Perfect Poached Chicken Breasts
Poached chicken breasts are a terrific refrigerator staple for warmer weather. This simple technique will save you lots of time, enable you to throw together light, healthy salads on the fly, and free you up to focus on exciting combinations of flavours and ingredients.
Have you ever wondered how restaurants turn out exotic dishes on demand? One of the secrets is preparation. Stock your refrigerator with basic sauces and ingredients and you too can prepare a variety of exciting dishes with minimal effort.
During the summer months, I’m particularly fond of poached chicken breasts. Preparing boneless, skinless chicken breasts this way is light, healthy and can be exceedingly flavourful. Chicken is like a blank canvas. It happily takes on any other flavours you wish to add — whether from aromatics, sauces or dressings.
Personally, I love to use poached chicken breasts easy, fresh, seasonal salads. However, you can also shred them and toss them with sauce or seasonings for easy tacos, sloppy joes, or enchiladas. The uses for poached chicken breasts are only limited by your imagination!
Best of all? Poached chicken breasts are super easy to prepare correctly. They also retain their moisture beautifully when properly poached!
Since this recipe is a building block of technique, I’ve limited the seasoning to a bit of salt. However, the options available to season the chicken breasts — and whatever you’re using them in — more exciting are practically limitless. Below are a few simple ideas to get you started.
Optional Aromatics for Poached Chicken Breasts
The sky is the limit. Please don’t limit yourself to this list, although it does make an easy starting place. Use your imagination. Think about the flavours in your finished dish, and select your poaching seasonings accordingly.
- Spring onions
- Hardy fresh herbs, such as rosemary and thyme
- Bay leaf
- Dried chilies
- Whole spices, such as star anise, cloves, black peppercorns, cinnamon, and allspice
Recipes for Perfect Poached Chicken Breasts
|Asian Chicken Salad with Honey Miso Dressing|
|Herbed Chicken Quinoa Salad with Peaches and Feta|
|Easy Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles|
Whatever dish you use your poached chicken breasts in, I hope you enjoy them every bit as much as my family does. Bon appétit!