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Home-made Low Sodium Chicken Stock

Home-made Low Sodium Chicken Stock

You’ll never want to go back to store-bought after making this aromatic broth! This recipe freezes very well (freeze in small portions to make it easier to thaw).

Ingredients

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 2 lb (1 kg) whole chicken
  • 16 cups (4 L) water
  • 2 onion(s), skin on, ends removed
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrot(s), sliced
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) allspice, whole
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) cloves, whole
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) hot red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Remove neck and giblets from chicken cavity if they are there.

  2. In a large soup pot with lid, place chicken in 4 quarts (4 L) cold water. Add rest of ingredients, including the whole onions (ends removed) and slowly bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer on low heat for at least 2 hours. Adjust the heat so that the stock boils gently during this time - a rapid boil creates cloudier broth.

  3. Remove from the heat and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  4. Strain liquid into a large bowl or second pot. Discard vegetables, seasonings, bones and chicken skin. Put the meat in a shallow container and cool at room temperature for 15 minutes, then refrigerate for up to 2 days or put in container(s) and freeze.

  5. Before using discard the fat that accumulates on top.

Leaving the skin on the onions gives the broth a nice colour.

The nutrient analysis includes skin and meat from whole chicken. The skin won’t be consumed so nutrient analysis over-estimates fat and some nutrients.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 275 g serving Amount
  • Calories 120
  • Protein 10 g
  • Fat 8 g
  • Saturated Fat 2 g
  • Carbohydrate 3 g
  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sugar 1 g
  • Cholesterol 35 mg
  • Sodium 50 mg
  • Per 275 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 4
  • Calcium 2
  • Iron 4
  • Vitamin A 2
  • Vitamin C 4
  • Vitamin B6 12
  • Vitamin B12 8
  • Folate 2
  • Magnesium 6
  • Zinc 8

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