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A bowl of poached chicken that has been shredded with two forks.

Poached Chicken

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 cups 1x
  • Category: How-To
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Poached Chicken – an easy, step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to make poached chicken! Perfect for salads and dips!


  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Add chicken breasts.
  3. Let simmer 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  4. Remove from pot and let cool slightly.
  5. Shred with two forks and use in your favorite salad recipe (we love this one). 


  • Storage: store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Chicken Thighs: you can easily use chicken thighs (I would recommend boneless chicken thighs) instead of chicken breasts. It may take a little less time for these to cook through. 
  • Uses: use for chicken dip (try this bbq chicken dip) or salads (try this Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad).