I’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.
1 CHICKEN BONE
1/2 SMALL CARROT CHOPPED
1 LARGE SLICE YELLOW ONION
2 BAY LEAVES
SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE
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