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How to Boil a Chicken

Are you ready to learn how to boil a whole chicken? It's not only easy, but frugal! Say hello to healthy protein, chicken stock and endless meal possibilities! There are 7 reasons why everyone should learn how to boil a chicken! Trust me, you won't regret it when you do! This method is gluten-free and clean eating friendly.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Leftovers, Lunch, Main Dish, Soup/Stew
Cuisine: All American
Keyword: boil, chicken, chicken broth, how to, shredded chicken
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 270kcal
Cost: $8.00


  • large pot


  • 1 small chicken (approx 3-5 lbs)
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 10 cups water


  • Place all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 45 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat. Remove chicken from broth (it will try to fall apart on you) and let cool in colander. 
  • Once it is cool, remove meat and chop into 1 inch pieces. Discard bones and skin. Strain broth and reserve. 
  • You should have 3-4 cups of chopped chicken and 8 cups of homemade broth. Enjoy! 


Kitchen Hack

I always have a scrap bag in my freezer and whenever I cut off the end of an onion, peel a carrot, or cut the core out of a cabbage, I add the scraps to the bag.  Once it is full, I make a broth with it.
If I have a whole chicken, I use that to make the broth.  But I also love to save the bones from a store-bought rotisserie chicken and use that with a full gallon-sized Ziploc of veggie scraps and 10 cups water to make broth.
I try to only use organic vegetable scraps for making broth since you are using the whole vegetable (including peels and such).  I typically like to buy the more natural rotisserie chickens that you can get from the local market when I am going to make broth with it.  But just do the best you can with what you have!
how to boil a whole chicken to have shredded chicken and chicken broth