This recipe may sound a little redundant, but I promise you that is far from the truth. This amazing vegan chicken broth recipe is a must have in my fridge at all times! Ever since I first made this delicious and rich broth for the first time, I have been hooked ever since! I know it sounds weird, but vegan chicken stock is a thing!
What is Vegan Chicken Broth? Or Vegan Chicken Stock?
Whether you say vegan chicken stock or broth, or even vegan chicken bouillon; they are one in the same. In the vegan world that is.
Traditionally, a broth is made from meat and a stock is made from bone. Regardless, they are used interchangeably among most. A bouillon, however, is a broth made by stewing meats and vegetables. In layman’s terms, a bouillon is a flavored broth that is ready to be consumed, while a stock is made to be cooked with in place of water.
All this information would be really useful if we were traditional eaters, but we are not! In the vegan world we don’t cook with bones and meat. For this reason, we rely on vegetables, herbs and spices to comprise our flavorful broths, bouillons, and stocks.
I know what you are thinking, “what is a vegan chicken broth !?!”. The answer is simple. A vegan chicken broth, vegan chicken stock, and vegan chicken bouillon are all one in the same! They are a plant based cooking liquid used as an alternative to the traditional animal based product.
Although the ingredients are different, the use is still the same. This vegan substitute for chicken bouillon should be used in place of water in most recipes. This will provide a stronger base level of flavors in your soups, sauces, gravies and more!
Vegan Chicken Broth Recipe Ingredients
Like I previously stated, this vegan substitute for chicken bouillon relies heavily on vegetables and their ratio to water in conjunction with herbs and spices. Here is a brief overview of the ingredients you will need!
Vegan Chicken Stock Recipe Ingredients
- Bay Leaf
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Nutritional Yeast
How to Make This Vegan Chicken Broth Recipe
Making this vegan substitute for chicken bouillon is super easy! It is a simple two step process that will definitely not leave you hanging on satisfaction!
First things first, you will need to gather your ingredients. Like any other vegan chicken stock or vegan chicken bouillon recipe your end result is strictly dependent on the quality of ingredients you initially put in. So be sure your vegetables are washed thoroughly and peeled if needed! Lastly, cut your vegetables into small pieces that are all roughly the same size. Be sure to remove any leaves or flimsy areas to ensure the broth doesn’t come out bitter.
Next, you will combine all the ingredients into a large stock pot and bring to a simmer. You then simmer these ingredients for 45 minutes to an hour. Be sure to only simmer this vegan chicken stock, because boiling it will result in a cloudy less attractive stock.
Once the stock has cooked for at least 45 minutes, it is ready to be used or stored. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. Leave the stock out to cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before putting it in refrigeration.
Ingredients to Stay Away From
- Leafy parts of Carrots and Celery
- Brassicas– cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, rutabaga, collard greens, kale, etc.
- Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
- Green beans
Vegan Chicken Broth Recipe FAQs
Why does this broth have to cool at room temperature first, then be put away?
Putting really hot food directly in cold storage can raise the temperature in your fridge or freezer drastically. Not only is this bad for your fridge mechanically it also puts the food already in your fridge at risk for bacterial growth.
If the temperature in your fridge was elevated to 40 F, then it would be the ideal place for bacteria to grow. This is why it is especially important to cool hot food items at room temperature first before storing them in cold storage.
Why do you have to simmer this vegan chicken bouillon?
Simmering any stock or broth is ideal because of how even it cooks the vegetables inside. Boiling vegetables rapidly, results in an overcooked exterior with an uncooked interior.
Basically, the outside of each individual vegetable will be over cooked in the boiling liquid. Their exterior slowly breaking apart and becoming homogenous with the broth, while the inner parts of the vegetables remain uncooked still retaining their flavor.
Overall, boiling your vegan chicken stock will result in a cloudy less flavorful product. As a catch 22, some of the herbs and spices used in recipes like this turn bitter at higher temperatures!
Can you freeze this vegan chicken bouillon?
Yes, you can! As a matter of fact, I recommend you freeze whatever you aren’t going to use immediately. This helps preserve the flavor, it also can help clarify the vegan substitute for chicken bouillon.
Why add the white miso in this vegan chicken broth?
The white miso adds a special layer of flavor that brings umami to the broth. This helps give off the “chicken” flavor you want in this kind of recipe!
Why should I make vegan chicken broth when I can just buy it?
Most store bought stocks or broths are preserved in a way that uses high amounts of sodium. This makes them not very heathy. If you did a side by side comparison flavor wise, you would also see that homemade is way better!
Vegan Chicken Broth Recipe Tricks and Tips
Use your Scraps
You don’t have to use brand new vegetables to make this recipe, simply use your left over scraps! This is a cost efficient way to utilize all of your ingredients you buy. When making a vegan substitute for chicken bouillon, you don’t want to spend too much money. Use this trick to save!
Start Out with Ice Cold Water
Different flavors are extracted from vegetables at different temperatures. Starting off with cold water and bringing it up slowly ensures you get all the flavor from your vegetables!
Roast Your Vegetables
Roasting your vegetables gives them a deeper more defined flavor. This translates directly into your vegan chicken stock and its flavor!
Unless you want a neutral colored soup, add tomatoes to the mix. Tomatoes bring a nice savory flavor to your vegan chicken broth recipe that works really well in other recipes!
Simmer your stock
Keep your stock at a low simmer and your vegan chicken broth will be better for it! Don’t rush to the finish line, slow and steady wins the race here!
Customize your flavors
If you know you are going to be using this vegan chicken bouillon for something in particular, then bulk up on items that work well. For example, if making a corn soup, then throw the corn cobs in the broth. This will give you more corn flavor through out the end result.
Don’t agitate your stock
Whatever you do, don’t stir the stock! The reason why you don’t stir this vegan chicken broth is because you don’t want to stir up any sediment. If you stir up these tiny particles, they are almost impossible to settle out.
Use a pressure cooker or instapot
Use one of the pressure cooker style appliances to get a delicious result quickly! You can get hours of flavor into your vegan chicken broth in just 30 minutes!
1 cutting board
1 stock pot
1 fine mesh strainer
Vegan Chicken Broth Recipe
- Stock Pot
- Fine Mesh Strainer
- Storage Container
- 2 Medium Large Yellow Onions diced
- 3 Large Celery Stalks diced
- 2 Medium Carrots peeled and diced
- 2 ea Leeks washed and sliced
- 3 ea Garlic Cloves smashed
- 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast
- 1 TBSP White Miso
- 8 Sprigs Thyme
- 8 Sprigs Parsley
- 1 Tbsp Black Peppercorns
- 2 Tbsp Apple cider Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Chicken Bouillon Powder
- 3 Qts Ice Water
- In a large stock pot over medium heat, combine all ingredients except for the turmeric, thyme, and parsley. Then slowly bring up to a low simmer.
- Once at a low simmer, adjust the heat to maintain this rate of cooking. Simmer this mixture for 45 minutes, then throw in the remaining ingredients (thyme and parsley). Simmer an additional 15 minutes.
- After the stock has cooked the entire time, take off the heat. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. Let the vegan chicken bouillon sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before transferring to cold storage.