Poached Chicken Breasts

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"Poaching the chicken makes the best chicken salad you may omit the garlic if desired, feel free to use any dry herbs of choice dried basil or oregano or thyme all will work well make certain to rub the dried herbs between your fingers to release the flavors, I use garlic flavor chicken broth regular will do fine! --- do not add any salt to the water, a few black peppercorns won't hurt"

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (297.7 g)
  • Calories 242.6
  • Total Fat - 5.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 119 mg
  • Sodium - 688.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 1.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.3 g
  • Sugars - 0.3 g
  • Protein - 44.6 g
  • Calcium - 41.4 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Place the two chicken breasts into a small pot (they should fit into a single layer in the pot but not too snuggly).

Step 2

Pour the chicken broth over then water to cover the breasts about 1-1/2 to 2 inches.

Step 3

Add in the garlic, herbs and bay leaf.

Step 4

Bring to a boil the quickly reduce the heat to low so that the broth/water is only at a bare simmer (do not boil fast it will toughen the chicken).

Step 5

Simmer partially covered for 10 minutes (set your timer for 10 minutes).

Step 6

Turn off the heat and allow the chicken to sit in the broth/water for 15-20 minutes (15 minutes for regular-size breasts and 20 minutes for large breasts).

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



This cooking method is great for when my plans change because my leftover chicken disappears from the fridge. This method produces tender and flavorful chicken that can be used in soups, casseroles, sandwiches and salads. Switching up the herbs allows for a specific flavor focus - very helpful! Thanks again Kittencal for a great recipe.

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(15 Jun 2018)