Polish Chicken Broth (Rosół z Kurczaka) Recipe

by Jan Vasil
Polish Chicken Broth (Rosół z Kurczaka) Recipe

Chicken broth, a flavorful liquid made from simmering chicken bones, vegetables, and seasonings in water, is a staple in many kitchens worldwide. Not only does it offer a rich depth of flavor to dishes, but it also boasts numerous health benefits.

From soups to stews and even risottos, chicken broth is incredibly versatile. In this guide, we’ll delve into the nuances of chicken broth, its uses, substitutes, and more.

How to Make Chicken Bone Broth:


  • 2 lbs chicken bones (preferably a mix of neck, wings, and carcass)
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • Cold water


  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot.
  2. Cover with cold water, ensuring the bones are fully submerged.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for 3-4 hours, skimming off any foam that appears.
  5. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve.
  6. Allow to cool, then store in the refrigerator. A layer of fat will solidify on the top; you can choose to remove this or mix it in when reheating.

Can You Cook Rice with Chicken Broth?

Absolutely! Cooking rice in chicken broth infuses it with a rich flavor, making it more savory and delicious. Simply substitute the water you’d normally use to cook rice with chicken broth.

Can You Substitute Chicken Broth for Beef Broth?

Yes, chicken broth can be substituted for beef broth in most recipes. However, it will give the dish a lighter, poultry flavor as opposed to the deep, rich taste of beef. Adjust seasonings as needed to achieve the desired taste.

What Can I Use Instead of Chicken Broth?

If you’re out of chicken broth, here are some alternatives:

  1. Vegetable broth
  2. Beef broth
  3. Water with a bouillon cube
  4. A mix of water, soy sauce, and a pinch of salt
  5. Homemade stock (chicken, beef, or vegetable)

What is the Difference Between Chicken Broth and Stock?

The primary difference lies in the ingredients and cooking time. The broth is made from simmering meat, a few bones, and vegetables, and is typically lighter in flavor and texture. It’s cooked for a shorter period. Stock, on the other hand, is made primarily from bones with some meat, simmered for a longer period, resulting in a richer, gelatinous liquid.

Polish Chicken Broth (Rosół z Kurczaka) Recipe

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  • 1 1 whole chicken (about 3-4 lbs), cleaned and cut into pieces

  • 2 2 carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces

  • 2 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into large pieces (optional)

  • 1 1 leek, cleaned, and cut into large pieces (white and light green parts only)

  • 1 1 onion, peeled and left whole

  • 3 cloves 3 garlic, peeled

  • 2 2 celery stalks, cut into large pieces

  • 1 handful 1 fresh parsley

  • 10 cups 10 water

  • 2 2 -3 bay leaves

  • 5 5 -6 whole allspice berries (or 1/2 tsp ground allspice)

  • 5 5 -6 whole peppercorns

  • Salt, to taste


  • Preparation
  • Begin by preparing all your vegetables and chicken, ensuring they are cleaned and cut as needed.
  • Cooking the Chicken: Place the chicken pieces in a large pot. Add water until the chicken is fully covered. Bring it to a boil over high heat.
  • Skim the Foam
  • As the water comes to a boil, foam will start to form on the surface. Skim this off with a spoon and discard.
  • Adding Vegetables and Seasoning: Once the foam is skimmed, reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the carrots, parsnips (if using), leeks, onion, garlic, and celery to the pot. Then, add the bay leaves, allspice, peppercorns, and a handful of fresh parsley.
  • Simmer
  • Let the soup simmer on low heat for about 1.5 to 2 hours. This will allow the flavors to meld and the chicken to become tender.
  • Seasoning
  • After simmering, taste the soup. Add salt as needed. Remember, it’s easier to add more salt later than to fix an overly salty soup.
  • Straining (optional)
  • Some people prefer a clear broth, while others enjoy the vegetables and meat in their soup. If you prefer a clear broth, strain the soup to remove all solids.
  • Serving**
  • Serve the soup hot. It’s traditionally served with fine egg noodles or dumplings. If you keep the chicken and vegetables in, you can serve them on the side or in the soup itself.


  • Optional: Garnish with fresh dill or parsley before serving.

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Is chicken broth healthy?

Yes, chicken broth is rich in minerals, vitamins, and collagen, making it beneficial for gut health, joint health, and more.

How long can I store chicken broth in the refrigerator?

Chicken broth can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. For longer storage, consider freezing it.

Can I make chicken broth from leftover roast chicken?

Absolutely! Using leftover roast chicken, including the bones, can add depth and richness to your broth.

Why is my chicken broth gelatinous?

A gelatinous texture indicates a high collagen content, which comes from simmering bones for an extended period. It’s a sign of a well-made broth!

Can I use chicken broth as a base for other soups?

Yes, chicken broth is a versatile base for various soups, from vegetable soups to meaty stews.

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