Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock

Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock in a jar with parsley and onions in the background

Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock in a jar with parsley and onions in the background

Intense chicken or turkey stock is exactly what you’ll get from this super easy method for making a golden, full flavoured stock. Time is the only thing you’ll need other than chicken or turkey carcasses, necks and wings, a few onions, and water. That’s it! 

There’s no carrot, celery, bay leaf, peppercorns or parsley which masks the chicken, or turkeys intensity. It’s just pure poultry flavour.

If you can boil water you can make the most wonderful base for your holiday gravy and have everyone asking for the recipe. 

Ingredients to make Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock


We came across this method through a friend who happens to be a chef, and whilst we quietly doubted his claims for the best stock ever, we thought we needed to give it a go. Let’s just say we were super impressed with the method. 

This is the silver bullet you need to take your gravy from ho-hum, to awesome, and be the talk of the table at your Thanksgiving, or Christmas table. 

It’s concentrated, golden, jelly like from all of the collagen in the bones and the best thing is you can get ahead of the game and make it now, and freeze till the big event.

Intense chicken or turkey stock is a game changer of a method to reduce a full flavoured stock.

large pot with chicken and onion added to make Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock
Just three ingredients – water, chicken and onion makes the best stock

if you want a great gravy, you have to start with a great stock

You’ll need about 3 hours to make this stock but it couldn’t get any easier than plonking your chicken, or turkey frames, and wings into a large pot.

Next up you slice 3 medium onions in half leaving the skins on and throw them in the pot then cover with water (the skins help with the golden colouring). Bring it to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer away for 2 1/2 hours or so, until your stock has reduced.

gently simmering pot to make Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock
simmer gently and topup with water if as required until the chicken has no taste

Next up, pull the frames, wings and onions out of the stock and pour the stock into a smaller saucepan. Simmer the stock till you have about 3 cups of stock then pour it into a container that has a lid. 

Refrigerate until cold then cover with a lid and freeze if making in advance.

The fat from the stock once it cools rises to the top, and the stock sets up like a jelly. That fat is full of flavour, so don’t even think of removing it and tossing in the bin. 

There is no salt added to the making of the stock. The salt seasoning is added once the stock is completed, otherwise the salt will concentrate and the stock becomes too salty.

Large pot full of chicken with a slotted spoon removing the chicken into a colander to make Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock
When the chicken is tasteless and the stock has reduced by half, remove the chicken and discard

make your stock ahead of time and freeze it

Making your stock ahead of time and freezing it is the game changer for busy entertaining events. You simply pour the stock into a container and refrigerate it.

Once it’s cold, pop a lid on the container and throw it in the freezer till required. Too easy!

straining the Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock into a smaller pot
strain the stock and then reduce until you have 2 – 3 cups of stock

what can I use the stock for

Having a great full flavoured stock on hand is perfect for making soups, risottos or freezing in ice cube trays and popping out 2 or 3 cubes to add to pan juices to finish off a sauce.

Add stock when cooking grains such as rice, couscous, or quinoa and it brings extra flavour to the finished dish. 

Add some concentrated stock to your mashed potatoes to really up the flavour stakes.

10- minute egg drop soup is one of the easiest ways to transform stock to a warming, and delicious soup.

Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock in a glass jar with onions and parsley in the background
once the stock has been reduced and then refrigerated it will have a layer of fat on top and the stock will be set like a jelly

Heat the stock and simmer. Whisk 1 teaspoon of cornflour (cornstarch) in a small bowl with a little stock, then whisk the starch into the stock.

Now grab an egg and give it a quick whisk with an additional teaspoon of starch and slowly drizzle the egg mixture into the simmering stock.

Serve the soup with some sliced shallots (scallions) and a drizzle of soy sauce. Easy, quick and delicious!

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As the holiday season is rapidly approaching we know a lot of people are already starting to think about their menus, and turkey or chicken is one very popular main course choice.

We’ve joined the brining ranks and will definitely not go back our old ways as it’s easily done and the moistness, and tenderness speaks for itself. 

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Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock
Yield: 3 cups

Intense Chicken or Turkey Stock

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Concentrated, full flavoured chicken or turkey stock is what you'll get from this oh so simple method, leaving you with an intense poultry flavour ready to make up what is sure to become your prize winning gravy.


  • 3 - 4 kg (6 1/2 - 9 pounds) of mixed chicken or turkey carcasses, necks and wings
  • 3 medium onions, skin on and halved
  • 5 litres (5 1/4 quarts) of water - see notes below


  1. place chicken and onions into a large pot and cover with cold water about 10cm (4 inches) above the bones
  2. bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer
  3. you may have to add more water depending on how fast your stock is reducing
  4. at the 2 1/2 hour point remove the bones and onion and strain the stock into a smaller saucepan
  5. this step is optional as it helps to gauge how much stock is remaining
  6. reduce stock on a simmer till you have 3 cups
  7. allow to cool, then pour into a covered container and refrigerate until cold (strain now if you didn't change pots and strain in step 4) once cold the fat will rise to the top and the stock set to a light jelly (this is good)
  8. if you want to freeze the stock, portion it into usable quantities eg. 1/2 - 1 cup measurements or into an icecube tray for small amounts. Once frozen eject from the icecube trays and seal in a bag or plastic container


the volume of water really doesn't matter, the important thing is to ensure the water covers the chicken/turkey bones until you have extracted all of the flavour from the meat. You may need to add more water if too much has evaporated and the chicken is exposed. Continue simmering until the chicken meat is tasteless, then remove the bones and reduce to create a deeply concentrated stock.

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