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Poaching, Steaming, and Braising Chicken


Poaching, steaming, and braising are all quick and healthy ways of preparing chicken.

To poach chicken: Submerge it in liquid (stock or water) that is just below the boiling point, then cook at the barest simmer. Aromatics like whole peppercorns, a clove-studded onion, celery, carrots, or fresh herbs can be added to the water or broth for additional flavor.

To steam chicken: Place it in a bamboo or metal steamer over simmering liquid, or steam it in its own juices in aluminum foil or parchment paper, then bake it in the oven.

To braise chicken: Cook the chicken by partially submerging it in simmering liquid; for additional flavor, brown the chicken in oil beforehand.

Get Our Favorite Healthy Chicken Recipes:

Poached Chicken with Grainy Mustard Sauce

Poached Chicken with Lemon Vinaigrette

Steamed Moroccan Chicken and Vegetables

Silky Braised Chicken with Wild Mushrooms and Pearl Onions