Learn About Chicken Bouillon

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What is Chicken Bouillon?

Chicken bouillon is a flavoring infused with chicken flavors, herbs, and spices.  It is a type of condensed chicken stock or chicken-flavored stock and is meant to be used in the same manner.

What are the Different Types of Chicken Bouillon?

  • Cube
  • Paste
  • Liquid


Chicken bouillon cubes, also called stock cubes, are a highly used version of chicken bouillon.  The dry ingredients are tightly packed into cubes or small bricks and are usually individually packaged.  The cubes are usually extremely dry and crumble easily when touched.  This type of chicken bouillon easily dissolves into hot liquids and disperses flavor well.

Learn About Chicken Bouillon
Unwrapped chicken bouillon cubes.


Chicken bouillon paste usually comes in a jar.  This is a highly condensed form of bouillon, similar in consistency to a thick jelly, and is meant to dissolve in hot liquid.


Liquid chicken bouillon is thin and is packed with flavor.  Not a lot of liquid chicken bouillon is needed to flavor dishes.

How Do You Eat Chicken Bouillon?

Since it is a flavoring, chicken bouillon is best eaten stirred into soups, stews, and sauces.  It is often added to water or other liquids to create a type of chicken broth or stock for foods like chicken noodle soup, chicken and dumplings, and some curries.

Where Can You Buy Chicken Bouillon?

Chicken bouillon cubes, liquid, and paste are located in the spice or stock and broth aisle of the grocery store.

How Do You Store Chicken Bouillon?

Chicken bouillon cubes should be left in their individual wrapping, if they come that way, and stored in a larger sealed, airtight container in a cool, dry place.  Liquid chicken bouillon and chicken bouillon paste should be stored in a cool, dry place until opened.  Once opened, they should be sealed in an airtight container, such as their original jar or container, and stored in the refrigerator.

Fun Fact About Chicken Bouillon

You can use one chicken bouillon cube and 1 cup of water to create 1 cup of chicken broth.

Did You Know?

When you add chicken bouillon to water or other hot liquid, you’re reconstituting chicken broth.

Recipes Using Chicken Bouillon

Watch Chef Sydney in this Cooking Video – How To Make Alphabet Soup that uses chicken bouillon

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Alphabet Soup Cooking Video (sopa de letras)

Watch Chef Sydney in this kids cooking video make white rice and peas using chicken bouillon.

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How To Make White Rice and Peas Kids Cooking Video Lesson

Chicken and Beef Bouillon Gravy

In a glass bowl dissolve chicken and beef bouillon cubes in boiling water. In a saucepan, make a roux, with butter and flour. Stir the mixture until the flour begins to cook and season with onion powder and black pepper. Stir in the broth and whisk to remove any lumps. The roux will help the broth thicken quickly. Remove from the heat once you reach your desired consistency and serve with mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower.)

Sopa De Fideo

This traditional Mexican noodle soup is made with small, thin, spaghetti-like strands called fideo. To make it, heat oil in a saucepan and add diced onion and raw fideo pasta. Toast the fideo until it is slightly brown, and then add tomato sauce, water, and chicken bouillon. Cook the soup for 10 minutes, or until the fideo noodles are cooked through. Serve the soup with avocado, sour cream, and crumbled queso fresco for a complete meal.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Let chicken bouillon give you a head start with this chicken noodle soup recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to make. In a saucepan, saute sliced chicken with oil, salt, pepper, and sliced carrots. Then add water, chicken bullion, pasta, dried dill, and dried parsley. Boil the soup until the pasta is cooked through, and serve.

Chicken Bouillon Rice

To add extra flavor to rice, add chicken bullion and butter into the rice and water. Let the mixture come to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and cook the rice until it absorbs the liquid.

Shrimp and Grits

This classic seafood dish is popular in the American South. To make it, sauté shrimp with onions, peppers, garlic, cajun seasoning, and paprika with olive oil in a frying pan. In a saucepan, cook the grits with cream, water, and a chicken bouillon cube. Once the grits are cooked through, add shredded sharp cheddar cheese and stir to combine and melt the cheese. To serve, add a layer of grits and spoon the shrimp and pepper mixture over the grits, and finish with lemon and parsley.

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