Basic Chicken Stock

This basic chicken stock yields a smaller quantity of stock and can be used for white sauces or soups.

Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking time: 3-4 hours
Yields 1 - 1.25 litres (about 2 pints)


  • 500g (½ pound) chicken bones (carcasses, backs, necks, feet or wings)
  • 1 medium sized onion peeled and left whole
  • 1 carrot halved
  • 1 stick celery cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) chunks
  • about 1.5 litres (3 pints) cold water (enough just to cover the bones)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper corns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 parsley stems
  • 1 sprig of thyme

basic chicken stock


  1. Place all the ingredients in a heavy based saucepan or stock pot and bring to the boil.
  2. Turn down the heat to a gentle simmer.
  3. Skim off any scum that forms on the surface.
  4. Cover saucepan and simmer very gently for 3 - 4 hours.
  5. Strain through a fine sieve.
  6. Refrigerate for 8 hours and remove any fat that settles on the surface.
  7. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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