Stewing Hen Chicken Stock

"Deliciously tender meat and the best chicken stock ! How it is used is of course up to you, this is what I do: 1. remove chicken, skin it, debone it, use the very tender meat in salads, sandwiches or in any recipe that calls for cooked chicken, it can be frozen for future use. 2. the juice/sauce, should be put in a bowl and in the fridge overnight. The next day, the fat will be on top and can be removed and discarded. the remaining juice will have turned to jelly overnight and can be used as the base for a wonderful "sticky lips" chicken soup, veggie soup etc.,or can be used in any recipe calling for chicken stock. Even watered down, it is better than average. Also can be frozen. Chicken soup is well known as a cure all, spiritual or otherwise. The photos show the "old bird" jelly after refrigeration overnight with the fat risen to the top , then with the fat taken off to show the jelly, then a bowl of soup made from the jelly, the rest of the "old bird" was used for an updated (slimed down) version of chicken and dumplings the remainder frozen for future use. No photo of the old bird in the crock pot, it was quite ugly and turned out fuzzy." In this particular instance I stewed the hen for about 6 hours in 8 cups of water in my cast iron pot. See the step by step in the Photo Forum Tutourials - link"

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (267.3 g)
  • Calories 577.8
  • Total Fat - 40.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 214.8 mg
  • Sodium - 198.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 1.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
  • Sugars - 0.3 g
  • Protein - 49.6 g
  • Calcium - 227.7 mg
  • Iron - 2.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Pat bird very dry, hook wings underneath body to form a rack, sprinkle cavity with salt and pepper, place onion and lemon in cavity, dot breast with butter or margarine. Place chicken in bottom of a 4 to 5 qt crockpot sprayed with veggy cooking spray

Step 2

In a small bowl, mix herbs and seasonings, sprinkle mixture evenly over chicken, cover pot. Cook on high setting for 2 hours, change setting to low, cook for a further 6 to 8 hours.

Step 3

If desired, the bird can be transferred to a roaster and browned in the oven.

Step 4

Alternately, stew the hen in a stock pot for about 6 hours in 8 cups of water following the ingredients list and following the instructions above in the intro for use of the stock and meat.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.