Poached chicken breast

Cook a chicken breast in an infused liquid for a beautifully tender, lightly seasoned piece of meat that's perfect for adding to salads, soups and sandwiches

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 133
  • fat 1g
  • saturates 0.4g
  • carbs 0g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 30g
  • salt 0.31g


  • 1 carrot, roughly sliced
  • 1 celery stick, roughly chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • ½ small bunch parsley
  • ½ small bunch dill
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1l cold water


  1. Tip the carrot, celery and garlic into a large saucepan. Tie the herbs together in a bunch with a piece of kitchen string, then add to the pan with the chicken breasts, water and 2 tsp salt (adding a little more water if it doesn’t quite cover the chicken). Bring to the boil, then immediately lower to a simmer and cook over a very low heat for 10-12 mins, or until the juices run clear in the thickest part of the breast.

  2. Remove the pan from the heat and scoop out the chicken breasts from the poaching liquid. Slice or tear the chicken into pieces and use in salads, soups or sandwiches.

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