Lashie’s Poached Whole Chicken
Updated: Mar 2, 2018
“A Triumph” Debbie’s neighbour Jean Han
My 2018 kicked off to a flying start with a 21 day cleanse and I mean a propery cleanse!. Here’s what I gave up:
· living in general
However, whenever you give something up, the universe likes to reward us. What came out of it for me, was a new discovery of poaching a whole organic chicken.
I’d heard from friends about how moist the breast meat is when you a poached chicken, but it all sounded a bit bland if I’m completely honest. However, here I was in my dry January trying to fill the clean living evenings trying out new cooking suggestions on my husband and that’s where my love for a poached chicken began, how romantic!
Little did I know how easy and quick this delicious dish is:
5 mins to prep, with just a cook time of 55 mins and voila! you have yourself a moist, juicy chuck chuck that can be utilised all week in an variety of dishes, soups, salads, stir-fries and sandwiches.
With a grand finale of an organic chicken broth for breakfast – what’s not to love???
Here’s the secret to a good old sober night in:
PREP TIME 5 MINS / BOIL 55 MINS / TOTAL TIME 1 HOUR
I like to use the following ingredients (I always use organic but it’s a personal choice) and you can also use whatever veg you have squirreled away in the fridge. All you need is a large pot - once all ingredients are in the pot, top with filtered water (not San Pelligrino) and cover with a lid. Happy days!
1 X Whole Chicken (I buy with giblets as I throw it in when boiling to add goodness to the stock)
1 x Onion
4 x Carrots – I wash them but don’t peel and then cut into big chunks
2 x Celery Sticks
3 x Garlic Bulbs
1 x Tsp salt
6 x whole peppercorns
Shake in some mixed Italian herbs but you could use a sprig of fresh rosemary or a bay leaf if you’re feeling super creative.
Once cooked, remove chicken from the stock, shred the chicken from the bones and set aside.
Then drain the broth from vegetables using a colander/sieve, throw veg away and once cooled you can refrigerate or freeze the stock.
Consume with delight on a Saturday night!
It’s that easy to have a Happy Meal and a Happy Husband.