Lemon Garlic Poached Chicken
Poaching is a quick, easy and healthy way to enjoy chicken. This method makes chicken juicy and tender, even though there is no fat added during cooking. Poached chicken can easily be used to feed both small and large crowds. It is very versatile and can be served on its own with side dishes, in chicken salad, in casseroles, as pulled chicken, or as a salad topper.
Poached chicken is great on a bed of leafy greens!
A variety of flavors can be added to the water during poaching. Our personal favorite is garlic and lemon, but feel free to try other flavors such as white wine or bay leaves.
Lemon and garlic infuse the chicken during poaching
1-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 lemon, washed
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
Salt and pepper to taste
- Slice the lemon and garlic into large slices
- Fill a deep pan with enough water to cover the chicken, add lemon and garlic, and bring to a boil
- Add chicken to water in a single layer
- Bring water down to a simmer, leave uncovered
- Cook chicken until opaque through the middle and the internal temperature reaches 165°F through the thickest part, about 5-10 minutes
- Once done, remove chicken from water with a slotted spoon and let rest for 1-3 minutes
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!
Cubing the chicken allows for faster cooking time
Poached chicken is great for serving large crowds paired with our Quinoa Black Bean Salad!