Chicken Broth is so easy to make, you won’t need to buy it from the store anymore. This delicious recipe is made with lots of vegetables, spices, and chicken to create the perfect flavor. Learn how to make chicken broth and use it in all of your soups this winter season!
- What’s in This Chicken Broth Recipe?
- Notes from the Test Kitchen
- Variations on Homemade Chicken Broth
- Chicken Broth Recipe
- Email This Recipe
- Becky’s tips
- Nutrition Information
- Serving Suggestions
- How to Make Chicken Broth Step by Step
- How to Store and Reheat
- How to Freeze
- More Soup Recipes To Try
What’s in This Chicken Broth Recipe?
- Whole Chicken: You’ll need 2 (5-pound) whole young roasting chickens for this recipe.
- Water: Forms the base of the broth and soaks up all the delicious flavor from the chicken and spices.
- Yellow Onions: Add a sweet and earthy flavor to the broth.
- Garlic: Adds a pungent aroma and earthy flavor.
- Carrots: Add a touch of sweetness to the broth.
- Celery: Adds a mild herbal flavor and saltiness.
- Herbs and Spices: herbs de Provence, bay leaves, whole cloves, whole black peppercorns, and kosher salt infuse the broth with so much flavor.
- Low-Sodium Soy Sauce: Adds an umami boost to the broth that takes it to the next level.
Notes from the Test Kitchen
The stock will be slightly gelatinous once cooled (which is actually a good thing! It means it’s full of nutrient-dense collagen from the bones) but it will liquefy and add a rich, lovely flavor when heated.
Variations on Homemade Chicken Broth
There are so many easy ways to jazz up this chicken broth. I already made mine a bit more fun by adding herbs de Provence and soy sauce.
Add chili peppers or red pepper flakes to give the broth a spicy kick, lemon juice and zest to give it a bright and refreshing flavor, ginger to give it a slightly spicy and sweet flavor (and aid in digestion), turmeric for a vibrant yellow color (and anti-inflammatory properties!), or miso for an umami boost (and probiotics)!
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This is the perfect base for so many soups, and you know it’ll be on every ingredient list. Learn to make it so you have some on hand for your next batch of chicken noodle soup, crockpot Tuscan chicken soup, Italian wedding soup, egg drop soup, Buffalo chicken soup, or Zuppa Toscana.
It also comes in handy when making all kinds of Thanksgiving recipes, like stuffing and casseroles, so you’ll definitely need this stuff around. I use it in this Chicken and Rice Casserole and this Chicken Pot Pie Casserole.
How to Make Chicken Broth Step by Step
Cook the Chickens: Place 2 (5-pound) whole young roasting chickens, 6 quarts of cold water, 3 quartered yellow onions, 1 halved head of garlic, 6 quartered carrots, 4 halved ribs of celery with the leaves, 2 tablespoons of herbs de Provence, 4 bay leaves, 12 whole cloves, 2 teaspoons of whole black peppercorns, 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce in a 16-20 quart stockpot, and cover with 6 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 2½ hours.
Remove the Meat: Carefully transfer the chickens to two large bowls. Remove the chicken meat from the bones and set aside.
Season the Broth: After removing the meat from the bones, place them and the excess broth (from the bones) back into the stockpot. Season to taste – the broth should taste lightly salted.
Reduce the Broth: Continue cooking the broth for another 1½ hours. While the broth reduces, cut or shred the chicken meat and save it for other meals. (It freezes beautifully.)
Strain the Broth: After the stock is finished cooking, strain it over through a colander and discard the remaining solids.
Chill the Broth: Refrigerate the stock overnight and remove the surface fat the next day.
How to Store and Reheat
Store leftover chicken broth in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a saucepan set over medium-low heat until warmed through.
How to Freeze
Freeze leftover chicken broth in individual portions in airtight containers or Ziplock bags for up to 3 months. You can toss it right into a hot pan if it is in small portions, or thaw it overnight in the refrigerator for larger portions.
Broth and Stock are made in a similar way, but still, chicken stock and chicken broth are not exactly the same. Both are liquids made by boiling chicken bones and/or meat along with vegetables. The difference is that chicken stock tends to be less seasoned, and is perfect as a base to make sauces, gravies, etc. Chicken broth, on the other hand, is well-seasoned and full of flavor, so it’s ready to consume as is.
Chicken stock and stock broth are very similar, and they can generally be used interchangeably. In a pinch, if you don’t have one, use the other.
Chicken broth is a nutritious food that is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is also believed to have health benefits such as reducing inflammation and improving digestion.
Yes, you can make chicken broth without bones by using chicken meat or a combination of chicken meat and bones.
This recipe is not gluten-free due to the use of soy sauce. To make it gluten-free, omit the soy sauce or replace it with tamari or coconut aminos.
Yes, using chicken broth instead of water when cooking rice or pasta can add extra flavor and depth to the dish.