How long does chicken broth last? (+3 health benefits)

In this article, we will answer the question “How long does chicken broth last?”, and how to tell If the chicken broth has gone bad?

How long does chicken broth last?

Store-bought canned chicken broth lasts quite long past its printed Best-by date because it has preservatives added. The following table shows the estimated shelf-life of different types of broth under varying storage conditions.

In the pantry In the fridge 
Canned chicken broth (unopened)1-2 years past the Best-by date 
Canned chicken broth (opened)4-5 days 
Homemade chicken broth4-5 days 

Homemade chicken broth can even last a week if it is stored correctly. It has no preservatives added so It has a shorter shelf-life as compared to its store-bought counterparts.

In the case of homemade chicken broth, that extra fat that floats on the top is actually very useful. Do not remove it. Keep at least 50% of it.

 When you refrigerate the chicken broth, the fat comes to the top and insulates the liquid broth beneath it from contaminants. When you have to use the broth, scoop out the fat and store it in another jar. This fat can also be used to sautee or fry vegetables.

How to store chicken broth?

  1. Store-bought cans of the chicken broth should be kept in a dark, dry, and cool place. 
  2. Once the can is opened, seal the can tightly using a makeshift seal. Simply cover the mouth of the can with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and secure it with rubber bands.
  3. Alternatively, transfer the contents of the can to an air-tight container or jar that has a tight seal. Keep it in the fridge.
  4. Homemade chicken broth should be refrigerated at all times.
  5. The chicken broth that is sold in frozen form can either be refrigerated or refrozen depending upon the instructions provided by the company.
  6. The chicken broth needs to be stored below 40℉ within 2 hours of cooking. The chances of contamination are high If the broth has been sitting out at temperatures between 40-140℉ for more than 2 hours.

Can you freeze chicken broth?

Yes, you can freeze chicken broth. Freezing will extend the shelf-life of the chicken broth. You can simply pour the broth in an ice cube tray or a muffin tray and freeze. Alternatively, use small air-tight containers.

How to thaw chicken broth?

Plan ahead and thaw your chicken broth overnight in the fridge. This is optional as you can directly use broth from the frozen into your dishes.

Freezing unopened cans of chicken broth is a bad idea. The freezing environment will mess up the seams of the can plus it has no effect on the shelf-life of the broth as compared to the shelf-life of the can which is stored in the pantry.

How to tell If the chicken broth has gone bad?

  1. It all starts with the can. If the can is leaking, rusting, or swelling, discard it immediately. Bulging of the cans is a common problem and is caused by the gas produced by bacteria and fungus. Clostridium botulinum is an infamous bacteria that infects canned food. If ingested, It causes Botulism.
  2. If you notice any signs of mold growth near the lid of the container and on the surface of the broth, it belongs in the bin.
  3. The chicken broth will taste rotten or sour when it is bad. It is a clear indication of spoilage. 
  4. Chicken broth should have a clear yellow color. If it looks cloudy and discolored, it has gone bad.

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Health benefits of chicken broth 

Rich in nutrients 

Chicken broth is a rich source of proteins and fatty acids. It also provides selenium and iron in good amounts. Vitamin B12, anti-oxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and carnosine are also present in decent amounts. One cup of canned chicken broth provides only 12 calories.

Weight loss

Chicken broth provides complex carbs and assists in weight loss by boosting the rate of metabolism.

Fights infections and cures a leaky gut

Chicken broth is very beneficial for upper respiratory infections. The glutamine present in chicken broth cures leaky gut by providing the body with essential nutrients.

Health risks of consuming expired chicken broth

Consuming spoiled chicken broth increases the chances of food poisoning by Salmonella and E.coli. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, and dizziness. All of these symptoms should go away within 3 days. If any one of these symptoms persists, seek medical attention.


In this article, we answered the question “How long does chicken broth last?”, and how to tell If the chicken broth has gone bad?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.