If you’re watching your waistline, then poaching is a great way to keep your weight in check. By cooking chicken in seasoned liquid, you infuse the chicken with flavour without adding any fat. Poaching also helps keep chicken moist and tender.
So how do you poach chicken? Here’s a simple way to get you started.
What you’ll need:
- 1 large deep skillet
- 2 bone-in, skin-off chicken breasts
- 1 Liter of water
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 chopped onion
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- Salt & pepper
- Pour the water into the pan and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Add in the lemon juice.
- Add the onion, bay leaves, garlic, salt and pepper to season the water.
- Add chicken to the pan using tongs.
- Lower heat to med-high and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and simmer for another 15 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
Once you’ve mastered the poaching technique, you can try it using your favourite liquids and seasonings.
Here are the ingredients I use for my poached chicken. Low-sodium chicken broth, white wine, crushed garlic, shallots, chopped celery and carrots, peppercorns, fresh thyme sprigs (or tarragon) and bay leaf.
I make about 4-6 chicken breasts that way I have plenty of moist and delicious leftover chicken that I can slice or chop up the next day to use in salads or sandwiches.
Check out our easy to follow step-by-step “How to Poach Chicken” video.
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