How to Make Chicken Broth for Babies & Toddlers - FirstCry Parenting

Chicken Broth Recipe

If you wish to introduce protein in your little one’s diet, what better way than to feed her with some home-made chicken broth.  Chicken broth for babies/toddlers is a superfood and can be a welcome change for her taste buds. Moreover, being light on the stomach and the digestive system, it is best given when your little one is down with an upset stomach or cold. Other than that, chicken broth is packed with nutrients that promote good health and adds to your baby’s overall development.

Video: How to Make Chicken Broth for Babies & Toddlers – An Easy Step-by-Step Recipe Guide

Cooking Time 

Type  Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:10:00
Cook Time 00:30:00
Total Time 00:40:00

Cooking Method  

Gas Stove

Type of Meal  


Great/Suitable For  

Any baby above 11 months of age

Meal Schedule  

Mid-morning or Lunchtime

Recipe Type  

Main Dish


Ingredients Quantity and Volume
Boneless Chicken 4-5 pieces
Celery Stalk 1
Carrot 1 (small)
Onion 1 (small)
Garlic 2-3 cloves
Parsley Few sprigs


Although a simple and easy recipe, people often wonder as to how to make chicken broth. Here is an easy homemade chicken broth baby food recipe step by step.

  • Take off the skin or excess fat from the chicken pieces.
  • Wash the chicken pieces well under running water.
  • Cut the chicken pieces into small cubes.
  • In a kadhai, put the chicken pieces and add enough water.
  • Once the water starts boiling, bring down the flame and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  • While the water is simmering, peel the carrot and cut it into big cubes.
  • Peel the onion and dice it up.
  • Also, peel the garlic, chop the parsley and celery stalk into big pieces.
  • Drain out the chicken stock and keep the boiled chicken pieces in a bowl.
  • In a fresh saucepan or kadhai, put the boiled chicken pieces and all the vegetable pieces.
  • Add enough water such that it covers all the ingredients.
  • When it starts boiling, bring down the flame, put a lid and let it simmer for a good 20 minutes.
  • After  20 minutes, switch off the gas stove.
  • Once done, using a colander, strain out the vegetables and chicken pieces in a bowl or some other utensil.
  • The chicken broth can be given to your baby right after it has been cooked or stored in the refrigerator for using it later.

Recipe Tips

  • Raw meat may have bacteria. Therefore, remember to wash your hands before and after handling or touching raw meat.
  • Before giving it to your baby, remember to bring the broth to room temperature so as not to scald or burn her tongue and mouth.
  • To store the broth, cool it. Then transfer it to a container, put a lid, and refrigerate it.
  • Use the broth within two-three days after it has been stored in the refrigerator.
  • In case, you want to keep the broth for a longer duration, you may deep freeze it for about three months.
  • Add salt to the broth just before giving it to your baby.

Nutrition Information (Per 100 Grams)

Nutrient Value
Calories 10 Kcal
Total Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 860 mg
Carbohydrates 1 g
Protein 1 g

Health Benefits

An easy/simple chicken broth recipe is not only delicious your baby’s taste buds, but is also loaded with numerous health benefits.

  • Being light on the stomach, it aids digestion.
  • It improves immunity, which in turn shields the child against cold and cough. If given during a baby’s recovery after a bout of fever, cold and cough, it expedites the recovery.
  • Giving chicken broth produces more collagen which in turn will result improve your baby’s skin, hair and nails.
  • Giving chicken broth to your baby more often will guard the little one against respiratory problems due to the presence of amino acid cysteine. It is also a great and easy home remedy to recover from respiratory infections.
  • The presence of amino acid glycine in chicken broth helps in reducing inflammation, thereby resulting in better digestion and immunity in children. It also flushes out the body’s toxins.
  • Chicken broth contains magnesium which keeps your baby away from anxiety, stress, and sleep disorders.

Buying Guide

  • Buy ingredients that are farm-fresh.
  • If possible, buy organic chicken and vegetables which are easily available in supermarkets or stores. Organic chickens grow in natural surroundings, are not given hormonal injections for growth, and are free from antibiotics, unlike the ordinary raised chicken.
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