Chicken base is basically a highly concentrated chicken stock that you can use for soups, stews, sauces and casseroles. You can buy them in powder or cube form but you can also make one at home. But, unlike making chicken stock, chicken base takes a whole lot longer to cook.
By following this recipe, you can make a quick and hassle-free chicken base. Let's start with ingredients needed for the chicken base.
- 2 quarts chicken broth
- 1-quart water
- 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 large onions, diced
- 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 large stalks of celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- Combine the water and broth into a large soup kettle and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. While the broth is simmering, separate the chicken meat from the skin and bones and reserve the meat. You can then add the skin and bones to the broth. Reduce the heat to low and partially cover while simmering to allow the bones to release their flavor, around 20 to 30 minutes.
- After simmering, strain the broth through a colander or cheesecloth into a large container, reserving the broth and discarding the skin and bones. Return the empty kettle into the burner and adjust to medium-high.
- Add the oil and sauté the onions, carrots and celery until soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the meat, broth, and dried thyme and bring to a simmer.
Your chicken base is now done. This can be refrigerated for up to 3 days, even longer if frozen. To use, return to a simmer before adding the ingredients to your dish. Chicken base has far more flavor than your regular chicken broth and is perfect to use for your sauces, skillet dinners, and stews. By using this recipe, you can have a more flavorful dish at a fraction of the cost of store-bought varieties, so feel free to indulge.