How to Make Perfectly Poached Chicken Breasts

Poached chicken in a lentil salad
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  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 people
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Poached chicken breasts are succulent and tender, making them a great alternative to store-bought rotisserie chicken, which can sometimes be dry and high in sodium. Use poached chicken in your favorite soup recipes, in salads, burritos, or as a salad filling.

What You'll Need

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth (or water)
  • 2 tsp. dried mixed herbs
  • 1 bay leaf

How to Make It

  1. Place chicken breasts in bottom of a small, heavy-bottomed pot. They should fit in a single layer but fit quite snugly. Cover chicken with broth or water. Add herbs and bay leaf.
  2. Bring to a boil, then quickly reduce heat to low so that the water is barely at a simmer. Partly cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat completely, and allow the chicken to remain in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  1. Slice or shred chicken.

Per Serving: Calories 121, Calories from Fat 13, Total Fat 1.4g (sat 0.4mg), Cholesterol 65mg, Sodium 96mg, Carbohydrate 0.4g, Fiber 0g, Protein 26.6g

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 279
Total Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 6 g
Cholesterol 95 mg
Sodium 644 mg
Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 32 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)