Simple Chicken Broth

simple chicken brothMaking your own chicken broth takes extra time but the flavor is worth the bother!

A lot of commercial brands contain ingredients you don’t bank on when making a homemade meal like artificial colorings, MSG, and gluten.

Makes 2 quarts

Simple Chicken Broth

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 2 quarts

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 40

Fat per serving: 2

Simple Chicken Broth


  • 1 chicken breasts on the bone, skin intact (organic if possible)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, peeled, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, trimmed chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 1/2 quarts water


  • Sprinkle the chicken with the salt. Heat a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the chicken, skin side down and cook 3 to 4 minutes, turning once or twice until the chicken is well browned. Scatter the onions, carrots, and celery around the chicken and cook 3 to 4 minutes more, stirring occasionally until the vegetables soften.
  • Add the parsley, peppercorns, bay leaves along with 2 1/2 quarts tap water. Bring to a gentle boil over high heat then reduce the heat immediately to low. Simmer over low heat, covered, 20 to 25 minutes, skimming the top of the broth with a spoon as any foam or fat might gather. Remove the chicken and discard the skin. Reserve the meat for chicken noodle soup.
  • Cool the broth completely before storing in an air-tight container refrigerated for up to 1 week or store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Discard the bay leaves and peppercorns before using.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (Serving size: 1 cup including vegetables): 40 calories, 0 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 2g fat (0 g saturated), 1 mg cholesterol, 1g fiber, 125 mg sodium

Weight Watchers® Points Plus: 1


  1. Thank you for the recipe. I have lots of homemade recipes that call for chicken broth, but none that tell me how to make my own chicken broth. I was always weary of buying the prepackaged stuff in stores – so thanks again! I am going to try it out soon, since the weather is turning colder.

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