Fragrant Poached Chicken

Chicken is a popular item in our lunchboxes. As a mum I am very mindful of not giving my children products with additives and preservatives so I try to avoid store bought roast chickens.

Poached chicken is a quick and cost effective way to have fresh chicken ready for lunchboxes and this recipe provides tender chicken with a delicate hint or herbs and spices. Poached in less than 14 minutes it's a great alternative to roasting a chicken in the oven!

Prep 10 min // Cook 14 min


1kg chicken breasts (skin off)

1/3 cup wine

6 cloves whole garlic peeled

3 bay leaves

3 knobs of fresh ginger whole (each piece 10 cent piece approx.)

1 onion sliced

Mix fresh herbs (I use thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil) left whole

Tsp peppercorns

1/2 cup liquid chicken stock


  1. Place chicken in pot.

  2. Add all ingredients to pot and then fill with water to cover the chicken.

  3. Bring to the boil over a medium/high heat.

  4. Reduce to a low simmer and cover and cook.

  5. Check chicken after 8 minutes although generally it will be cooked within 10-14 min.

  6. When cooked remove from saucepan and let cool.

Note: If you want to use the poaching liquid for soup when the water begins to boil you will notice white froth on top skim this off so the liquid is clear. If you are not going to use the liquid, the froth does not need to be removed.

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