Learning how to boil a whole chicken is a great skill to have in your back pocket, especially if you’re trying to eat clean or do meal prep! This steamed chicken is delicious, succulent and can easily be turned into a one-pot meal.
Not only is boiled chicken healthy, juicy, and delicious, but you can use it in many different ways. Try it in any recipe that calls for shredded or rotisserie chicken. If you’re looking for another great way to prepare your chicken, try this Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot!
best broiled chicken
Let’s talk about boiled chicken. If you’re thinking it came out rubbery and flavorless, think again. Broiled chicken is actually one of my favorite ways to prepare it! Every time I use this recipe, the chicken comes out juicy, fork-tender, and absolutely delicious.
So why boil a whole chicken instead of just chicken breasts or thighs? There are a few reasons. One, when you boil a whole chicken, the bones, skin, and connective tissue infuse the broth with incredible flavors. The result is a broth that’s bursting with deliciousness, and in turn gives whatever vegetable you’re cooking it with a savory touch. Two, the skin and bones act as a natural barrier to keep all the moisture in, making your chicken more flavorful and tender. and three, Just watch that presentation!
materials you will need
In addition to the whole chicken and spices, feel free to throw in any veggies you have in your fridge! They are very tasty when cooked in natural chicken broth. For exact measurements, see recipe card below.
- Bone-in Whole Chicken: The chicken I used was about 6 pounds. You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly depending on the size of chicken you use.
- yellow onion: Chopped yellow onion is a must-have for any hearty dish.
- Whole Carrots: Cut into 2 inch pieces. Is there anything better than shredded carrots cooked in broth? They are so soft and delicious!
- celery stalks: They also become nice and soft when cooked. Stews and roasts are the best way to get your daily dose of vegetables.
- Whole Garlic Cloves: for a punch of savory flavor.
- fresh herbs: Adding fresh herbs is a no brainer. They add the best flavor and aroma! I used fresh parsley, thyme, and rosemary.
- Salt: Help enhance the flavor of steamed chicken.
- Whole Black Pepper: Adding them is another great way to make chicken tastier.
how long to boil a whole chicken
It’s incredibly easy to broil a whole chicken. Just put all your ingredients in a big pot, and let it do its work! I love how hands-off this recipe is. This leaves you plenty of time to make some side dishes, or watch a few episodes of your favorite TV show!
- Add chicken to pot, cover with herbs and vegetables: Place chicken in the bottom of a large stock pot. Then pour the rest of the ingredients over and around the chicken.
- Cover with water, boil: Cover all the things completely with water and then let it boil on high flame.
- Simar: Once your water starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 2-3 hours. Cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken. When it’s done, the internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- serve: Carefully remove the whole chicken from the pot. Then cut the chicken into pieces and use it as desired for recipes.
- Save the Chicken Stock: Strain off the chicken stock and save it for later use!
Get ready to enjoy juicy and versatile meat that’s great for a variety of dishes. I’ve gathered some of my favorite tips for making sure your chicken turns out perfect!
- use a bigger pot: Use a pot that can comfortably fit the whole chicken and has room for the water to boil. A large stockpot or Dutch oven is a good option.
- Check for Donnes: You can use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Check that the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165°F (74°C).
- use for: You can use this steamed chicken for basically any chicken recipe. Chop it up and use it for tacos, chicken salad, meal prep, protein bowls, soups, or wraps, slice it up and use it for sandwiches, or leave the bones in and use it for chicken wings!
- chicken broth: Save any leftover cooking liquid, it’s the best chicken stock to use in all your favorite recipes!
How long does boiled chicken last?
Your chicken will last about 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container. If you want it to last longer, store it in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 2 months. Place in the fridge overnight before reheating.
Place chicken in the bottom of a large stock pot. Pour remaining ingredients over and around chicken.
Cover all the ingredients completely with water and bring to boil on high flame.
Once your water starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 2-3 hours. Cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165°F.
Carefully remove the whole chicken from the pot. Cut the chicken into pieces and remove the bone and use it in recipes.
Strain off the chicken stock and save it for later use!
calories446kcal (22%)carbohydrates8Yes (3%)protein37Yes (74%)Fat29Yes (45%)Saturated fat8Yes (40%)polyunsaturated fat6Yesmonounsaturated fat12Yestrans fat0.2Yescholesterol143MG (48%)sodium3648MG (152%)potassium571MG (16%)fiber3Yes (12%)Sugar3Yes (3%)Vitamin A5571IU (111%)vitamin C12MG (15%)calcium68MG (7%)Iron3MG (17%)
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.