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Poached chicken breasts on a cutting board

How to Make Poached Chicken Breast

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  • Author: Chelsea at
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Poached
  • Cuisine: American


Prep chicken the easy way with poached chicken breast! It works well for salads, making shredded chicken, and prepping for a week of meals.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • water


  1. Lay chicken breasts in a large, deep skillet. Season with about 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper. Add water until the chicken is completely covered. Heat the skillet on medium-high until the water begins to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Using kitchen tongs, transfer the chicken breasts to a bowl or plate. Slice, chop, or shred - depending on what you’re using the chicken for!