Easy Homemade Chicken Stock!

The seasons are changing in Australia! Night times are approaching earlier and my winter pajamas are ready to snuggle with me. However, the body have to re-adapt to the change of weather, which makes our immune system more vulnerable. Chicken soup has a long history that we always hear from our friends and families as a home remedy to cure a cold. Whether it can truly help with our block nose and sore throats…I think just the taste and smell of this soup can work its wonders on us. What’s better than a bowl of home comfort food and watch movies on a weekend night?

Home Comfort Chicken Soup
Everyone has their own spin with their chicken soup. I only used a few common and cheap ingredients that you can easily get your hands on at supermarkets. Now I don’t ever want to buy chicken stock again! I didn’t want to chop my vegetables too small because they would all melt into the soup.

Homemade Chicken Stock

Preparation Time: 20 mins Cooking Time: 1 hour Estimated cost: AUS $13


1 whole chicken
4 medium size carrots
4 celery
2 whole corn kernels
2 small size onions
5 garlic cloves
Ingredients for chicken soup


1. Cut chicken into quarters and wash it under tap water.
2. Put chicken into a pot and add water in to cover all chicken pieces.

Blanch chicken
3. Once the water starts boiling, turn off heat and drain the water out.
This method is called Blanching which helps to remove impurities in the chicken.
4. Chop vegetables into chunks.

Vegetables for chicken soup

5. Optional: sauté vegetables in a little olive oil to preserve the colour and develop more flavours.
Pour in the vegetables with the chicken and add water in to cover.
Boil chicken soup
7. When it starts to boil, turn the heat down to a soft simmer.

8. Now the waiting game begins…

1 hour later…

9. Taste the soup and add 1 tablespoon of salt.
10. Use a pair of tongs and carefully take the chicken and vegetables out.
11. You can choose to eat the chicken in whole or use a fork to scrape the meat off.
It should fall out of the bone without you trying!

Shredded Chicken
12. Enjoy the soup by itself or serve with some macaroni!

Chicken Soup

Have fun cooking.

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“I should have read the recipe before I start!”- 3 Dips Buffalo Wings

This is one of the most frequent used sentences I found myself saying when I first started cooking. In the middle of it all, I would realise that I need to pre-cook/ marinate/ purchase some specific tools for a particular dish. Then I will find myself standing in the kitchen in despair, saying “Ah man…I should have read the recipe first! :(“. Yes, with a sad face feeling like I’ve just failed life. So disappointed. However, it is perfectly fine if you’re currently at this spot, or you’ve already been there, done that.

Buffalo Wings

I am here, to challenge you, to read the full recipe including the direction/method before you plan your grocery shopping list. I know, it’s hard if you’re not the type of person that needs to know every single detail before you start a project. However, especially in baking, many recipes require you to leave the dough for a few hours in the fridge or overnight. Not knowing that I need to make an ingredient in advanced is a real bummer for some people (like me) who can not wait to devour that high sugar and high fat content into my belly. Some bloggers (including myself) sometimes have extra “Notes” in the steps which you may need to buy the ingredient/tool if you choose to follow it.

Baked Buffalo Wings with
Homemade Mayo, Aioli
& Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce

Serves: 2
Cost: AUS $ 8 - 10 

For this recipe, you need to marinate the chicken wings in advance.
I marinated mine for around 4 hours but you can leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
I also made the 3 dips (homemade mayonnaise, aioli and creamy blue cheese sauce) beforehand as well.
Make a larger batch of mayo and divide into 3 portions as the base of each sauce.

Ingredients (Buffalo Wings)

6 three-jointed chicken wings
1/4 cup (50g) of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of Frank’s hot sauce
1 teaspoon of salt
Cayenne pepper for extra spicy

For crispier version, coat with:
1/2 cup of plain flour
1 teaspoon of garlic power
1/2 salt & pepper
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper


Ingredients (Mayonnaise)

Tool: Electric mixer

6 egg yolks
1 teaspoon of mustard
2 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of olive oil

Note: I find it better to use small quantity of flavorings at the start
so I can add more in the end product if needed.

Creamy mayonnaise

Ingredients (Aioli)

1/2 cup of the above mayo
1/2 teaspoon of garlic paste
1 teaspoon of mixed herbs

Ingredients (Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce)

Special Tool: Sieve

1/2 cup of the above mayo
1/4 sour cream
1/4 blue cheese (crumbed)


Directions (Buffalo Wings)

1. Prepare the 3 jointed chicken wings by cutting in between the soft bones of each tip, wingette and drumette
2. Melt butter in a saucepan, pour red sauce in and stir until combined.
3. Add salt and cayenne pepper for additional spicy
(Frank’s hot sauce is not spicy in my opinion) and leave sauce aside to cool.
4. Wash your hairy chicken and pat dry.
4. Pour half of the sauce over chicken and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (longer if desire)
5. Preheat oven on 200 °c
6. Put your chicken on a broiler pan or on a rack with tray underneath to catch the oil/sauce
7. For half of my chicken, I used flour, s&p, garlic powder and cayenne pepper to coat for more crispiness!
8. Pour more hot sauce on top and bake for 45 mins or until gold and crispy!
Baked buffalo wings

Direction (Mayonnaise)

1. Separate egg yolks and egg whites into two bowls
egg yolk for mayonnaise
2. Add mustard, salt and lemon juice
3. Beat the mixture until combined
4. Keep on beating at the same time slowly pour olive oil in until mixture turns thick and smooth
Homemade mayonnaise
5. Taste. Add more salt/lemon juice/mustard if desired.

Direction (Garlic Aioli)

1. Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic paste into 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
2. Add 1 teaspoon of dried mixed herbs or any herbs for your liking.
3. Taste, add another 1/2 teaspoon of garlic for a stronger taste.

Direction (Blue Cheese Sauce)

1. Add 1/4 cup of sour cream into 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
2. Add 1/4 cup (or less) of blue cheese (crumbed with your fingers) into mixture
3.  Use electric blender until combined.
4. For a smooth dip, use a sieve and push it through with a spoon.
Creamy blue cheese sauce


1. Add more of that buttery hot sauce on the wings!
Hot sauce on buffalo wings

Buffalo Wings with 3 sauces

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