Leftover Roast Chicken Stock Recipe
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Next time you roast a chicken, save the bones and roasting juices to make the best ever chicken stock. The chicken stock made from roasting chicken is so rich and delicious, I must admit that I love and look forward to my bowl of chicken macaroni soup made from the leftover chicken the next day, more than the roast chicken itself. I read that in restaurants’ kitchens, the chefs deliberately roast the chicken bones before using them to make stock, but since home cooking is so small-scale, it may not be economical to do so. So what better chance to make restaurant-quality chicken stock at home, than when you already have a roasted chicken in the oven. To me, the taste of home-made chicken stock made from roasted chicken is unbeatable. It is my ultimate comfort food. Nothing goes to waste from your roast chicken, so this is a really frugal way of cooking. For chicken stock using freshly bought chicken bone, check out this tutorial on how to make your own chicken stock.
Step 1: Reserve the pan juices and herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, garlic and bay leaf) which you used to roast your chicken as well as the chicken carcass, including the the wing tips and bones. I even deliberately roasted a few extra chicken feet I kept in the freezer together with my roast chicken. After roasting chicken, the cavity is filled with delicious juices so empty them into the pan as well.
Step 10: Store the stock in a container. It keeps in the fridge for a week or so. You can also freeze the stock where it keeps for 2 months. Do not refreeze the broth once it has thawed, therefore fit them in volumes which you use for your recipes and soups (such as 600ml container or even ice-cube trays). You will notice that upon chilling (pictured above), the fats float to the top and harden. This is your best chance to scrap off the fats with a spoon.
Step 11: You can use the stock for anything. I love to use it the day after for my chicken macaroni soup. Just bring the stock to a boil, add leftover shredded chicken to warm through. Pour the soup over some cooked macaroni.