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.
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