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tender and moist poached chicken breasts

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Elaine Douglas
Vancouver, BC

I have been using this recipe for several years whenever I need chicken for salads, soups, sandwiches, casseroles, or any recipe that calls for cooked chicken. The chicken is tender, moist, tasty, and shrinks very little. The 3-hour cooking time is actually waiting time. This method uses very little of your time.

(1 rating)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For tender and moist poached chicken breasts

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • chicken stock or water

How To Make tender and moist poached chicken breasts

  • 1
    Put boneless, skinless chicken breasts in one layer in a pan the right size to poach them. Fill the pan with water or stock enough to cover the breasts with one inch of water (or stock). Remove the chicken breasts from the pan and set aside.
  • 2
    Bring the water (stock) to a full boil and replace the chicken breasts in the pan. Cover and bring back to a boil. If you have used water, you may wish to add a little salt and some pieces of carrot, onion and celery.
  • 3
    Boil the chicken breasts for 3 minutes and remove from heat. Leave the cover on the pan – do not even peek. Set aside for 3 hours without peeking!!!! Not even a little bit!!!!
  • 4
    At the end of the 3 hours remove chicken from stock and refrigerate. If you cannot be available at the end of the 3 hours you should put the pan (lid on) in the fridge.
  • 5
    You will have some lovely stock for soup and tender, moist chicken breasts for salad, soup, casseroles, etc.

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