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How to Poach a Chicken (and 5 ways to use it)


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1-2 onions peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic peeled
  • 1-2 tablespoons salt
  • pepper
  • 5-6 carrots
  • celery optional
  • fresh rosemary or thyme optional, but delicious


  • In a large stockpot, add chicken and fill with water until it is covered by a couple inches.
  • Add in the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and any other veggies you are using.
  • Place the lid on and cook on low for 1 hour. I usually stir it half way through and flip it over.
  • Once it is cooked. remove it and set it on a plate to cool for about 20 minutes.
  • Once cool enough to handle, peel the skin off and throw it away, then pull all the chicken off the bones. I like to shred it, but it can also be removed and cut into pieces.