Perfect Poached Chicken

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The perfect poached chicken is tender, soft, juicy and flavorful. Use our easy and no-fuss recipe for the best poached chicken breasts or thighs. Skip to the Poached Chicken recipe


The best way to poach chicken

We have already shown you how we prepare tender chicken cutlet. To make shredded chicken, we cook chicken thighs in a combination of water, spices, and garlic. After about 1 hour, the chicken will be incredibly tender and easy to shred or shred.

Although poaching is a similar process, it is slightly different and takes a little less time. We especially like this type of poaching for chicken breasts. The chicken stays lean and the texture becomes soft, juicy and tender.

Use poached chicken to make the ultimate chicken salad, rice bowl dressing, or enchiladas and tacos.


For him For the best poached chicken you will need the following ingredients (see below for a detailed recipe):

Chicken breast or chicken thighs

water, broth or broth – We usually use water, but you can use chicken or vegetable broth for extra flavor.

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aromatic such as garlic, shallots, ginger, bay leaves or fresh herbs – the combination of flavors is up to you and can be adjusted depending on what the poached chicken is going to be used for. For example, if you’re planning on adding it to a Mexican-inspired rice bowl, mix in garlic, coriander, and some cumin. Adding ginger would be great for Asian-inspired dishes.

Salt It is a must. By adding salt to the poaching liquid, you ensure that the cooked chicken is super flavorful and perfectly seasoned.


How to Poach Chicken

The steps to poach chicken are simple, here is the basic idea (remember the full recipe is below):

  1. Place the chicken, herbs and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Add enough water to cover the chicken by about an inch, then place the pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Without increasing the heat, wait until the cooking liquid boils very gently. This takes a few minutes and ensures the chicken stays soft and tender. Increasing the heat at this point to speed up the simmering may cause the chicken to become tougher.
  4. Reduce heat and cook until chicken is tender (about 10-15 minutes longer).
  5. Place the chicken on a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes. Cut and serve.
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There you have it, just poached chicken, tender and flavorful.

For some ideas on what to make with poached chicken see below:

perfect poached chicken

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Poached chicken is tender, soft, juicy and flavorful. Use our easy and no-fuss chicken breast or chicken thigh recipe. You can use skinless chicken and remove the skin before serving. The herbs suggested in the recipe are guidelines. Ginger, chilies, additional herbs, onions, fennel, and carrots are great options.

Makes about 3 cups cooked chicken (chopped or shredded)

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will need

1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

3 garlic cloves, crushed with the flat plate of a knife

1 shallot, peeled and quartered

1 bay leaf

2 to 3 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt

Substitute water or chicken or vegetable broth or broth

Optional to serve: freshly ground black pepper, lemon wedges, fresh herbs and olive oil


    In a medium saucepan, combine chicken, garlic, shallot, bay leaf, thyme, and salt. Cover an inch or two with water, 5 to 6 cups.

    Place the saucepan over medium heat and heat until the liquid is simmering. This will take a few minutes. For the most tender poached chicken, try not to rush this step.

    When the liquid is simmering, reduce the heat to low and cook until the chicken is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. To check doneness, an internal thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and the juice will run clear when you pierce the chicken with a knife.

    Transfer to a cutting board. Cut and serve. If you don’t want to eat the chicken right away, skip cutting it and store it, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Chicken will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

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  • Nutritional Information: The nutritional information below is an estimate. We use the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutritional value per serving: Part 1/2 cup / calories 140 / total fat 3g / Saturated Fatty Acids 0.6g / cholesterol 82.7mg / sodium 632.9mg / total carbohydrates 0.9g / fiber 0.1g / total sugar 0.1g / protein 25.7g

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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