Homemade Chicken Bouillon Powder

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I have been buying MSG-free chicken broth powder from the health food store for quite a while now. I use a LOT of chicken powder in my cooking and it was getting rather expensive! So…I went on a hunt to find a recipe to see if I could make my own. Guess what….I found one…and it works great! I can make it for about half the cost of the store-bought stuff.

I found that if I buy some of the ingredients (mainly the yeast flakes), I can save even more. I bought the yeast flakes and rice protein at our health food store here and I can get both of these cheaper online.

I also wanted to note that this recipes says that she has to use twice as much as the store-bought powder – using 2 teaspoons per cup of water instead of just 1 teaspoon. I tried using just 1 teaspoon and I think it worked fine. So that makes it even cheaper if I only use 1 teaspoon per cup of water!

I put all the ingredients into my little 2-cup salad chopper and blended it up. I store it in a pint jar with a lid. Again…I only use 1 teaspoon per cup of water to make broth.

CLICK HERE to go to the website for the original recipe.

You can get the yeast flakes and rice protein powder at these links at pretty reasonable prices:

Nutritional Yeast Flakes: http://www.vitacost.com/Kal-Nutritional-Yeast-Flakes
Rice Protein Powder: http://www.vitacost.com/source-naturals-brown-rice-protein-powder

Homemade Chicken Bouillon Powder

1 1/3 cups nutritional yeast flakes
3 Tbs onion powder
7 1/2 tsp (2 1/2 Tbs) sea salt
1 Tbs rice protein powder
1 Tbs sugar
2 1/2 tsp. garlic granules or powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp finely crumbled dried sage (NOT powdered)
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric

Blend in a dry blender or food processor until powdery. Store in a dry, airtight container.

Use 1 level teaspoon per cup of boiling water.

Yield:  1 1/2 cups of bouillon powder


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  1. 1

    Where do you find yeast flakes??

  2. 3

    Can I substitute the Rice Protein powder with any other protein powder and do you have a recipe for beef boullion powder?
    Thanks so much for having this recipe on here. I am looking forward to using it once I gather the ingredients.

    • 4

      Hi Muna, I would think you could substitute other protein powders…it should work the same. I don’t have a beef bouillon powder recipe…but I’d love to have one! Anyone have one?

      • 5

        I have searched the web, high & low, for a dry beef boullion powder recipe. Please share if you come up with one or find one.

        • 6

          Hey, I ordered the rice protein powder to which you linked, and when I got it, I noticed it is vanilla flavor. Do you use the vanilla-flavored powder in this ??

          I actually contacted Vitacost, b/c on the photo and description shown, it does not say anything about vanilla flavor. You’ll notice it if you look at the ingredients, and if you order it, the jar you receive says “Vanilla Flavor.” Anyway, so I just wanted to check before I make your recipe! (Thanks for your recipe!)

          • 7

            Hi Kelly, I didn’t realize the link I offered on this post was to a vanilla flavored. I really don’t think it will matter though. You only use 1 tablespoon in a whole pint of bouillon powder. I guess give it a try and see. Again, I really don’t think that will matter. I just LOVE this powder…just made some more yesterday!

          • 8

            Okay. Thanks for your quick response! I use a lot of homemade stock…but it will be so nice to have this on-hand. Plus the nutritional benefits of the yeast flakes are great too!

  3. 9

    I made this last week and made a cup of broth with it be able to taste. It was really good. So thankful for an MSG free alternative. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  4. 11
    Elisabeth says:

    I have been looking for a good homemade bouillon recipe and came across this one. After reading the ingredients, I noted there is no form of chicken in this bouillon. From where does the chicken flavor come?

    • 12

      I know it sounds crazy, but the yeast flakes have a chicken smell to them. You really just have to try this recipe…I make a pint of it every so often and use it all the time. It tastes SO good! Just trust me on this one…I know there is no “chicken” flavoring in it, but it DOES taste like chicken! Happy cooking!

  5. 14

    I am shocked – there is no chicken in chicken bouillon?

    • 15

      I know it sounds weird, but the yeast flakes give it the chicken flavor. Just try it. I love this stuff and use it exclusively for all my cooking needs in place of store-bought chicken bouillon.


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