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Perfectly Poached Chicken

by Nick Makrides
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This Perfectly Poached Chicken is juicy and quick and easy to make. It’s a no-fuss recipe that gives you perfectly cooked and tasty chicken that you can use for loads of different things. Basically anywhere you need chicken. Salads, sandwiches, wraps or just a simple rice dish!

Nicks favourite thing…

I love how simple this recipe is. And it’s no fuss. Simply add the chicken and aromatics (lemongrass, lemon slices and bay leaves) into a deep pot and let it sit there with the heat off for 20 minutes. Boom, perfectly poached chicken! And you can use it in loads of different ways!

Tongs holding poached chicken

What does it taste like?

The chicken is not salted. In fact that’s done for two reasons. So that you can have control over flavour in whatever you add it in (see below). The second reason is because the chicken doesn’t cook properly with salt added to the water.

Ways to serve your Perfectly Poached Chicken.

There are loads of ways to serve your chicken!

  • Sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Wraps
  • With rice
  • Soups
  • Laksa
  • Sushi

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Other aromatics

In this recipe I use bay leaves, lemongrass and lemon. But you can also add:

  • Garlic
  • Fresh herbs
  • Ginger
  • Onion

Aromatics for poached chicken recipe

Ingredients you need to make this Perfectly Poached Chicken!

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Bay leaves – you can use fresh or dried.

Lemon – I sliced mine but you can add it as wedges if you like.

Lemongrass – fresh is best!

Chicken breasts – I used large chicken breasts for this recipe. You can use chicken tenderloin for this recipe as well.

Let’s go through each step.

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  1. Fill a deep pot or frypan with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the bay leaves, lemon slices, lemongrass

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  1. And chicken. Make sure the chicken is submerged in the water.
  2. Turn the heat off. Cover with a lid and allow to sit for 20 minutes.

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  1. Use tongs to take the chicken out.
  2. Slice and serve whichever way you like.

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My Top Tips!

Storage

Chicken can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to three days.

Chicken temperature

Cooked chicken must reach an internal temperature of 75C / 165F.

How to Freeze

Store in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Simply thaw in the fridge for a day and serve.

Top down shot of juicy poached chicken

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Perfectly Poached Chicken

Serves 2

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 lemon sliced
  • Lemongrass
  • 2 large large chicken breasts


Instructions

  • Fill a deep pot or frypan with water and bring to a boil. Add the bay leaves, lemon slices, lemongrass and chicken. Make sure the chicken is submerged in the water. Turn the heat off. Cover with a lid and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Use tongs to take the chicken out. Slice and serve whichever way you like.

Notes

Storage
Chicken can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to three days.
Chicken temperature
Cooked chicken must reach an internal temperature of 75C / 165F.
How to Freeze
Store in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Simply thaw in the fridge for a day and serve.
Ways to serve your poached chicken
There are loads of ways to serve your chicken!
  • Sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Wraps
  • With rice
  • Soups
  • Laksa
  • Sushi
Other aromatics
In this recipe I use bay leaves, lemongrass and lemon. But you can also add:
  • Garlic
  • Fresh herbs
  • Ginger
  • Onion

Nutrition

Calories : 1kcal
Carbonhydrates: 1g
Protein: 1g
Fat: 1g
Sodium: 1mg
Potassium : 1mg
Fiber: 1g
Vitamin A: 6IU
Vitamin C: 1mg
Calcium: 1mg
Iron: 1mg
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