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Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth is easy to make. It has a rich chicken flavor that enhances any other recipes like soups or stews. So much better than store bought broth!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 cups (see NOTES)
Calories 39kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • Fine mesh strainer/sieve


  • 1 3-5 pound whole chicken giblets removed (can be used, discard liver)
  • 4 medium celery stalks
  • 2 large carrots peeled
  • 1 large onion halved
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 6-8* cups cold filtered water *enough water to cover all the ingredients
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig
  • 3 Italian parsley stems
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 ablespoons kosher salt


  • In a large Dutch oven or stock pot combine the whole chicken, celery, carrots, onion and garlic. Add enough cold filtered water to cover all the ingredients plus an extra 1-2 inches..
  • Add in fresh rosemary, thyme, parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns and salt.
  • Bring the stock to a very gentle simmer. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked. NOTE: the chicken broth can continue to simmer for multiple hours for a richer flavor.
  • When desired flavor is achieved, remove the chicken and strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer (sieve) or cheesecloth. The chicken can be removed from the skin and bones and used in other recipes.
    Discard the vegetables and herbs. See NOTES below for storing instructions.


*Recipe Yield
The total amount of broth will vary depending on the amount of water used and the length of cooking time due to some evaporation. You should yield around 4-6 cups broth.
How to Store
The broth can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
How to Freeze
Once the broth has cooled place in airtight freezer-safe containers (like these) leaving 1/2-3/4 inch room on top for expansion. Freeze for up to 3 months and thaw in the refrigerator before using.
The broth can also be frozen in ice cube trays! After it has cooled allow it to freeze in the trays. When solid remove the cubes and store in a freezer bag. This is convenient when using smaller amounts or just making a cup of broth to sip.
Recipe Tips
Cook the stock at a very low simmer. This makes a difference in the overall cloudiness of the final stock.
Start with cold water. This too will affect the cloudiness of the stock.
Cook it long and low. The longer the stock cooks the richer stock you'll end up with. It needs to cook at least long enough to cook the chicken but can be cooked longer.
Remove the chicken breasts. If you plan to use the cooked chicken meat removing the breast meat when the chicken has cooked (even if you'll keep simmering the stock) ensures it won't overcook and become tasteless. You can leave the rest of the chicken to simmer.


Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6031IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg