How to Stew Chicken Breasts

Always thaw chicken breast before stewing.
Always thaw chicken breast before stewing. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

The meat taken from stewed chicken breasts is more tender and flavorful than pan-cooked or baked varieties. To stew chicken breasts, you must simmer them in a mixture of water and chicken stock to infuse them with a stronger flavor. The moisture from the water and chicken stock makes it easier to slice or pull the meat. Stewing three chicken breasts requires approximately one hour. Allow for an extra 25 minutes for every three additional chicken breasts.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • Chicken stock
  • Metal tongs

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Fill a large pot with 2 cups chicken stock for every three chicken breasts you are stewing. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer.

Add 1/2 cup hot water to the chicken stock and bring the liquids to a simmer.

Add the chicken breasts to the pot and cover. Let them cook for 25 minutes for every three chicken breasts you are stewing.

Remove the pot from heat and leave the chicken to set for 30 minutes. Remove the stewed chicken breasts with metal tongs and use immediately. Discard the liquid in the pot.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a bit of spice, add 2 tbsp. ground black pepper and 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper to the chicken stock.


  • "Cooking Basics for Dummies"; Bryan Miller, Marie Rama and Eve Adamson; 2011
  • "Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition"; Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker; 2006
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