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Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Paleo Chicken Stock

Yield 4 L (1 gallon / 16 cups)
Preparation time 10 minutes (plus 1 hour marinating time)
Cooking time 6 – 12 hours

INGREDIENTS
1.5 kg (3 lb. 5 oz.) bony chicken parts (necks, backs, breastbones and wings)
2 – 4 chicken feet (optional)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
2 leeks (white part only), rinsed and roughly chopped
1 whole garlic bulb, cut in half
2 large handfuls flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, lightly crushed

METHOD
1 Place the chicken pieces in a stockpot or large saucepan. Add 5 litres of cold water, the vinegar, onion, carrot, celery, leek, garlic and peppercorns and leave to stand for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
2 Bring to the boil, continuously skimming off the skin and foam that forms on the surface of the liquid. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 6 – 12 hours. The longer you cook the stock the more the flavours will develop.
3 Allow to cool slightly before straining the stock through a fine sieve into a large storage container.
4 Cover and place in your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals.
5 Skim off the layer of fat from the top and reserve the fat and stock in covered containers in your refrigerator or freezer. The reserved fat can be used as cooking oil for meat, poultry and vegetables dishes.
6 The stock can be stored in the refrigerator up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months

Written by Pete Evans

A love of food saw Pete begin his career as chef and restaurateur at the age of 19, opening numerous award winning restaurants nationally as well as cooking in some of the finest restaurants globally.

Pete has not only cooked for the general public, but he’s also cooked a royal banquet for the Prince and Princess of Denmark, a private dinner for Martha Stewart, and even represented his hometown at the gala G?Day USA dinner for 600 in NYC.

Pete’s career has moved from the kitchen into the lounge room with many TV appearances including Lifestyle Channel’s Home show, Postcards from Home, FISH, My Kitchen Rules, Moveable Feast, and his latest The Paleo Way… stay tuned for Food is Medicine which is in pre production now!

It’s safe to say he knows his stuff, with over 10 bestselling cookbooks inspiring individuals and families in their kitchens around the world.

Pete’s also a simple guy. He loves his family, the ocean, surfing, and maintaining his own healthy lifestyle. When he changed his life to The Paleo Way of living, an abundance of mental, physical, and emotional changes followed. This paved the way for Pete’s belief that food can be medicine, and that it should be our first port of call for a healthier life.
They say the proof is in the pudding, and if hearing Pete speak about The Paleo Way isn’t enough to get you excited, almost nothing will.

As a certified health coach with qualifications from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Pete wants to change the lives of everyone around him, including you.

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