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Homemade Chicken Broth

Wondering how to make chicken broth at home? Learn here! Rich in chicken flavor, this traditional broth is lightly seasoned with herbs. Besides making wonderful chicken soups, this chicken stock recipe 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: 3-1/4 hours + chilling
  • Makes
    about 6 cups


  • 2-1/2 pounds bony chicken pieces (legs, wings, necks or back bones)
  • 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


  • Place all ingredients in a soup kettle or Dutch oven. Slowly bring to a boil; reduce heat until mixture is just at a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 hours, skimming foam as necessary.
  • 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.

Homemade Chicken Broth Tips

What’s the difference between chicken broth and chicken stock?

Chicken broth is made with meat and bones and is simmered on the stove for a relatively short amount of time. It's got a light chicken flavor and is perfect to use in soups, like our ultimate chicken noodle soup. Chicken stock is made from bones that are first roasted in the oven, then simmered for hours on the stove. The increased cooking time pulls more collagen from the bones, which deepens the flavor of the stock. It’s excellent for making sauces, like the ones in these comforting recipes that call for chicken stock.

Can you overcook chicken broth?

If you’ve added vegetables to the broth, yes you can overcook chicken broth! Carrots, celery and onion add wonderful flavor, but if they’re left to simmer too long, they can leave a strong, bitter flavor that takes over the broth.

How can I make chicken broth more flavorful?

Once the broth has finished cooking, remove the meat, bones and vegetables and continue to simmer until reduced by one third. You'll end up with a rich, luscious flavor. You can also use pan drippings from roast chicken to add to the sauce. Save it in the freezer after cooking, then pop it into your homemade broth.

How can I make chicken broth in a pinch?

If you make chicken wings at home, keep the wings and backs in your freezer and pull them out when it’s time to make broth. Use up your leftover homemade chicken broth in these chicken broth recipes!

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 245 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.


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  • kimmarel
    Jan 25, 2021

    I tried this and after 3 hours all the liquid simmered away. What did I do wrong? It says to simmer uncovered, but doesn't that just reduce any liquid like it did mine?

  • Merri
    Jan 25, 2021

    Answering Cassandra, yes you can! I put a whole chicken carcass in with almost the same ingredients and cook it on low overnight. Wake up to a great smelling house and a slow cooker full of broth. I just strain and fill up freezer bags or containers.

  • lin
    Jan 25, 2021

    Every time I buy a Costco roasted chicken to make chicken salad I use the bones for broth. Delicious and much better than store bought!

  • Cassandra
    Jan 24, 2021

    I’m sure this is excellent but wonder if I can make this in a crock pot?

  • Catherine
    Nov 14, 2020

    Excellent recipe

  • Denise
    Feb 3, 2020

    Great flavor. Yummm

  • Anthony
    Mar 18, 2019

    it looks good

  • Darrell
    Jun 11, 2018

    what do you do with vegetables afterward? can you eat them?

  • Donita
    Feb 4, 2018

    How long does it last in the fridge? This was easy and the taste is incredible!

  • cinderbe
    Jan 30, 2018

    Can you freeze this? How long does it keep in the fridge?