After cooking the chicken, I was left with about 3-4 cups of juice/fat that came straight from the chicken. The recipe doesn't call for any liquid/broth, so I was wondering if there was any nutritional value to this "broth." I decided to keep it, so its currently just sitting in my fridge waiting to be used. Is it even worth saving and are there any nutrients in the broth? It did come from a free-range, organic chicken. Any ideas how I could use it, besides drink it straight up? Thanks!
I saved the juices from the same recipe. I reduced it down a bit in a saucepan, cooled overnight in the frige, then froze it in ice cube trays to use as Nemesis suggested + anything that calls for water (even sauteing greens, etc.) Not sure about the nutritional value, but refrigerating it turned it in to a bounce-a-quarter-off-of-it jello, so it least has a healthy supply of gelatin/ collagen. Tasty stuff, IMO.
The leftover liquid is chicken stock if the chicken you cooked still had the bones. This is no different than any other broth or stock and can be used as desired. As mentioned above, I wouldn't keep it more than a few days in the fridge but if you freeze it in portions you can use it instead of water whenever you want extra flavor.