In the chicken slaughter houses all over my country, you have the option to soak slaughtered chicken in hot water to ease plucking, or have them skinned without soaking and plucking. The butcher will ask for your option ((scalding or soaking plus plucking) or (direct skinning)).
As I have seen in some books, they claim that since the contents of intestine and stomach are still inside while soaking in hot water, the heat will initiate some metabolism process, and the chicken becomes haram in this manner.
Again, people having the other view claims that since soaking is for a brief period of time and the heat applied is only external, it does not reach the core and the meat is completely halal.
Sorry, I can not put any exact source for either of the views.
However, as is found in page 15 of this document, it does not mention anything about the meat becoming haram as a result of scalding. Though it warns about being careful during other processes. And this document comes from the Ministry of Agriculture of an Islamic country.
Could you please let me know whether it is permitted to soak chicken in hot water after it has been slaughtered in an Islamic manner?
Please mention authentic sources as much as possible.