Poached Chicken is loaded with flavor and takes just minutes to make!
If you need flavorful and tender cooked chicken breasts, this is the perfect recipe.
Boneless skinless chicken breasts are gently poached with fresh herbs and a touch of broth for the perfect juicy chicken to add to any recipe!
Poached chicken is my go to for quick and easy chicken breasts. They come out incredibly juicy and moist while taking very little effort.
I start with fresh chicken breasts and always make a few more than I need because this chicken is not only amazing, it lasts for a few days in the fridge and freezes perfectly.
Please keep in mind that this recipe is for cooking perfect tender boneless chicken breasts. If you’re thinking of poaching a whole chicken, I’d suggest trying Boiled Chicken for incredible results (and an awesome broth)!
How to Poach Chicken Breasts
Poaching chicken breasts is a very simple process. You’ll simply put chicken into a shallow pan with aromatics (garlic, onions, herbs) and cook for about 20 minutes total.
It doesn’t really matter how many chicken breasts you use, you’ll just want to make sure that you add enough broth to fill your pan about halfway up the chicken breasts (about 1/2″).
I love fresh herbs and almost always have them on hand. If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, you can certainly use dried.
Once these chicken breasts have finished cooking you can remove them from the pan and either chop, slice or dice them or even shred them! Perfect for so many recipes, quick Chicken Salads, quesadillas or any kind of chicken casserole!
Don’t discard the little bit of broth in the bottom of the pan, it’s absolutely loaded with flavor! If you don’t need it right away, it’s worth freezing (just put it into a small Ziplock bag and toss it in the freezer). Add it to any sauce or recipe right from frozen!
How to Poach Chicken Tenders
The recipe below is to poach boneless skinless chicken breasts. Chicken tenders are much smaller so if you’d like to poach them you’ll use the same method (and flavors) but you’ll need to adjust the cook time so they don’t dry out.
Follow the recipe below but leave the covered resting time to about 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken tenders. You’ll want to ensure they just reach 165°F.
If you know happen to know what recipe you’re going to use this chicken for (for example in my Chicken Noodle Casserole) you can change up the herbs added in to complement the recipe. If you’re not sure, you can poach the chicken breasts with basic flavors (parsley, onion etc) to use in any recipe!
My Favorite Recipes Using Poached Chicken:
Poaching chicken is easy and creates very tender chicken. The chicken is amazingly tender and takes on the flavors added to the poaching broth.
I most often use chicken broth but adding a splash of white wine is amazing too! You can add any herbs (fresh or dried) to the liquid and they can vary based on your recipe!
- The BEST Buffalo Chicken Dip: Creamy, cheesy and super crazy good! Add garlic, onions, celery, bay leaf and some parsley and thyme to your poached chicken.
- Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole: Chicken, rice, broccoli and cheese baked until golden and bubbly. Add ins into your poached chicken can include: garlic, onions, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, poultry seasoning and peppercorns.
- Cobb Pasta Salad: Chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes and cheese… all of the best flavors in one bite! If poaching chicken for this recipe I love to add extra garlic, rosemary and lots of parsley!
- Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad Wrap: Creamy chicken salad in an avocado dressing! Just like my Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip, I love to add fresh parsley, dill and basil along with the onions and garlic!
We keep this chicken in the fridge up to 3 days. If you want to keep it longer than that, slice or shred the poached chicken breasts and place them into a sealed container (or freezer bag) and add any remaining broth. Freeze up to 3 months.
How to Make Poached Chicken
- 2 boneless chicken breasts 5-7 ounces each
- 1 teaspoon peppercorn
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 large onion slices
- 1 sprig each of fresh herbs thyme, rosemary, and parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- chicken broth
- Place chicken, herbs, peppercorn, garlic, onion and bay leaf in a shallow pan.
- Pour in enough broth to cover chicken about ½ way.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
- Turn off heat, cover and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
- Slice or shred chicken and reserve broth for use in recipes or to serve with chicken.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)