Chicken Broth Substitutes

What is a good substitute for chicken broth? The following table lists several acceptable substitutes, including vegetable broth, which could make a recipe better suited to your needs. 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.

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

Considerations When Choosing a Chicken Broth Substitute

Notice that you can even use plain water to substitute for chicken broth, adding a little butter or oil 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. One exception is the wine substitute for chicken broth, in which case you will probably recognize the wine taste somewhat in your recipe depending on how much cooks off.

You can also make a substitute for chicken broth by making homemade chicken broth, which is called chicken stock. To make homemade 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!

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.