Recipe of the Day: Perfectly Poached Chicken Breasts

This was my first time poaching chicken breasts. Super simple and when you’re done you have perfect chicken and chicken stock! That’s what I call a 2fer! The chicken can be used for anything from salads, or shredded for tacos. I can’t believe I’ve never made chicken this way before!

Perfectly Poached Chicken
Makes 1 to 4 chicken breasts


1 – 4 skinless chicken breasts, on or off the bone as preferred
1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 – white onion
1 – celery stalk
1 – carrot
Aromatics – if you like: garlic, bay leaf, peppercorns
1 cup white wine, optional for more flavor
or 1 bouillon cube, optional for more flavor 


2- to 4-quart sauce pot with lid, large enough to hold the chicken breasts in a single layer
Instant-read thermometer
Cutting board


  1. Place the chicken and aromatics in a pot: Arrange the chicken in a single layer on the bottom of the pot. It’s fine if they overlap a little, but they cook more evenly if they are in a single layer. Scatter the salt and aromatics over top.
  2. Cover the chicken with water: If using wine, pour this over the chicken first. Pour in enough cool water to cover the chicken by an inch or so.
  3. Bring the water to a boil: Place the pot of chicken on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Bring the water to a boil. You’ll see some white scummy foam collecting on the surface as the water comes to a boil — if you’ll be using the poaching liquid for a soup or other recipe, you can skim this off; otherwise, it’s fine to leave it.
  4. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook: As soon as the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the chicken simmer. Begin checking the chicken after 8 minutes: it is done when opaque through the middle and an instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the meat registers 165°F. Chicken will typically finish cooking in 10 to 14 minutes depending on the thickness of the meat and whether it is has a bone.
  5. Remove from the poaching liquid: Remove the chicken from the poaching liquid and place it on a cutting board.
  6. Serve or store the chicken: Poached chicken can be served hot, room temperature, or cool. It can also be served whole, or it can be sliced or shredded as per your recipe. If you cooked your chicken with the bones, you can pull or cut away the bones, return them to the pot with the poaching liquid, and simmer until the liquid is reduced. Once strained, this is a quick chicken broth that can be used for soups or rice.


Susy Sedano is a Content Producer at Digital Wellness, a fitness enthusiast and an avid cook of healthy meals. She prides herself on creating healthy dishes for family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new workouts and recipes! Despite her hectic non-stop work and fitness schedules, she is a “girl’s girl” and a student of life!
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