What Are Chicken Granules?

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Chicken granules add flavor to soups, stews and other dishes.
Chicken granules add flavor to soups, stews and other dishes. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Cooks have long used chicken broth or stock to add flavor to a variety of dishes. When broth or stock is unavailable or inconvenient, many cooks use chicken bouillon granules instead. They add similar flavor without the expense of canned broths or the inconvenience of homemade chicken stock.

Ingredients

Chicken bouillon comes in the form of cubes or granules. Manufacturers combine chicken stock or broth with seasonings, vegetables and fat, and then dehydrate the mixture. The processed granules become a concentrated form of the stock and additional ingredients.

Advantages

Using chicken granules instead of fresh broth offers several advantages. The granules generally cost less than a fresh or canned broth. Cooks usually only need a small amount for one dish, since the flavor is so concentrated. Chicken granules also have a longer shelf life than broth or stock, so many people keep them as a convenient pantry item or as part of a food storage supply.

Disadvantages

Though convenient, chicken granules also come with disadvantages. Their flavor does not compare well with that of a fresh stock, which generally has less sodium. As a processed food, they also sometimes contain unhealthy amounts of salt and other additives.

Uses

Chicken granules work best in soups or stews, but can also add flavor to other dishes. They can add flavor to rice, couscous or other grains. You can also use them to make gravy, pot pie or chicken casseroles. Substitute the granules for any recipe that calls for chicken stock or broth to achieve similar flavor.

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