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    Poached Chicken Breast

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    33 mins

    3 mins

    30 mins

    adopt a greyhound's Note:

    Good way to prepare chicken breast for salads, or casseroles.

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    1. 1
      Bring water to a boil.
    2. 2
      Add chicken breast.
    3. 3
      Turn down the heat and simmer for 12 minutes.
    4. 4
      Take off the heat and let them sit for at least 15 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add to recipe as needed.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 18, 2008


      As a culinary student, one of the first things we are taught about poaching is DO NOT BOIL! The ideal temperature for poaching is between 150 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Boiling will toughen the meat. We are also taught not to use water, as this will leach the flavor from the meat--instead, use a liquid that is more flavorful than the meat; stock, broth, etc. I'm not surprised that people have had to modify this recipe.

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    • on August 17, 2007


      This is a keeper. Where I shop often has specials on chicken breast - usually 2 pounds for free - and I end up with way more than I can use for the two of us in a week, let alone a meal. I used this recipe, with some celery seed and onion powder for flavoring. I used one breast a day or two later for a quick weeknight meal of chicken stir fry, and froze one to use several days later in a cold plate Nicoise type salad. It was just fine after being frozen and thawed. The others are ready and waiting for whatever - chicken salad? Drop in some broth with rice or pasta and veggies for a quick homemade soup? Maybe chopped up in a quesadilla?

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    • on July 05, 2012


      I used this recipe to make chicken for chicken salad. I followed other reviewers suggestions and added celery seed, onion powder and bouillon to the water. I still thought the chicken was a bit bland but I just added extra ingredients to my salad.

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    Nutritional Facts for Poached Chicken Breast

    Serving Size: 1 (36 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 124.7
    Calories from Fat 60
    Total Fat 6.7 g
    Saturated Fat 1.9 g
    Cholesterol 46.4 mg
    Sodium 45.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 15.1 g

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