Chicken Stock vs. Chicken Broth

Q: What is the difference between chicken stock and chicken broth? If I don't have time to make stock, can I use canned chicken broth and alter it in some way for use as chicken stock? Becky O'Reilly, Phoenix, AZ 

A: Chicken stock tends to be made more from bony parts, whereas chicken broth is made more out of meat. Chicken stock tends to have a fuller mouth feel and richer flavor, due to the gelatin released by long-simmering bones.

Canned low-sodium chicken broth is the busy home-cook's best friend. If you've got an extra few minutes, enhance its flavor by adding any combination of the following and simmering for as long as you can: carrots, onions, leeks, celery, fennel, parsley, bay leaf, black peppercorns, or garlic. That'll help the flavor tremendously.

Enriching store-bought broth still won't give you the full stock experience, but unless you're making something like chicken noodle soup, where you really do want the stocky mouth feel, it's a great timesaver.

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