Make your own vegan chicken-style bouillon and broth at home! This quick and easy broth powder tastes SO good you'll want to sip hot bowls of broth just for the flavor and nutrients! Use this vegan pantry staple to add umami and depth of flavor to soups, gravy, casseroles, and sauces. Made without oil and free from the top 8 allergens. Ready in 5 minutes!
Why this recipe works
I've purchased my fair share of vegan chicken bouillon products over the years, especially last year while working on this Vegan Turkey Roast.
Some of those broths and bouillons taste better than others, and all of them are rather pricey and not exactly made with the healthiest ingredients.
So after sharing this Vegan Rice-A-Roni recipe I decided it was time for a DIY vegan chicken seasoning on the blog. Also, since Trader Joe's vegan chicken-less seasoning has now been discontinued, we need a quick and tasty homemade option!
With just 9 pantry staples and 5 minutes you can make irresistibly delicious (no kidding, I actually crave it now) vegan chicken broth. It's oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free, AND nut-free. And thanks to nutritional yeast it contains important vitamins and minerals.
If you're not sure how you'll use this powder besides just making soup, keep reading for ideas!
While there isn't much room for substitution in this recipe, a few of the ingredients are flexible.
For the best chicken-y, bouillon-like flavor, I would love for you try the recipe exactly as written before tweaking the seasonings.
- Nutritional yeast - this is the most important ingredient in this recipe and cannot be omitted.
NOTE: If you think you don't like nutritional yeast but have only tried fortified brands (e.g., Bragg's), I highly recommend this non-fortified one by Sari Foods. Their nutritional yeast contains naturally occurring B1, B2, B5, and B6, as well as 18 amino acids and 15 minerals. It does not contain B12 or Folate, which are usually added to other brands of nutritional yeast. You can learn more about fortified vs. non-fortified nutritional yeast on the Sari website.
- Fine sea salt
- Sugar - I use organic cane sugar. This can be omitted if you strictly avoid sugar.
- Poultry seasoning - I like this one by Frontier. It includes sage, thyme, onion, pepper, marjoram, celery seed, and cayenne.
If you have sage, thyme, and celery seed on hand but not poultry seasoning, feel free to use a tiny pinch of each. The problem is that it's difficult to measure such small amounts, and the celery seed will need to be turned into a powder first.
- Turmeric - this gives the vegan chicken broth a golden hue and very subtle earthiness but can be omitted if necessary.
- Onion and garlic powder - important for overall flavor.
- Ground ginger - this one's optional, but I do like to include a tiny pinch for subtle flavor.
- Black pepper - depending on how you plan to use the powder, you may or may not want to include pepper. For example, if you're making broth for someone who is feeling under the weather or highly sensitive to spicy foods, feel free to omit the pepper.
If you include oil in your diet, try adding just a few drops of a mild-tasting olive oil to the broth once it's prepared. Oil contributes a richness that would normally be found in chicken stock and broth (which obviously includes fat from the chickens). 🙁
Ways to use it
Speaking of soy curls, use this broth to re-hydrate soy curls for use in all sorts of recipes. Why re-hydrate them in plain water when you can add so much flavor?
Include a tablespoon or two of powder when cooking rice, quinoa, and other grains.
The next time you see a recipe that calls for vegan chicken broth or bouillon you're all set! No need to search the store aisles or order specialty products online.
I hope you love the recipe as much as we do! If you try it I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
You might also like:
Vegan "Chicken" Broth Powder and Seasoning
- ½ cup nutritional yeast Any type is okay, but I highly recommend this non-fortified one by Sari.
- 3 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt Feel free to decrease to suit your dietary needs or if you prefer less salty broth.
- 2 teaspoons organic cane sugar, optional
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
- ⅛ teaspoon ground turmeric
- tiny pinch of ground ginger, optional
- ½ to 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Amount depends on how much you enjoy black pepper.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or lidded jar, and whisk to combine. If the nutritional yeast you're using contains large flakes you may want to pulse the mixture in a blender for a more powdered texture.
- Always whisk or shake before using so that the flavors are well combined. To make broth, use approximately 2 teaspoons powder per 1 cup of hot water (this creates a fairly salty broth). Refer to the post above for more ideas and ways to use this powder.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact amounts and specific products and ingredients used. We calculate this information using the online calculator cronometer.com. For the most accurate nutrition information we recommend calculating it yourself to reflect the specific ingredients used in your dish.