A recipe for boiled chicken; boiled chicken meat is called for in many other recipes, and is a wonderful basic recipe to have for many uses.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place chicken in a large pot with onion, carrots, celery and peppercorns; add water to cover. Cover pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat to a gentle boil and cook for about 90 minutes, or until chicken meat is falling off of the bone. Remove chicken, let cool and shred or chop the meat.

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Nutrition Facts

185.7 calories; protein 16.3g 33% DV; carbohydrates 4.5g 2% DV; fat 11.1g 17% DV; cholesterol 46.1mg 15% DV; sodium 64mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I make a lot of boiled chicken, and I would like to add some advice. Be sure to cut the chicken into parts, remove any giblets, and rinse the chicken before boiling it. I prefer to add some salt to the pot, which this recipe doesn't do. The amount is up to you (start with 2 teaspoons if you're not sure). You can remove the chicken from the pot as soon as it's done, if you prefer, rather than waiting for it to be "falling off the bone." The white meat will be done before the dark meat. If you leave the spine in the pot after removing the other parts and let it stew for a while, then strain the solids out with a sieve, you have some nice chicken broth to use for soups. Let it cool, and remove the fat that rises to the top. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/20/2010
Tasteless even w salt Read More
(19)
261 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I make a lot of boiled chicken, and I would like to add some advice. Be sure to cut the chicken into parts, remove any giblets, and rinse the chicken before boiling it. I prefer to add some salt to the pot, which this recipe doesn't do. The amount is up to you (start with 2 teaspoons if you're not sure). You can remove the chicken from the pot as soon as it's done, if you prefer, rather than waiting for it to be "falling off the bone." The white meat will be done before the dark meat. If you leave the spine in the pot after removing the other parts and let it stew for a while, then strain the solids out with a sieve, you have some nice chicken broth to use for soups. Let it cool, and remove the fat that rises to the top. Read More
(1883)
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2006
Here is a hint to ensure that your chicken is always juicy, never dry - cool it completely in the broth before shredding or cubing! Works like a charm. Read More
(1262)
Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2006
This is SO easy and tastes SO good! I put my chicken (usually boneless breasts) in the crock pot, cover it with water and add the salt, pepper, onions, carrots, celery (and garlic too) in chunks. Someone else had posted that it is then easier to pull out of the broth when you're done. Unbelievable flavor for both the broth and chicken. And in the crock pot it is absolutely effortless!! Thanks for the great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2005
This is the way my mom made it too... I add garlic and seasoned salt and remove the skin off before simmering to reduce fat. Less to skim off after. I'll buy one of those 10 lb bags of legs n thighs when they're on sale and do the whole 10 lbs. After deboning freeze meat in broth to help prevent freezer burn. Read More
(265)
Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2006
When the chicken is done take the meat off the bones and continue simmering the bones and veggies for a couple more hours to make a rich flavorful broth. Season to taste with salt. Strain and discard the bones and vegetables as the flavor is pretty much cooked out of the veggies by this time. Chill (or freeze) the broth to use later. Read More
(224)
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2006
I make this at least every couple of weeks. I freeze small portions in ziploc baggies & then use in my dogs' dinner (my vet advocates boiled chicken for my dogs)or in many other recipes calling for chicken. I do leave the veggies in big chunks for ease of removal. To clarify stock for clear broth, removing solid flecks that are too small to be strained out with cheesecloth, follow this method. Separate the egg white from the egg yolk of one egg and reserve the shell. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup cold water, egg white, and crushed eggshell. Add to strained stock, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Strain again through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. From cloudy to crystal clear in no time! (I got this method from another recipe on this site...Basic Chicken stock) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2008
I didn't actually make this recipe but I boil chicken to debone it constantly. I am responding because of the number of people who stated they are using boneless,skinless chicken breasts for this!?!? Why? The whole point of boiling chicken is to leach flavor from the bones and skin (where the flavor is) into the water for stock and so you can easily remove the meat from the bones and skin afterward. This allows you to use a more economical cut of meat(i.e. bone in skin on chicken breasts,etc.) for your meals that call for shredded chicken (casseroles, chicken salad, etc.) and to save the more expensive cuts for your meals that call for a cutlet (cordon bleu, chicken parmesean, grilled chicken etc.) I would imagine boiled bonesless skinless breasts would result in a very bland stock that would require several buillon cubes to add more flavor as well as very bland chicken meat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2006
This recipe is great! I didn't have celery on hand so I threw in a couple garlic cloves and some seasoning salt and simmered it until the meat was falling off the bones. I did what one reviewer suggested and cooled the chicken in the broth to make the chicken as moist as possible. As I was shredding the chicken for the enchiladas I'm making tonight I couldn't help taking a quick bite and it was awesome! Thanks so much for this great cheap building block recipe! Read More
(106)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2006
Best recipe for boiled chicken I have ever used - and the broth is great for making soups too! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/20/2010
Tasteless even w salt Read More
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