Microwave Chicken Stock

Here’s how to make microwave chicken stock or broth in the microwave. It’s easy. And inexpensive. Not to mention incredibly quick—cooked in 10 minutes.

A white mug of chicken stock

Microwave chicken stock. It’s a pretty nifty trick to know how to make. Because while nothing beats stock that’s slowly simmered all day on the back of the stove, sometimes you just need a small amount of decent stock PRONTO! Which is where this recipe shines. Simply toss chicken bones, whatever veggies you want or happen to have languishing in the fridge, and water in a bowl, microwave for a few minutes, and tada! Homemade chicken broth. Magic.–Angie Zoobkoff

Microwave Chicken Stock

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  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • Makes about 3/4 cup (180 ml)
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In a medium microwave-safe bowl or other container, combine the chicken bones, water, garlic, and vegetables. Season with a salt and pepper.

Microwave, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Strain and then let cool slightly. Taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly. Originally published January 4, 2018.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

What a surprise this little microwave chicken stock is. This is perfect if you need just a small amount of broth for a recipe and don't want to open a full container or wait to defrost your own. I expected something resembling chicken-flavored water but was pleasantly surprised to discover that although it was light, it had some depth of flavor.

Was this the deep, rich broth that you get with hours of simmering? No. But it is pleasant and fresh and fast. And sometimes that's all I'm looking for. I will certainly put this in my back pocket for when I need a little bit of broth or when I have a cold and want something healthy and warm to drink. I already put the rest of the chicken carcass into a few small freezer bags for the next time.

What a little gem of a recipe! I wasn't expecting great results but was shocked to taste a very nice chicken broth! My daughter-in-law (a chicken-broth connoisseur) stopped in and we compared this microwave stock to both my homemade turkey stock and also to a boxed chicken broth. This beat them both. So quick with 2 roasted wings along with garlic, celery and red onion. I'll definitely use this method in the future!


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  1. I was not expecting this to be as good as it is! I’ve always simmered stock for hours and was amazed at how tasty this is considering the amount of time invested in making it. The stock’s a nice rich color, and isn’t bland in the least. I used 8 1/2 oz. of bones and carcass remnants, 3 cups water, chopped carrots and red onions, and rubbed sage, celery seed, sea salt and pepper for the aromatics. Because it was triple the recipe I microwaved the mixture for 5 minutes, gave it a stir, and then microwaved for an additional 5 minutes.

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