Poached chicken is a simple and quick way to make a very tender chicken breast– there are many different flavor options available as well!
1-4chicken breastsbone-in or boneless
aromaticsexamples: smashed garlic, bay leaf, 1 tsp peppercorns, sliced ginger, fresh herbs, thinly sliced onions, citrus peel (orange, lemon, lime) or citrus cut in half with juice squeezed in, or any other flavorings
Place chicken and chosen aromatics in saucepan or pot. Arrange chicken in single layer on bottom and sprinkle salt and aromatics over chicken.
Pour cool water over chicken to cover by 1 inch.
Bring water to boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 10-14 minutes.
Use meat thermometer to measure internal temperature of chicken. Chicken is done when thermometer measures 165 degrees F.
Transfer chicken from poaching liquid to plate or cutting board. Chicken can be sliced or shredded.
Tender poached chicken is a fantastic base for chicken salad– add some sliced celery, paleo mayo (avocado oil!), a little mustard and some salt and pepper– maybe a couple of diced pickles too– and voila- a delicious and simple chicken salad recipe!