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Bland Chicken Broth No More: Discover the Secret to Flavorful Soups

Broth can be a great way to cook chicken, especially if you’re not quite sure what to do with it.

It’s easy and doesn’t take up much room in the freezer, making it ideal for when you have leftovers or need just a little bit of something to go on top of your rice.

But what happens when the broth ends up being too bland?

In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to fix bland chicken broth to make your next batch delicious.

What is chicken broth?

Many people are confused by the difference between chicken broth and chicken stock.

To clear things up, let’s take a look at what each one is.

Chicken broth is a clear liquid made from simmering raw or cooked chicken and other ingredients like fragrant vegetables for extended periods (usually hours).

It has a subtle flavor that comes from extracting minerals from the meat, but it still tastes like chicken.

Chicken broth can be used interchangeably in recipes with water or stock since it has a mild flavor on its own.

Chicken Stock has an earthy taste due to roasting the bones before simmering them for several hours.

It doesn’t have meat, but bones only.

Chicken broth is packed with various health benefits, and it has been used in cooking as well as home remedies for common colds.

Chicken broth can be made from scratch at home, or if you are busy, the good news is that there are many chicken broth brands sold out there.

Common mistakes when making chicken broth

There are a few common mistakes that people make when making broth, and all can result in an unappealing broth:

Use low-quality ingredients/products

When making chicken broth, it’s important to ensure that your ingredients are fresh and high-quality.

Be sure to use whole chicken rather than pre-cut chicken parts or frozen chicken breasts, which are lower in flavor than whole birds.

Additionally, if you opt for store-bought chicken broth, seek reputable brands for the best result.

Too much water

Using too much water is the most common mistake people make when they want to make a good chicken broth.

Although chicken broth doesn’t need to be thick in texture, the problem is that too much water dilutes the flavor, plus it makes it difficult to remove fat and impurities from the broth while cooking.

If you want a rich, flavorful stock that isn’t too thin, don’t make your liquid base more than 60% of your total volume.

Underseasoned and overseasoned

The underseasoned broth is boring, while the overseasoned broth is too salty.

The chicken will give off some salt naturally as it cooks in its juices, but this still won’t be enough for most people—you’ll probably have to add at least another teaspoon.

Likewise, the acidity helps balance out all those flavors and creates something with a body on its own; don’t skip this step!

How to fix bland chicken broth?

If you find that your soup is too bland, there are a few different ways to fix it.

Add salt

When cooking chicken broth, adding salt in small increments can help you get the flavor just right.

Adding salt at the end of cooking is recommended because it will allow you to taste as you go (and correct your seasoning if needed) rather than overseasoning your chicken soup from the onset.

The amount of salt depends on how strong a flavor profile your stock already has and what additional ingredients are used in the recipe.

Add spices and herbs

You can fix your bland chicken broth by using herbs and spices.

Herbs are plants or parts of plants that are used for their aromatic qualities.

Spices, on the other hand, are usually dried roots or plant matter, but they may also be seeds, fruit stones, and leaves.

Herbs and spices can be added to the broth at different times during cooking or before serving.

If you add them at the beginning, they’ll infuse their flavor into the liquid; if you add them later in the cooking time, they’ll just give a burst of flavor as soon as you pour yourself a mugful of broth.

Either way works fine—it’s totally up to your preference!

Reduce it

If your broth is bland, you can fix it by reducing it.

To do this, bring the broth to a boil on the stovetop and then reduce the heat, so it simmers gently.

The longer you simmer the broth, the stronger its flavor will become.

If your pot isn’t big enough to hold all your broth, consider transferring some of it into a larger pot before reducing it.

This way, you’ll get as much reduction as possible from each batch before discarding any excess or storing it for future use in soups or stews!

Add acidic ingredients

If your broth is bland, not because it lacks salt, try adding acidic ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, and tamarind paste to the pot.

Add a few pinches of salt if you feel it necessary.

You can add tomato paste or sauce for some color and a tangy taste.

If your broth still lacks flavor after these revisions, add ketchup—just a tablespoon or two will do the trick!


Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas to fix your over-salted chicken broth.

If you have any other suggestions or ways that work for you, please share them in the comments!

We’re excited to hear from our readers and hope this information is helpful for all of us who enjoy cooking with broth.

Emily W.

Emily Wong is an Asian-American food writer the founder of With nearly 8 years of experience, she has a passion for making cooking accessible to everyone and sharing her personal experiences with food. Emily's vision for is to create a community of food lovers who are passionate about cooking, eating, and sharing their experiences with others. Read my story
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