What is The Difference between Chicken Stock and Chicken Broth

Chicken stock or broth is used as a basis in many recipes such as soups, sauces, and vegetables dishes

adding water to chicken carcasses

Chicken stock

Chicken stock, called chicken fond in French, is made from the carcass and bones. Due to the release of gelatin from the long-simmering bones, chicken stock will have a richer flavour. The bones are usually roasted first and whilst this is not essential, it does make for a richer, more deeply coloured stock. Never add salt to chicken stock as it might be too concentrated after the long simmering and you want a neutral liquid as a basis for your other recipes.

Chicken broth

Chicken broth, also known as bouillon, is made with a whole chicken or with the meat. There is no roasting needed so the broth will stay clear and can be eaten on its own as a soup. Broth usually has a shorter simmering time then stock.


When it comes to health, stock and broth each have their pros and cons. Broth contains about half the calories of stock, and broth contains slightly less carbohydrate, fat and protein than stock, though it’s also significantly lower in vitamins and minerals. 

Still buying stock or broth?

Store bought broth or stock is a great time saver but it won’t give you the full ‘stock experience’. However, you can enhance these often flavourless products, by adding carrots, onions, leeks, celery, fennel, parsley, bay leaves, black peppercorns, or garlic and simmer for a while.

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straining chicken stock

Chicken stock or broth

Chicken stock or broth is used as a basis in many recipes such as soups, sauces, and vegetables dishes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Meat & Poultry
Cuisine International
Servings 1 litre
Calories 104 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)

Large cooking pot
Mesh sieve



  • Place the whole chicken or the carcass in a large cooking pot and cover with cold water before bringing to the boil (blanchir).
    adding water to chicken carcasses
  • Drain out the water and refill the cooking pot with water. Meanwhile, wash, peel and cut the vegetables into large pieces and add to the pot with the chicken and seasoning.
    making chicken stock
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour (whole chicken) and 30 minutes (carcass and wings).
    making chicken stock
  • Remove the chicken and veggies, allow to cool down and refrigerate for any other recipe. (carcasses can be discarded)
    straining chicken stock
  • Pass the broth through a sieve.
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  • Keep the chicken broth simmering to get a clear broth.
  • Lack of flavour? Reduce the broth by simmering even more to concentrate the flavour
  • You can freeze chicken stock in an ice cube tray for easy use.

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSodium: 60mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 11043IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Oh yum! I love making stuff like this. Definitely elevates whatever dish you use it for! 🙂

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