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Poached Whole Chicken

Tender and delicious whole poached chicken is versatile, and you can use it in unlimited ways.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Cuisine: American, Poultry
Servings: 8
Calories: 337.99kcal
Author: Tay M.


  • 1 whole chicken 3 to 4lbs
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns whole
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 onion brown
  • 2 bay leaves dry
  • ½ bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt optional


  • In an eight-quart stockpot or dutch oven, add chicken
  • Optional add remain ingredients, except the salt, to a square of cheesecloth. Tie off with twine and add to the pot.
  • Add enough water to cover completely.
  • Bring to a boil, then drop the heat to low
  • Simmer for 60 to 80 minutes.
  • Remove from heat when the external temperature reaches 160F on a culinary thermometer.
  • Cover and allow to cool in stock until cool enough to handle
  • Remove cheesecloth if using, then strain. Reserve the leftover stock.
  • Discard skin and bones.


Store stock for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or six months in the freezer.
Use the chicken for soups, salads, sandwiches, and much more.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 337.99kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.46g | Protein: 28.44g | Fat: 22.7g | Saturated Fat: 6.49g | Trans Fat: 0.15g | Cholesterol: 112.5mg | Sodium: 122.2mg | Fiber: 0.91g | Sugar: 1.27g | Vitamin A: 155.15IU | Vitamin C: 9.81mg | Calcium: 36.33mg | Iron: 1.76mg
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