Go Back
+ servings
Boiled Chicken Recipe

How to Boil Chicken

Boiled Chicken is a perfectly healthy meal that is tender, flavorful and full of proteins. Use this easy recipe for sandwiches, tacos, or soups. No matter how you utilize the chicken, it is guaranteed to be super juicy and flavorful!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Boiled Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 258 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1 whole chicken about 3-4 lbs
  • 2 medium onions quartered
  • 2 large carrots cut into large chunks
  • 6 cloves garlic smashed
  • 6 lemon slices
  • 1/2 lemon for stuffing the chicken
  • 2 celery stalks cut into large chunks
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 6 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 bunch parsley with root on
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Enough water to cover the chicken


  1. Cut the onions into quarters, the carrots, and the celery into large chunks.
  2. Place one of the onions, 2 cloves garlic, and half a lemon into the cavity of the chicken.
  3. Place chicken into a large pot or dutch oven and add the rest of vegetables, fresh herbs, bay leaves, peppercorns, and salt. Add enough water to cover the chicken.
  4. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat down to low-medium and simmer partially covered for 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
  5. Remove chicken and allow to cool before removing the meat from the bones.
  6. Strain and reserve the broth for later use.
  7. Use chicken meat in sandwiches, salads, wraps or serve as is with a healthy side dish.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
How to Boil Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 662mg29%
Potassium 406mg12%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 2730IU55%
Vitamin C 51.7mg63%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.