This is an easy way to boil up a chicken without cooking all the flavor out of it. We got this idea from Jeff Smith, the Frugal Gourmet.
3-4 pound whole chicken, thoroughly rinsed.
Bring a HUGE pot of water to a boil. It’s got to be big because you’re going to submerge a whole chicken in it.
When the water comes to a boil, carefully place the chicken in the water. The water will stop boiling. Allow it to return to a boil, and then simmer the chicken for about 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and allow the chicken to sit in the hot water for one hour. Remove chicken; allow to cool; then skin and debone. Great for chicken salad.
If you prefer to do this with leg quarters, they only need to sit covered for about 30 minutes.