How to Boil Chicken Breasts To Shred

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“How to boil chicken breasts to shred?” is a common question that I have from my readers. Boiling is undoubtedly one of the most versatile ways to cook chicken, but getting the technique right so that you shred your chicken can be a bit tricky.

Overcooking can lead to tough and dry chicken, while undercooking results in raw meat. Sounds challenging? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered! In this post, I’ll show you how to boil chicken breasts flawlessly. Let’s get started!

Boil Chicken Breasts

The Versatility Of Shredded Chicken Breasts

Shredded chicken breasts are an incredibly well-loved ingredient featured in an array of tasty dishes worldwide.

You can see shredded chicken in many salad recipes. My favorite salad to make with this ingredient has to be Vietnamese-style chicken salad (Goi Ga), which is a refreshing combination of chicken, crunchy vegetables, and an umami fish sauce dressing.

Shredded chicken also commonly appears in Mexican-inspired dishes, such as tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. It’s also a key ingredient in the classic chicken noodle soup, a comforting and nourishing meal that’s perfect for cold days.

Tools

You don’t need any fancy equipment for boiling chicken. I only use three kitchen tools that I believe most people have already owned.

  • Pot: For boiling the chicken breasts and the vegetables. You don’t need a large pot. A small or medium-sized pot will do.
  • Tongs: For transferring the chicken.
  • Ladle: For skimming the broth.
Boiling The Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

Besides the chicken breasts, I highly recommend preparing a few other aromatic herbs and veggies. These additional ingredients can greatly boost the flavor of your chicken. 

  • Chicken breasts: Or you can go for chicken legs. Note that the legs are firmer than the breasts.
  • Herbs and vegetables: Boost the chicken’s aroma and flavor. I use onion, lemongrass, ginger, and scallion.
Herbs And Vegetables

Directions

Let’s make some shredded chicken breasts and enjoy their excellent flavor and nutritious benefits!

Step 1: Prepare The Ingredients

Cut the onion in half and crush the lemongrass and ginger.

Cut The Onion In Half

Blanch the chicken breasts for 2 minutes to reduce their odor. Then, remove them from the water.

Remove Them From The Water

Step 2: Boil The Chicken

Fill a pot with water and add the ginger, lemongrass, onion, and scallion. Boil the water for 2 to 4 minutes on low heat. Skim the broth to make it clearer.

Water And The Ginger

Add the chicken breasts to the pot and boil them for 12 to 15 minutes over medium heat.

Add The Chicken Breasts

Step 3: Shred The Chicken

Once the chicken breasts are cooked through, transfer them to cold water. The cold water will improve the texture and color of your chicken.

Once The Chicken Breasts

Shred the chicken breasts into the desired sizes based on the recipes you plan to make.

Shred The Chicken Breasts
How To Boil Chicken Breasts To Shred

Useful Tips And Tricks 

Here are some more tips to help you truly master boiling and shredding chicken. Don’t miss out!

  • Don’t throw away the chicken boiling water! It makes for an excellent chicken broth that you can use for making tasty soup dishes.
  • If you use chicken legs, you should boil the chicken for a little bit longer. Other factors that can affect the cooking time are the size of your chicken, and the type of chicken used. For example, free-range chicken.
  • If you have time, you can cook the veggies and herbs for 5 minutes to fully infuse their flavors into the boiling water.

Make Great Dishes With Shredded Chicken Breast!

Boiling is an easy way to prepare chicken breasts for shredding. This method is a great option for those who want to add protein to their meals without spending too much time in the kitchen. Plus, you can turn the shredded chicken into a wide array of tasty dishes.

I hope this guide has been helpful in helping you boil chicken breasts to shred. If you have any other tips or suggestions, please drop a comment below. Also, don’t hesitate to give the post a good rating and share it with other people who you think will need it.

How To Boil Chicken Breasts To Shred Recipe

How To Boil Chicken Breasts To Shred

Learning how to boil chicken breasts to shred properly will open the door to many incredible dishes. Say goodbye to dried-out and tasteless boiled chicken today!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 148kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 grams) of chicken breasts
  • 1 onion
  • 4 lemongrass stalks
  • 1 ginger
  • 1 scallion stalk

Instructions 

  • Cut the onion in half and crush the lemongrass and ginger.
    Cut The Onion In Half
  • Blanch the chicken breasts for 2 minutes to reduce their odor.
  • Remove them from the water.
    Remove Them From The Water
  • Fill a pot with water and add the ginger, lemongrass, onion, and scallion.
  • Boil the water for 2 to 4 minutes on low heat. Skim the broth.
    Water And The Ginger
  • Add the chicken breasts to the pot and boil them for 12 to 15 minutes over medium heat.
    Add The Chicken Breasts
  • Once the chicken breasts are cooked through, transfer them to cold water.
    Once The Chicken Breasts
  • Shred the chicken breasts into the desired sizes based on the recipes you plan to make.
    Shred The Chicken Breasts

Video

Notes

  • The total time is enough to boil two chicken breasts, which equals about 4 servings.
  • The chicken boiling water makes for an excellent chicken broth that you can use in tasty soup dishes.
  • If you use chicken legs, you should boil the chicken for a little bit longer.
  • The size of the chicken and the kind of chicken used can also affect the cooking time.
  • If you have time, you can cook the veggies and herbs for 5 minutes to fully infuse their flavors into the boiling water.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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