Poached Chicken Breast


This easy poached chicken recipe has much more flavor and a better taste than boiled chicken. If you want to eat more lean protein, give this meal a try. I like to eat it with veggies!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container chicken stock

  • 32 fluid ounces water, or more if needed

  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and slits cut into it

  • 1 bunch celery, stalks (including leaves) separated

  • 3 carrots

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 5 whole black peppercorns

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, each cut in half


  1. Combine chicken stock, water, yellow onion, celery, carrots, tomato paste, salt, peppercorns, and bay leaf in a large pot; bring to a gentle simmer. Decrease heat to medium-low and simmer, checking flavor occasionally, until vegetables are slightly tender, 30 to 45 minutes.

  2. Bring stock to a boil and add chicken, pouring in more water if chicken isn't completely covered in liquid. Bring poaching liquid to a boil; remove pot from heat and cover tightly with a lid until chicken is no longer pink in center, about 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).


Allow chicken to come to room temperature while preparing stock.

I leave my onion whole, but cut slits into it to help release flavor.

Poaching liquid could be reused when chicken is used. For example, if you were making chicken tacos.

Chicken can then be removed from poaching liquid to come down to room temperature and then refrigerated until needed.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the stock ingredients. The actual amount of the stock consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

322 Calories
4g Fat
14g Carbs
55g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 322
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 2787mg 121%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 55g
Vitamin C 14mg 69%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 1229mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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