Chicken Stock vs Broth + Recipe

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Chicken stock vs broth – do you know the difference? I’ve got the answer, and it may surprise you! Get my recipe for chicken broth too! Watch the complete video below in the recipe card.

3 mason jars with homemade chicken broth

Chicken stock vs broth

While many people interchange the names, there are some significant differences between stock and broth.

Let’s say you want to make a pot of comforting chicken noodle soup. Or maybe the gravy for a pot pie, or to ladle over fluffy mashed potatoes.

If you want to make it yourself, do you need a chicken broth recipe or do you need to make stock? Using that scenario, the answer is, you may want both!

Technically, you can make soups and gravies using either stock or broth. However, most professional chefs make sauces and soups using stock, and they use broth to make gravy.

large pot with chicken carcass next to carrots, celery, onion, and herbs

Tip From Kevin

Difference between chicken broth and stock

Chicken stock is more pure and refined than chicken broth. The process of making it takes longer than a chicken broth recipe, but it has a much richer chicken flavor. Plus, it contains less fat than broth does. This is because stock doesn’t involve using chicken skin like broth does.

Additionally the process for making chicken stock involves oven roasting raw chicken bones first, which allows for extra flavor.

Making stock, whether it be chicken, beef, or another type, requires hours of simmering, too. As a result, the bone marrow cooks out of the roasted bones and is infused into the liquid.

On the other hand, making a chicken broth recipe is quicker, and much easier as well. This is because you make it with a cooked chicken carcass, any meat that is left on it, and usually the chicken skin as well.

Because the bones are already cooked, there isn’t as much nutritional value in them. As a result, making chicken broth only takes 90 minutes!

close up of chicken broth ingredients in a bowl

How to Make Chicken Broth

  1. Here are the basic steps involved in the process.
  2. Be sure to watch me make it the video below, and then grab the complete ingredient list and instructions from the recipe card.
  3. I usually use a rotisserie chicken carcass to make homemade broth, but any cooked chicken parts and/or a carcass will work. You can leave the skin on, or remove it if you want to reduce some of the fat.
  4. Clean and chop the vegetables – You’ll be using a “mirepoix”, which is a combination of 2 parts onion, 1 part carrots, and 1 part celery.
  5. Place cooked chicken carcass/parts into a large, heavy bottomed pot. Add the vegetables, herbs, and spices. Add enough tap water to cover all the ingredients by one inch.
  6. Bring contents to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 90 minutes.
  7. Strain the broth to remove the bones, meat, skin, and herbs. Then allow it to cool before storing in the refrigerator.
homemade broth in a large canning jar

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it OK to can chicken broth or stock in a water bath?

No. Meat stocks are low-acid foods that can only be canned safely using a pressure canner. A pressure canner heats the contents at a high temperature that is necessary to kill bacteria that causes botulism. There are no safe options for canning stock or broth in a boiling water canner. If you don’t have a pressure canner, you can freeze the stock in freezer containers instead. Be sure to date, label, and store in a cool location for 12 to 18 months.

How long to pressure can chicken broth?

Process filled jars in a pressure canner at 10 pounds pressure 20 minutes for pints and 25 minutes for quarts, adjusting for altitude, according to your pressure canners directions. 
Next, turn off heat and cool canner to zero pressure. You’ll need to let stand 5 more minutes before removing the lid, then cool jars in canner for 10 minutes. Remove the jars and cool, checking lids for seal after 24 hours. Make sure the lids do not flex up and down when center is pressed. See a complete recipe with instructions to water pressure over on the Ball website.

Can I Freezing in Mason Jars?

Yes. Freezing food in Mason jars is an easy, economical, and environmentally-friendly if you don’t want to use plastic such as resealable freezer bags.

Tip From Kevin

Top 4 Tips for Freezing in Mason Jars

  1. Don’t fill the mason jars to the top because of expansion. Pressure can build in the jar and break the glass, so leave at least one-inch of space at the top of the jar to allow for expansion. I like to use wide mouth tapered Mason jars. These typically include a freeze-fill line on the side for reference.
  2. Only use tapered mason jars without shoulders. Tapered jars reduce the pressure when food starts to expand during the freezing process. Jars with shoulders can break when it freezes.
  3. Let your hot chicken broth cool to room temperature before pouring into jars. Then place in the refrigerator before going in the freezer. It may seem extreme, but these precautions allow for expansion, so the glass doesn’t shatter, which saves you a clean up and loss of all your hard work making the broth!
  4. Keep the jars upright while freezing and tighten the lids after the chicken broth in the jar has completely frozen.
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A close up of Glass jars of chicken broth

Chicken Stock vs Broth + Recipe and Video

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Chicken stock vs broth – do you know the difference? Check out my post for the answer, then make this recipe for chicken broth!
Servings: 10 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes



  • Add all of the above to a large stock pot, cover with water by an inch and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 90 minutes. Any vegetable scraps can be used, but these are my go to aromatics.
  • Let cool and then remove all large pieces from the pot and discard. (See Note 1)
  • Strain the broth and use immediately, cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for later use. The broth will become gelatinous and the chicken fat will congeal on the top, feel free to discard or use for making a roux.



  1. Feel free to save cooked vegetables and puree with chicken broth for a thicker soup base or use a roux.


Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2415IU | Vitamin C: 42.6mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.5mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: French
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chicken broth in glass jar


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    1. I have updated the recipe for canning. No water bath! Process filled jars in a pressure canner only at 10 pounds pressure 20 minutes for pints and 25 minutes for quarts, adjusting for altitude, according to your pressure canners directions. Turn off heat: cool canner to zero pressure. Let stand 5 more minutes before removing the lid. Cool jars in canner 10 minutes.