How to make chicken stock

The best homemade chicken stock has a secret ingredient.  Chicken feet!  Unfortunately, chicken feet look a lot like our hands and make it hard to think of cooking with them!  But this is actually one of the healthiest and best things you can do for your body!  Adding chicken feet to your stock multiplies the collagen and gelatin.  Protect your joints, gut, and health by regularly making + using chicken stock in your meals. 
This is a GAPS staple!  And most people following the #gapsdiet blend skin and tissues into the broth for the most nutritious + beneficial version of chicken soup.  

Homemade chicken stock is incredibly easy to make and very well worth it.  Store bought chicken stock is usually super bland and there’s always more than stock in the package.  For instance, ingredients like artificial flavors, MSG, sodium (the bad one), and preservatives.  No need to get more of that stuff in the body over something so simple and affordable. 


Do you use chicken stock as a base for your soups and stews? 

Chicken stock is perfect for stews, it gives the best flavor naturally.  No need to add knorr bouillon cubes when you’re using homemade stock!  Bouillon cubes are used as a shortcut for a flavorful stock but where is the shortcut in MSG, table salt, and GMOs?  Nope no thanks! 

To save time in the kitchen and cook in batches, I like to use a whole chicken to knock two birds with one stone.  No pun intended 😉 You’ll get a few meals worth of cooked chicken plus a big batch of chicken stock.  Everytime I cook chicken stock this way, I also make a big batch of chicken soup right after since the stock and chicken are ready just add the veggies.  

Organic chicken or pastured

Use the best quality chicken you can find.  Whether it’s Mary Organic Chicken at your local grocery store or a pastured hen from a farm, do your best.  


GAPS Chicken Stock

“Chicken stock is particularly gentle on the stomach and is very good to start with” Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride

The gaps diet calls for meat stock as one of the most important parts of the protocol.  We have a kinda easy recipe for meat stock here.  However, chicken stock is gentle enough for somebody with a really sensitive digestive system.  It is good to start with and helps build gut health to easily digest meat stock and later bone broth.  

What’s the difference between meat stock & bone broth?

Bone broth is cooked for longer amounts of time.  In fact, a whole 20 hours extra than stock.  Whereas, stock is a 3 hour process.  Bone broth can cause a histamine reaction and/or delay healing time when there is a gut flora disturbance.  Making stock is easy because it’s ready much faster which makes it easier to store faster and not forget about.  If you’re looking for a bone broth recipe, you can find that here.  Still need more info on bone broth?  This is the page dedicated to bone broth, all about cooking times, health benefits, and how to’s.

GAPS/SCD AIP Chicken Stock


How To Make Chicken Stock - Crock pot or stovetop
Learn how to make chicken stock at home and avoid store bought broth forever! Use a whole chicken or add in chicken feet for a boost of collagen + gelatin. This chicken stock recipe is a GAPS/SCD and gut healing staple!
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  1. 3 packages of chicken drumsticks (at least 4 pounds) or 2 whole chickens
  2. 1-2 packages of chicken feet (1 or 2 lbs)
  3. salt
  4. 1 onion cut in half
  1. Add everything to a stock pot or slow cooker and add enough water to cover chicken.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Skim the surface occasionally. Remove from heat.
  4. Remove the chicken and separate meat for other meals. Discard chicken feet and bones.
  5. Pour into quart sized jars and cool completely before refrigerating. Freeze or use within 4 days.
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