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How To Poach Chicken

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Poaching chicken is an easy and healthy way to cook chicken. In this post, you'll learn how to poach chicken easily and with flavor. Whether it's boneless skinless chicken breasts, thighs or a combination of both, poaching is a way to cook chicken in soups, salads, sandwiches and any recipe calling for rotisserie chicken.
Course Homemade Ingredients & Condiments
Cuisine universal
Keyword chicken, easy, how to, poaching
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Additional Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4
Calories 77
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 medium onion slices vertically
  • 12 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Place chicken in the bottom of a 2 to 3 quart pot. Add in the onion and spices and 6 cups water.
  • Cover and bring to a boil, once the water is at a rolling boil reduce heat to barely a simmer ( or low heat). Crack the lid an inch and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, then turn off the heat, leaving the chicken to finish cooking in the hot water for an additional 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and either shred, slice or chop -- depending on what the recipe calls for.


You can poach chicken in only water or use other cooking liquids like broth, wine or coconut milk etc. Also, different whole spices, herbs and vegetables can be used too! Play around with it, you really can't mess this up.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg