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Easy Homemade Chicken Broth

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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 stockpot 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, stir more frequently to ensure exposed parts are submerged during the cooking process.  

While this recipe does call for carrots, which are not keto-friendly, remember you aren’t eating the vegetables after the homemade chicken broth is done. You can let them cool and put them in your pet’s food or compost them.

What I Love About Homemade Chicken Broth

First and foremost, I love that I made it myself, so I know exactly what went in to my easy homemade chicken broth.

I also love bone broths because they are a great way to break a fast. If you’re fasting for 24 hours or longer, enjoying a mug of homemade chicken broth will give you all the nutrients you need and is a great way to gently introduce food back into your stomach.

What You Need For This Homemade Chicken Broth Recipe

Here is a list of ingredients required for this easy chicken broth recipe:

  • 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 of garlic peeled and smashed
  • 1 T. dried oregano
  • 1 T. dried parsley
  • 1 T. dried thyme
  • 1 T. whole black peppercorns or ½ t. ground pepper
  • 1 t. coarse sea salt
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 12 c. water

You’ll also need a large 6-quart or larger pot.

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How to Make Homemade Chicken Broth

Here are the simple instructions for this homemade chicken bone broth.

  1. Place the chicken carcass in a large stockpot, then add the carrots, celery, onions, and garlic around the chicken. Sprinkle oregano, parsley, thyme, peppercorns, salt, and bay leaves on top.
  2. 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.
  3. When the meat is falling off the bone, remove it 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 the chicken separately in the refrigerator or freezer to stir into soups later, discarding the remaining solids.
  4. Allow broth to cool and transfer to airtight, freezer-safe containers. Freeze for longer-term storage or store it in the refrigerator for several days before use.
  5. Enjoy!

Variations and Suggestions

While this recipe calls for chicken carcass, you can use turkey as well. You can also switch up the herbs and spices to your liking. Want it to have a little kick? Add some chili pepper flakes/cayenne pepper or whatever hot spice you like.

I also like to squeeze two or three lemons/limes in the broth for a slightly citrusy taste. For more flavor, you can also add in a tablespoon of Worchestershire Sauce.

If you love making bone broths, here are a few great articles on how to make bone broth from this site:

How Long Can You Store Chicken Broth?

You can safely store your homemade chicken broth in an airtight container in the freezer for up to one year. If storing it in your fridge, I wouldn’t go longer than a week.

Other soup recipes you might like

If you love homemade soups, you might also like these great soup recipes:

What to Serve With Homemade Chicken Broth

You can enjoy a mug of chicken broth on its own, or you can pair it with a lovely salad or even serve it up before dinner. Here are a few great pairings for your homemade chicken broth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is chicken broth just boiled chicken water?

Yup. Pretty much. There’s more to it than that though, obviously. It’s also all the delicious spices and herbs and veggies that go into it to give it the full flavor.

How is broth made from scratch?

Chicken bone broth, or any bone broth is made from scratch simply by adding ingredients you have in your kitchen into a pot, adding water and letting it simmer.

Is it better to make your own chicken broth?

Yes! You know exactly what’s going in your chicken broth when you make it yourself. Though buying premade chicken broth is simpler, this doesn’t always mean better.

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Homemade Chicken Broth

This easy to make chicken broth is perfect for anytime.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 478kcal
Author: Iva Ursano

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 T. dried oregano
  • 1 T. dried parsley
  • 1 T. dried thyme
  • 1 T. whole black peppercorns or ½ t. ground pepper
  • 1 t. coarse sea salt
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 12 c. water

Instructions

  • Place chicken carcass in a large stockpot, then add the carrots, celery, onions, and garlic around the chicken. Sprinkle oregano, parsley, thyme, peppercorns, salt, and bay leaves on top.
    1 5-6 pound roasted chicken carcass, 3 large carrots, 3 large celery stalks, 2 medium yellow onions, 4-5 large cloves garlic, 1 T. dried oregano, 1 T. dried parsley, 1 T. dried thyme, 1 T. whole black peppercorns, 1 t. coarse sea salt, 2 whole bay leaves
  • 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.
    12 c. water
  • 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

Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 204mg | Sodium: 467mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3209IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg
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Iva discovered the keto diet back in 2020 and has experimented with it, off and on. She recently took over this site and shares experiences, her knowledge and some yummy recipes. She also runs a women only website Women Blazing Trails.

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  1. Krisi Reppel says:

    Delicious and crispy

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