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. We remember stocks simmering on the stove in large cookpots.

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What is 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.

What is 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. 

Do you know that chicken stock causes a calorie deficit? It is unquestionably superior as it contains higher protein content. When consuming it, you’ll feel fuller compared to eating chicken broth. Consequently, you need to take less. A smaller portion of it will meet your calorie needs and weight loss goals. This approach is favourable to establish a healthy calorie deficit, a key biological parameter that can instantly be assessed by a calorie deficit calculator. If you are in need or determined to lose some weight, this tool will help to estimate the amount of calorie reduction needed to reach your weight loss goals.

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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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 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Meat & Poultry
Cuisine International
Servings 1 litre
Calories 104 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)



  • Place the whole chicken or the carcass in a large cooking pot and cover with cold water before bringing to the boil (blanchir).
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  • 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.
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  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour (whole chicken) and 30 minutes (carcass and wings).
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  • Remove the chicken and veggies, allow to cool down and refrigerate for any other recipe. (carcasses can be discarded)
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  • 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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Is chicken stock and chicken broth the same thing?

No. Chicken stock and chicken broth are not the same thing. Chicken stock is liquid made from the bones, and chicken broth includes ingredients such as meat and vegetables.

Highlights of chicken stock

Chicken stock can be used as the base for many recipes. Lots of dishes require a liquid to prepare them and chicken stock is the perfect choice because of its rich flavour.

Many people like to alter their own recipes sometimes by substituting chicken stock for water to give the dish a slightly different taste. For example, using chicken stock to prepare plain rice provides the final dish with a boost of flavour.

Others use the chicken stock in pasta dishes, meat and vegetable casseroles, pot pies, and slow cooker recipes.

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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