What is chicken broth?
In brief chicken broth is the juice or liquid extracted when you cook chicken meat and other spices together. Chicken broth is usually flavorful and, in most cases serves a the base for making other dishes. Such as chicken pot pie soup, chicken coconut soup, mango chicken coconut curry, Jollof Rice, fried rice, coconut rice, etc.
Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock; which would you rather?
Is there even a difference between the two? Yes, there is a legitimate distinction! Apparently many people use the term broth and stock interchangeably me inclusive. Chicken broth is made from both the flesh and bone of the meat while the stock is made from only from the bone of the meat. Though these two are different, you can use them interchangeably. Mind you there is also vegetable broth, which most vegetarians use. Just as the name implies, this means using only vegetables to make broth. We would get into that in another day.
Homemade broth is as old as food preparation though over-the-counter broths work just fine. In my household, I use more chicken broth than beef and vegetable broths. Usually, I make a lot of kid-friendly dishes, and chicken broths come in handy. Today I will be focusing on showing you how to easily make homemade chicken broth so you can use it to create amazing dishes.
INGREDIENTS FOR MAKING CHICKEN BROTH:
Generally, the ingredients for making chicken depend on the person making it! Some people go as far as including carrots, celery, bell peppers, and tons of other vegetables. However, the essential ingredients for making a flavorful chicken broth may consist of:
- Fresh or frozen chicken (If frozen, allow to thaw
- Herbs (Fresh Ginger or ground, Thyme, or Rosemary or both)
- Bouillon/Knorr powder (or Nigerian Maggi)
- Curry powder
- Bay leaves
- Water . The bottom line is to use the ingredients/herbs/spices you have on hand!
Just a quick reminder and disclaimer: Usually, this is how I make my chicken broth, and it has an excellent outcome. You are free to modify this recipe; remove something, add something or swap something. Unfortunately, am not sure that it will have the same result.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CHICKEN BROTH
- Wash chicken add to the pot/pan (remember to wash your hands after handling poultry)
- Wash and cut all vegetables. I prefer to quarter the onions. Wash the herbs as well!
- Add the chicken to the pot and then add all the ingredients, finally add water. It should be enough to cover the entire chicken.
- Cover and cook on medium-high for about 25 – 30 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. This time may fluctuate depending on the quantity of the chicken and whether they are bone-in.
- Remove chicken, sieve broth for a clearer or transparent liquid.
- Use immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer using an appropriate container.
Tips for Making the Best Broth:
Keep it simple and thread light on intensely colorful ingredients. No need to complicate issues when you are prepping chicken broth or stock. For instance, adding paprika to this broth will likely change the outcome to red. In like manner, if spinach to your broth, it will definitely affect how it looks.
No starchy veggie allowed. I highly suggest adding vegetables when making broths. However, know your vegetables and realize that not all plants are great for making excellent bases. For instance, starchy vegetables such as potatoes are a no-no for making broths. This is because rather than creating a beautifully clear broth, they will thicken it, and the broth might end up looking like a sauce instead.
Add enough water when boiling the chicken. Always add enough water until it is well over the chicken.
Use any part of the chicken. Yes, you heard me, the chicken part you have is the best one. Don’t worry so much about getting the “right” part of the chicken. Use what you have! What is the best part of the chicken to make broth? Any part, to be honest, any part of the chicken can make excellent broth! For example, I usually use drumsticks and chicken thighs to make broth; unfortunately, I don’t have any today. I do have chicken breast, though, and that’s what I am going to use.
The broth is the Base of Every Good Food.
I believe that a base (the broth) plays a significant role in food. And it is no longer news that most foods we make require broths, either chicken, beef, or vegetable broth! Using an excellent tasting broth makes the food better because it is the foundation. It’s like building a house with a solid foundation – it will not collapse!Elevate your next dish with this beautiful homemade broth recipe! FYI: Chicken broth is usually flavorful and, in most cases, serves as the base for making great tasting dishes.🙌🏾 Click To Tweet
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Elevate your next dish with this beautiful homemade chicken broth recipe! All you need to make this broth is chicken, vegetables, herbs and spices! Chicken broth is usually flavorful and, in most cases, serves as the base for making great tasting dishes.
- 3 Chicken breast (or any other chicken part)
- 1 bulb of onion or 1/2 (quartered)
- 3 – 4 cloves of garlic (washed and peeled)
- ½ tablespoon of salt (or as necessary)
- ½ – 1 tablespoon of Bouillon/Knorr powder or Nigerian Maggi
- ½ tablespoon curry powder (or less)
- ½ tablespoon grated fresh ginger (ground ginger works)
- 2 or 3 bay leaves
- 1 – 2 sprigs of Rosemary or thyme (or ½ teaspoon of dry thyme or rosemary)
- 4 – 5 cups of fresh water.
Wash chicken add to the pot/pan (remember to wash your hands after handling poultry)
Wash and cut all vegetables. I prefer to quarter the onions. Wash the herbs as well!
Add the chicken to the pot and then add all the ingredients, finally add water. It should be enough to cover the entire chicken.
Cover and cook on medium-high for about 25 – 30 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. This time may fluctuate depending on the quantity of the chicken and whether they are bone-in.
Remove chicken, sieve broth for a clearer or transparent liquid.
Use immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer suing appropriate containers.
Remember to wash your hands very thoroughly when you handle fresh poultry and meats.
Store in the freezer if you plan to keep your broth for more than three days.
Use your spoon to scoop off excess oil that settles on the top of the broth after cooking (if there is any). If you are not a fan of making homemade broths, then I recommend this broth.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Soup
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Universal
Keywords: Chicken, Chicken broth, Chicken stock, Soup, Broth
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