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Easy Rotisserie Chicken Stock

Make your dinner go even further by whipping up this Rotisserie Chicken Stock! Using leftover rotisserie chicken bones and meat, you can make this scrumptious stock, great for many other uses. Carrots, celery, peppercorns, and bay leaves provide additional flavor in this easy recipe.
Headon view of Rotisserie Chicken Stock in Mason jars.

Make your dinner go even further by whipping up your own rotisserie chicken stock! Using leftover chicken bones and meat, you can make this scrumptious stock to add flavor to a variety of other recipes. With the help of some added carrots, celery, peppercorns, and bay leaves, this delicious homemade broth is packed with flavor.

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What Do I Need to Make Rotisserie Chicken Stock?

It couldn’t be easier to make your own stock at home with this simple recipe shortcut! And the best part about this recipe is that you can make it with just a few common ingredients. To make your own homemade chicken broth, you’ll need:

Overhead view of Rotisserie Chicken Stock Ingredients.

How Do I Make Rotisserie Chicken Stock?

Making homemade broth isn’t as difficult as you may think – especially if you have leftover rotisserie chicken! Just follow these quick and easy steps for turning your leftovers into a delicious and flavorful stock.

Step One: Combine the Ingredients

Add the chicken carcass to a large stockpot with the water, celery, carrots, whole black peppercorn, and bay leaves. Stir to mix all the ingredients together.

Overhead view of ingredients for chicken stock in a pot.

Step Two: Simmer the Broth

Heat the ingredients over high heat until the water comes to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow the liquid to simmer for two hours. At this point, the liquid should be reduced by half.

Step Three: Strain the Stock

Remove the large pieces of chicken and vegetables from the broth using a pair of tongs. After that, pour the liquid through a strainer to remove the smaller bits and pieces. When the broth is clear and smooth, enjoy it right away or store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

Pouring the chicken stock in Mason jars.

How Do You Store Homemade Chicken Broth?

Once you have your broth strained and ready to go, it will need to be safely stored so you can enjoy it later! Luckly, there are two different ways to store your stock, depending on when you plan to use it.

  • Refrigerator. If you plan to use your stock within the next few days, storing it in the refrigerator is a great option. First, allow the stock to cool slightly, then pour it into an airtight container. The stock can be refrigerated for up to one week.
  • Freezer. For more long-term storage, you can also keep your chicken stock stored in the freezer. Make sure to allow the broth to cool completely. Then, transfer it to a freezer-safe container or freezer bag. You can store the broth in the freezer for up to three months.

Rotisserie Chicken Stock Tips & Tricks

Using your leftover rotisserie chicken is one of the easiest preparation methods for making homemade broth. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean doesn’t mean you can’t use a little bit of help along the way! Use these tips and tricks to whip up this homemade stock today.

  • Crush the ingredients for more flavor. Although you can always allow the ingredients to cook without interfering, taking a few minutes to mash the ingredients after they’ve softened can add even more flavor to your stock. Halfway through the cooking time, use a wooden spoon or spatula to mash the carrots and celery slightly to release more flavor.
  • Strain the broth more than once. To ensure your broth is smooth and clear, it’s a good idea to strain the liquid a few times. This will help catch and remove all the bits and pieces from the liquid.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Quickly and easily adjust the flavor of your broth by seasoning it with a little bit of salt and pepper. Taste the broth and add the salt and pepper until your desired flavor is reached.
  • Try different meat. While this recipe is great with rotisserie chicken, you can easily substitute the meat to create different types of broth. Leftover turkey carcass is great for making turkey broth and large beef bones are perfect for beef broth.
  • Add different vegetables and seasoning. You can easily customize the flavor of your chicken stock by adding or removing ingredients. Mix in some fresh herbs (like sage or oregano) or other vegetables, like onion, garlic, or bell pepper. Or leave out the carrots or celery if you aren’t a fan of those flavors.

Headon view of Rotisserie Chicken Stock in a Mason jar.

Should I Remove the Meat from a Rotisserie Chicken Before Making Stock?

One of the advantages of using rotisserie chicken to make your homemade stocks it that you only need the bones from the bird! That means you can remove the meat from the chicken before you start boiling the stock.

While it’s fine to keep a small amount of meat on the bones before you start cooking your stock, it’s best to pull off as much meat as you can.

The chicken meat can be used immediately or stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can also freeze the rotisserie chicken meat for up to three months.

2 jars of chicken stock.

Headon view of Rotisserie Chicken Stock in Mason jars.

Rotisserie Chicken Stock

Make your dinner go even further by whipping up this Rotisserie Chicken Stock! Using leftover rotisserie chicken bones and meat, you can make this scrumptious stock, great for many other uses. Carrots, celery, peppercorns, and bay leaves provide additional flavor in this easy recipe.
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Course: Cooking Ingredients
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Rotisserie Chicken Stock
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4 8 ounce servings
Calories: 157kcal

Equipment

  • Large Stock Pot
  • Strainer
  • Tongs

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot.
  • Let simmer for 2 hours or until about half of the liquid evaporates.
  • Remove the large pieces out of the stock (use tongs, if desired, as it will be hot) and strain what remains so that you have a smooth stock leftover.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can also use it immediately, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

If desired, halfway through the cooking time, you can crush the ingredients like the carrots, to extract more flavor for your stock. This isn’t necessary for a yummy stock, but doesn’t hurt in the slightest.
You can add salt and pepper, if you like, but since I use my stock in other recipes, I like to leave, at least, the salt out. This is a preference, so you can add salt and pepper if you prefer.
Don’t have a rotisserie chicken carcass? That’s ok, you can swap it out for leftover turkey bones/meat or a nice hearty beef bone as well to make a beef or turkey stock.
Don’t be afraid to strain the stock multiple times to get the smoothest outcome.
What’s great about this stock is that you can customize it to your preferences. Like a bit of herb flavor popping through? Go ahead and add those herbs! Don’t like the taste of celery coming through? Remove it! Adjust to your taste preferences and make it your own.

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 71g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 877mg | Potassium: 931mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 7732IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg
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