How to Poach Chicken
Once you know how to poach chicken, the possibilities are endless. Poaching (a moist-heat cooking method) means to cook something in barely simmering liquid (perfect for delicate foods, like eggs and fish), and it is, sadly, almost a forgotten way of cooking -- sad because it's an incredibly simple technique, it can yield the most tender, juicy meat without the fat and calories from frying or sauteing, and keeps your kitchen cooler than baking or roasting. Some poaching recipes, like the one below, use the poaching liquid itself as a sauce; it only needs only be reduced and thickened to provide the perfect accompaniment for your poached chicken dish.

Transcript
Hey, everyone. I'm Judith with Recipe.com. Today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make Poached Chicken Breasts with Apple, a really healthy, delicious chicken dinner. So what you're gonna need for this is four boneless and skinless chicken breasts, half a cup of apple juice, one tablespoon of water, a quarter cup of sliced green onions, one apple which we've cored and thinly sliced, half a teaspoon of instant chicken bouillon granules, one clove of garlic which we've minced, a quarter teaspoon of tarragon, a dash of pepper, and 1-1/2 teaspoons of cornstarch. So, we have a large skillet right here and what we're gonna do is put it to a medium heat and we're gonna get in our apple juice and this is gonna be the juices we're gonna poach our chicken in. So, in goes the apple juice, the minced garlic goes in here, too. The tarragon flavor, one of my favorite, favorite herbs. Used a lot in french cooking. It smells a little bit like anise. That pepper is going in there, too, and our instant granules, too. So, let's just bring that all to a boil for about a minute. So now that it's brought to the boil, we'll just turn down the heat a little bit and we're gonna add in our chicken breasts. So, as I said, this is a really healthy alternative to cooking chicken. You know, we often bake it, fry it, drizzle it in oil, but this one is just poached with that really sweet flavor of the apple which is just gonna taste delicious. So, we'll put in our chicken breast there. So we're gonna reduce the heat now and let that simmer, covered, for about 7 minutes. Well, it's been about 7 minutes. Our chicken is poaching nicely, and we're just gonna give them a nice flip on the other side and that is looking good, really smelling amazing. You can smell that tarragon in there. There we go, and as we flip those, we're gonna add in our apple slices as well, and our green onions, so we'll just put them around in the-- in the skillet. We wanna get them nice and soft, bring out the sweetness. It's gonna go great with the chicken, really great flavor. And the green onions go in, too. So we're gonna poach them in there for another 5 minutes with the lid on. Our chicken and apples are done now. They're nice and tender and if you wanna check if your chicken's done, just stick a knife and fork in it and see that it's no longer pink inside. So what we're gonna do is transfer our chicken and apples, get a slotted spoon, and transfer them onto a platter, leaving the remaining liquid in the skillet. There we go. That is smelling gorgeous. If there was Smell-O-Vision, you would love it. Okay. So we can set that aside now and just keep it nice and warm. So we're gonna make a nice sauce to drizzle over our chicken. So, we'll leave that remaining liquid in the pan, put it on a very low heat, and let's get a bowl and mix in our cornstarch... with that water we had at the beginning. So we'll just mix that in together, get it nice and thick. There we go. And that is just gonna go into our pan. So just gonna make a little bit of a thicker sauce to put on top of that, so we'll give it a few whirls, so just infuse all our flavors from the skillet there and that's gonna be a nice, healthy sauce to drizzle over our chicken, and we can do like so. Scraping all that...remaining tarragon there, and that looks gorgeous. A really healthy dinner for you and your family. That's how you make Poached Chicken Breast with Apples.
What You'll Need
  • 1/2  cup apple juice or apple cider

  • 1/2  teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules

  • 1   clove garlic, minced

  • 1/4  teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed

  •  dash of pepper

  • 4   small (12 ounces total) boneless skinless chicken breast halves

  • 1   medium apple, cored and thinly sliced

  • 1/4  cup sliced green onions

  • 1   tablespoon water

  • 1 1/2  teaspoons cornstarch


Step By Step
1
In a 10-inch skillet combine apple juice, bouillon granules, garlic, tarragon, and pepper. Bring to boiling. Add chicken breasts; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 7 minutes.
2
Turn chicken over; add apple slices and green onions. Cover and simmer 4 to 5 minutes more or until chicken is tender and no longer pink.
3
With a slotted spoon remove chicken and apples; keep warm. Reserve cooking liquid.
4
In a small bowl stir together the water and cornstarch. Stir into liquid in skillet. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Spoon over chicken and apples. Makes 4 servings.


Poached chicken really is ideal for those who are counting calories or watching their diet. Knowing how to poach chicken allows you to have lots of flavor without adding a drop of extra fat. Serve this dish with whole grain rice or roasted red potatoes and a green salad for a full meal.
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