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Flavorful, Easy Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth is worth every bit of effort put into it. It’s easy to can and use for future recipes including soup, casseroles, and more. One taste and you will never go back to store-bought!

Homemade chicken broth in canning jar

Homemade Chicken Broth makes sure nothing goes to waste!

Although this recipe takes a little time to come together, the results are well worth it. Making homemade chicken broth is a great way to get more value from a whole roasted chicken and to use up excess vegetables. As an added bonus, the difference in flavor between homemade broth and store-bought varieties is undeniable.

For best results, use a large stock pot for this recipe. If you do not have one, use a large (6-quart or larger) Dutch oven or similar pot. If using a 6-quart pot for this recipe, stir more frequently to ensure exposed parts are submerged during the cooking process.  

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Ingredients for Homemade Chicken Broth:

  • Roasted chicken carcass
  • Carrots
  • Celery stalks
  • Yellow onions
  • Cloves garlic
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried parsley
  • Dried thyme
  • Whole black peppercorns (or ground black pepper)
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Whole bay leaves
  • Water
Top view of a canning jar filled with homemade chicken broth

How to Make Chicken Broth:

Place chicken carcass to a large stock pot, then add the carrots, celery, onions, and garlic around the chicken. Sprinkle oregano, parsley, thyme, peppercorns, salt, and bay leaves on top.

Add water and bring to a rapid boil over high heat, then immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 3½ – 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

When the meat is falling off the bone, remove from heat. Carefully strain the contents of the pot to separate the liquids and solids. Reserve the liquid and the larger pieces of chicken. Store chicken separately in the refrigerator or freezer to stir into soups later and discard the remaining solids.

Allow broth to cool and transfer to airtight, freezer-safe containers. Freeze for longer term storage or store in the refrigerator for several days before using. Enjoy!

Chicken Broth
Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth

Yield: 10 Cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Once you make up a batch, you'll never use store-bought broth again!

Ingredients

  • 1 5-6 pound roasted chicken carcass
  • 3 large carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3 large celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium yellow onions, roughly chopped
  • 4-5 large cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon whole black peppercorns (or ½ t. ground pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 12 cups water

Instructions

Place chicken carcass to a large stock pot, then add the carrots, celery, onions, and garlic around the chicken. Sprinkle oregano, parsley, thyme, peppercorns, salt, and bay leaves on top.

Add water and bring to a rapid boil over high heat, then immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 3½ - 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

When the meat is falling off the bone, remove from heat. Carefully strain the contents of the pot to separate the liquids and solids. Reserve the liquid and the larger pieces of chicken. Store chicken separately in the refrigerator or freezer to stir into soups later and discard the remaining solids.

Allow broth to cool and transfer to airtight, freezer-safe containers. Freeze for longer term storage or store in the refrigerator for several days before using. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 223mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 33g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 8/29/2021

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