Place chicken in a large pot with onion, carrots, celery and peppercorns; add water to cover. Cover pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat to a gentle boil and cook for about 90 minutes, or until chicken meat is falling off of the bone. Remove chicken, let cool and shred or chop the meat.
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Method. Prepare the vegetables. Cut the onions into quarters and stick the cloves into one of the quarters. Place the vegetables, bay leaves and whole chicken (without the giblets!) into a pot. Remove the chicken and pick off the meat. Adjust the seasoning of the broth and return the carcass to the pot.