Turkey Vs Chicken Stock: Which Stock Is Better For Your Thanksgiving Meal?

turkey stock vs chicken stock

Turkey stock is a popular substitute for chicken stock. While turkey and chicken are similar, they each have unique flavor profiles. You can use one of these stocks in place of the other in any recipe, but you should consider how it will affect the final dish before making your choice.

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Turkey stock is made from turkey bones, while chicken stock is made from chicken bones. The difference in taste between the two is subtle but noticeable. Turkey stock has a richer color, thicker consistency than chicken stock, and a lighter flavor.

The difference in flavor between turkey and chicken stocks is due to several factors. Turkey bones have less fat than chicken bones, meaning they don’t impart as much flavor when boiled. Additionally, turkey bones contain more cartilage than chicken bones, which makes them harder to break down into small pieces during cooking.


The appearance of the two stocks is very different. Chicken stock is clear, with a golden yellow color. Turkey stock has more fat and impurities that make it cloudy and browner in color.

The reason for these differences depends on what you’re making with your stock–or why you’re making it at all! Chicken stocks are more common in the United States because they’re easier to make at home than turkey ones.

You can use either type of bird when making soup or other dishes which call for poultry broth (like risotto), but if you want something like gravy–which needs a stronger flavor than soup does–a turkey leg will give you more bang for your buck than a whole chicken would.

Taste vs Flavor         

Taste is the sensation of flavor, while taste combines taste and smell. Taste is more important than flavor as it’s something that you experience personally. When you eat food, your tongue picks up saltiness, sweetness, and sourness (among other things), which tells your brain whether something tastes good. The brain then sends signals to your stomach telling it how much food should be produced so digestion can begin for nutrients to get absorbed into the body through digestion pathways within cells.

The flavor is more communal than taste because it relies on other people having similar experiences when eating something–and often those experiences are influenced by cultural factors like background or upbringing


The nutritional differences between the two stocks are fairly minimal. Turkey stock has more protein, potassium, sodium, and phosphorus than chicken stock. However, it also has less magnesium.

Chicken stock has more minerals than turkey stock. It has more calcium, iron, and zinc than turkey stock. In addition, the chicken stock has less sodium than turkey stock. The chicken stock also contains more vitamins A and B6 than turkey stock.

Cooking time vs method

Turkey stock is made with a whole turkey breastbone, which means you’ll have to carve the meat off and throw it away. Chicken stock is made from chicken bones, so there’s no waste (and it also costs less).

Turkey stock takes much longer than chicken stock: about 10 hours for turkey vs 2 hours for chicken.

Turkey has more collagen, which helps give body and richness to sauces like gravy or soup; this makes turkey stocks ideal for making soups or gravies that require long cooking times (like a pot pie) while chicken stocks are better suited as base ingredients in recipes where they will only cook briefly before being added into another dish such as risotto or soup

Side dishes to pair with

Turkey and chicken stocks both go well with many side dishes. The following are some of the most common options:

  • Potatoes
  • Rice (white, brown, Arborio)
  • Pasta (spaghetti, linguine)
  • Tomato sauce/soup/stew/chili/gravy

If you’re cooking something that requires a lot of liquid to get started–like pasta or potatoes–it’s best to use turkey stock instead of chicken because it has more flavor than plain water!


In conclusion, we can see that turkey and chicken stock are both outstanding for cooking. They’re easy to make and taste great! If you want something a little more flavorful or interesting than plain water, try one of these two stocks next time you make soup or stew. It’ll taste great—you won’t regret it!