The difference between chicken broth and stock

Chicken Broth Vs Chicken stock

This article explains the differences between chicken stocks and broths, and gives instructions for how to make and use each.

Stocks and broths are flavorful liquids that are used to make sauces and soups, or consumed on their own.

The terms are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two.

Broth Is Lighter and More Flavorful

Broth is traditionally made by simmering meat in water, often with vegetables and herbs. This flavored liquid is then used for a variety of culinary purposes.

In the past, the term “broth” was only used to refer to meat-based liquids. Today, however, vegetable broth has become very common

Though it is frequently called a broth, bone broth is technically stock because it requires the addition of bones.

In order to avoid confusion, the rest of this article will refer to bone broth as stock.

Because of the rich flavor of broth that comes from meat, vegetables and herbs, you can drink broth plain. People often do this to remedy a cold or the flu.

In fact, drinking warm, steaming broth is an effective way to loosen up mucus when you have a stuffy nose. It is even more effective in the form of chicken soup.

Broth is cooked for a relatively short amount of time, since meat will become tough if you cook it for too long. Therefore, if you’re making broth, remove the meat as soon as it is fully cooked, after no longer than an hour.

The meat can then be used for another recipe, or chopped and added back to the finished broth to create chicken soup, for example.

Broth is thinner than stock and more flavorful than water. Therefore, it is most commonly used as a base for soups or as a cooking liquid.

Here are some of the most common dishes broth is used in:

  • Cream sauces
  • Risotto
  • Dumplings
  • Casseroles
  • Stuffing
  • Cooked grains and legumes
  • Gravies
  • Soups
  • Sautéed or stir-fried dishes

Stock Is Thicker and Takes Longer to Make

Unlike broth, stock is based on bones rather than meat.

It is made by boiling bones or cartilage in water for many hours, which allows the bone marrow and collagen to be released.

This gives stock a thicker, more gelatinous consistency than broth.

Because it’s made with bones and cartilage, not meat, stock is cooked for much longer than broth, typically for at least 6–8 hours. This allows the stock time to thicken and become more concentrated as the collagen is released.

You can make stock with many types of bones, including chicken, beef, pork and even fish.

Traditionally, stock is meant to be used as a neutral base for recipes. It’s intended to add mouthfeel but not an overwhelming flavor