Overnight Chicken Stock in the Crock Pot

I’ve shared this recipe on the blog before, but to be honest it’s kind of buried in the intro paragraph of another recipe, which basically means it’s hard to find.

And now that I’ve realized how incredibly popular this slow cooker “overnight chicken stock” recipe is, I’ve decided it deserves a page all of its own!

Chicken Stock Ingredients

If you don’t already own a slow cooker, I like to give people plenty of reasons to buy one because I love mine (we use this basic, inexpensive slow cooker) and use it quite frequently for everything from “Flank Steak Fajitas” to “Refried Beans.”

But one of the best crock pot discoveries (thanks to a friend!) has definitely been this recipe below for chicken stock that cooks while you sleep using the leftover chicken bones from your dinner. I highly recommend using the leftovers from “The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot” recipe, but any chicken bones will do, and you’ll be amazed by the outcome.

Get ready to say goodbye to canned chicken broth forever!

Chicken Noodle Soup made with Homemade Chicken Stock

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Overnight Chicken Stock in the Crock Pot

Don't waste your leftover chicken! Put it in the crockpot with water, spices & some veggies and make your own stock (freezer friendly, too!)
4.8 from 39 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 hrs
Total Time: 10 hrs 10 mins
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Servings: 6 people


  • leftover chicken including carcass, bones, etc (see notes for link to recipe great for this!)
  • 1 onion peeled and loosely chopped
  • 1 rib celery roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot roughly chopped (no need to peel)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • salt to taste
  • water


  • After removing all edible meat from the chicken put/leave the bones, skin, cooking juices, etc. in the crock pot. If you are using the chicken carcass from the The Best Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot recipe just leave every single thing that’s leftover (except the good meat of course) in the crock pot, including the original onion and spices you used when making the chicken.
  • Add the onion, celery, carrot and spices on top of the bones and fill the crock pot almost to the top with tap water (leaving about 1/2” at the top).
  • Turn the slow cooker onto “low” after dinner and cook all night long or alternatively you could start it in the morning and cook on “low” for 8 – 10 hours during the day.
  • After the stock is done cooking turn off the heat and, using a soup ladle, pass the stock through a fine sieve to remove all herbs/bones/etc.
  • Either refrigerate or freeze the stock for future use. I usually freeze some in both 1 and 2-cup portions, and I also sometimes freeze stock in ice cube trays just in case I just “need a little” for making sauce or rice. This stock is great in soups like chicken noodle soup and also in rice like risotto.


If you’re missing any of the above flavoring ingredients, don’t let that stop you from making this anyway!
Great chicken recipe for this – Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Overnight Chicken Stock in the Crock Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 13 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1740IU35%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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411 thoughts on “Overnight Chicken Stock in the Crock Pot”

  1. Thanks for this recipe, Lisa! I’ve made stock with your recipe several times and enjoyed it. Recently I added one pre-step from another source: the carcass/bones etc (I save small amounts until there’s enough to fill my big slow-cooker) spends one hour in the oven at 400 degrees. Then into the cooker as per your recipe. This step adds. new depth of flavor and color to the stock.

    Many thanks for your work. I’ve just started in on your meal-planning workbook.

    1. Thanks for the tip! We’ll have to try it out next time. Hope you’re enjoying the Meal Planner, too! – Nicole

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