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chicken broth strained and made from a whole chicken

Homemade Chicken Broth

  • Author: Lily
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy and flavorful homemade chicken broth is made from a whole chicken. It can be made as a low sodium chicken broth substitute.


  • 2.2 lb (1 kg) whole chicken or cut up a whole chicken (with the bones)
  • 8 cups water
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Chop the onion into chunks.
  2. Add the water, chicken, cardamom pods, onion chunks, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to a large stovetop pot. 
  3. Bring the ingredients to a boil, then reduce to medium-high heat. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Flip the chicken over. Cook for another 30 minutes covered at the same temperature.
  4. Reduce the temperature to medium-low heat. Cook the whole chicken covered for another 20 minutes. Flip the chicken. Continue to cook for another 20 minutes on medium-low heat covered.
  5. The whole chicken should be falling off the bones tender. 
  6. Strain the broth from the chicken, onions, bay leaf, and cardamom pods.


  1. The chicken meat can be removed from the bone and used in another recipe like curry chicken salad, chicken and vegetable soup, or shredded chicken enchiladas.
  2. The whole chicken can be roasted in the oven after the broth is made. Mix 1 tbsp of tomato paste, the juice from half a lime, salt, and pepper. Spread this sauce all over the chicken. Bake the chicken at 425 F (220 C). The chicken might be falling apart, so you might have to handle it carefully.
  3. Add an extra 1 cup of water for every 4 ounces (113 grams) of added chicken weight.
  4. The nutrition facts do not account for added salt.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 100 calories
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 72 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 22 mg

Keywords: chicken broth, chicken stock, homemade chicken broth, chicken broth with a whole chicken

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