Can you boil chicken

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you boil chicken?” We will also discuss how to boil chicken in easy and simple steps, the time you need to boil chicken and how to test if your boiled chicken is well cooked.

Can you boil chicken?

Yes, you can boil chicken simply and easily and enjoy this nutritious and highly beneficial healthy versatile food that will satisfy your food cravings and taste buds and provides you with high-quality animal-based protein, and many essential nutrients that are good for your health.

Not only are boiled chickens healthy and easy to make but also you can easily freeze them to stock them up for future meals saving a lot of time and effort throughout the weekdays or once you need them

This article will guide you to make the perfect tender boiled chicken that is full of flavour just like a pro in simple and easy steps and many more useful tips, so stay tuned.

How to boil chicken in easy and simple steps?

Boiling is a simple, fast and healthy cooking method to make soft and delicious chicken that can be used shredded or sliced as a basic ingredient to make soups, salads, and many other recipes. 

Boiling is one of the easiest and healthiest cooking methods for chicken since it does not require oil usage and unnecessary fat and calories. Boiling a chicken will also save you a lot of time and effort to make a healthy and tasty meal that you can enjoy with your family.

So here is a step by step instructions that will guide you on how to perfectly boil both fresh and frozen chicken:

  • Thaw the frozen chicken if you are not using a fresh one
  • Put the chicken in a saucepan, then pour enough amount of water or broth to cover them entirely
  • Add a few onion slices, carrots, celery, salt, and pepper to the mixture, you may also add based on your taste preference garlic, parsley, and peppercorns
  • Cover your saucepan with a lid and bring the ingredients to a boil then reduce the heat to a gentle boil and let them cook slowly until the meat is tender and no more pink in colour or until its internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Remove and drain the boiled chicken then let them cool for about 5 minutes before serving, or shredding
  • Strain the liquid used for boiling to use it in making soups or cooking rice
  • Bon Appetit

How much time do you need to boil chicken?

The time required to boil a chicken until it is well cooked mainly depends on the following factors:

  •  the chicken size (small, medium, or large)
  •  the condition of the chicken (whole, breast, thigh, heart…)
  •  the quantity of the chicken 

However, it is estimated that the boiling time of a whole average-sized chicken is 90 minutes compared to 15 minutes for chicken breasts for 15 minutes.

Chicken conditionWholeLarge size chicken breasts with bonesLarge size chicken breasts without bonesSmall size chicken breast
Cooking time90 minutes20 minutes15 minutes8 minutes


How to test if your boiled chicken is well cooked?

Well-cooked chicken requires boiling enough time as indicated in the table above until its flesh is no longer pink in colour. 

However, to attain this result you should frequently observe and check your boiling chicken, especially toward the end of cooking time in one of these 2 ways:

  • Use a meat digital thermometer to check the internal temperature of the boiled chicken it should be 165°F to be well-cooked
  • Use a knife to slice a thin portion of the boiled chicken to make sure it’s well-cooked without any pink colour, if not let it cook for more time until it’s done.

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How can you properly store boiled chicken?

Once your boiled chicken is cooked, you can store the whole chicken or more preferably after shredding it in the fridge for up to 4 – 5 days, this can be simply done by using an air-tight container, Tupperware, or zippered bags.

However, if you want to prolong the shelf life of your boiled chicken, you can simply store the whole cooked chicken or shredded portions in the fridge to help them retain their texture, quality, and fresh taste for up to 4 months.


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you boil chicken?” We have also discussed how to boil chicken in easy and simple steps, the time you need to boil chicken, and how to test if your boiled chicken is well cooked.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.


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