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How To Boil Chicken

How to boil chicken for the moistest boiled chicken for tacos, sandwiches, salads, soups, and more.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 6 cups
Author Lisa Huff



  • Pour chicken broth into a large saucepan. Add chicken so that chicken is in a single layer. Cover pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low to simmer leaving lid on pan.
  • Cook chicken about 45-60 minutes, turning chicken over about halfway through cooking. Turn heat off and let chicken steam with lid on about 15 minutes.
  • Remove chicken and place on large cutting board to cool. Chicken can be shredded or chopped as desired.


SNAPPY TIPS: Add some of your favorite herbs and spices to the chicken broth for more flavor.
SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Instead of canned chicken broth, you could use homemade chicken broth or use water. However, I strongly recommend broth over water.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: easy boiled chicken
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