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How to Boil a Chicken

Recipe to simmer a chicken and create broth that can be used for multiple recipes.

  • Author: Lea Valle
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 cups chicken 1x
  • Category: Basic Skill


  • 1 3-5 lb Chicken
  • 16 cups (one gallon) of water (or enough to cover the chicken by an inch in the pot)
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 12 medium carrot, cut in half
  • 1 celery rib, cut in half
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 13 bay leaves
  • peppercorns


  1. Remove the chicken from its packaging, ensuring to remove anything in the cavity and trimming large pieces of fat, and place in a large stock pot.
  2. Add enough water to cover the chicken by at least an inch.
  3. Add the salt, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf and peppercorns
  4. Bring to a boil on medium/high heat
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes until chicken is cooked through. (Turn chicken over at least once during the cooking process)
  6. Turn off the heat and remove the chicken from the stock pot to a large bowl
  7. Cover with foil and let cool for about one hour until cool enough to handle
  8. Debone the chicken
  9. Pour the chicken stock through a fine mesh sieve, throw out the vegetables and save the chicken stock