How to Make Homemade Chicken Broth

How to make homemade chicken broth!

Making homemade chicken broth is something that can seem complicated or intimidating, but it truly is so easy. I try not to waste in the kitchen and making chicken broth is a great way to ensure I can use every part of the chicken. I often make chicken noodle soup from scratch at the same time I’m making homemade chicken broth, so that post will be up next! This post will focus on how to make homemade chicken broth, I took step by step photos so hopefully it all make sense.

I always make homemade chicken broth with leftover chicken, usually it is just leftover bones and meat from making a whole chicken or a store bought rotisserie chicken. If you don’t have leftover chicken and want to make some broth, you can use raw chicken just be sure it is bone-in and skin-on. This will give you the most flavorful broth.

How to make homemade chicken broth!

The first step to making homemade chicken broth is to break the leftover chicken up into pieces that will fit in your stock pot. You’ll want to use a very large stock pot. I brake off the legs and wings, if there are any left, and then break along the sternum and the back of the chicken so there are two halves. It doesn’t matter how you do this step though, as long as it fits in your pot! You can also use a crockpot if you’d like {I recommend this model!}. That is definitely a better option if you are going to be leaving – don’t leave your stove on while you’re gone!

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Next, you’ll want to add veggies. I always add carrots, onion, and celery but if you have other leftovers like tomatoes or squash, add those as well. I always have frozen tomatoes from my garden in my freezer so I also add a bag of those. You’ll also need to add some herbs, fresh or dried, it doesn’t matter. I happened to have fresh parsley this time so I added that along with dried basil and thyme. The herbs you add is really up to you. To season the broth, I added whole peppercorns and some salt.

How to make homemade chicken broth!

After that, it’s super easy. Fill the stock pot {or crockpot} up with water, just enough to cover everything in the pot. Then put it on a back burner and bring it to a boil. Once it’s boiling, turn the burner to low and simmer it for at least 4 hours. I usually put mine on in the morning and then finish it up in the afternoon when the kiddos are napping.

How to make homemade chicken broth!

When it is done, everything will be cooked down and soft. If you are just making broth, all you have to do is pour it through a strainer over a bowl large enough to catch the broth and then divide it up into containers. I keep mine in mason jars in my fridge, I use it quick enough that it doesn’t go bad. If you wanted to store it for longer you could freeze it or can it. I always opt for freezing because I have more freezer space than shelf space at the moment. Plus its way easier! 🙂 Sometimes it can turn to a gel in the fridge, I think this depends on how many bones you had and how long you cooked them but I could be wrong about that. If this happens, don’t fret. As soon as it warms up it will liquify again.

How to make homemade chicken broth!

There you have it, the easiest homemade chicken broth ever! Watch for my next post on chicken noodle soup from scratch, it’s a great way to use up all those yummy veggies you made the broth with.

How to Make Homemade Chicken Broth

15 minPrep Time

4 hrCook Time

4 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 leftover whole chicken carcass (or the equivalent in pieces, fresh or leftover). You will want to leave any remaining meat or skin on the carcass. This adds to the flavor of the broth.
  • 2 large carrots, washed thoroughly
  • 2 large celery stalks, washed thoroughly
  • 1 large onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2-3 large tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Enough water to cover everything in the pot.

Instructions

  1. Break chicken into pieces so it will fit easily in your stock pot.
  2. Add in vegetables, herbs, peppercorns and salt.
  3. Add enough water to cover everything in the pot.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 4 hours, up to 8.
  6. Allow to cool, strain over a bowl large enough to hold all of the broth.
  7. Divide into usable portions, about 2 cups.
  8. Store in the freezer or fridge.

Notes

• The amount of broth you will get depends on how large your chicken pieces are and how many veggies you add. You will be able to estimate this based on the amount of water you add to your pot.

• Fresh herbs can be used in place of dried herbs. Add them whole with the stems attached and double the dried measurements.

• You can make the broth in a crock pot instead of a stock pot on the stove, just be sure everything will fit.

• Turkey broth can be made the same way.

• The leftover veggies and meat from making the broth make fantastic soup.

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3 Comments

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    Alana
    December 30, 2016 at 10:14 PM That is essentially a bone broth. The reason it turns jelly like is because of all the marrow from the bones is liquified so its like the real glucosamine. Great for joints and bones! Its also a gut healing medicine.
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      Alli
      December 31, 2016 at 1:50 PM Hi Alana! Yes, it is a bone broth, thank you for clarifying. I figured the reason for it turning to jelly had something to do with marrow. Thank you for the insight!! I appreciate it you sharing :)
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