Today, we’re going to be answering the question: are chicken bouillon cubes gluten free? And taking a look at which popular brands of bouillon cubes are suitable when following a gluten-free lifestyle. Chicken bouillon cubes are incredibly popular, and probably not even a product you would have ever thought could contain gluten. However, they absolutely can and many brands are not gluten-free. Let’s take a closer look at all things chicken bouillon cubes.
What Are Chicken Bouillon Cubes?
To put it simply, bouillon cubes are dehydrated stock. They come in individual small cube shapes that you add water to, to create a delicious broth. They come in a range of flavors, with chicken being the most popular.
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Ingredients In Chicken Bouillon Cubes
The ingredients in chicken bouillon cubes can vary depending on which brand you buy and the seasonings that have been added to the bouillon. The most common ingredients you’ll find in bouillon cubes are:
- chicken (or whichever flavor you’re buying) stock
- MSG (sometimes)
Nutritional Information Of Chicken Bouillon Cubes
You may be wondering what the nutritional value is. In one cup of prepared chicken bouillon with water, it contains the following nutrition:
- Calories: 10
- Protein: 1g
- Fat: 0.5g
- Carbohydrates: 1g
- Sodium: 42% of your daily intake
As you can see, bouillon cubes are incredibly high in sodium!
Are Chicken Bouillon Cubes Gluten Free?
The answer to this can be quite tricky. The answer is: sometimes. Chicken bouillon cubes can contain wheat as an ingredient, and can also be derived from barley or wheat. Not only that but they can also be made in an area that manufactures gluten-containing foods too, meaning we can not be sure of the gluten-free status of the bouillon cubes.
Some ingredients you may want to look out for when buying bouillon cubes are:
- wheat protein
- natural flavors
- yeast extract
Yeast extract and natural flavors will not always contain gluten, but it’s best to check where those ingredients are derived from, so you can be sure the product is gluten-free.
However, there are plenty of gluten-free alternatives when it comes to bouillon cubes, so don’t feel too disheartened!
Gluten Free Bouillon Brands
BOU has a range of gluten-free products available, including bouillon cubes. They confirm in their FAQ that all of their bouillon cubes are suitable for a gluten-free lifestyle. They offer the following flavors:
- Vegetable Flavored Bouillon Cubes
- Beef Flavored Bouillon Cubes
- Chicken Flavored Bouillon Cubes
It’s worth noting that all of their World Flavor products are gluten-free too.
Many Knorr products do not contain any gluten ingredients but are not labeled gluten-free. However, recently (in the UK at least) they’ve released their stock cubes with a gluten-free option available. So if you can, always opt for the gluten-free choice – however, they will likely be more expensive.
They offer the following flavors in their exclusively gluten-free range:
- Chicken Cubes Gluten Free
- Beef Cubes Gluten Free
- Vegetable Cubes Gluten Free
- Lamb Cubes Gluten Free
Orrington Farms have a huge selection of gluten-free products, with a whole host of flavors. If you’re looking for a choice – this is definitely the brand for you. Orrington Farms currently offers the following options:
- Beef Flavored Broth Base
- Chicken Flavored Broth Base
- Ham Flavored Broth Base
- Low Sodium Beef Flavored Broth Base
- Low Sodium Chicken Flavored Broth Base
- Vegan Beef Flavored Base
- Vegan Chicken Flavored Base
- Vegetable Flavored Broth Base
- Vegan Ham Flavored Base
- Vegan Vegetable Flavored Base
Gluten Free Chicken Bouillon Powder Recipe
It’s super quick to make your own chicken bouillon powder, and this recipe from Healthy Slow Cooking is not just gluten-free, but also vegan too!
The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:
- 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon of dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon of marjoram
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground celery seed
This recipe is so simple, it only has one step! All you need to do is:
Place all of the above ingredients into a blender, food processor, or even a spice grinder. Grind, pulse, or blend well. Keep in a container and your powder will last for up to 6 months! It really is that easy.
You can use the bouillon any way you wish – but it tastes best in stews and soups, and really packs in that flavor.
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I hope this article has helped to answer the question: are chicken bouillon cubes gluten-free? And also helped you to find the best gluten-free brands available. While gluten can be found in bouillon cubes, it’s super easy to find gluten-free alternatives.
Do you know of any other gluten-free brands? Or would you like to share your own recipe? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
Which Bouillon Cubes are Gluten-Free?
There are plenty of gluten free brands of bouillon cubes. However, the most popular brands available are Knorr, Herb-Ox, Orrington Farms and BOU. We'll be taking a closer look at which of their products are gluten free in this post.
Is Organic Better than Bouillon Gluten Free?
Unfortunately, no. While their Chicken Better than Bouillon does not contain any gluten ingredients, they state on their website that their products are not gluten free as, "Better Than Bouillon is made in a facility where wheat ingredients are housed." In simpler terms, their products can not be deemed as gluten free, as they may contain wheat because gluten and non-gluten products are prepared in the same way.
Does Bouillon Have Gluten?
Whatever the flavor, there's a chance that bouillon will contain gluten. This is why it's super important to check the ingredients of anything you're purchasing; even if it's a product you've bought before. This is because brands can change ingredients or manufacturing methods at any time. For example, Better than Bouillon used to make gluten free claims, and now they state that their products are not suitable for a gluten free diet.