I hate celery. The only time I buy it is when I make chicken stock, which is just stupid. There are recipes all over the internet that may have five ingredients or fifteen, but mine has just three: a chicken carcass, an onion, and a carrot.
Don’t have an onion or a carrot, no problem. Just throw the bones into the freezer until you get them.
Of course, you can make it fancier by roasting your bones and vegetables first or adding a bouquet garni. But you’re not looking for fancy, you’re looking for idiot proof.
What does one do wit chicken broth? Well, at the very least, you can use it to cook instant ramen to make it instantly chicken ramen. But you can also use it in pasta recipes, risotto, and soups (including kickass tortilla soup or Thai noodle soup. Or even dog food. I don’t salt my broth.
Idiot Proof Chicken Stock
NOTES: I leave the skin on the onion on because it gives the chicken stock a more appetizing yellow color. You may remove it if you choose.
a picked over, roasted chicken carcass/ you can also buy chicken bones in an Asian market
an onion, halved with the papery orange skin on. If there are big clumps of dirt on it, you can rinse them off. No biggie.
a carrot, also with the skin on, roughly chopped.
DIRECTIONS: Put the chicken carcass and chopped veggies in a large, heavy pot. Fill with water, leaving two inches of space from the rim and bring to a roiling boil. Reduce to a simmer and let it go for at least three hours. Strain out the vegetables and chicken. Cool, divvy up between the fridge and freezer.
And just in case, you’re wondering:
Chicken stock is made of chicken bones.
Chicken broth is made of chicken meat.