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Chicken Broth Substitute - Alternatives to Chicken Broth


What is a Substitute for Chicken Broth?

Chicken Broth SubstituteRun out of chicken broth, beef broth or vegetable broth for your recipe?

It is actually easier to substitute for chicken broth than you might think, so check our table that includes several chicken broth substitutes along with other types of broth that you may need to find a substitute.


Table of Chicken Broth Substitutes:

Broth Amount Substitute
Chicken broth substitute 1 Cup 1 Chicken bullion cube +Plus 1 Cup Boiling Water
*OR* 1 Cup Vegetable Broth*
*OR* 1 Cup Water +Plus a Tablespoon of Butter OR Olive Oil
*OR* 1 Cup White Wine
Beef Broth substitute 1 Cup 1 Beef Bullion cube +Plus 1 Cup Boiling Water
*OR* 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce +Plus Water to make 1 Cup
Vegetable Broth substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup Homemade Vegetable Broth* (recipe below)
*OR* 1 Cup Chicken Broth



But remember, when making a chicken broth substitute results can vary according to your taste. Some chicken broth substitutes may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product.

Notice that you can even use plain water to substitute for chicken broth, adding a little butter or oil will with the water will mimic the fat in chicken broth. If there is chicken in your recipe you will barely notice the substitute for chicken broth in most recipes, with the exception of the wine substitute for chicken broth you will probably recognize the wine taste somewhat in your recipe depending on how much cooks off.

Please substitute responsibly!

Homemade Chicken Broth

You can also make a substitute for chicken broth by making homemade chicken broth, which is called chicken stock. Just boil your chicken (bones and all) in some water for about a half an hour or at least until the chicken is cooked through. Strain or remove the chicken (including the fat and bones) for use in other recipes and then add some salt and pepper (and garlic powder or garlic salt to taste) to the remaining broth. Cool the broth so you can skim and discard the top layer of fat and then use the remaining chicken broth sometime before its eat by date. Substituting chicken broth with homemade chicken stock, that has to be the best chicken broth substitute possible!

Homemade Vegetable Broth

*You can make a nice vegetable broth at home by boiling the scraps from your cut vegetables (carrots, onions, celery and garlic or whatever you have) and then straining the liquid from the scraps (you can also add some salt to taste)- this makes a great chicken broth substitute and is much cheaper and resourceful but still packed with plenty of flavor.

In preparation for making a vegetable broth or a meat broth you can save your scraps in a freezer safe bag in the freezer and add to the bag each time you prepare to cook. When the bag is full, just put the contents into a pot of water and boil for about 30 minutes.

And if you’ve run out of all of these alternatives for chicken broth, then grab some restaurant coupons and eat out instead!

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