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How to Poach Chicken

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Poached Chicken

I always like to have a few quart bags of cooked chicken and beef in the freezer.  It often eliminates one step in a recipe and makes life a little easier.  A few years ago I discovered the method of poaching chicken as a means of keeping cooked boneless, skinless chicken from drying out when it cooks.  This works beautifully!

Poached Chicken

Poached Chicken


  • 1/2 medium onion, halved
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into large chunks
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into large chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lemon sliced, optional
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • Thyme or parsley
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 8 ounces each)


In a large pot, combine all ingredients except chicken.
Cover with water by 1/2 inch and bring to a boil over high.
Add chicken.
Bring back to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.
Cover pot and remove from heat.
Let stand until chicken is cooked through, 15-18 minutes, turning chicken once.
Remove chicken from liquid immediately.


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1 Comment
  • Bindhurani
    September 14, 2012

    Great tip. thanks for sharing and the printable recipe card