When you learn how to boil chicken, there will always be chicken on hand for making a quick meal. Whether you boil a whole chicken for soup, several chicken breasts for dishes, it can all be frozen to use for future meals. Boiling chicken on the bone makes the most flavorful broth. The chicken meat removes easily after boiling and can be cut to size and frozen. Precooking chicken by boiling then freezing cuts the time you spend in the kitchen each night.
To boil chicken, you will need:
- Pot with lid
- Boil a whole chicken. The first step to boiling a chicken is to cut up the whole chicken. Cutting up a whole chicken can be intimidating but is a simple task. Begin by removing the parts package from the cavity. Wash the chicken thoroughly on the outside and run water through the cavity. Use a sharp knife to cut off the drumsticks of the chicken at the joint. Next, cut off the thighs. Make a slice along the back bone and peel back the breast meat then make a cut at the bottom of the breast to remove it. Do this for both breasts. Put all the chicken parts in the pot. Note: Include the carcass if you are making soup broth for better flavor. Fill the pot with water, add a teaspoon of salt, cover the pot, and bring to a boil over a high heat. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer a whole chicken that weighs three to four pounds for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours. Remove the bones from the broth and the meat from the bones. Cut the meat as desired.
- Boil boneless skinless chicken breasts. Remove the chicken breasts from the package and wash thoroughly. Trim off any fat or grizzle from each chicken breast with a sharp knife. Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of a pot. Fill the pot with water until the chicken is covered by two to three inches of water. Cover the pot, turn the heat on high, and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is at a full boil, turn the heat low to a simmer. Cook boneless skinless chicken breasts for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Freezing boiled chicken. Keep boiled chicken readily available in the freezer and making dinner will stop being such a chore. After boiling chicken breasts, let them cool until they can be easily handled. Slice the chicken breast lengthwise into ¼ to ½ inch slices. Stack the boiled chicken slices in a freezer bag, seal, and freeze. To freeze broth or broth with diced boiled chicken pieces, place the broth and chicken in a freezer container and seal with a tight lid. The broth can be defrosted and easily made into soup by adding cooked pasta and steamed vegetables.
Tips and Warnings:
- When liquid is simmering, tiny bubbles are seen usually around the edges of the pot.
- It is possible to overcook chicken by boiling it too long resulting in tough dried chicken.