Easy Poached Chicken Breasts

Easy Poached Chicken Breasts Recipe

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


This is the recipe that I use most often when I want to make chicken salad or need cooked chicken for a recipe.

You can use as many breasts as you'd like. I usually poach 4 at a time.


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10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 qt
  • 1
    carrot, cut up
  • 1
    onion, cut up
  • 1 stalk(s)
    celery, cut up
  • 3
    whole peppercorns
  • 2
    whole cloves
  • 2 sprig(s)
  • 4
    chicken breasts

How to Make Easy Poached Chicken Breasts


  1. Bring 2 quarts water to boil in large saucepan.
  2. Add carrot, onion, celery, peppercorns, cloves and parsley.
  3. Add chicken breasts. Bring to boil again. Cover tightly, reduce heat to low and cook without lifting lid for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat and allow to cool in cooking liquid. Keep covered.
  5. Lift chicken from liquid, remove bones and skin and use as directed in recipe.
  6. If desired, make chicken stock with the poaching liquid.
    Return bones to saucepan and bring liquid to boil again.
  7. Cover, reduce heat and let simmer 3-4 hours. Cool.

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About Easy Poached Chicken Breasts

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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