Making homemade chicken bouillon powder from scratch is so easy and so much healthier than the store bought version! I couldn’t tell you how many recipes I come across in my cookbooks that call for chicken bouillon, something I’ve refused to buy at the store for years because of the list of terrible ingredients I don’t want to feed my family-starting with MSG and a bunch of other junk I can’t hardly pronounce! It was about time I figured out how to make chicken bouillon powder and this whole time I had all the ingredients just sitting there in my kitchen cupboards- who knew making homemade chicken bouillon could be so easy!
Technically we should call this Faux Chicken Bouillon Powder since I could never replicate, nor would I want to, the exact same product sold at the grocery store. This version does NOT have actual chicken in it, although the flavor is similar to store bought Chicken Bouillon without all the additional crud (In case you’re curious, you can read the ingredient list here but be prepared to be appalled- like what exactly is TBHQ?!)
Anyway, I digress. Obviously if you’re reading this then you get it that mainstream chicken bouillon from the store is not so great so let’s get on with learning how you can make your own homemade chicken bouillon powder from scratch!
Homemade Chicken Bouillon Recipe
This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups powdered chicken bouillon which didn’t quite fill a pint size glass canning jar. This is a low sodium version, if you prefer a saltier flavor then you may want to increase the salt quantity.
1 cup nutritional yeast (I prefer this brand)
1 1/2 Tablespoons sea salt
3 Tablespoons onion powder
3 Tablespoons dry parsley
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons celery seed
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground pepper
Blend all the ingredients and chop in a food processor or spice grinder until it is a fine powder. Store in an airtight container.
Mix 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon powder in 1 cup boiling water to create a broth.
There you go, that’s all there is to it. I told you making your own homemade chicken bouillon from scratch is super easy!
How to use homemade chicken bouillon
Homemade chicken bouillon powder is a versatile spice blend to have on hand. Here are a few ideas for how to use it:
- Use it to flavor homemade sauces and gravy
- Use it as a rub for steak or sprinkle it on a roast chicken
- Use it to flavor homemade soups and stews
- Use it as the liquid base for cooking rice
While I still prefer to use our homemade chicken bone broth as a base for my homemade soups, this homemade chicken bouillon powder is a great alternative when I just need a small amount of broth for a recipe but don’t have chicken broth on hand.
Some of the spices for this recipe, like thyme and parsley, I like to grow our own and dry it to preserve it for use. Other spices, like turmeric, paprika and sea salt I buy online either through Azure Standard where I buy a lot of our natural foods online at discounted prices or through Amazon. When buying spices, I prefer to buy in bulk when I can since this also lowers the price and helps reduce my grocery budget.