Introduction: Homemade Chicken Broth

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l love making this chicken broth. It has so much flavor to it. I usually debone the chicken and make Spicy Chicken Tacos, the Poached Chicken with Pomegranate Orzo, or Chicken Salad. This recipe can also be found at



4-5 pound whole chicken or parts, skinless

1 onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, halved

2 carrots, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 leek, chopped

1 tsp salt

1 tsp peppercorn

2 bay leaves

a few fresh dill sprigs

a few fresh parsley sprigs

a few fresh cilantro sprigs

12 cups water

Step 1: Place Chicken in Large Pot

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Place the skinless chicken in a large pot.

Step 2: Add Remaining Ingredients

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Add the remaining ingredients except the water.

Step 3: Add Water

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Add the water, cover, and bring to a boil.

Step 4: Simmer

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Reduce the heat and simmer for about 2 hours over low heat.

Step 5: Remove Chicken

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Carefully remove the chicken from the broth and set aside. Debone the chicken and use as desired.

Step 6: Strain Broth

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Strain the broth through a sieve and discard the solids.

Step 7: Remove Fat

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Pour broth into a gravy strainer to remove any excess fat. If you dont have a gravy strainer, just place the broth inside the fridge and let the fat solidify on top. Then you can carefully remove with a skimmer.


bfarm (author)2016-02-10

Roasting or sauteing the chicken and vegetables first will greatly improve the flavor.

Thank you for the suggestion. I will have to try that..

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