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How to Poach Chicken Breasts

Learn how to poach chicken breasts with this simple video tutorial. Start with cold water, season with lemon, salt and herbs and gently simmer.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 120 kcal
Author Foodtastic Mom


  • 8 cups cold water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 4 8 oz each chicken breasts boneless and skinless


  1. To a 6 or 8 quart stock pot, add the cold water, lemon juice, salt and herbs. 

  2. Add the chicken breasts and heat the water to a gentle simmer.

  3. Cover the pot and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until each chicken breast is cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. Remove the chicken from the pot. Serve immediately. Or allow to cool and store in air tight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.