Which Organic Chicken Broth Tastes Best?

Chicken Broth Review

Discovery: Foodies are broth crazy. It’s true – after I published the beef broth review I was surprised at the number of requests from readers for a chicken broth review. Use broth instead of water in soups, while cooking rice, or as a delightful way to add flavor to mashed potatoes. My favorite way to use broth is to use it in place of oil to “saute” in a frying pan and prevent sticking. Below is a great low-cal sipping recipe I cook up when I have a cold or sometimes when I need a little savory snack.

Grilled Onion and Chicken Stock Sipping Recipe


  • 1/2 a medium onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Freshly crushed black pepper (heavy on for me)


Carmelize onion in a small pan, add broth and pepper. Heat through. Serve hot in a cup. Sip.

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Recently I have had a goal of eating healthier and with less fat. However, anytime my family can eat with less chemicals in our food it is a good thing, so my preferred chicken broth is organic. Of course, organic simply means that the broth is free of heavy chemicals. All of the broths reviewed below are labeled “USDA Organic”.

Swanson Cooking Certified Organic 100% Natural Chicken Broth

Taste Test: Strong taste of vegetables, specifically onions and mixed vegetables. Rich chicken flavor. Lightly salted.  Would taste good in a soup or stew. I really enjoyed the added vegetable flavors and would get this again purely for that feature.

On the container cover this says “Free Range . 99% Fat Free . No MSG added! 1/3 Less Sodium than our regular product**”. This is made and distributed by Campbell Soup Company. There is 550 mg of sodium per serving.

Ingredients: Chicken Stock, contains less than 2% of: Sea Salt, Vegetables (Carrots, onions, celery, spinach), chicken fat, yeast extract (wheat), can juice, dehydrated onions, salt, canola oil, molasses, dehydrated carrots, flavoring (wheat), turmeric, potato flour, black pepper.

Pacific Organic Free Range Chicken Broth –

Taste Test: Rich color. Taste is of a strong rich chicken flavor which almost tastes “roasted”. Good flavor. Would taste good in chicken soup.

On the container cover this says “Organic, Free Range Chicken Broth”. There is 570 mg of sodium per serving.

Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken flavor, sea salt, cane sugar, onion powder, turmeric extract, rosemary extract.

Brad’s Organic Organic Chicken Broth –

Taste Test: This broth had a strange grayish tinge to its coloring. I did not like the flavor or color. My best description, in all honesty, is – “This chicken broth tastes revolting.” Very unappealing gawd awful flavor and I simply cannot believe it’s being sold as a competitive product on the market. Horrid. Maybe it’s because it’s first ingredient is water instead of broth?

On the container cover this says “Low Sodium, Organic Chicken Broth”. There is 140 mg of sodium per serving.

Ingredients: Filtered water, chicken broth, chicken flavor, onion powder, potato flour, yeast extract, garlic powder, flavoring, turmeric, and flavor.

Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock – THE WINNER!!!!

Taste Test: This broth was the richest and most flavorful for chicken taste as well as the darkest in color. Really delicious chicken flavor. While there was a blending of some vegetable flavors, this is the broth I could drink straight out of the container – yummy good! This is the winner for low sodium and strong taste with all organic ingredients AND gluten free. Win-Win.

On the container cover this says “Rich chicken flavor, more versatile than broth, gluten free”. There is 440 mg of sodium per serving.

Ingredients: Organic chicken stock, organic vegetable broth (organic carrot, organic celery root, organic onion juice concentrates), sea salt, natural flavor, organic turmeric concentrate, organic ground bay leaves, and organic black pepper extract.

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Do you have a favorite organic chicken broth that might compete with the above winner? Do you have a quickie broth recipe? Leave a comment below and let me know the deets.

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  • Reply
    March 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Vegetable Broth!!!

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      March 20, 2013 at 7:06 am

      Vegetable broth? LOL! You guys are keeping me hopping on my toes! That’ll have to be next!!!


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    March 20, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I keep the Kirkland on hand in my kitchen at all times. It is truly the best broth!

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      March 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

      I was surprised it tasted the best – and happy! It’s what I usually have on hand.


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    Jannifer @ iGOZEN
    March 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I have been using the Swanson brand for quite a while and it has a very nice taste to it. I should probably try one of those other ones to see how they stack up against each other.

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    August 21, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I recently had to try Kirkland’s stock after being a fan of Swanson’s for years (due to switching from our Sam’s membership to Costco). It tastes like chicken water; I’m not kidding. I couldn’t believe how tasteless my soups were when I used it. I know that Cooks Illustrated and Food Network magazine rate Swanson’s as the best and I concur!

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    November 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Swanson’s tastes like shit water.

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    November 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    How long after exp. date can kirkland chicken stock be used. Found a case pushed to back of my cupboard and exp. 6/14

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      Shawna Coronado
      November 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      I don’t know – you’d have to call the manufacturer to be safe!

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    April 8, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Kitchen Basics is pretty widely used and worth a look. There is “no salt” at 150 mg. and “low salt” at 440mg. The distinctive yellow container seems to be the one they cover up with their no endorsement label on the Food Network. I’ve used it for years. I just bought the Costco organic six pack and the first impression is good.
    Trader Joe’s and Whole foods might be worth a look as they are widely available and they often have good products.

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