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Old 10-04-2004, 12:38 PM   #1
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What do you do with Chicken Base

OK I just bought some chicken base, but have never used it before. What are some of your favorite things to use this with?

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Old 10-04-2004, 01:57 PM   #2
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I use it when I saute veggies..... brown them lightly in saucepan with shallots, garlic and EVOO. Add base {a tsp or so} then add some water 1/4 cup? Cover and let them finish cooking. You can add some butter at the end of cooking time for a richer sauce.
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Old 10-04-2004, 04:45 PM   #3
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Use it anywhere you want some flavor; just be careful, it's usually pretty salty!
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Old 10-04-2004, 04:47 PM   #4
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Anytime a recipe calls for chicken stock you can use the chicken base. Or enhance your own homemade chicken stock. Sometimes when I make chicken and dumplings I feel there's not enough flavor in the broth and I will add some base.
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Old 10-05-2004, 09:24 AM   #5
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I like using it to enhance the flavor of chicken soup.
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Old 10-05-2004, 12:04 PM   #6
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Usually where I need just a bit of chix broth, but I also put a tad in vinaigrette salad dressing and in asian sauces.

The owner of an excellent chinese restaurant once told me that one of the secrets to her dippeing sauce was a small hit of chix broth.
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I use it when I am making everything from beef stew to gravies.

Yes, some brands are tremendously salty, so you do have to be real careful.
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Old 10-05-2004, 01:48 PM   #8
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Thank you all for these great suggestions (and please keep em coming). I was going to use it last night, but decided to make scallops for dinner so maybe tonight I will make something and use the base. all I know is it smells so good in the jar and I can't wait to try it.
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Old 10-06-2004, 09:58 AM   #9
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GB I use mine when I make stir fry's for a more concentrated flavor than what stock adds.

I also add it to rice pilafs for a subtle flavor. I also use it along with chicken stock as others mentioned in soups.
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Old 10-07-2004, 08:07 AM   #10
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I use it to make a lazy man's quick rice pilaf. I just put some chicken base and a pinch of saffron in the water I use to boil the rice.

GB, is this the kind of base you get from the restaurant supplier? The paste in the can with the chicken fat? If it is, just add it to hot water and you have a pretty good chicken soup. All you need to add are the diced veggies.
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