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.
Microwave Chicken Stock
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 10 M
- Makes about 3/4 cup (180 ml)
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.
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!