When I was little my mom used to make dinners from the same combination of ingredients for years: Chicken, rice, and broccoli. And wouldn’t you know, years later I’m finding myself following suit. We eat a lot of chicken. I have to admit though, my mom knew what she was doing. Her meals had plenty of protein, nutrition, vitamins, and were pretty low in calories! This poached chicken dish is all of those. But because it is poached, it’s much more moist and tender than if you grilled or baked it.
Your Budget Will Thank You For Making Poached Chicken
This recipe is so easy on the wallet. Cooking with bone-in, skin-on chicken helps the meat keep its flavor and juiciness. Thankfully, bone-in chicken breast is usually pretty cheap. You can use store bought chicken stock (be sure and choose low-sodium) or make you own and save a few dollars.
Dinner Is On The Table In Less Than An Hour
While not one of my quickest dinner recipes, this one is definitely low-maintenance. Plus, you can make it from start to finish in less than an hour. Most of the cook time is the chicken simmering in broth, so you can go about your day while it cooks.
You don’t have to pair this chicken with rice and broccoli. I guess it’s just in my nature after years of the same 3 ingredients at so many dinners of my childhood! To be perfectly honest, I made and photographed this on a Friday after already having worked all day. So, working mamas, try poached chicken next time you need an easy after-work family dinner.
It can be hard to find creative ways to bring a healthy, inexpensive, and tasty meal to the table. My family enjoyed this poached chicken because it was delectably moist and tender. I hope yours does too!
- 3-4 chicken breasts, bone-in and skin-on
- 32 oz. low-sodium chicken broth or stock
- 1 tbsp basil
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- Place the chicken in a stock pot and cover with chicken broth or stock. If necessary, add water to cover chicken completely. Add the basil and fennel seeds. Bring the stove to high heat and bring the broth to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30-40 minutes. When chicken is cooked though, remove it from the pot and serve alongside your favorite side dishes.