Poaching Chicken Breasts

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a chicken sandwich.  I went crazy last week poaching chicken breasts when I learnt this no fail, quick and easy way to poach them.  So delicious and tasty I wanted to share it with you all.

Step one is to place your chicken breast or breasts in a pot with half a peeled onion cut into two.  Add water to the pot roughly an inch or two above the breast.  Place on the stove and bring to the boil.  When at boiling point turn down heat and simmer for five minutes.  After the five minutes turn off the heat and place a lid on the pot and let it sit for 14 minutes.

That’s it!  Lift the chicken breast out of the pot, let it cool a bit if you’d like and slice or dice it ready to mix with this wonderful filling to make a chicken salad sandwich…read on…

Dice the chicken breast and place in a bowl with celery and walnuts (if not allergic).  Add some mayonnaise (to make it easy I use Best Mayonnaise) and some light greek yoghurt, approximately a teaspoon of each and mix.  I find the combination of mayonnaise and yoghurt lighter and very tasty.

I have a bagel here which I’ve spread with light greek yoghurt instead of butter.

Pile the chicken mix onto the bagel/slice of bread…

Top with iceberg lettuce and top with other bagel half.  You can add anything else you like to the chicken salad – red onion finely sliced, golden sultanas, red grapes, olives, pecans instead of walnuts…


This technique for poaching chicken breasts is from Everyday Food With Sarah Carey on the Martha Stewart website.  Sarah presents a series of videos with fantastic, easy recipes.  I love her videos, her accent and her way of presenting.  She is so good.  You can subscribe to her videos and receive one in your inbox daily like I do.

Talk soon.

Catherine x


  1. Catherine Bedson

    Thanks Sandra, it's always nice to have some poached chicken breast in the fridge so you can make something at a moments notice.

    Hi Noreen, your homemade one will taste even better than the bought one. Glad you can give this a go.

  2. tina @ colourliving

    Love love love…I eat chicken and either roast it or poach it (like this) I do the same with salmon and trout BTW. As I don't eat sandwiches, I use it in salad or on it's on with a Homemade pesto sauce. Horseradish or a tomato and red onion salsa.

    Your pics are wonderful and make me hungry. Not long now till lunch xx

  3. Lauren

    Your sandwich looks so good! I love chicken salad, and as we're moving to summer, it'll be in heavy rotation around here. I love poaching chicken, although I tend to cheat and cube and poach in curry/coconut milk for over rice or noodles. It never occurs to me to poach to have on hand for salads. I'm always roasting or baking for that. This eems so much easier though!

  4. Anna

    Hi Catherine, I tried this method of poaching and I must say it was the most tender & moist chicken I have ever tasted cooked this way. In the past when I have poached I obviously have boiled it for far too long as it tended to be quite dry. Yum, that’s all I can say.

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