Salvere Recipe: Homemade Chicken Broth

by Salvere Health and Fitness
In typing up some to the recipes recently, it became apparent how often something called for chicken broth so I thought I’d write a recipe to show you how to make your own. First, lets look at Stock vs Broth — the differences are small but here it goes. Stock typically uses the bones and some of the skin, etc so it makes a thicker consistency due to the gelatin from released from the bones. Broth contains the meat so tends to be a richer taste but more liquidy. You can really interchange the two and will mostly find broth in the store.

Homemade Chicken Broth

chicken broth
1 whole chicken or equivalent
1 onion, quartered
3 carrots, halved
3 celery stalks, halved
4 garlic cloves, whole

1 jalapeño, cut in half (optional)
3 sprigs rosemary
1 small bunch of thyme
1 large handful of cilantro or 10 leaves of sage
handful of peppercorns (or 3 tsp of black pepper)
1 – 2 tbsp of salt (add more to taste after the chicken is cooked)

Place your chicken in a large pot. Cover chicken with water to 2 inches above the chicken. Turn stove on high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer let cook until the chicken is done.  Remove chicken from pot and let cool. Use a slotted spoon or mesh strainer to remove carrots, onions, etc from broth. You can use the broth for cooking rice, making soup or whatever you want!  It freezes quite well also. If you want to use the chicken, you have a great start to chicken noodle, chicken rice, chicken barley, chicken chili, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

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