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How to Boil Boneless Chicken

author image Melynda Sorrels
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.
How to Boil Boneless Chicken
Boiling chicken cuts out the need for unhealthy ingredients. Photo Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images

From enchiladas to salads, boiled chicken is a handy to have on hand. It pulls apart easily when it's boiled to tender perfection. Boiling doesn't require any other ingredients, such as oil or butter, as you would need for frying or sauteing, so it is healthy alternative cooking method for chicken. If dinner calls for shredded chicken or you simply don't want unnecessary fat, boiling boneless chicken is a simple process that leaves you with tender, juicy chicken for your next meal.

Step 1

Pour enough water into a pot to completely cover the amount of chicken you plan to boil.

Step 2

Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil.

Step 3

Place the chicken into the pot. The water will stop boiling as the temperature of the chicken lowers the temperature.

Step 4

Allow the water to return to a boil before reducing it to medium so that the chicken can simmer.

Step 5

Leave the chicken to simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.

Step 6

Check the chicken by taking it out from the pot and cutting into it. The chicken is done when the juices run clear, there is no pink upon cutting into it, and the internal temperature is 160 degrees Fahrenheit per a calibrated thermometer.

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