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Under 30 Minutes

Basic Poached Chicken

You can flavor the poaching liquid with whatever aromatics you have on hand. This recipe is just a guideline -- try fresh ginger and soy sauce or orange and rosemary.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Basic Poached Chicken

Source: Everyday Food, January 2010


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


  1. In a large, straight-sided skillet or pot, combine all ingredients except chicken; cover with water by 1/2 inch. Bring to a boil over high. Add chicken and return to a boil. Cook 3 minutes, then cover skillet and remove from heat. Let stand until chicken is cooked through, 15 to 18 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove chicken from poaching liquid immediately.

Reviews (3)

  • Suzanneindurango 9 Jul, 2012

    Love this simple recipe. I always add some white wine which really makes it great! I cook up a batch for salads, sandwiches, etc. Nice, moist, tender and tasty!

  • MissionJack 12 Feb, 2012

    Quick. Something different. Requires care, but is easily doable.

  • awanda 6 Jul, 2010

    Good recipe with lots of suggestions for flavor

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