15 Recipes That Start With Chicken Broth
It's always a good idea to try keep a few boxes or cans of chicken broth around for quick dinners. After all, it’s an easy way to make instant short-cut soups or stews without simmering bones on top of the stove for hours. But soup is only one reason to keep the shelf stable staple on hand. Chicken broth can add incredible, low and slow cooked flavor to everything from tough cuts of meat to basic chicken and otherwise ho-hum vegetables and grains. So take stock the next time you’re jotting down a pantry list, and make sure to bulk up on broth!
Tortellini in Chicken Broth
Think all the cozy comfort of classic chicken noodle soup, with appealing Italian flair, in the form of fat tortellini (use frozen or shelf stable), some grated cheese for richness, a dash of hot sauce if you’re feeling spicy, and a handful of watercress — or whatever fresh or frozen greens you have on hand.
Short Rib and Cauliflower Curry
Short ribs are undoubtedly luxurious. But you could even use stew beef for this rich, deceptively simple curry composed of a shelf stable combo of coconut, curry paste, and chicken broth.
Instant Pot® Chicken and Dumplings
Besides the chicken broth and chicken, you can feel free to play around with the other ingredients in this dish. All you need is some sort of aromatic (we use onions, celery, and carrots), frozen veggie (such as green beans and peas), and herbs and spices (like bay leaf, marjoram, and thyme). Don’t have buttermilk for the dumplings? Regular milk, or milk combined with a squeeze of lemon, will totally work too.
Baked Brown Rice
Who says brown rice is boring? Toast the grains with butter on the stovetop first, to get them golden and nutty, then fluff them up with a slow simmer in flavorful chicken broth, olive oil, and your choice of spices. Voila! An infused rice that makes a dynamic side dish or base for grain bowls.
Chicken Enchilada Slow Cooker Soup
A total fiesta in a bowl, this enchilada “soup” will add a whole new face to taco night. Serve with your favorite taco toppings on the side.
Onions Baked with Rosemary and Cream
It’s everything into the pot, for this New Orleans-style stew of meat and seafood, all cooked together with brothy, Cajun-spiced rice.
Savory Slow Cooker Green Beans
How slow can you go? If you give these bacon-studded, broth-based beans 8 hours, they’ll turn a humble vegetable into a show-stopping side dish.
Braised Chicken and Artichoke Hearts with Lemon, Cherry Peppers and Thyme
Essentially springtime in a pot, this succulent braise of juicy chicken legs, artichoke hearts and, cherry peppers does double duty as an easy dinner staple, or centerpiece of a holiday table.
Basic Microwave Risotto
Nothing can dispel the notion of risotto being fussy faster, except the fact that it can be cooked in a microwave. Seriously, no laborious stirring needed — simply heat your chicken broth in a microwave-safe dish, add your arborio rice and (ideally!) a glug of wine, and zap them together for a total of 16 minutes.
Quick Chicken Chili
Chili doesn’t always need to mean tomatoes. Broth brings the flavor to a combo of chunky chicken and creamy cannellini beans, spiked with chili powder and chopped green chilies.
Herbed Scalloped Potatoes and Onions
While gratins are often baked with an excess of cream and cheese, these potatoes get their lushness from a slow-braise in a bath of aromatic chicken stock, flavored with garlic and parsley. And while traditionally meant as a side, you can totally enjoy this as a meal — how about breakfast for dinner, with a runny egg broken on top?
Can’t think of one more way to cook chicken or pasta? Give this Italian chicken pasta — jazzed up with sundried tomatoes and basil — a try. And the best part is, the sauce tastes just as great the next day!
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
There’s no need to order takeout when you can make this sweet and sticky pork dish at home, slicked with a teriyaki sauce enhanced with broth, brown sugar, garlic, chili pepper, and onion.
Mel's Brown Pizza Sauce
While created as a topping for pizza, this sauce belongs in your refrigerator as a multi-purpose hitter. Use it to top meat, toss with pasta, spread on sandwiches or layer in casseroles.