How to Parboil Chicken

Have you ever eaten chicken that was not fully cooked? Or have you noticed how long it takes chicken to be grilled or fried until there is no more blood oozing from the inside? Chances are that the chicken has been undercooked, and this does not only affect the taste of the food, but it also puts you in danger for food poisoning.

The solution to these problems is to parboil before grilling, frying or baking. Parboiling chicken is also a technique to shorten cooking time, so you do not have to stand by a grill or a deep frying pan to wait for the chicken to cook thoroughly. It also saves more oil, thus making cooking more economical. Depending on the size of the chicken, and whether you are using a whole chicken or pieces of it, parboiling chicken takes about 15 to 40 minutes.

How to Parboil Chicken

Parboiling is simply boiling chicken meat in water until it is just partially cooked, after which the meat is separated from the water. The liquid part may be poured off, or it can later be reused to make chicken stock for other dishes. What distinguishes parboiling from boiling is that it uses low heat to simmer after the water has boiled, while boiling uses full heat throughout cooking.

Whether you want to have your chicken grilled or fried, parboiling it beforehand will make cooking easier and will ensure you have a thoroughly cooked food. Here are some guidelines.

Parboil Different Chicken Pieces

Buy choice chicken pieces such as legs, thighs, wings, or quarters and trim away excess fat.  Rinse them under cool water and place them in a deep pot. Cover the chicken with water and season with about three tablespoons of salt and another three tablespoons of garlic powder.

Boil for seven minutes over medium heat then simmer for a few more minutes, taking care not to cook the meat all the way.

Alternatively, one can also boil water with the seasonings first then drop the chicken pieces one at a time.

Chicken breasts usually take 10 minutes to parboil, while legs, thighs, and quarters take about 5 minutes.  Parboil wings for 15-20 minutes.

Parboil Chicken before Grilling

Grilling is now easier after the chicken has been partially cooked:

Parboil Chicken before Firing

Similarly, frying chicken becomes easier after parboiling:

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