Best Poached Chicken


This simple poached chicken recipe has crazy-good flavor. The secret? Using bone-in breasts and adding white wine and herbs to the poaching liquid. Be sure that the liquid stays at a bare simmer or your meat will be tough. Strain the leftover poaching liquid and use it as you would low-sodium chicken broth in any recipe for an extra boost of flavor. Serve the poached chicken over a salad or use it to make chicken salad.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1 large shallot, halved

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves (about 1 pound each)


  1. Combine broth, wine, shallot, thyme, bay leaf, salt and peppercorns in a large saucepan. Add chicken, meaty-side down. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer; cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 165 degrees F, 25 to 30 minutes.

  2. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board. When cool enough to handle, shred or chop the meat as desired (discard skin and bones).


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate chicken for up to 5 days. Refrigerate poaching liquid separately for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

81 Calories
2g Fat
1g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 81
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 14g 28%
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Vitamin A 17IU 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 2mcg 1%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 14mg 3%
Potassium 136mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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