How to Cook Chicken

How to Poach Chicken

Poaching is a technique that cooks chicken slowly and gently in a simmering, but not boiling, liquid that covers the food. The poaching liquid may be flavored or seasoned.
  1. Combine ingredients for poaching liquid in large saucepan or stockpot.

  2. Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry with paper towels; add to poaching liquid.

  3. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat. Immediately reduce heat to low and cover.

  4. Simmer 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

  5. Remove chicken from liquid using tongs. Strain stock; refrigerate or freeze for another use.
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