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How to Make Chicken Broth

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 7-8 cups
  • Category: Broth/Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


How to Make Chicken Broth – an easy, step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to successfully make homemade chicken broth!


  • 1 leftover chicken carcass
  • 23 medium carrots, cut into 23 inch chunks
  • 4 stalks celery, cut into 23 inch chunks
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 head of garlic, cut off the end
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 23 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 23 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (more to taste)
  • water (approx. 8-12 cups)


  1. Place chicken carcass in large dutch oven. Add carrots, onion, celery, bay leaf, garlic, bay leaf, rosemary, thyme and salt.
  2. Add enough water to cover the carcass (about 8-10 cups).
  3. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Let simmer, covered, for 4-6 hours.
  5. Remove large chunks of vegetables and chicken carcass.
  6. Strain the remaining broth to remove any other bits of vegetables.
  7. Use immediately, store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days (in sealed mason jar) or freeze for up to 6 months.


  • Chicken Carcass: if you don’t have a whole chicken carcass – bones from drumsticks or bone-in chicken breasts will work tool
  • Storage:
    • Fridge: Place it in a sealed mason jar and leave it in your fridge if you plan on using it within a few days (3-4).
    • Freezer:  You can also freeze it in a mason jar – just fill it ALMOST all the way full, but leave a bit of room at the top as the liquid will expand as it freezes and you don’t want a shattered mason jar in your freezer!  You can also freeze it in silicon ice cube trays if you want smaller frozen portions.

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