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Homemade Chicken Broth Recipe

Homemade Chicken Broth Recipe

Rich in chicken flavor, this traditional broth is lightly seasoned with herbs. Besides making wonderful chicken soups, it can be used in casseroles, rice dishes and other recipes that call for chicken broth. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + chilling YIELD:6 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds bony chicken pieces
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 to 10 whole peppercorns
  • 2 quarts cold water


  • 1. Place all ingredients in a soup kettle or Dutch oven. Slowly bring to a boil; reduce heat. Skim foam. Cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  • 2. Set chicken aside until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones. Discard bones; save meat for another use. Strain broth, discarding vegetables and seasonings. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Skim fat from surface. Yield: about 6 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 245 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Reviews for Homemade Chicken Broth

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"Its a simple and tasty recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"Its a simple and tasty recipe"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"Good recipe - like the rosemary!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"This recipe is great as is but I have also used less bay leaf and added 1/2 teaspoon ground sage. Another trick I use is to add about 1 dozen ice cubes to the broth while it is cooling. The fat solidifies and sticks to the cubes which I then scoop out before they melt. This works great if you want to use part or all of the broth right away."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Great recipe, one thing I like to do is use the tips of chicken wings. I cook buffalo or barbecued chicken wings from time to time and instead of tossing the tips of the wings in the trash, I like to save them for my chicken stocks and broths."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"My family and I have enjoyed this recipe many times since I discovered it. I use chicken drumsticks for the meat. I didn't have any bay leaves or rosemary, so I substituted marjoram and used only 1 onion and it still made a fantastic broth. I also added and extra cup to compensate for the vaporization. Then I'm left with 2 batches of 4 cups of very yummy broth. Why it took me this long to make my own broth, I don't know. This was very easy."

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