Main Dishes

Poached Chicken

Poached chicken is super simple to make and can be used on salads, in soups and sandwiches. Plus you can make it from frozen chicken which makes this recipe even easier!


Am I the only one who doesn’t like the taste of reheated or leftover chicken? I mean, when I make a salad in the middle of the day and I pull out leftover chicken to add to it, I’m just like “yuck”. Am I the only one? (Tell me I’m not!) Well, no more! Now I can enjoy a salad or sandwich without having to cook chicken in the middle of the day.

CHOPPED POACHED CHICKEN

And if I forget to defrost chicken for stir fry, never fear…

Poached chicken to the rescue!

Poached Chicken

RAW CHICKEN IN A POT WITH BAY LEAF AND GARLIC

POACHED CHICKEN IN A POT

Poached Chicken

Poached Chicken

Yield: 8 -10
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Poached chicken is perfect for lunch salads or stir fry in a pinch!

Ingredients

  • 5-6 chicken breasts
  • 2-4 cups of water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in medium to large sauce pan. Cover with water.
  2. Add minced garlic and bay leaf.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Turn down to a simmer. Cover and let cook through, about 15 or 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat. Drain and let cool.
  6. Meanwhile prepare cookie sheet by covering with wax paper.
  7. Chop cooled chicken to desired size (I make bite sized pieces).
  8. Spread on cookie sheet in a single layer, without crowding. If necessary add another sheet of wax paper on top and add a second layer. Keeping the pieces separate makes using them later much easier.
  9. Flash freeze by placing cookie sheet in freezer until chicken freezes.
  10. Remove and place chicken pieces into a ziploc.
  11. Label and place back in freezer for later use.
  12. To use later just remove desired amount from ziploc and defrost on the counter or in the microwave. Can be used cold or reheated - with no weird leftover chicken taste!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 28g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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POACHED CHICKEN COOLING ON CUTTING BOARD

poached chicken on waxed paper

POACHED CHICKEN IN A FREEZER BAG

Have you ever poached chicken? What do you use it for afterwards?

xo,
Shannon

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