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Overhead view of large stainless steel pot with whole chicken, broth, carrot and green parsley in it.

How to boil whole chicken

Sava's Kitchen
Learn how to boil a whole chicken to get super juicy and flavorful meat and a bonus jar of nutritious broth. This recipe is fast, does not require chopping, and makes the juiciest shredded chicken with lots of healthy broth. 
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 240 kcal


  • 1 large stock pot
  • 1 kitchen instant thermometer
  • 1 set of measuring spoons


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 gallon tap water (for the first dump boil)
  • 1 gallon filtered water (or tap) or as needed
  • 1 whole peeled carrot
  • 1 whole peeled parsnip
  • 2 celery ribs (cut in half)
  • ½ yellow onion (peeled)
  • 2 peeled garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 10 whole black peppercorns


  • Add a whole chicken to the pot. Add enough of tap water to cover the chicken. Bring to vigorous boil and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Carefully take out the chicken and set it aside. Dump the water and rinse the pot. Rinse the chicken in cold water. See notes below.
  • Add chicken back to the cleaned pot. Now, add whole peeled veggies, salt, bay leaves and whole peppercorns. Add a gallon of filtered water. You may need more or less of water, it needs to cover the chicken.
  • Cover and bring everything to boil. Turn the heat on the lowest setting and let it gently simmer for about one hour or until the chicken is fully cooked. See notes below
  • Remove the chicken for further usage. Discard the veggies. Strain the broth and transfer it to the jar or container.


  • if you do not want to have to remove the brown froth that will appear on top, dump the first water you boiled the chicken in. It also helps to remove possible chemicals added to the meat.
  • if the chicken and broth still boils on a lowest stove setting, simmer the chicken uncovered. It needs to be simmering very gently.
  • you can freeze shredded chicken and the broth separately in portions for up to 3 month.
  • for the accurate nutrition information, weight your food and check the calories in special apps.


Serving: 4ozCalories: 240kcalProtein: 21gFat: 17g
Keyword boiled whole chicken, how to boil a whole chicken, shredded chicken
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