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

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.

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 15-20 minutes.

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