Chicken Broth Soup

Chicken Soup Broth

Homemade full bodied seasoned chicken soup broth.
Homemade full bodied seasoned chicken soup broth. | Source

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Chicken Broth that is full of flavor and very healthy

Here is how to make wonderfully healthy and inexpensive chicken broth.

Buy the rotisserie chicken tonight

We love the fully cooked rotisserie chickens sold at our local grocery store. In fact, every time we make a big shopping trip to Costco I purchase one of their rotisserie chickens. By the time I get all my Costco purchases home and stored away I am too tired to make a full dinner.

Those rotisserie roasted chickens make a wonderful table presentation when transferred to a serving platter. All I add is a salad or a vegetable and you have a perfectly acceptable meal. Many times I will buy the tasty Costco deli potato salad too.

What a better way to feed a hungry family (or yourself) with minimum fuss after a long day at work and then a crowd filled shopping trip to the big box store!

Broth Making

Remains of the rotisserie chicken and all the ingredients to make a great chicken soup broth
Remains of the rotisserie chicken and all the ingredients to make a great chicken soup broth | Source

Broth

Boil then reduce to simmer. In 3-4 hours when broth is reduced by 25% to 33% it is ready.
Boil then reduce to simmer. In 3-4 hours when broth is reduced by 25% to 33% it is ready. | Source

Final Product

Ready for the freezer
Ready for the freezer | Source

Stretch that Chicken (figuratively)

This will make you feel even better about purchasing that rotisserie chicken. In fact, you will feel thrifty. If you have any remaining chicken you can carve it off to make a sandwich or put in the freezer. Chicken pieces when frozen like this are great to toss in home made soups or add to canned soups. They also may be added to gravies and the like.

What you have left is the carcass and that too has value! A chicken carcass has lots of good nutrition and flavor left. It is easy to make a lovely broth.

All you need to do is place the chicken carcass in a Dutch oven and cover the chicken carcass with filtered water. Then you add some seasonings, bring it to a boil, and reduce the water and chicken carcass to a simmer. Cook this until the water reduces down at least 25%.

This broth is wonderful to freeze in small cube sizes. Or freeze the broth in a larger one time use size container.

The cubes of rich flavorful chicken broth can be used to create another flavor layer in:

~soups (purchased or home made)

~stews

~gravies

~an addition to the water to boil noodles or pasta in

~instant potatoes

~rice

The larger batch can be used as a base for any dish that requires adding water. It will make a wonderful chicken noodle soup base, a stew base, and a vegetable soup base. It is the major player in a wonderful egg drop soup too!

The key to making any food better is to layer the flavors. This is such a wonderful base flavor layer.

This chicken broth makes a great base for a garlic soup that is very soothing and healthful when you have a cold. Just use a quart (or more) of the broth with one whole head of garlic. Separate the cloves, remove the paper, and roughly chop the cloves. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, strain, and then take as needed. It will taste good and help you feel better. Both garlic and chicken broth are known to help when you have a cold. They are anti bacterial and anti inflammatory.

The basic chicken broth soup aroma smells lovely too. How nice for your family to come home to this on a cold day.

Here is the recipe.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 5 min
Yields: 1 1/2 quarts of stock

Select Spices

Spices enhance the broth. Rosemary, garlic dried parsley, and meat seasoning (no MSG!)
Spices enhance the broth. Rosemary, garlic dried parsley, and meat seasoning (no MSG!) | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 rotisserie chicken carcass
  • 3 stalks celery, rough chopped
  • 1 t. rosemary
  • 1 t. garlic granules
  • 1 t. dried parsley
  • 1 t. meat seasoning, chicken is fine
  • 2 bay leaves, not shown

Yummy Broth

Pressing out every ounce of flavor!
Pressing out every ounce of flavor! | Source

Rotisserie Chicken Home Made Broth Instructions

  1. Place the chicken carcass in a Dutch oven and cover with filtered water
  2. Add the celery Add the seasonings
  3. Allow to come to a boil Reduce to a simmer
  4. Simmer until the stock is reduced by half, this should take all afternoon at a low simmer
  5. Pour the mixture through a strainer. Toss everything that does not go through the strainer. Cool the mixture and place in containers for freezing

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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona Author

Paul, the broth is so much richer. Simmer it down by one-half. yum!


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Paul Edmondson 3 years ago from Burlingame, CA

I've never made my own broth. I was wondering the other day if broth made from scratch tastes different than the canned or boxed chicken broth.


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona Author

Hi Donna, I use the broth for so much! I freeze it too. And, yes our cats and dog love it added to their food! Oh, how we love our pets!


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Donna Huebsch 3 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

I usually pick up a chilled rotisserie chicken at Walmart for $3.98 - it is usually one meal for the three of us, but the rest goes to waste. Thanks for the great ideas for "stretching" that chicken...I'm definitely going to give them a try, especially the broth. 2 of our dogs have gotten extremely picky and don't want to eat their dry food. I've been buying boxed broth and pouring a little in their bowls - they love it! Now I can save money on that - thanks for all the good tips!


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona Author

me too cbc!!


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chalkboardchatter 3 years ago from NC

I get the Costco chickens all the time and love to stretch the chicken by making broth for soup or to add flavor to other dishes. I haven't tried roasting the bones as mentioned above but will try that next time. Good information!!!


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona Author

Thnks PDX....have not heard from you for awhile! Happy New Year!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

There's so much you can do with chicken and I'm a huge fan of soup. I had no idea the carcass had nutritional value. Very informative hub. Good work.


minababe 3 years ago

Great information on how to reuse poultry for broth! I wish more people would "stretch" food out like this instead of just throwing it away all the time.


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Bake Like a Pro 3 years ago

Truth be told when I first signed up for hub I had no idea what I was doing and kind of got stuck with this name "bake like a pro". I love to cook and bake. When cooking I can eyeball the measurements for the ingredients and almost always get a good result but with baking it's a different story. The measurements have to be exact and it helps to have a fool proof recipe which is hard to find. That's why I like to share the fool proof recipes with others. There is nothing worse than wasting time and ingredients on something that ends up in the trash. But, yes I believe you can bake like a pro with a little patience, a good recipe and let's not forget some practice.


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona Author

Can you really bake like a pro? I will follow you! and thanks!


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Bake Like a Pro 3 years ago

I once did this with a turkey carcass. Never tried chicken before. What a great idea thank you.


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona Author

thanks bunches!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

This hub makes me hungry, LOL. It sound delicious. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up and Yummy!

Prasetio


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

We get the Costco chickens all the time. Great idea here to really use the chicken...Thanks for this great suggestion...Voting up and bookmarking.


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona Author

Thanks ethel!


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ethel smith 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

How useful and great idea to freeze into cubes. Clever you!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I do this when we buy rotisserie chicken it is such a good broth. Voted up and shared.


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona Author

Thanks for the roasting tip. I will try it!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I love making homemade soups and most often use a chicken or turkey carcass to make broths such as you have so nicely demonstrated in this hub. Roasting the bones prior to boiling also adds another rich flavor to the broth. Most often I do this with the turkey carcass. Those Costco chickens are great for all kinds of uses. Voted up and useful and will share.


sdzulu 3 years ago

This makes for a very flavorful soup.

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