Here’s a Chicken Bouillon Substitute for When You Run Out

They add a ton of flavor to your favorite dishes, but sometimes you need a substitute for chicken bouillon cubes. Here's the info to keep in your back pocket.

Whether you use it for chicken noodle soup or to add flavor to a veggie side dish, chicken bouillon cubes are a convenient seasoning to have on hand. But, since they’re so small, it can be easy to forget about them when you run out. Here are some chicken bouillon substitutes to turn to when your jar is empty.

The Best Chicken Bouillon Substitute

The best substitute for chicken bouillon is definitely chicken broth. It doesn’t matter if it’s store-bought or homemade (although our homemade chicken broth recipe is my favorite) using chicken broth will give your recipe the homey, poultry-rich flavor that you’re looking for from bouillon cubes.

Simply replace the amount of other liquid in your recipe with chicken broth. For example, if the recipe calls for one bouillon cube and one cup of water, replace the bouillon cube and water with one cup of chicken broth. By the way, here are some chicken broth substitutes for when you run out.

Other Chicken Bouillon Substitutes

Sometimes, you even don’t have chicken broth on hand (don’t worry, we’ve all been there). In those instances, you have two choices. Get to know the difference between bouillon and broth.

The first is is to replace a quarter of the liquid with dry white wine. So, for a recipe calls for one bouillon cube and one cup of water, replace the bouillon cube and 1/4 cup of water with a 1/4 cup of white wine. The resulting flavor will be a bit lighter than if you used a bouillon cube, but will still be delicious. Just be sure to let the alcohol cook-off. Here are some more ways you can cook with wine.

The second option is good ol’ water. While water won’t be as flavorful as using a bouillon cube, it’ll still get the job done. You can boost the flavor by increasing the seasonings already called for in the recipe, or add about a tablespoon of poultry seasonings.

What’s a Low-Sodium Chicken Bouillon Option?

There are a few low-sodium bouillon options available for that chicken flavor. Be sure to read the nutrition label carefully so you know what you are buying.

A teaspoon of regular bouillon granules (equivalent to a bouillon cube) contains about 900 mg of sodium. In comparison, a teaspoon of Wyler’s reduced-sodium bouillon has about 600 mg of sodium. Herb-ox is another national brand and offers a sodium-free bouillon.

These 15 low-sodium foods can also help cut your sodium intake.

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Caroline Stanko
As Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.