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How to: Poach Chicken


Poached chicken is a wonderful alternative to baking it in a load of butter or olive oil. All it requires is chicken breasts, water, and some spices.


  • 3 boneless 4 oz chicken breasts
  • spices you want! (I use a sprinkle of each: cumin, ground red pepper, chipotle, salt, onion powder, and pepper)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3-4 cups of water or chicken broth  (depends on your pan)

How to:

Get out a heavy bottom metal pan. It needs to be big enough to fit three chicken breasts snugly onto the bottom. Fill the pan with water so that the tops of the chicken are covered by about an inch. Add the spices. Heat, bringing to a boil, then reduce the heat until barely simmering. Partially cover and leave barely simmering for 10 minutes. Remove from heat completely and let the chicken remain in the water for 10-15 minutes, or until you can cut a chicken breast and it is completely white in the middle. Shred, chop, or serve as is! Calories for one breast: I’d say 130/140ish based off of various sources. If you use broth it’ll be a bit more but not too much.

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