Boiling a chicken breast may seem like a fairly simple task—and it is. But there are plenty of questions to answer before you throw your meat in the water. Have you ever wondered how long to boil a chicken breast? What, if any, seasoning do you need? Well, you've come to the right place. Follow these easy instructions for perfect boiled chicken, every time. 

Recipe by Southern Living October 2004


Credit: Photography: Greg DuPreeFood Styling: Rishon HannersProp Styling: Thom Driver

Recipe Summary

Makes about 8 cups chicken and 8 cups broth


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring all ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 to 40 minutes or until done. Cool chicken slightly; remove and discard skin and bones. Chop meat, and store in airtight containers in freezer up to 3 months. Strain and reserve broth to use fresh or freeze, if desired. Broth may be frozen in airtight containers.