Easy Chicken Broth

imagePrep time: Less than 10 minutes
Cook time: 2-3 hours

Broth is a delicious, versatile item to have in your pantry or freezer. It’s used in so many things – not just soup (think casseroles, rice pilaf, pasta dishes, etc.). And it can be made with little to no effort, or cost. Whether you’ve roasted a whole chicken or it’s one of those delicious rotisserie chickens, save that bird and turn it into broth for a future meal! This recipe doesn’t take much preparation because the ingredients are in there purely for flavor. Once you’re done, pop the broth into the fridge for semi-immediate use (a few days) or the freezer (mine lasts a few months).

So what if you don’t have a big enough container to freeze the broth? Try this trick: line a medium-sized bowl with a gallon freezer bag. Pour the finished broth into the bag/bowl, seal it, and put everything into the freezer. Check back after a few hours and remove the bowl when your broth is frozen. When it’s time to defrost – pull out the bowl and let the bag sit in it until the broth is liquid again.

8 C water
1 roasted chicken breast carcass (or turkey!)
5 -10 broccoli florets
3 carrots
1 medium onion
1 C mushrooms
1 garlic clove
2 T peppercorns
1 T salt
1/2 tsp dill
1/4 tsp garlic powder


1. Chop carrots and broccoli into fairly large pieces. Rough chop onion and garlic.

2. Place chicken carcass in large soup pot and pour water over it.

3. Add all of the veggies and spices.

4. Turn stove to high heat. Bring to boil for 1 minute, then reduce to simmer for 2-3 hours, depending on how strong you like your broth. After the first hour, taste every so often to make sure there is enough salt in there.

5. Strain out vegetables and spices. Cool slightly and store for later use.

How amazing is this recipe? Warning: making homemade broths can be addicting! I’ve been known to take any carcass home with me if I fear it may go to waste. Cory and I drove hundreds of miles home for Thanksgiving last year. And I offered to drive the leftover ham carcass home with us just so I could turn it into delicious soup!

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