18 Recipes That Start With Chicken Broth

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
Photo: Photographer: Greg DuPree; Food Stylist: Rishon Hanners; Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Chicken broth is a pantry staple for a reason. While you can typically sub water for chicken broth in a pinch, we all know that using broth adds so much more flavor. The concentrated chicken flavor it contains adds savory depth to grits , rice, soups, and stews.

Sure, you could make homemade broth , but store-bought works just as well. Not only is broth great for soups, but it also serves as a rich base for sauces, and is fantastic to cook chicken in. Poaching chicken breasts in broth is the secret to tender white meat without drying it out.

Check out these recipes that put chicken broth to use in a variety of delicious ways.

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Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

No chicken soup is complete without chicken broth, but this version that relies on a store-bought shortcut requires broth (also store-bought) to get the soup going.

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Chicken And Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken And Sausage Jambalaya

Jen Causey; Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

The key to a tasty rice dish like this is using chicken broth instead of water. You would be surprised by how much extra flavor a can of broth can lend a rice dish.

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Classic Hoppin' John

Classic Hoppin' John

Stacy K. Allen, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Simmer peas and rice in a flavorful broth bath for the best Hoppin' John every New Year.

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Sriracha Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Soups Sriracha Chicken Noodle Soup

A few spoonfuls of Sriracha and sweet chili sauce turn chicken broth into the base of a simple, sweet and spicy soup.

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Homemade Chicken Salad

Homemade Chicken Salad
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Simmering chicken breasts for chicken salad in a thyme-infused broth ensures the chicken is tender, moist, and flavorful throughout.

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland; Food Styling: Melissa Gray

Chicken broth melds with white wine, lemon juice, and heavy cream to create a rich stock for this pot pie-inspired soup.

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Easy Black-Eyed Peas

Easy Black-Eyed Peas

Fred Hardy, Food Stylist: Karen Rankin, Prop Stylist: Christine Keeley

The depth of flavor in these black-eyed peas comes from the chicken broth blended with bacon, mirepoix , and a handful of spices.

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Chicken And Drop Dumplings

Chicken and Drop Dumplings

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

You can't have chicken and dumplings without a pot of hot chicken broth to drop the dumplings into!

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Martina McBride's Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Courtesy Oxmoor House

Broth is used not only to create the rich base to this tortilla soup, but is also added to a baking dish with the chicken while roasting to ensure it stays moist and tender.

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Classic Shrimp And Grits

Classic Shrimp And Grits

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless

This version of the Lowcountry dish doesn’t use tomatoes or sausage, but instead derives its rich flavor from a bell pepper, onion, and garlic base that turns into a complex sauce with the help of chicken broth.

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Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls

Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls
Photo: Jennifer Davick

This recipe uses Chinese five spice and ginger to perfume the chicken broth that serves as the brothy base of these easy lunch bowls.

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
Photographer: Greg DuPree; Food Stylist: Rishon Hanners; Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

This quick and easy chicken chili relies on chicken broth to keep the chili light, but still full of flavor.

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Southern-Style Collard Greens

Southern-Style Collard Greens in a white bowl with a bowl of cornbread beside it
Photographer: Fred Hardy II, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Props Stylist: Christina Brockman

Chicken broth contributes to an extra rich pot likker (the liquid gold leftover from cooking the greens), which can be used in soups, stews, or sipped on its own.

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Slow-Cooker Moroccan-Inspired London Broil

Slow-Cooker Moroccan-Inspired London Broil

Greg DuPree; Food Stylist: Ali Ramee; Prop Stylist: Hannah Greenwood

Braising London broil in a warm and aromatic mix of spices and chicken broth is a recipe for a super flavorful dinner.

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Using broth in the bottom of the Instant Pot to steam the potatoes instead of water makes for extra savory mashed potatoes.

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Chicken-and-Prosciutto Tortelloni Soup

Chicken-and-Prosciutto Tortelloni Soup
Alison Miksch

This soup is ready in just 20 minutes, thanks in part to flavorful store-bought ingredients like refrigerated chicken-and-prosciutto tortelloni and boxed chicken broth.

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Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Potatoes

Chicken Soups Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Red Potatoes
Iain Bagwell

Chicken broth is foundational to building the depth of flavor that any proper gumbo requires.

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Chicken And Rice Casserole

Chicken And Rice Casserole

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

The trio of chicken broth, heavy cream, and shredded Cheddar cheese are what give this chicken casserole its creamy texture and help it cook to perfection.

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