Chicken stock is made from slowly simmering meat, bones, vegetables and herbs for hours to produce a fragrant stock that can be added to soups, stews, casseroles and much more. Nothing quite beats the taste and aroma of freshly prepared homemade chicken stock. Stocks have been used for centuries in just about every cuisine around the world, from European, African, and Asian to American. But if you have some leftover chicken stock in the fridge, what are some ways to use up the leftovers?
Steaming vegetables is a healthy cooking method as it helps to preserve the vitamin and mineral content of the food, while other methods, such as boiling, strips vegetables of their essential nutrients. Steaming vegetables in a little water is all it takes to cook them, but steaming with chicken stock helps vegetables take on a whole new identity altogether. Just make sure that if you use chicken stock to steam vegetables that you will not be serving vegetarians, as many would find it offensive to eat vegetables steamed in chicken stock.
Add Leftover Chicken Stock to Plain Rice
Leftover chicken stock is a great addition to plain rice. Add stock instead of water to the rice and cook as normal. Once the rice is cooked, it will take on an amazing fluffy texture and it will taste delicious too. This is a quick and easy way to improve the taste of plain rice without having to go overboard.
Roast Chicken Dinner
Make your next roast chicken dinner even more succulent and tender by adding chicken stock, rather than gravy, to the pan along with the vegetables just before placing the pan in the oven. Cook as usual and then when you take the roast chicken out of the oven, ladle the juices, including the cooked chicken stock, over the chicken and vegetables.
There are many more ways to use up leftover chicken stock. Rather than pour leftover chicken stock down the drain, use it to steam vegetables, or add it to plain rice for a fragrant, fluffy taste sensation. Chicken stock will also help bring out the great taste of roast chicken.