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Learn how to make chicken broth at home and ditch the store-bought boxes! Instead, add flavor and richness to your recipes with this homemade chicken broth.

Use this homemade broth to make Caldo de Pollo, Homemade Chicken Soup, and Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Homemade chicken broth in a sealed mason jar.
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Why We Love This Recipe

This quick and easy homemade chicken broth uses fresh chicken, fresh veggies, and a handful of delicious spices to give you a savory broth that looks and tastes better than store-bought.

At the end of the day, you’ll be left with plenty of delicious broth and a heaping pile of tender, seasoned meat that you can throw in your favorite dishes, like Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese or Mexican Chicken Casserole.

Homemade chicken broth is:

  • A Better Alternative – Homemade broth uses fresh ingredients and the flavor will be so much richer.
  • Budget Friendly – store-bought broth or stock can be very expensive. Making it yourself will save you money.
  • Easy to Store – You can store your broth in the freezer for up to 3 months. You’ll never run out ever again!
  • Great for Everything – You can use this easy-to-make chicken broth in so many different dishes. From casseroles to soup, you are sure to get your use out of this broth from the moment it finishes cooking.

Ingredients For Chicken Broth

  • Bone-In Chicken – Thighs and legs are my favorite to work with because dark meat yields a richer flavor for the broth. However, bone-in chicken breasts can also be used.
  • Other Chicken Pieces – If you opt to cut up a whole chicken, you can use the neck, wings, backbone, heart, and gizzards if you like. Save the liver for another use or simply discard it.
  • Onion – White or yellow, cut into quarters.
  • Carrots – Peeled (optional) and cut into chunks.
  • Celery Stalks – Can be substituted with celery hearts.
  • Garlic – Peeled, but not minced.
  • Fresh Herbs – An aromatic blend of parsley, thyme, and bay leaves. I just toss them loosely into the pot, but to make it easier, you can tie them together using cooking twine or in a sachet using cheesecloth.
  • Salt and Pepper – Simple kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper are all you need. If you want to use peppercorns, they can add a boost of flavor, but will need to tie them in a sachet of cheesecloth so they can be easily removed.
  • Water

How To Make Chicken Broth

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

Carrots, onions, celery, parsley, chicken and liquid in a large soup pot.

Combine your chicken, veggies, bay leaves, fresh thyme, fresh parsley, salt, and pepper in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add water – the chicken and veggies should be fully submerged.

Liquid boiling, onions, parsley, chicken, celery and carrots in a large soup pot.

Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and gently simmer the broth (Small bubbles should just barely break at the surface) for at least an hour or for up to 5 hours.

The longer you simmer, the richer the broth, but the chicken should be removed after 1 hour to keep it from drying out.

As the broth simmers, foam will form on top, which is just the proteins expanding as they absorb the water. You just want to skim that off every once in a while.

Straining homemade chicken broth from a soup pot into a mesh sieve.

Remove the chicken and set it aside to cool, then use a large mesh sieve to strain the broth into a large container and store until ready to use.

Carrots, celery and onions in a mesh sieve over a bowl.

Hot Tip – Save the veggies and puree them with some broth into a smooth and yummy soup.

Ladle pouring chicken broth into a large mason jar.

In the end, you’re left with a few quarts of broth that you can use for Greek Lemon Chicken Soup or in smaller amounts for things like Skillet Chicken and Rice.

Recipe FAQs

What is the difference between chicken broth and chicken stock?

Chicken broth and chicken stock are often confused for one another. However, they have one notable difference. Broth is usually made using meat and vegetables while stock usually only uses meat bones. Additionally, broths tend to be much thinner than stocks.

Can you drink chicken broth?

Yes, you can definitely drink chicken broth on its own. Sip on it like you would tea!

How do I know when my broth is ready?

Determining when your broth is done is ultimately up to you. We recommend letting your broth simmer for at least one hour. The longer you let your liquid simmer, the more the flavors will blend together and the more flavorful your broth will be.

Helpful Tips

  • Yield – This recipe will give you about 8 cups of chicken broth and 4 cups of tender, seasoned chicken that you can use in other recipes
  • Storage – This broth can be stored in the fridge for 4-5 days in the fridge or 2-3 months in the freezer. When freezing, remember to leave ½ inch of headspace in the jar.
  • Storage Containers – Keep your chicken broth in an airtight mason jar to maximize its longevity and freshness. You can also use resealable plastic freezer bags, but it may not last as long.
  • Herbs – While we recommend using fresh herbs to add the most flavor to your broth, dried spices will work as well. You will need about ¼ teaspoon of dried herb for every teaspoon of fresh herb.
  • Chicken – Always use raw chicken; if you want to add a chicken carcass, you can certainly do that, just remove all of the cooked chicken first.
Clear chicken broth in a ladle over a pot.

How To Use Chicken Broth

Homemade broth can elevate the flavor and add body and richness to soups and other dishes. Here are some of our favorites:

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Homemade chicken broth in a glass jar.

Chicken Broth

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Learn how to make chicken broth at home – ditch the store-bought boxes! Add flavor and richness to recipes with this homemade chicken broth.

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 pounds bone-in chicken thighs and legs wings, backbone, and neck can also be used
  • 1 medium onion quartered
  • 3 medium carrots cut into chunks
  • 3 medium celery stalks cut into chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 5 sprigs parsley
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 10 cups cold water more as needed to cover
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Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken pieces, vegetables, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper in a large stock pot or dutch oven. Pour in enough water to cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Immediately reduce heat to low; skim off and discard any foam.
  • Simmer uncovered, for 1-4 hours, skimming off foam as needed. The longer it simmers, the more flavor it will develop.
  • Remove the chicken and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • Strain the broth through a large mesh strainer to remove the vegetables, herbs and any leftover bits or bones.
  • Store the cooled broth in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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