Leftover Rotisserie Chicken? Make Chicken Stock!

Leftover Rotisserie Chicken? Make Chicken Stock!

Are you wondering what to do with your leftover rotisserie chicken? Today, I’m going to show you how to use every last bit by making some delicious homemade chicken stock! Once you learn how to do it you’ll never throw that leftover rotisserie chicken away again!

For years, I always bought chicken stock. Simply because it was the easy thing to do, but after learning how to make my own, I’ve changed my ways. I’m sharing this recipe because I want others to learn and understand how amazing your meals can taste with homemade chicken stock. It’s not only easy, but you’ll be using up ingredients you’d typically throw away…like that leftover rotisserie chicken! I call that a win-win in my book 😁.

When I say it’s easy I genuinely mean it! One key ingredient is time. You’ll need about 5 hours so plan on making it on a day you are home to let it simmer away on the stove. Believe me, you’ll want to be home because your house is going to smell amazing!! It’s one of my favorite things to make, actually, that and my apple galette. Both are the real smells of comfort!!

Have I told you how much I love buying rotisserie chicken? Maybe because I know If I pick one up It means it’s going to be an easy dinner! I also love them because I can usually get two meals out of them. A typical dinner I make with a rotisserie chicken is cutting up the breasts and adding a simple baked potato and a vegetable side. We love brussels sprouts!! Then I’ll freeze the rest of the rotisserie chicken to make some stock. I usually just place the leftovers in a ziplock bag and freeze them until I have more time to make stock or on days I want to make soup. Making chicken stock takes time but I can tell you it’s worth it!


With this recipe, you can choose to make chicken stock by straining it and placing it in the freezer for future dishes or straining it and immediately turning it into soup. My favorite soup to make with rotisserie chicken is my homemade chicken noodle soup. It’s a soup my husband grew up eating, and now I make it for our kids. It’s a soup the family loves! I make it a little different from how his mom made it but we still call it Grandma Anne’s soup. It’s truly a bowl of comfort!


You will need the following ingredients:

  • Stockpot or large pot
  • Fine mesh strainer -I prefer a chinois stainer
  • 3 carrots, 1 onion, 3 stalks of celery, extra leaves always welcomed, and 1-2 bay leaves.
  • 1 rotisserie chicken ( leftover rotisserie chicken is fine)
  • 16 cups of water
  • 5 hours of your time

You can watch our how-to video on our Youtube channel while you cook! How to make chicken stock. Cook with us 😁

-Now grab a stockpot and add your carrots, onion, celery, bay leaves, and your rotisserie chicken

-Next, add 16 cups of water. If you don’t want to measure feel free to just fill up the pot more than halfway, making sure the chicken and veggies are covered.

-Cook on med-low heat with the lid on but cracked just a little to let some stem out.

-Now you just need time. Set it and forget it kind of recipe 😉


After it’s done cooking you’ll have to decide…Do I make soup? Or am I going to freeze this delicious chicken stock?

If you going to freeze it I would recommend ladling it through your fine mess strainer into some containers. I love using upright containers (like restaurants use) They make it so easy to store. You can find them on Amazon here 😁

If you’re going to make soup. Start by sauteing your veggies, then ladle the liquid through your fine mess strainer into your stock. Then depending on the kind of soup you make. Continue adding additional ingredients.


I think you’ll find that having homemade chicken stock on hand will be very useful. You’ll be amazed at what you can make with it. Homemade stock makes a huge difference in how your meals will taste too! I would love for you to try this recipe and see if you agree. If you want to check out how to make that delicious homemade chicken noodle soup, you’ll find the recipe here.

City Foodie Farms Chicken Noodle Soup

I’ve noticed using homemade chicken stock makes a big difference in my recipes! I hope you find this recipe useful and I hope you can try making your own homemade chicken stock. If you liked this recipe please share this recipe with someone you love!

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