Making poached chicken is one of the easiest ways to cook chicken quarters. Learn how to use poached chicken and an easy recipe.
Have you heard of poached eggs? Making poached chicken is along those same culinary lines. It’s a way to cook chicken in boiling water so that the chicken comes out flavorful and tender, every single time.
There are so many reasons to begin to cook your chicken this way. In this post, I’ll share some of my favorite keto chicken recipes that you can make with poached chicken.
I’ll also do my best to answer as many questions as I can. If you have a question please leave it in the comments.
How To Poach Chicken Breast
If you have ever seen chicken breasts with rib meat in the store and wondered, “how do I cook that?” Then maybe you should try to poach the chicken breasts.
It involves almost no prep time and they come out cooked perfectly!
In fact, poaching chicken breasts is my favorite way to cook them. Since chicken breasts tend to dry out in the oven or stovetop, poaching them keeps them tender and juicy.
The most important thing to remember is to check the internal temperature of the chicken. When it reads 165F, it is fully cooked!
Poached Chicken Thighs
Poaching is also a simple way to cook chicken thighs that have the bone in them. You can usually find them on sale, and when you poach them, you don’t have to do much trimming or cutting.
The best thing about poached chicken thighs is that they come out so tender, the meat falls right off the bone.
How To Use Poached Chicken
You can use poached chicken in any recipe that calls for cooked diced or shredded chicken. In fact, make this poached chicken, shred it, and keep it in your refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Now you have perfectly cooked chicken that is ready for all of your lunch or dinner recipes.
Save the broth! It is full of amazing herbs and spices. Save the broth in a sealed container in the refrigerator and use it whenever a recipe calls for chicken stock or chicken broth.
Here are just a few of my favorite chicken recipes that you can use poached chicken in!
Low-Carb Chicken Alfredo
This low-carb chicken alfredo recipe is rich and creamy and has crispy broccoli florets mixed in. It’s a perfect lunch or dinner and will fill you up.
Low-Carb Chicken Pho
For a lighter soup option, I suggest using poached chicken this low-carb chicken pho. It has the perfect balance of salty and umami flavors and will satisfy your cravings for takeout.
Creamy Keto Chicken Noodle Soup
Poached chicken speeds up the cooking time for this rich and creamy chicken soup. It is made with low-carb noodles so you don’t have to give those up when you are on the keto diet.
Low-Carb Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
Here is another low-carb pasta dish that tastes just like the real thing! Shred some poached chicken breast and mix it in with the rest of the ingredients. This cheesy spaghetti recipe is kid-friendly and the best for family dinners.
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Keto Chaffles
Shred up some poached chicken and cook it into some spicy chaffles! These little chaffles are perfect for lunch or a post-workout snack. They have so much flavor and the best texture too.
Best Spices For Chicken
When you make this, remember to use fresh herbs. It will give the broth and the chicken the most robust flavors. My favorite spices for chicken are the basic ones – garlic, onions, salt, and pepper.
You can also use bay leaves. I love how sweet the bay leaf makes the broth. It really counteracts the saltiness of the chicken.
Keto Poached Chicken Recipe
The entire recipe for this poached chicken is in the printable recipe card, just a little bit further below. First, I have some photos so you can see how to poach a chicken. Don’t forget to pin this to your keto chicken recipes board on Pinterest so you can find it later.