How to boil chicken

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Chicken is one of the healthiest meats you can find. Boiling chicken does not just keep the poultry away from fat but makes chicken quite versatile as well. Learn how to easily boil chicken that you can use for a variety of other dishes with the simple steps below:

What you will need:

  • Chicken
  • Water
  • Seasoning
  • Pot or saucepan
  • Ladle


  1. Rinse the chicken or defrost if necessary.
  2. Cut the pieces to desired size.
  3. Fill the saucepan or pot with enough water to submerge the chicken pieces.
  4. Place the pot on the stove and bring it to a boil using medium to high heat.
  5. Add seasoning if needed or cook plain.
  6. Cover the pot and simmer for the chicken to cook until it has changed color from pink to white. The cooking time is as follows:
  • With bones and skin: about 30 minutes
  • Skinless and boneless: about 15-25 minutes
  • Skinless and boneless 2 inch pieces: about 10 minutes

7. Remove the pot from heat.
8.  Drain using a sieve.

  • You may keep the chicken broth for use in other recipes.
  • Store the liquid in a sturdy container; allow cooling and storing in the fridge or freezer.

9. Season the chicken and serve as desired or
10. Wait for the chicken to be cool enough to handle. Cut or shred depending on the recipe it is intended for.


  • If you want a tasty broth, stay away from chicken breast fillets and go for pieces with bones instead.
  • For quicker cooking, skinless and boneless is the chicken to choose. But this will not have the same savory taste though.
  • Cutting up the chicken pieces also speeds up cooking time.
  • Boiling chicken in water is the most basic way but chicken also works well with vegetable stock, apple cider vinegar and dry white wine.
  • Boiled chicken in perfect for paninis, fajitas, stir-fry recipes, salads and soups.

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