Boiling chicken is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to prepare it, especially if you always have frozen chicken in the freezer. Try to use organic chicken whenever possible since conventional chicken usually contains antibiotics and added hormones. Here’s how to boil chicken in three easy steps.
1. Using a large stock pot, place the trimmed chicken inside and cover it with water. You may use an entire chicken (with the innards removed) or boneless chicken.
2. Place the stock pot on the stove over high heat and bring it to a boil. Once the water starts boiling, decrease the heat and simmer the chicken for about 45 minutes to an hour.
3. You will know that the chicken is done cooking when it is no longer pink in the middle. Pull out one of the thickest pieces, cut into it and check the color. You can also use a meat thermometer to test the temperature; the meat should be between 160 to 180 degrees.
You can season the chicken while it is boiling, although cooking it unseasoned will allow you to add it to any meal and season it as needed. Some people like to boil a lot of chicken at once and store it in the fridge to eat over a few days. Leaving it unseasoned will make the chicken great with any meal that you choose. Also, the water can be used as a broth for soup or gravy.