How To Poach Chicken

How To Poach Chicken

6bd7dc6adbf1f6c6fb3d9d0f1a2e3a0681843bc5
Kathryn Hill
Feb 26, 2010

Poaching a chicken (either whole or in parts) is a good way to get juicy, tender chicken without additional fats. Although I've personally never tried this, some people claim that poaching a chicken before roasting it gives you the moistest meat and crispest skin. I find that poached chicken works best for chicken salad, and makes a great cold chicken lunch the next day.

What You Need

Ingredients
Chicken, either whole or in parts
2 celery stalks, diced
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
Water
2 tsp. salt
15 black peppercorns

Tools
A pot big enough to hold the chicken so that it is submerged in liquid

Instructions

1. Place all of the ingredients in the pot and bring the water to a boil.

2. Cover pot and reduce heat to a simmer. If cooking chicken parts, 15 minutes is enough. For a whole chicken, simmer for 45 minutes to a hour.

3. Check the chicken for doneness; it should be white, not pink. When the chicken is cooked, remove from the poaching liquid and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving.


Want more smart tutorials for getting things done around the home?
See all of our Home Hacks tutorials


We're looking for great examples of your own household intelligence too!
Submit your own Home Hacks tutorial or idea here!

(Images: Kathryn Hill)

Kitchn supports our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.
moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt