My broth came out more around a 3 star, but I have a feeling that was because I added too much liquid. However, with a bit of bouillon this is definitely 4 star. I think it could be 5 star if left to cook even longer. I used a whole fryer chicken (raw), an onion, 2 carrots (I would omit these next time- the broth came out a bit sweet), 3 celery stalks, 1/2 tspn of basil, a pinch of dried thyme, and salt/pepper. I used about 6 cups of water and 2 cups of store bought chicken broth that I had in the fridge (this brought the liquid line to about 3/4 up the chicken). After 8 hours of cooking though I had to give in and add 1 tspn of bullion (granted, this is not a ton, equivalent of 1 cup of bought broth). I'm not sure if the problem was with the chicken or liquid amounts, but with just that one tspn of bullion the broth is extremely flavorful and rich. We're making chicken and dumplings out of it in about an hour and looking forward to it!
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My broth came out more around a 3 star, but I have a feeling that was because I added too much...