Basic Cooking Skills: Boiled Chicken

Hello beefriends! This is the second installment of a series of basic cooking skills/recipes for people who don't really know how to cook and want to learn some basics. The first post was how to make sticky rice on the stovetop, and today's post is about cooking chicken for use in other recipes, like tacos, enchiladas, chicken pot pies, etc. I like to prep various ingredients (the rice was one too) in advance so that during the week I have all the parts made and can throw together a burrito or whatever I want for a meal and just heat it up in the toaster oven or microwave.

It's very simple to cook the chicken this way. Sometimes people use canned chicken in their meals (I do too), but that often will come with a lot of salt, or sometimes with food starches, that you might want to avoid. So here's how you do it with just raw chicken!

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Cut up your chicken into small chunks and put it into a medium size pot. Be careful to clean up your counter/cutting board/knife after handling raw chicken, as it can carry lots of germs! Never, ever, ever cut raw chicken with a knife/on a cutting board and then do the vegetables for your meal after. You don't want to cross contaminate! If I'm cutting veggies too, I will do those first and then do the chicken last.

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Cover the chicken with water in your pot, and then bring it to a boil. Boil it for 15-20 minutes (you can turn the heat down a bit so it's not on high-high, but you want it to be high enough to properly boil and not simmer) with no lid. Stir it periodically to prevent it from sticking to the pot.

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Action shot of the rolling bubbles of a boil, lol

Turn off the heat and strain out the water. That's it! You're done! You can then add it to your burritos, pot pie, BBQ sandwich, etc. - or put it in a tupperware in the refrigerator for use later.

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I did eat a burrito today and shared some with Yuan too, and I have some for later

If you break up your meal prep into smaller bits like this, it makes eating healthy meals from scratch a lot easier, I think.

I hope this was helpful to those learning to cook! :)

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That makes sense
I have never cooked my chicken first and then kept it for future dishes
But it does sound like a good idea ;D

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I think a lot of my habits are partly from being a singleton, so I'm not cooking big meals for a family to eat all at once but rather than cook something complicated every day I prep ingredients to make easy meals throughout the week, and also being a spoonie (someone with chronic illness), so I don't always have energy to cook and it's easier to reheat leftovers.

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I remembered cooking the first time. Bones are scary. Tried to cook chicken wings and I can't tell if it's cook or not. Cook on the outside, bloody on the inside.

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Oh no! Yeah if I am cooking a large piece I generally cut it open a little to check the middle. Wings aren't very big though so I bet your heat was up high so it cooked the outside too fast and didn't reach the inside. I don't ever cook a whole chicken because I am one person and that's too much, but I can get - in the States it's called Cornish Game Hen but I don't think that's what it's called anywhere else, lol, it's basically a tiny hen - and I cook it in my little crockpot the way a family might cook a whole regular chicken. And it's still meals for days out of that, but it's yummy. :)

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Boiled chicken well seasoned >>>> Fried chicken

My opinion though
Love eet

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No oil needed, which helps in the foreshadowed vegetable oil shortage and looks easy enough.

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And the advanced lesson will be poached chicken! :D

!LUV

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Oh I need to make advanced lessons now? LOL

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Only if you're not chicken. Or else that would be fowl play. !LOL

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This is really very helpful.
Having to prepare meals from the scratch everyday can get anybody tired that's why people ear junks on the go, but that too will tell on someone's health.

I think it will be good to keep two separate board for cooking and another go chopping vegetables that one one is used for each and it prevents cross contamination.

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I like to do that too with the cutting boards. I have a plastic one that I use for meat and a bamboo one that I use for veggies. But if you only have one, veggies first! :)

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