Chicken Stock Cheat

IMG_2879I’m one of those people who actually takes the time to make my own chicken stock. About once a month I buy a whole chicken or breasts on the bone and keep the bones and trimmings in the freezer. Then, usually on a rainy day, I add them to a large pot with onion, carrot, celery and a few bay leaves, salt and pepper and leave to simmer for a few hours. It doesn’t take a lot of effort and it’s nice to be able to control the sodium and additives. I simply store in the fridge in mason jars (the larger size are a perfect 2 cup serving) and use them for gravy and soups.

However, because I make stock at home, it’s never on my grocery list and sometimes forget to check my stash before menu planning. Just the other night I was trying to make broccoli soup and whoops, no stock to be found. What to do?

Here’s my super easy chicken stock cheat. I grab a bone, some onion, carrot and bay leaves and add to a microwavable dish and zap it for about 8 min. Viola! ‘Chicken Stock’ that’ll do just fine for a soup.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

1 CHICKEN BONE

1/2 SMALL CARROT CHOPPED

1 LARGE SLICE YELLOW ONION

2 BAY LEAVES

SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE

DIRECTIONS:

Add all ingredients along with 2 cups water to a microwave safe dish.

Microwave on high for approximately 8 minutes.

Strain and use according to your recipe.

Prep Time: 2 min

Cooking Time: 8 min

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