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Chicken Broth Substitute (10 Easy Swap Ideas!)

Chicken Broth Substitute (10 Easy Swap Ideas!)

Looking for a chicken broth substitute? Below is a great list of alternative options when you’re out of chicken broth and aren’t in the mood to make a homemade batch of Instant Pot Bone Broth

From soup recipes (like our Olive Garden Soup Recipes) to casserole recipes to Instant Pot recipes, chicken broth plays a vital role in the final flavor of the dish, so it’s important to find the best substitute for the recipe you’re making. 

Here are some ideas you can utilize as chicken broth substitutes (We also have a ‘Substitute For Beef Broth‘ list.)

Chicken Stock

This is the best substitute for chicken broth as the flavors are almost identical. Chicken stock is made with chicken meat and bones therefore is richer in flavor and lower in viscosity. Chicken broth doesn’t contain bones, but tends to have more seasonings. 

Tip – if you’re using chicken stock as a substitute for chicken broth, just add in a tablespoon of oil or butter to mimic the fat the broth provides. It’s not required, however.

Ratio: 1 to 1 (1 cup of chicken broth to 1 cup of chicken stock)

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Chicken Stock Concentrate

Concentrated chicken stock is another great substitute if you’re looking for a condensed chicken broth substitute. It’s a thick and highly flavorful concentrated form of chicken stock. It has the consistency of honey, with chicken and spice forward flavor. 

Ratio: 1 cup of chicken broth to 1 cup boiling water + 1 tsp chicken concentrate

Chicken Consommé 

Chicken consommé is clarified chicken broth. While broth is made of chicken meat and vegetables, chicken consommé is the purified version. All vegetables, fat and meat pieces have been filtered out by way of utilizing egg whites. The flavor and gelatin-like property remains.

Wikipedia has a great in-depth article on French consommé if you’re interested in reading more about the process. Our birria ramen recipe utilizes a similar method to clarify the broth.

Unlike beef consommé, chicken consommé isn’t readily available in the canned form at the grocery store.

As consommé is thicker than broth, you’ll need to thin it out before using. Add a tablespoon of water per cup of consommé. Add a tablespoon at a time until the thinner consistency you want is achieved. 

Ratio: 1 to 1 (After Thinning With Water)

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Chicken Bouillon Cubes

Substitute chicken broth with chicken bouillon cubes for a quick and easy substitution. Most pantries already have bouillon cubes on hand (We prefer Knorr). Bouillon cubes have a ton of sodium, so keep that in mind when utilizing as a replacement.

Ratio: 1 cup of chicken broth = 1 bouillon cube + 8 oz. boiling water

Beef Broth

In a pinch, you can sub in beef broth for chicken broth, however beef broth has a heavier and “meaty” flavor compared to chicken. It may overpower a dish if you’re making something delicate. It would make a great substitution for hearty stews or soups.

Ratio: 1 to 1 (1 cup of chicken broth to 1 cup of beef broth)

An instant pot filled with ingredients to make homemade bone broth. Pictured ingredients include beef bones, parsley, onion, garlic and carrots.

Turkey Broth

Swap out a bird for a bird! It’s easy to swap in turkey stock or turkey broth in place of the chicken broth. Turkey broth is actually more umami-forward than chicken broth so you won’t lose any flavoring. It’s mild enough, however, to not overpower the dish in the way beef broth can. It’s a fabulous way to utilize leftover bones after making instant pot turkeysmoked turkey or smoked turkey wings.

Ratio: 1 to 1 (1 cup of chicken broth to 1 cup of turkey broth)

Mushroom Broth

Mushroom broth makes a great vegetarian substitution for chicken broth. To add a bit more umami and flavor, throw in about 1 tsp. of soy sauce, liquid aminos or Worcestershire sauce.

The NY Times has a nice 15-minute mushroom broth recipe to consider.

Ratio: 1 to 1 (1 cup of chicken broth to 1 cup mushroom broth)

Vegetable Stock in a mason jar

Vegetable Broth

Vegetable broth is ridiculously easy to make at home, making it a great substitute for chicken broth. As with mushroom broth, add in about 1 tsp. of soy sauce, liquid aminos or Worcestershire sauce to amp up the flavor profile.

Ratio: 1 to 1 (1 cup of chicken broth to 1 cup of vegetable broth)

White Wine

Notice it says “white wine” and not just “wine”. Red Wine is to strong to use as a substitution in most dishes, outside of heavy casseroles, stews or soups. Dry white wine is our go-to when we need a kick of flavor or to add a zing of acid. Keep the use to a minimum as to not overpower the recipe. Think 1/2 cup or less.

Ratio: 1 to 1 (1/2 cup of chicken broth to 1/2 cup white wine)

6 bottles of read and white wine lined up next to a wine opener.


Feel free to just use water. Good ol’ H20, baby! Just add a bit of seasonings to make up for the lack of flavor in the water. I’d use the same seasonings used in making our homemade bone broth: thyme, bay leaves, black peppercorn and rosemary.

Ratio: 1 to 1 (1 cup of chicken broth to 1 cup of water + Extra Seasonings)

Recipes With Chicken Broth

Here are some recipes with chicken broth to get your creative juices flowin’! 

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