Boiling chicken thighs is a simple and effective way to cook them, especially if you’re planning to shred the meat for use in other dishes. The time it takes to boil chicken thighs can depend on whether they’re bone-in or boneless, and whether they’re fresh or frozen.

General Timeline To Boiling Chicken Thighs

Here are general guidelines:

  • Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs: These usually take about 30 to 45 minutes to boil.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs: These generally take about 20 to 30 minutes to boil.

Remember that these are estimated times and the best way to ensure that your chicken thighs are fully cooked is to use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature of cooked chicken should reach at least 165°F (74°C).

How To Boil Chicken Thighs

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. Preparation: Place your chicken thighs in a large pot, and add enough water or broth to cover them. Add any desired herbs or seasonings for additional flavor.
  2. Cook: Bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the chicken simmer.
  3. Check: Check the chicken after the minimum recommended time. If you’re not sure if the chicken is done, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.
  4. Rest and Serve: Once the chicken has reached the correct internal temperature, remove it from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes before serving or shredding.

Tip: Remember to always handle chicken safely to avoid foodborne illness. This includes washing your hands and any utensils or surfaces that the raw chicken has touched.

Boiled Chicken Thigh Recipe Ideas

Once you’ve boiled your chicken thighs, there are countless ways you can use them in recipes. Here are a few ideas:

Chicken Salad: Shred the boiled chicken thighs and mix with mayonnaise, celery, onions, and spices. You can serve this on a sandwich, over greens, or enjoy it on its own.

Chicken Tacos: Shred the chicken and mix with your favorite taco seasonings. Fill taco shells with the chicken, and add toppings like lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream.

shredded chicken tacos three total

Chicken Soup: Dice the chicken and add it to a pot with chicken broth, vegetables (like carrots, celery, and onions), and noodles or rice. Simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Chicken Fried Rice: Dice the chicken and stir-fry it with cooked rice, vegetables, soy sauce, and scrambled eggs for a quick and easy meal. Check out our Benihana fried rice recipe too!

shredded chicken tacos in a bowl

Chicken Pasta: Shred the chicken and toss with cooked pasta, your favorite pasta sauce (like marinara or alfredo), and some grated cheese. You can also add vegetables like spinach or bell peppers.

Chicken Pizza: Shred the chicken and use it as a topping on homemade pizza. Try pairing it with barbecue sauce, red onions, and cilantro for a BBQ Chicken Pizza.

Chicken Pot Pie: Dice the chicken and mix with a creamy sauce, vegetables, and spices, then top with a pie crust and bake until golden.

chicken pot pie slice

Remember, the flavor of your boiled chicken thighs can be adjusted based on what you add to the boiling water. Herbs, spices, or broth can all help to flavor the chicken as it cooks.

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