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Poached Chicken Breasts and Chicken Broth

With this method of cooking, you get tender and moist chicken as well as a tasty broth, which you can use in a variety of dishes.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 45 mins
  • yield: Makes 8 cups chicken and 8 cups broth




  • 4 1/2 to 5 pounds (about 6) chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
  • 1 onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 carrots, quartered crosswise
  • 2 celery, quartered crosswise
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 6 sprigs parsley
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried


  1. Step 1

    Combine all ingredients in a 5-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid. Cover with water by 2 inches.

  2. Step 2

    Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cover. Cook chicken until no longer pink in center and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat (avoiding bone) registers 160 degrees, about 15 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer chicken to a rimmed baking sheet; arrange in a single layer, and let cool. With a slotted spoon, remove and discard vegetables. Strain broth through a fine-mesh sieve lined with a damp paper towel. If broth is more than 8 cups (2 quarts), return to pan; reduce over medium-high heat until you have just 8 cups. Once cooled, refrigerate for up to 2 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

  4. Step 4

    When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove and discard skin and bones. Shred with forks or chop chicken, as desired. Makes 8 cups (2 pounds) poached chicken and 8 cups broth.

Everyday Food, January/February 2006

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Reviews (2)

  • 1 Feb, 2014

    I'm not a big fan of poached anything, but this was really good.

  • 7 Nov, 2007

    This is a great healthy food idea. I used the poached chicken in a few different recipes. Very versatile and delicious, not to mention very quick and easy.