Life-Changing Chicken(less) Bouillon Powder

Make your own vegan chicken-style bouillon powder with 7 ingredients, 1 food processor, and less than 10 minutes. Use it to make THE most flavorful chicken-free broth for soups, stews, seitan + tofu marinades, etc. #vegan #veganchicken #veganrecipe #easyveganrecipe #nutritionalyeast #turmeric #plantbased #plantpowercouple // plantpowercouple.com

Make your own vegan chicken-style bouillon powder with 7 ingredients, 1 food processor, and less than 10 minutes. It’s a staple ingredient in our kitchen and will up-level your entire cooking game. Use it to make THE most flavorful chicken-free broth for soups, stews, seitan + tofu marinades, etc.


This vegan chicken bouillon powder is nothing new on this blog. We use it in pretty much everything.

We often refer to it as chicken(less) noodle soup powder because it originated with our favorite vegan chicken noodle soup recipe.

Whether you’re familiar or not, this simple herb & spice mix has the ability to completely revolutionize your cooking. (Even if you barely know how to boil water!)

You can use this homemade vegan bouillon powder in any recipe that calls for vegetable or chicken broth.

The taste is incredible. It’s a dead-on flavor match for the chicken broth we all grew up loving with a thick, comforting texture!

With just 7 ingredients, 1 food processor, and 10 minutes, you can create THE most amazing vegan chicken bouillon power at HOME.

Let’s do this!

Make your own vegan chicken-style bouillon powder with 7 ingredients, 1 food processor, and less than 10 minutes. Use it to make THE most flavorful chicken-free broth for soups, stews, seitan + tofu marinades, etc. #vegan #veganchicken #veganrecipe #easyveganrecipe #nutritionalyeast #turmeric #plantbased #plantpowercouple // plantpowercouple.com

How to Make Homemade Bouillon

All you have to do is pop the following ingredients in a blender or food processor, pulse a few times until everything is powdery and combined, and voila! Homemade vegan bouillon powder!

With the exception of the nutritional yeast, all of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store! Nothing too crazy or fancy here.

In fact, if you’re anything like us, you might already have the ingredients in your pantry right now!

Nutritional Yeast:

This acts as both a base and mild thickener, giving the broth both flavor AND body. Do not skip this one; it’s essential! If you’re new to nutritional yeast (We dig this brand.), note that this is NOT interchangeable with things like brewer’s yeast.

Sea Salt:

We like a good salty bouillon but not too salty, like those bouillon cubes you buy at the store. This recipe is pretty much the Goldilocks of saltiness for our tastes. However, if you prefer a less salty bouillon, feel free to reduce this by as much as 1/2 but be aware it will alter the overall flavor and intensity. 

Onion Powder:

This is a constant ingredient in almost every spice mix in the history of spice mixes. Sometimes, T will use ½ onion powder and ½ garlic powder, but either way, this one is ESSENTIAL!

Turmeric:

This ingredient adds a signature chicken-y flavor, anti-inflammatory benefits, and that iconic sunshiney color.

Italian Seasoning:

Feel free to replace this with either dried basil or dried oregano (or a mix of both), depending on what you have on hand.

Dried Thyme:

I really love a hint of thyme in this vegan chicken bouillon powder. If you’re into dill, you can sub that or try a mix of both!

Celery Salt:

A little bit goes a long way, and holy WOW does it bring every flavor together in cozy comforting glory. If you’re reducing salt, reduce the sea salt as mentioned above, but we highly recommend including this. 

How to Use Vegan Chicken Bouillon

Short answer: Add it to EVERYTHING. Actually everything. I don’t know what it is about this stuff, but it just makes any dish it touches taste unequivocally better.

Slightly longer answer: Mix 1 Tbsp bouillon powder per 1 cup of hot water to make a vegan chicken broth that can be used for:

Cooking Rice or Other Grains:

If you’re used to cooking rice or quinoa in chicken broth, make a 1:1 switch with this stuff and get ready to have your mind BLOWN.

Rehydrating Soy Curls:

If you use soy curls, this broth is going to be a major game-changer. Instead of hydrating your soy curls in plain ol’ water, add a burst of flavor by switching the water out for broth made with this chicken bouillon.

Sore Throat Remedy:

There is nothing better than a hot mug of this broth when I have a sore throat. You can even throw in a pinch of cayenne to help clear out the sinuses (if spicy is your thing). Sometimes I add a squeeze of lemon too. Either way, I highly recommend it!

Soups + Stews:

It is a critical ingredient in many of our soups, like our vegan chicken stew and vegan chicken noodle soup – both recipes that are on regular rotation in this house!

Casseroles:

We use this bouillon powder to make our vegan condensed cream of chik’n soup which is a key component to veganizing all your favorite childhood casseroles.

Marinades:

This bouillon powder does a killer job adding chicken-y flavor to all your favorite tofu or seitan recipes. We use them to flavor our tofu cutlets among other things!

Gravy:

This bouillon makes the BEST vegan gravy. Seriously, we make this stuff every year for Thanksgiving, and without fail, someone ends up drinking the last remnants straight from the gravy boat. 😁

Ramen:

For ramen, broth is KEY. And this homemade bouillon makes theeee most perfect ramen broth. Move over, flavor packet!

BONUS:

Grab a FULL list of every single recipe we’ve created using this bouillon powder in this post here. (There are A LOT…in case you needed even MORE of a reason to make this stuff!)

Make your own vegan chicken-style bouillon powder with 7 ingredients, 1 food processor, and less than 10 minutes. Use it to make THE most flavorful chicken-free broth for soups, stews, seitan + tofu marinades, etc. #vegan #veganchicken #veganrecipe #easyveganrecipe #nutritionalyeast #turmeric #plantbased #plantpowercouple // plantpowercouple.com

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We’d love to know how you use this homemade vegan bouillon powder!

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This post was originally published on plantpowercouple.com 20 September 2018 which means there are a ton of helpful comments below from others who have made this recipe. Be sure to check them out or comment with your own question, so we can add to the collective knowledge!

Life-Changing Chicken(less) Bouillon Powder

Make your own vegan chicken-style bouillon powder with 7 ingredients, 1 food processor, and less than 10 minutes. It’s a staple ingredient in our kitchen and will up-level your entire cooking game. Use it to make THE most flavorful chicken-free broth for soups, stews, seitan + tofu marinades, etc.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a small blender or food processor and pulse until everything is combined and powder-y.
  2. TO STORE: Store in an air-tight jar or container in your spice cabinet or pantry.
  3. TO MAKE BROTH: Use 1 Tbsp bouillon powder per 1 cup of hot water. Mix them together until the powder is completely dissolved. Use this to replace vegetable or chicken broth in all your favorite recipes and get ready for your life to change!
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67 thoughts on “Life-Changing Chicken(less) Bouillon Powder

  1. This is great I can't wait to try this recipe . I hate to buy those mock chicken seasoning bouillon because the ingredients are not good . How many servings would you say are in this recipe ?
  2. I'm very excited to try this - the chickenless bouillon I buy in the store has a chemical off taste in some dishes, so I'm hoping this will flavor everything perfectly!
    1. Hey, Donna! It may seem like a lot when you look at it as a whole, but we recommend using 1 Tbsp powder to 1 cup water so it's pretty diluted and a lot less salt than you'd find in a commercial bouillon. But of course, the great part about making it yourself is that you can use less or more of whatever you want!
      1. I've been enjoying making this, but I have left out the sea salt, so I can control how much salt goes into the broth. From my experience, I have ended up with about 1.25 cups of powder (the nutritional yeast has lots of air pockets before it's ground down), which means it yields approximately 20 tablespoons of powder (20 servings). 1/4 cup of salt plus 1 tsp celery salt contains about 30,000 mg of sodium, so that's 1,500 mg of sodium per cup of broth. Leaving out the sea salt entirely and leaving in the celery salt would make it 100 mg of sodium per serving. I just finished my celery salt and am going to replace it with just celery seed to make it sodium-free. Then I can have full control over how much sodium goes into each serving.
  3. I’m back - I’ve made this 3x now and it is like the secret ingredient in my cooking. So very good!!! Bravo to you!
  4. This is awesome! So much thanks for sharing this recipe! This way I know all the ingredients of my bouillon (no added junk) and I can use it for all kind of dishes! I don't wanna use any other bouillon rather than this one, LOVE it! 😁
  5. This sounds like an awesome recipe. I can't wait to give it a try. There are so many awesome vegan recipes out there that I will never go back to my former way of eating. Thank you!
  6. This stuff is AMAZING! We use it exclusively as our bouillon/broth now. It just seems to up the game in every recipe. I just used it in a cheesy enchilada soup recipe I make (which was already good), but this knocked it out of park! I'm so happy you shared this one and I'm so glad I found it!
  7. This look great! I have a question. If I don't have like the premixed "italian season", what can I use instead??
  8. How much less salt ? Would 1/8 c of salt instead of 1/4 cup be enough? Don't have celery salt. Is recipe best with its use? Thank you for your reply.
    1. Hey, Catherine! It all depends on your tastes. I like a nice salty bouillon, so I like the full 1/4 cup. Experiment with it and let us know what you think! I do highly recommend the celery salt though. It adds such a terrific flavor!
  9. I'm not clear on how to use the bouillon powder. When making a soup that calls for 1 32oz. carton of veg. or chicken broth, do I substitute with 4 cups of water mixed with the bouillon powder.? Or 2 cups water to 1 cup rice, or any other grain, is it 2 c. prepared b.powder broth? Also, chicken noodle soup recipe- -can you just add 2 tsp dill to the soup rather than making another batch of b.powder.I am even thinking of adding the the dill to the original recipe for all recipes I make.Looking forward to making this b.power recipe. Thank you for your reply.
    1. When using the bouillon to make broth, use 1 Tbsp bouillon for every cup of water. So, for 4 cups of broth, you'd mix 4 Tbsp bouillon with 4 cups warm water until dissolved. Then, use the broth as you would chicken or vegetable broth. Sorry about the confusion on the chicken noodle soup recipe; that was an old post that was recently updated. But yes! Totally add the dill separately and to the bouillon if you're a fan of that taste. I hope this helps! :)
  10. What a great recipe! Im so looking forward to making it. I wonder if it would be possible to leave out the onion powder or substitute it with something else as I have an allergy to onion? This also makes it difficult for me to buy the vegan Bouillon powder as that contains onion too!
    1. Hi, Caterina! It would definitely change the flavor, but I'd say it's worth a try! You could even try replacing it with garlic powder if garlic isn't an issue. Let us know how it goes!
  11. I have no idea what kind of alchemy this is but it is AMAZING! How in the world did you figure out how to make nooch taste like chicken? It’s SO good!
  12. In my adult life, I have never made a delicious chicken soup UNTIL TODAY! Thank you, it’s perfect! I can’t wait to use it with ramen as well!
  13. Found another use for this miracle powder: Added about a tablespoon to almond pulp leftover from making a quart of almond milk. Tossed in a smidge of Bob’s Red Mill Vegan Egg and one tablespoon of water. Rolled it out, baked for 20 minutes and we had yummy crackers!
  14. Just made my first batch and I'm blown away. It doesn't just taste like chicken broth, it tastes like GOOD chicken broth. It's magic. I can't wait to try it to flavor seitan and soy curls. Thank you so much!
  15. I made it, tasted it in hot water and then added a few things. It was worth making, and I am interested to see how it will deepen the flavor of certain soups and other things! With winter coming one soon, there will be lots of "chicken" soup.

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