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How to Boil Chicken

Keeping cooked chicken on hand can save dinner any night when time is tight -- simply add it to pasta, tacos, salads, pizza, or sandwiches for an easy family-friendly meal. Watch as we show you how to boil chicken for perfect juicy results.

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There??s nothing handier to keep in the fridge than cooked chicken to add to meals. With a little poaching coaching, poaching being the technical term, you??ll learn how to boil a chicken for a perfect tenderness and flavor. Step one, is placing the chicken pieces in a large saucepan. If you??re the type who cringes at touching poultry, like me, use tongs for this step. Next, you need to choose your cooking liquid. You can use water, broth, wine, juices, or any combination to impart flavor. Also, feel free to add herbs, cut off veggies or even citrus slices to amp up the flavor. I??m using a combination of apple cider and chicken broth with some fresh herbs. Simply pour your liquid over the chicken. Bring liquid to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and cover. Let chicken simmer until it is no longer pink and reaches 170 degrees on an instant read thermometer. For skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, like I??m using, that??s about 15 to 20 minutes. It??ll take longer for bone-in pieces and less time for cut-up pieces. Remove chicken from the saucepan and it??s ready to use. We??re shredding ours or store and label for later. Store chicken in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.