Do you want to learn how to boil chicken?
The good boiled chicken. Many of us consume this poultry every day. From our greasy fried chicken to a hearty chicken noodle soup, chicken is no doubt one of the most familiar meats out there, besides beef and pork, of course.
But, if you are like me, I know you would want to eat healthily and use less oil. A common method of that would be just outright boiling the chicken.
Yeah, just like that.
But first, let’s see and break down if a boiled chicken is good for you. If it is, then, let’s look at some healthy recipes for boiled chicken.
Is it healthy to eat boiled chicken?
Let’s get the elephant out of the room first. Of course, eating boiled chicken is healthy!
I mean, come on! It’s boiled. It has oil, which, if you haven’t known yet, is bad for your heart.
It’s also low-calorie and nutrient-rich if you are that kind of health freak. For optimum healthiness, try removing the skin as well.
If you ever had fried chicken before, I know you love that crunchy goodness of the skin. Well, guess what? It contains the majority of the calories and fats.
Eating boiled chicken (without the skin) on a diet will help you get started. Boiled chicken does not even have saturated fat.
Also, if you really want to amp your dieting further, you go on a protein diet, which makes you even feel fuller and eat less. You could even go for a chicken salad. Just try and avoid the dressing and oil. It’s bad for you. Go for Greek yogurt instead.
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How to Boil Chicken Breast?
Now that you know that chicken is obviously healthy let’s get right down to simple boiled chicken recipes.
Let’s begin with one of the largest parts of the chicken – the breast.
It might be delicious for country fried chicken, but we are trying to be healthy here. Here’s a simple boiled chicken recipe.1. Gather the following Ingredients:
- Chicken Breasts (Remove the bones and chicken)
- Organic Chicken Broth
- Any spice you might want to add (salt, pepper, garlic, onions, etc.)
- Vegetables, for a healthy diet, of course (it’s your choice what vegetable you might want to add)
Obviously, get your large pot and put your chicken inside. Add your water and broth. Add your spices, too. And then, get your vegetables. Go crazy! Clean your fridge. Rid your fridge of any vegetable you have.
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Set the heat to medium. Once the water boils, set the heat to low and cover the pot. Allow the chicken to cook.
If you have a meat thermometer, you can use that. If not, try estimating it and check it from time to time.
One chicken breast takes about 5 minutes to cook. If you have three chicken breasts, the time to cook it will take 8-15 minutes.4. Shred and Serve!
How to Boil Chicken Legs?
Also known as drumsticks, chicken legs taste great, especially if it comes from a bucket of fried chicken. You often don’t hear about boiled chicken legs.
Well, here is a healthy recipe for you about boiled chicken legs.1. Gather your ingredients:
- Chicken Legs
- Spices (Garlic, salt, thyme, savory liquids, etc.)
Of course, you want your chicken to taste great. If you take the route of just boiling the chicken in salt water, you will end up with something bland.
Add the spices you want. You can use simple seasonings such as crushed garlic cloves, bay leaves, peppercorns, thyme, and salt.
If you want to go the Asian way, try adding soy sauce and wine.3. Boil the chicken
Place the chicken inside your large pot. Bring the water to a boil at medium-high heat.
Once the water is boiling, lower the heat and let it simmer. Your chicken legs should be ready in about 40-50 minutes.
If you have a meat thermometer, you can check the temperature if it is ready. If the temperature of your chicken legs reads as 80 degrees Celsius or 180 degrees Fahrenheit, then your chicken is fully cooked.4. Serve or store
How to Boil Chicken Wings?
Ah. . . Chicken wings. One of the tastiest parts of a chicken. Known for being fried and seasoned, chicken wings are quite the star.
Here is another recipe for the famed chicken wings.1. Gather your ingredients
- Chicken Wings (7 pieces)
- Shaoxing Wine (1 tbsp)
- Sugar (1 tbsp)
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- Chicken Stock (1 tsp)
- Water (1/2 Cup)
- Ginger (1 piece)
Add the chicken, salt, and pepper on a large pot. Fry it until the chicken turns golden brown. Add the ginger afterward, note that this doesn’t use even the slightest cooking oil.3. Boil the chicken
Once you smell that ginger aroma, add the water, Shaoxing wine, sugar, and chicken stock. Let it boil for 20 minutes. Let the soup reduce. Once the soup has been reduced, it is done.4. Serve!
How to Make Chicken Broth Soup?
The chicken broth. We have discussed boiling chicken for the past three recipes. What happens to the leftover chicken broth?
Well, here is a recipe that uses the chicken, chicken broth, and some vegetables to make some delicious soup.1. Gather your ingredients
- One whole chicken (slice into pieces)
- 8 cups of water
- Iodized Salt (to taste)
- 4 cups of thinly sliced onions
- 2 celery stalks (sliced crosswise)
- 6 medium-sized carrots (sliced)
- four garlic cloves (crushed)
Add the chicken, salt, and water into a large pot. Bring the water to a boil. Skim the foam.
Add the celery, onions, and garlic. Afterward, reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer (covered) for 30 minutes)3. The Broth
Remove the breast. Set it aside. Add the carrots. Let it simmer (partially covered) for 40 minutes.4. Broth Complete
Remove the undesirable parts of the chicken. Let the broth cool slightly. Remove the meat. Cut the remaining meat into bite-sized pieces.5. Soup Complete
Add the chicken back again to the soup. Skim the fat. If desired, add salt or any seasoning.6. Serve!
Bonus Recipe: Chicken Corn Soup!
When I was young, my mother would take care of me when I was sick. No, she did not feed me chicken noodle soup. She made me chicken corn soup, which was always nice.1. Gather your ingredient
- One pound chicken
- Five cups of water
- One red onion (quartered)
- Three cloves of garlic (crushed)
- One small garlic (crushed)
- Salt (1 tbsp)
- Three white corn ears (shucked)
- Soy Sauce (1 tbsp)
- Cornstarch (4 tsp)
- Two eggs
- Green onions (chopped)
- Spices (thyme and bay leaf)
- Peppercorns (1 tsp)
Add the water, chicken, onions, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and peppercorns in a small pot.3. Boil the chicken
Bring the chicken to a boil. Once the water has boiled, skim the fats and reduce the heat to a low. Let the chicken simmer for 15 minutes.4. The chicken and the broth
Remove the chicken from the pot. Shred the chicken. Set it aside. Strain the liquid to remove undesirable remains.5. Corn and soy sauce
Separate the corn kernels from the cobs. Add the corn and soy sauce into the pot and let it cook for 8 minutes. Afterward, increase the heat to a boil.6. Cornstarch
Combine three tablespoons of cornstarch with at least two tablespoons of water. Stir it until the mixture is smooth. Add it into the pot and mix thoroughly to prevent the formation of lumps.
The cornstarch as a thickener in this case. Once the soup is thick enough, lower the heat to let the soup simmer.7. Eggs
Combine the eggs and the remaining cornstarch. Whisk it thoroughly until smooth. Slowly add the mixture into the pot. Let it stand for 15 seconds then stir.8. Almost done…
Add the chicken. If desired, add salt and pepper to taste.9. Serve!
Ladle it into separate bowls. It is best served hot during a rainy day, or when you are having the terrible case of the flu.
So, you see. Healthy living is not that hard. You just have to have the right recipes.
I know some of you think that boiled chicken tastes bad because it is bland. No! You just need to spice things up! It might even help you on your next diet and/or next flu season.
Also, don’t entirely follow this recipe. Try to mix things up according to your preference, and one day, you might learn of a new recipe to share with the world.