
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley leaves and stems
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • salt, to taste (only add at the end of cooking)

Instructions
 

Slow Cooking the Chicken Stock

  • Stuff the whole chicken’s cavity with some of the vegetables, herbs and onions.
  • Fill the deep stockpot, a crockpot or an Instant Pot two thirds full with room temperature tap water and add the chicken.
  • Bring the water up to a slow boil for 30 minutes, removing the scum and dirt that floats to the surface. If your chicken is organic, there will be less scum to remove.
    removing the scum off the surface of the chicken stock
  • Lower the temperature to a low simmer. Add the vegetables, herbs, peppercorns and vinegar. Cover the pot.
    vegetables going into a slow cooker to make gluten-free stock
  • After 4 hours, remove the chicken, and transfer to a colander with a bowl underneath to catch any liquid.
  • Allow to cool slightly and remove all the white and dark meat, including the skin from the whole chicken. Discard the skin and transfer all the chicken meat to a container to use in salads, sandwich fillings, pasta dishes, pie fillings or whatever dish calls for cooked chicken meat.
  • Return all the bones and cartilages to the stock.
  • Cover the pot and simmer for another 12 to 20 hours. The stock will take on a rich, brown colour. The longer you cook the stock, the darker and richer it will appear. You may need to top it up with some more water to keep it from reducing too much.

Storage

  • When you are satisfied with the colour and flavour (add salt only now!), remove the bones and vegetables, and allow to cool before straining the soup through a fine-mesh sieve into a large container. Remove any fat that rises to the top.
  • Once it has cooled down completely, cover and chill until needed.
  • After a few hours, a layer of fat should settle on the surface of the soup. This will be easy to remove when the stock is cold. Remove it with a spoon and discard.
    Removing the fat from the surface of the chicken stock
  • Return to several portion size containers to either chill or freeze.

Notes

  • Keeps for one week chilled
  • Suitable to freeze for 6 months
 
NUTRITION TIP
The stock may appear gelatinous. This is a good sign that the collagen in the bones & cartilages have slowly been extracted into the stock and formed gelatine, not to mention many beneficial minerals and nutrients. This is the superfood component in healthy bone broth.
QUICK TIP
If you don’t have a fine-mesh sieve, you can use a paper coffee filter to slowly sieve the stock
Keyword gluten-free basics, gluten-free bone broth, gluten-free soups, gluten-free stock
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